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Academic Support

While the pandemic forced our community to rapidly shift to online education this spring, please know that departments and offices are hard at work preparing for course delivery in the fall. We know that many students need additional support to succeed in online courses and have compiled the following resources to help you stay on the path toward degree completion.

Academic Success Center

UMBC’s Academic Success Center (ASC) provides a range of resources to support students as they progress toward degree completion. They will continue to offer all of their services online.

The ASC has created a specialized set of Online Learning Resources.

In addition, check out the following resources:

  • Tutoring and Instructional Support: Online tutoring and writing support, supplemental instruction, study sessions, academic success meetings, placement testing, academic advocacy, first year alerts, and academic success meetings.
  • Academic Advocates: Advocates work one-on-one with students who need support navigating academic and institutional challenges that may adversely affect their persistence, progression and timely completion of degree. No matter how complex the concerns (i.e., personal, academic, or financial), Academic Advocates will work together with students to review their progress, present options toward graduation, map out a plan for success, and facilitate communication and connections with the appropriate campus resources.
  • Tips for Academic Success during COVID-19: General tips for getting the most out of online learning.
  • How to Study Effectively: An informative video with different study strategies..

If you have a question, please contact us at academicsuccess@umbc.edu.

Technology Support

  • The Division of Information Technology has an extensive collection of student resources available. This includes information on accessing technology, online learning resources, and software downloads.

Library Support

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery will provide virtual and contactless services for the Fall 2020 semester. The Library & Gallery building will remain closed to users to ensure the safety of our staff and community.

Our current services include:

  • A robust collection of electronic resources, including ebooks, databases, journals, research guides, and more, all available from your device. Get started here.
  • Virtual research appointments and “Ask a Librarian” chat service with our librarians and archivists.
  • Purchasing additional electronic books and streaming media. Contact your subject librarian or send a request directly to libraryacq@umbc.edu.
  • Providing electronic Course Reserves, with scans of book chapters, journal articles, and archival materials from UMBC Library collections. Submit your requests via Blackboard.
  • Contactless drop-off for library materials on-campus. Click here for a campus map with drop off locations.
  • Scanning of book chapters, journal articles, and archival materials from UMBC library collections, as well as purchasing individual journal articles, all for electronic delivery. Submit your request via Interlibrary Loan. Chapter and article delivery from partner libraries may vary as conditions change.

Beginning August 17, 2020, we will offer:

  • Contactless checkout and return of books and media, including physical library materials from UMBC and, to as great an extent as possible, from our library partners in the University of Maryland System. Details forthcoming. Interlibrary borrowing for books and media from partners outside of USM will resume as conditions permit.
  • Contactless checkout and return of digital media equipment, laptops, and accessories.
  • Virtual information literacy and library instruction sessions and research workshops. Contact the subject librarian for your department to submit a request.

For up-to-date information on our services and resources, consult the Library & Gallery website or our myUMBC page.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are available to provide departmental advising and answer questions about excess credits, academic standing, and related issues.

Applied Learning Experiences

Guidance for students in credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing Cooperative Education, Research Experiences, Field Placement, and Service-Learning & Community Engagement activities in summer 2020 is posted on the Applied Learning Experiences During COVID-19 page.

For the fall semester, The Shriver Center, in collaboration with our community-based partners and UMBC faculty and staff colleagues, will be ready to offer a variety of safe and approved service-learning and community engagement experiences to address racial and social inequities. These opportunities will assist in building the capacity of The Choice Program, nonprofits, community-based organizations, schools, and government agencies to meet the needs of their communities in issue areas such as education and employment (youth and adult), housing and food security, refugee and immigrant youth and adults, animal welfare, environment, and mental health. Undergraduate and graduate students who engage through the Shriver Center will receive a transcript notation through the Center’s practicum and will continue to have the option to link their experiences to credited coursework through departments such as Sociology, Education, English, Global Studies, Modern Language, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

Career Center

The Career Center is available to connect students to a wide variety of opportunities and support their career paths. The Center will host a large-scale virtual career and internship fair in September and will provide numerous information sessions and programs throughout the semester, including opportunities to connect with UMBC alumni. Incoming and current students are also encouraged to participate in the Career Center’s ongoing summer programming, including the Summer Career Launch Series.

The Career Center is focusing on maintaining continuity with current employer connections and bringing on new partners in industries that are growing. We have a large, experienced, well-prepared, and well-connected Career Center to support students at this time. All one-on-one services continue to be provided online.

Education Abroad

UMBC has suspended all education abroad programs for the summer 2020 and fall 2020 terms. Students who have questions should email educationabroad@umbc.edu.

Other Helpful Resources

  • The Career Center — Internship and job search support, virtual career counseling appointments, workshops and events, practicum courses, and other services.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships — Financial aid counselors, UMBC scholarships, FAFSA assistance.
  • Registrar’s Office — Academic calendar, registration, schedule adjustments, degree audit, student records, veterans services, transfer credit services.