Transfer Student Seminar

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UNIV 301: Transfer Intro to the University

UNIV301 Seminars are one credit courses designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous college or university to UMBC. UNIV301 courses will connect students to the academic discipline they intend to pursue and provide students the opportunity to meet other new students in their same major/area of study. UNIV301 courses focus on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectations to achieve success at an Honors University.

Each UNIV301 Seminar is taught by an instructor who is committed to helping transfer students get connected to UMBC and feel confident in their place on campus. Each course also has a Transfer Teaching Assistant co-instructor.

Register for UNIV301 during orientation or take it during your second semester at UMBC!

College Sections:

College of Arts Humanities and
Social Sciences (CAHSS)

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences

College of Natural and
Mathematical Sciences (CNMS)

  • Natural Sciences
  • Math & Statistics

College of Engineering & IT (COEIT)

  • Computing
  • Engineering

School of Social Work

  • Social Work

Cohort Sections:

  • Adult Learners & Veterans
  • STARS
  • Shady Grove

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Students can navigate to the Schedule of Classes to look up specific days and times for the sections.

Transfer Summer Series – Get Started Over the Summer!

Before you take UNIV301 in the fall – did you know that you could get a jumpstart on your UMBC education by taking classes this summer? And our free Transfer Summer Series is here to support you leading into your first semester at UMBC!
  • We kick off the Summer Series with a Meet & Greet at OCA Mocha, UMBC’s community coffee shop! Stop by and get a coffee courtesy of AETP. Meet other new transfer students and learn more about all the ways UMBC can support you in your transfer journey.
  • Next, you can attend Success Workshops (like time management and degree planning!). We curate the topics to match what other transfer students have told us they want to learn about!
  • And, Abby Hart, the Second-Year and Transfer Academic Program Coordinator, is available for one-on-one meetings to personalize your support! Schedule a meeting with Abby!

Interested in participating? Complete our Summer Session Interest Form!

A three quarters informal portrait of a student inside of a building on campusTransfer Teaching Assistants (TAs) are current transfer students who co-teach a Transfer Student Seminar with a faculty or staff co-instructor. Transfer TAs are knowledgeable about UMBC and passionate about helping new transfer students get connected to the campus community and their majors.

A student tutoring another student during a group studyIn addition to a Transfer Student Seminar, transfer students can also take a First-Year Seminar. These are 3-credit courses explore a unique topic while also fulfilling General Education Program (GEP) requirements. These seminars are taught in a small group setting with a professor who is passionate about working with new students (freshmen or transfers).