Welcome Week

Highlighted Events

New students gather on the quad as confetti falls on them at the end of Playfair.


August 26th, 8pm

Erickson Field

It's your first day at UMBC and you probably don't know very many people. This high-energy session is the easiest way to meet your new classmates. Wear comfortable shoes. You don't want to miss this!

Students sit in the University Center ballroom watching other students give them helpful tips about UMBC.


August 28th, 1:45pm

UC Ballroom

Get the real scoop on some of the ups, downs, trials, and tribulations of life at UMBC. Current student leaders will leave you laughing and informed about some tough decisions that are in front of you.

Students walk down the stairs next to the library as part of the convocation parade.


August 29th, 3:30pm


Convocation marks the beginning of your UMBC career. Join students, faculty and staff as you are officially welcomed to UMBC by President Freeman Hrabowski, III, and others. Families are invited to attend.

A group of students from one of the campus dance groups, Major Definition, pose in front of their informational table at invovlement fest.

Involvement Fest

September 6, 12pm-3pm

Erickson Field

Our 250+ Student Organizations are the backbone of Student Life at UMBC. Involvement Fest is your time to learn more about the Organizations and sign up to join.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Welcome Week?
Saturday, August 26, 2017-Sunday, September 3, 2017.
What happens during Welcome Week?
A lot! Welcome Week is the time to learn your way around campus, make friends, and learn the lay of the land before classes start. The schedule will include programs that will help you feel really comfortable and confident about life here at UMBC, and also a lot of events that are just about making friends and having fun together.
What is a Woolie?
Woolies are Welcome Week Leaders. They are current students who are volunteering their time to help your transition to UMBC and help you make new friends here. Why are they called Woolies? That’s one of the great UMBC mysteries.
Is Welcome Week mandatory?
Attending Welcome Week is a great way to kick off your UMBC career. Like most things in college, no one will be taking attendance at most programs, but you will miss out on valuable opportunities if you choose not to attend.
How can I find out about the Welcome Week Events?
Each new student will receive a Welcome Week booklet during Move-In or during their Commuter Retreat. The booklet has all of the 100+ events that take place during Welcome Week. This website also includes a digital version of the Welcome Week Booklet with the most up to date information. Click on the Current Guide tab for the full schedule.
When is Move-In Day
Move-In Day is August 26, 2017. For more information about applying for housing or residence life assignments please visit http://reslife.umbc.edu/ or call 410-455- 2591.
What is the Transfer Student Network?
The Transfer Student Network is an outreach program that helps new transfer students acclimate to UMBC! Throughout the year, TSN offers: pre-transfer resources, campus resource workshops, social events, major specific networking, and peer mentorship.
What is a Commuter Assistant?
Commuter Assistants (CAs) serve as peer mentors for UMBC commuters! CAs serve as Commuter Woolies during Welcome Week. Throughout the academic year they put on programs for commuter students, and they can answer any questions that you have about living off-campus. Stop by the OCSS front desk to meet your CAs!
If I can't make an event, who should I tell?
We understand that you might have other commitments. We hope you can clear your calendar and join us for as much as possible. Check in with your Woolie about programs that you can’t attend.
Can my friends come?
Your new UMBC Friends? Absolutely! Welcome Week is all about building your UMBC network and support system. As much as we want you to continue your current friendships, Welcome Week programs are intended for UMBC students only.

Register for Special Events

While most events during Welcome Week are open to everyone, a few events that take place off campus and have limited space require registration. See these events and how to sign up below!

How do I sign up for Transfer Welcome Day?
You can sign up here to meet your fellow incoming transfer students and enjoy a fun day of teambuilding at the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor! Transportation and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required*
How do I sign up for the First Year Commuter Retreat?
You can sign up here to meet your fellow incoming commuter students and enjoy a fun day of teambuilding on campus and at a ropes course. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required*
How do I sign-up for Welcome Week Service Project?
You can sign up here to spend your first weekend at UMBC learning about and working with Baltimore non-profit organizations with your newest UMBC friends! Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Priority deadline for new students is Monday, August 28, 2017. Returning students are welcome to register thereafter.

Ask a Woolie

Have more questions that you would like answered or just want to get in touch with a woolie? Fill out the form below and a woolie will email you back!

Current Welcome Week Guide

Check out everything going on in this year's guide!

Welcome Week 2017 Logo: Welcome Week spelled in graffiti-styled letters with the L styled like the bromo seltzer tower