In order to help students get the most out of living on campus, UMBC Residential Life utilizes a residential curriculum which is modeled after the ACPA Institute for the Curricular Approach model to residential education. We call this our “Retriever Residential Experience,” and it is based in restorative practices.
What you need to know about the Retriever Residential Experience:
- Fun! First and foremost, it is about having a great time within your community, connecting in meaningful ways with other people, and loving the UMBC experience. There are lots of opportunities to experience the most vibrant aspects of the UMBC experience – late night with your friends, programs and traditions in the residence halls, and attending one of the many student events on campus.
- Connection! There are also lots of ways to connect with and learn from your residential community members, from floor meetings, to setting community standards as a community, to roommate agreements, to building a relationship with your Resident Assistant. These opportunities to build relationships help you to learn how to be a responsible member of your community now and in the future once you leave UMBC.
Ultimately, our educational priority is that as a result of living with Residential Life with UMBC, students will engage as high achieving, responsible members of their current and future communities. To learn more about what we do, how we do it, and why, click here!