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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are okay. Very geeky.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Its very hard to interact with the guys and girls at UMBC because it is a very small school and everybody gossip about each other. As a result of this it is very discouraging to engage with one another at this school because it is very drama-filled.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Such an eclectic and diverse campus of boys/girl

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The ladies and gentlemen at my school are highly intelligent and seem to be interested in not only academics but also extra curricular activities. Each person has their own fashion sense that ranges from classy and chic to bizzarre and eccentric.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I tend to meet more people in my major than anyone else.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Smartest Guys
  • 82nd
    Smartest Girls
  • 176th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 263rd
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 293rd
    Friendliest Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Free condoms are found in large quantities at the front desks of all dormitories and apartments on campus. University Health Services will also give prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Commons
  2. Campus parties
  3. Student organizations
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. College Night at Fish Head Cantina
  2. Apartment parties
  3. Dorms
Social Scene
UMBC students are very outgoing and will give anyone the scoop on the popular places to go out on campus or in Baltimore City. Everyone is very friendly and willing to get to know other students, but you still need to break out of your shell and begin a conversation. Students at UMBC love to have fun and go out. On Thursdays, many students head to Fish Head Cantina for Fishbowl, its college night. On other days of the week and during the weekend, parties can be found everywhere on and off campus. It is also important to note that UMBC students love to party, but also leave lots of time for studying.
Hookups or Relationships?
At UMBC, there is a good combination of hookups and relationships-it all depends on what you are looking for. A hookup is not too difficult to find, but neither is a good relationship. There are definitely a fair share of people who want something more serious.
Dress Code
There is no real dress code at UMBC. Students are free to express themselves in whatever clothes they want to wear, as long as they are appropriate and respectful. It is very rare for any student to be found wearing anything deemed inappropriate on campus.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 78 responses

  • 27% None
  • 16% Casual dating at your school
  • 13% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 7% Long-distance relationship
  • 7% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 6% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 13% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 34% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 45% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 8% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% Student organizations
  • 31% Campus parties
  • 19% The Commons
  • 12% Anywhere you feel the atmosphere is friendly

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% Organizations
  • 30% Other friends
  • 19% Student events
  • 19% Classes

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 54% Nerdy achievers
  • 15% Brilliant
  • 15% Introverted
  • 15% Hardworking


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