We are sending the Fever to all of our Future Retrievers because it is our Homecoming Week!!! We are continuing our 50th celebration with a slew of Homecoming events from now until Sunday, October 9th! Because I love you guys, I provided a list of the events below :-).homecoming


Homecoming Bonfire
7 p.m., Erickson Field
Join the campus for this Homecoming tradition!  Get ready for great food, fire, and giveaways.  Exact start time based on our friends in the fire department!



2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. ceremony
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building
Each year, the UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors distinguished alumni and faculty for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the UMBC community are invited to join us in celebrating the 2016 alumni award winners. Learn more and register.

Women’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
7 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park

Talent Show
9 p.m.-11 p.m., University Center Ballroom
Join us as UMBC’s talented students take the stage!  Interested in signing up? Email studentevents@umbc.edu by October 3, 2016, for more information. Space is limited!


Volleyball Game
5 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Spread some Retriever pride by cheering on the Volleyball team at their game against Albany.

Retriever Rally
9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Retriever Activities Center
Pack the RAC and show your Retriever Pride!  Tons of freebies, food, t-shirts, games, and the introduction of this year’s basketball teams. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Retriever Dance Marathon
10 p.m. – 2 a.m., University Center Ballroom
Dance to your heart’s content! UMBC will be hosting our second annual Retriever Dance Marathon for the kids! #FTK To sign up your team or donate to a team or individual go to http://www.umbcrdm.site/.


Homecoming Carnival
1 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Quad
Catch Retriever Fever at a FREE community festival where there is something for everyone! Enjoy rides, inflatables, games, food trucks, arts and crafts, face painters, and an alumni hospitality tent. In the hospitality tent alumni can enjoy refreshments, beer and wine (cash bar for 21 and over only), giveaways and Homecoming t-shirts. Learn more.

UMBC Athletic Alumni Pre-Game Gathering
Noon-2:15 p.m.
Giffen Hill
Join your fellow athletic alumni for an afternoon of fun, including free food, drink, and family activities! Catch up with old friends before watching our Men’s Soccer Team take on UMass Lowell. Learn more and register.

Men’s Soccer vs. UMass Lowell
2:30 p.m.
Retriever Soccer Park


Women’s Volleyball vs. Binghamton
1 p.m.
Retriever Activities Center

Come by and join in on all the festivities. If you are planning to come on Saturday with your families, you will be able to stop by the Undergraduate Admissions for a Self-Guided Tour booklet or access it by clicking here.

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HOMECOMING @ The House of Grit!

Hello out there! It seems appropriate that we pick back up with our blog posts with this year’s Homecoming celebration–aptly themed “Retriever Fever!” Careful–it’s contagious!


One of UMBC’s Homecoming traditions is the campus-wide office decorating contest, which makes it a super fun time to visit. Every office on campus is welcome to participate and many go all out to get everyone geared up for all of the great events. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions decided to go with the House of Grit and recognize all the types of retrievers you can find within our house.

First step–find out what kind of Retriever you are with some help from the “Sorting Bone.”

sorting bone

Then, learn the tools of the trade; are you a Maker? A Solver? An Explorer? A Thinker? Or, a Uniter?

Finally, take pride in your house! Of course at UMBC that means paw prints and dog bones for everyone! And it means that “being in the dog house” is actually the best thing ever!

in the house

Retriever Fever!

Happy Homecoming Week!

One of the most popular questions I get out on the road is “How is UMBC’s football team?”  Well, I hate to break it to ya- we don’t have one 😦  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a Homecoming- in fact, it is happening this week! (That’s right, it’s more than just a weekend at UMBC!).

So if we don’t have a football team, how do you have a homecoming game you may ask?  Well UMBC does have a pretty good soccer team.  In case you didn’t know, the UMBC men’s soccer team won the America East title last year, which earned them a bid to the NCAA tournament.  We beat Princeton in the first round, but lost to William & Mary in the second round in PKs.  None the less, we did have one player drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Union.  This year, the men’s team will be taking on the University of New Hampshire Friday night at 7:00.  The game will be nationally televised, so check your local listing!

In addition to the soccer game, there are going to be tons of other events happening on campus!  Everything from our parade, to bonfire, to pictures with True Grit, the UMBC mascot.  All events will conclude on Saturday night with a Comedy Night featuring Donald Glover from NBC’s “Community” and the annual Homecoming Dance.  For the complete schedule of events, check out the Homecoming Website!

So get out your black and gold and wear it proud!  Are you ready to be part of the Homecoming traditions? We hope so 🙂

UMBC Homecoming

This week’s Insights Weekly contained an announcement for UMBC’s Homecoming on October 15-18 so save the date!  Here are the details:

Homecoming – Retriever Fever (10/15-18)
Save the date for UMBC’s annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s theme is “Retriever Fever” and will be October 15-18. The lineup of events includes a campus bonfire, a student talent show, athletic alumni games and a 5K “Dawg Chase” around Hilltop Circle, a tailgate lunch and family activities, a men’s soccer game against Longwood University, an honors college reception, basketball’s annual “Midnight Madness,” a performance by comedian Demetri Martin and plenty more. If your department or program would like to include an event on the homecoming calendar, contact Stanyell Bruce in Alumni Relations at bruce@umbc.edu by August 10. Note that suggested available time frames to host events are: Thursday, October 15, 5-7 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, 2-6:30 p.m.