The diverse student body makes it difficult to really define the average UMBC student. As a middle-sized campus, it is fairly easy for students to meet others and create their own niche, and there are plenty of organizations and events where students can explore their interests and mingle with others. Overall, everyone is very friendly and open minded. Cliques do exist, but they are not too common, probably because most UMBC students tend to have multiple facades. Nerdy Greeks, intellectual hipsters, and artsy scientists are just some of the “hybrids” found at UMBC.
There are more guys than girls at UMBC, but the ratio difference is very small and does not influence dating on campus. Relationships and hookups are both found at UMBC—it is just as easy to find students who are not looking for commitment as it is to find those who are. Even though everyone is different here, the one thing all UMBC students have in common is the habit of spending long hours in the library studying, which stems from the University’s strength in the sciences and engineering.