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Baltimore, MD
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9,371
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think that academics are very important at this school and we try our best to be innovative with teaching styles, however there are too many guinnea pig classes and I personally have been in some of them and they have turned out terribly. The teachers weren't helpful, students weren't doing well but then the curve didn't reflect how the class was doing. It messed up my GPA

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are a pretty good size and I love that every suite has private bathrooms. The lottery system is very confusing though and I think they could do a better job explaining it. Facilities are very clean.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life is very big on campus because it seems like unless you are in a greek organization you will never have anything to do. Greek people are really the only ones that do things on the weekends and they are very cliquey in public so they don't necessarily have a good reputation towards the general population as they don't seem accepting of other students.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school claims to be diverse everywhere it advertises and while there is a diverse population that doesn't mean its students have diverse interactions. A don't see groups mixing a lot and I have experienced prejudice by other students based on my minority status.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are a few good scholarships but you can only get one from the university at a time so even if you received multiple offers you can only accept one.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think this school is very safe, however it could use a few more lights on the pathways because while I don't mind walking at night, it can be creepy on a path with broken/no lights.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winters are very cold, which I personally hate but some of my friends enjoy and also helps us get a few days off in January/February. The worst thing to me is the wind. The spring time is very rainy but the temperatures are nice. The summers get very hot.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not currently and have not lived in off campus housing but I have visited friends in off campus housing and I have seen the options in my travels. I do think there is a good variety of places that people can choose from for off campus hosuing and a lot of options are very close to school, but as with the students living on campus there are not many options for shopping and transportation to busier areas from the closer locations.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is nothing near this campus, at least not walking distance, and for a school with crappy transportation this causes issues for students. The scenery on campus is nice but there aren't many food options, and there is really nothing to do outside going to classes.

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is absolutely nothing near my school so if you want to do anything but sit in your room and stare at the walls you need transportation!! However this school has terrible transportation hours, and many of the buses only run on the weekends and end running at 10PM! I think that students would be willing to pay a bit more for buses if they had better hours and went to more locations.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I think they lay out the requirements for your major very well and I like that they give examples of class schedules for the entirety of you undergraduate career. I have a hard major but that wouldn't change based on what school I go to, the only thing in my opinion that would change is the degree to which I learn and understand it. This school is heavily focused on academics so it can be stressful sometimes to meet expectations.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have had two internships and they have been great! both that I did were paid research internships. I think internships are a great way to get experience in a field that you might be interested in because it really gives you hands on expereience in what you would be doing if you choose that field as a career. It can save you a lot of time and energy in the future if during that internship you decide that that area isnt for you. I would suggest looking for pain internships that either provide housing and food or will help cover the cost.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Campus dining is very delicious. It has a lot of variety. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from and the food is well prepared. It can accomodate the vegetarian or the student who has the occasional "munchies."

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: My way to school is through public transportation but only through public transit: MTA. So my commute is about 2 hours whenI only live about 18 miles away. It would be a lot more beneficial if they had UMBC transit busses that go to my home area and take me to school.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students are studying morning, noon, and day. There are barely any parties and no one really does anything that does not incorporate time to study. There will be occasionally, students who are party goers, but for the most part, if a student comes to UMBC, they are here to study and get their "A".

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is really quiet an just as studious as it is during the day. This is not surprising given the amount of work each class requires. Also, the student body at UMBC is very studious in general. Just getting someone to talk is a task in and of itself.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug safety is a big component to this university. It is a place where no slackness is tolerated and everyone is made sure to follow these rules. Recently they reinforced a tobacco-free campus and when nobody listened to this, the administration started to give tickets and fines to anyone who disobeyed.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I for one, love the athletic facilities at my school. The Retriever Activity Center is a place to get a good workout in before or after class. It is a place that one can meet new people and workout with. It is quite enjoyable. I go there every so often just to clear my mind and get ready for an exam or something like that.

5 College Freshman

Academics: UMBC is initially a complex school with many different majors and opportunities. There are science majors, liberal arts majors, and many others. The registratioin process is pretty much hands on but only after seeing an academic advisor almost everyday for about a month. Therefore, it requires a lot of research. Nothing is answered unless the students asks.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes we do not get weather alerts until I actually get to campus and then it is canceled. Since I do not drive and have to take the bus, it is almost 2 hours to get to class. So, by that, I would waste 4 hours going to a closed campus and then coming back home. It becomes very frustrating sometimes.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with my program because I have always aspired to be a neurosurgeon. UMBC provides me with the challenge and the tools in order to achieve success in my career. The classes are really challenging to take and requires a lot of studying and dedication.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program of study is not that competitive though it is quite taxing to the mind. It requires a lot of science and so, if one is not well equipped, he or she will have a very difficult time in dealing with the amount of work that my study requires.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was quite the hassle to obtain while I was enrolled at UMBC. Granted that I transfered in the middle of the school year during the spring semester. However, there was unnecessary work that had to be put into this. I had to make multiple calls and emails in order to obtain my finanical aid. The second semester there was alright but it could have been better. They did not give me my financial aid until classes almost started; I wanted to get my books early (before classes started). Also, I am only able to get $600 for my books. This is a problem when I am a pre medical student an my book expenses amount to almost as much as the classes themselves!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing optiosn are quite nice. They help college students find residence in places around the local campuses which is quite helpful. They are not the most luxurious sites but they do supply a few bedrooms and good comfort. They are in safe vicinities and productive envrionments. For example, in the catonsville area there are local libraries where students of any grade level can go to study. There is a line of outlet stores around that area as well where local college students can socialize and meet up. Therefore, the off-campus housing is quite comfortable to live in and not the most expensive either.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They don't have special housing, but they seem pretty close anyway. Its not party-oriented, as I know it is at some schools, but in my opinion, thats not a bad thing. They seem pretty friendly and do some good volunteer work.

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Luanna Azulay
Hometown
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Major
Political Science
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UMBC is a great university. Its diversity, high-quality education, and leadership opportunities make it a place where everyone can shine. UMBC’s is small enough so students won’t feel like just a face in the crowd, but it is big enough for all students to find something they may be interested in. You can mingle with students from 120 different countries, and do everything from attend Bhangra classes to Shabbat dinners. Education is top-notch here, and classes are taught by experienced professors who also dedicate a lot of time to research. The curriculum is always up-to-date and interesting, and UMBC has excellent programs, especially for students looking to major in the arts, sciences, or engineering.

The numerous leadership opportunities available in student government, clubs, and the Shriver Center help prepare students for their future careers, and the University often has programs to help promote leadership among students, such as retreats for current leaders or anyone looking to gain leadership skills. The Shriver Center offers students a variety of resources and tools, such as resume help or assistance finding co-ops, internships, or jobs upon graduation. UMBC truly prepares students for real life by giving them the skills, knowledge, and experience to help them become successful professionals in the future.

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