About Our Programs

We offer:

Dawg Days: Jumpstart:

  • designed to provide students with a jump start—you will begin your fall semester knowing more about UMBC than a typical first-year student. You can be a leader and assist others!!
  • structured to provide participants with on-going support throughout their first year. You will have a go-to person in the office of Academic Engagement and Transition Program (AETP) with whom you have already established a working relationship.
  • designed so you can participate as a residential student or as a commuter.
  • designed to help you learn your own personal academic success strategies.

The Discovery Scholars Living-Learning Community (LLC):

  • provides students with a common living experience and common course work.
  • provides students with a connection to upper-level students as mentors.
  • provides students with on-going support from staff in AETP.
  • combines academic and co-curricular opportunities that support students in making UMBC their home away from home.

First-Year Seminar (FYS):

  • small cohort experience. You, along with your faculty member and class participants, study a topic in a dynamic, small-group environment.
  • focus on learning by sharing knowledge and experience through writing, discussions, and presentations…key skills your faculty and employers require.
  • connection with faculty that can only happen in smaller classroom settings. They will get to know you well and can recommend you for all kinds of opportunities.

Introduction to the University Seminar (FYE):

  • by engaging with knowledgeable staff from offices all over campus.
  • by getting to know an upper-level student who serves as a peer facilitator.
  • by engaging with UMBC services and opportunities.
  • more about themselves and they identify the study skills and habits that work for them. This is all about student success.

Transfer Seminars (TRS):

  • focus on information transfer students told us they needed.
  • were created at the request of transfer students.
  • have a focus on academic areas departments have identified as key to success in upper-level course work.
  • support transfer students in connecting quickly with their major department and moving forward with their academic and co-curricular planning to ensure strong preparation for the job market.

Resources for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Best Practices in Teaching First-Year Students and those in Transition