Campus Strictness

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really know. You don't notice them much.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't too strict.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Policies do not make students feel like children

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I rarely hear of people getting caught for the rules they break. However, the parking enforcement is almost too strict.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I like that this school is so strict. I feel like the students here are here to learn. so I don't want drinking and drugs around me, so it is good that the policies are strict


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 824th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1085th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1383rd
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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Following rules are an integral part of life at any university, especially UMBC. The 24-hour police here are always alert and quick to arrive wherever they are needed. Violating any of the campus policies against drugs or alcohol will get you a date with Judicial Services, and breaking campus parking or motor vehicle rules will get you a pricey ticket.

In the dorms, residential assistants are always on the lookout to for any possible problems. They can easily crack down on any parties or write up students, and in general, they tend to be more harsh on freshmen than upperclassmen in the dorms. In the apartments, students tend have more freedom, and complaints are less of a problem there. Overall, students need to watch their behavior because UMBC is a stickler for conforming to the rules. However, this also makes it much easier to get your work done—which is theoretically the reason why you are in college in the first place!

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Speeding
  • Violating noise regulations
Visitation Policies
Students who have people visit them in either Patapsco or Susquehanna halls, which mostly house freshmen, have to sign in all guests, who also need to leave an ID card with the front desk. Students who live in Harbor Hall, Erickson Hall, or the off-campus Walker Apartments have to swipe guests into the building, as well as each floor. Residents of West Hill, Hillside, and Terrace apartments can have guests come and go without checking them in. There is a lot more freedom in the apartments.
Did You Know?
  • The campus is located close to the police station.
  • The UMBC campus police have young officers who work undercover on campus.
  • The UMBC campus police have drug-sniffing dogs that they take around campus during evenings on the weekends.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 103 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 111 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 65% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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