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

Guys & Girls: Some students seem to keep to themselves a lot, which is understandable: they might be really shy and just focused on their work. However, they can come off as unfriendly because they don't want to socialize with other classmates. And some students are very nice and outgoing and straightforward. It might also depend on what they are studying because if they are within your major, you might already have a lot of common interests. If you wander around The Commons, there are so many different people, it's hard to say what they are all really like unless you sit down and talk to them. Unfortunately, it's not like that and most students don't just easily approach each other. Mostly because some students already belong to a social group and do not so easily invite others in. Whenever you find those people you can really connect with easily though, it doesn't matter where you met them. That's the fun thing about building relationships.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Well, I didn't apply for financial aid, so I don't think I can answer this either.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus, so I have no input on how strict administration is with students living in dorms and whatnot. However, I also feel that it depends on the teachers. Some teachers are more strict than others. But the students are the ones responsible for their social and academic lives. The professors and administration are just there to remind us of it.

College Sophomore

Weather: This year weather has been very hectic. The snow and ice made it really hard to get to class on time because it was unexpected. And I've talked to fellow classmates about how they felt about the weather, and some of them are commuting from far places and the snow would make it very difficult for them to come to class. The weather was unpredictable this year but it's nothing we can't control. However, the campus did well on closing some days because it would have been unbearable to try to drive to class in those conditions.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I'm glad to say that so far I have felt safe walking around campus. Sometimes I'll see security around but I feel like later in the day, there aren't many present. And security at night is the most important because students shouldn't feel threatened of their safety when walking to their car or waiting at the bus stop alone at night.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are plenty of clubs and organizations that relate to diverse topics, such as religion. I feel that is very good to have at a university because the students can be part of something where they can share their opinions and interests about with fellow students who believe in the same things.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not in any sports so I wouldn't know about them firsthand. However, I do hear about them a lot and some of my classmates are athletes and they enjoy it.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have not really noticed many dining spots around the outside of campus. Just a couple fast food places, for example Burger King and Subway are a few minutes away. But there aren't really any other high end restaurants around the area that are easily accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My professors so far have been really helpful and friendly. Registration process is a little bit of a frustration when first starting out. I think transfers students have it pretty difficult their first semester as well. Especially when these transfer students have taken classes that are the exact same in their community colleges as the ones offered at UMBC but the credits don't transfer for some illogical reason and the student has to retake a class which they have good knowledge on already. It really impacts the student's goals and timeframe for graduating.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't think I could really answer for this because I do not live on campus. Majority of the time that I do spend on campus, I am in classes or doing work during my breaks. However, whenever I do have time to go get something to eat, I never see any taking part in that kind of activity, mostly because I'm not around campus during the night time. But I do believe if there's any drinking, it's done in a responsible matter. Otherwise, I'd probably hear more about it around campus.

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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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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