Athletics

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
9,371
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Athletics: There is very low team spirit since we don't have a football team.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I work in the athletics gym on campus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The weight room is really small and always super crowded. There is not a lot of cardio equipment, and they are all stuck in a hallway upstairs on the balcony.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have been able to watch a few games at school. what a rush!!

3 College Junior

Athletics: not much for average students

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1051st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1275th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Hometown
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Major
Political Science
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The variety of varsity teams, club sports, and intramurals gives everyone a chance to compete in sports that are either recreational or instructional in UMBC’s top-notch facilities. There are plenty of varsity teams, including baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and women’s volleyball. Sports clubs are numerous and range from different types of martial arts to ice hockey. For students who prefer to enjoy recreational sports, they can gather up their friends and create their own intramural teams. Faculty and staff are also given the opportunity to participate in individual, team, and dual competitions. It is a great experience for athletes with different sets of skill levels.

But, even though UMBC provides a great variety of opportunities for students to get involved in athletics, the school spirit could be better. During Midnight Madness, UMBC’s homecoming celebration, school spirit seems vivid, but this tends to fade during other games throughout the year. Many blame this on the lack of a football team (homecoming revolves around men's basketball here). The varsity teams at UMBC do get a reasonable amount of funding and the athletes excel, but for most students here, the priority is on academics, not attending athletic events.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: America East
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Retrievers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
156 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Jujitsu
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Tae kwon do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Arena football
  • Basketball
  • Bench press challenge
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Fun run
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Baseball Factory Field
  • Erickson Field
  • Retriever Tennis Complex
  • Soccer Stadium
  • Softball Stadium
  • UMBC Natatorium
  • UMBC Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is one of the most popular sports at UMBC, with lacrosse coming in a close second. The men's lacrosse team has won several American East titles, and both the men's and women's basketball teams have made it into the NCAA Division I Tournament. Since there is no football team at UMBC, basketball and lacrosse are the focus of school pride, and the homecoming game here is a men's basketball game.
Most Overlooked Teams
Some of the most overlooked teams at UMBC are chess, crew, fencing, soccer, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. Many students also think that football is very much overlooked-there isn't a team here, and many students want one.
School Spirit
During bigger athletic events, such as the homecoming game, students proudly wear their UMBC sweatshirts, T-shirts, and pins. But aside from homecoming, attendance tends to be smaller, and only a couple of teams get a reasonable amount of students to show up.
Getting Tickets
Many sports at UMBC don't require a ticket and have free admission. Tickets for basketball, soccer, and men's lacrosse games can be picked up at the Athletic Ticket Office inside the Retrievers Activity Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are free with a current student ID, except men's lacrosse, which is $5 for students. Access to games is easy, and lines are usually nonexistent for tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The UMBC campus is a circle. Students have the option to either walk around it or venture out to explore the stream and the trees on campus.
Did You Know?
  • UMBC's chess team has won six of the last 10 college chess national championships.
  • Both of UMBC's basketball teams have made to the NCAA Division I Tournaments.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 88 responses

  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 44% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 31% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 86 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 47% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 79% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 13% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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