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Reviews 1412 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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1 College Senior

Overall Experience: UMBC is very bad for communications and journalism majors. The media and communication studies program do not have hands-on courses. All of the courses are theoretical! The classes, the professors, the program, and UMBC will not help you find or obtain internship or a job after graduation in the media industry, especially the sports industry and the news industry. You will not have the required skills to get a job if you want to be an multi-media journalist / one-band reporter / reporter or a producer. The same applies to internships as well. You will be unemployed after college graduation.

I hated my time at UMBC and eventually transferred to another school. If you are interested in doing journalism or broadcast journalism, please go to another university such as Mizzou, Northwestern, Syracuse, UMiami, University of Southern California, American, Ithaca, UFlorida, and the University of Maryland, College Park among others. UMBC does neither has a journalism nor broadcast journalism program.

The media and communication studies program and UMBC is a joke. You will be seriously disappointed. The MCS major will make you unemployed after graduation and beyond. I sincerely regret coming to UMBC. I hate UMBC and this is the truth!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: One unique characteristic about UMBC is that unlike many other schools, UMBC is a commuter school. This can make it very arduous to create an atmosphere where residential students and commuter students can both have fun and learn. However, despite the difficulties, UMBC does a great job of trying to plan, invite, and attract many students to the events. They try to bring students together to give the opportunity of meeting new people and getting involved by attracting people with similar interests at different events. In addition, the student body is composed of an amalgamation of people with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. This not only gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of people, but also expand their knowledge of the world. If I could do everything all over again, I probably wouldn't choose UMBC. Not because the atmosphere or the learning experience is poor, but because UMBC isn't specialised in my major. However, if not for the issue of choosing the wrong major at this school, I would reluctantly attend UMBC again.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love being a part of the organizations here at the campus. Even though it is an Honors University, the people here are unique in their own way, making for a nice variety of people here.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My university is perfect for me! The campus environment fits who I am and my majors are preparing for exactly what I want to do!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Thought I wouldn't like it, now I love it here

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love that my school is small and tight knit. It makes the entire experience feel so much more personal!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When I was originally faced with picking a school after having received all of my acceptance letters, I was stuck for weeks. I was at a complete loss as to what to do and where to go. In the end, I took a long hard look at the kinds of people that went to each school and decided which one I wanted to be. Because, honestly, I didn't want to go to a school where everyone is very cookie-cutter, where everyone is the same, and I didn't want to go to a big party school. That's why UMBC is absolutely perfect for me and I would choose it again in a heartbeat. It is filled with like-minded, intelligent, driven people, and that's something I'm proud to be a part of.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are extremely knowledgably and readily help the students that seem to be struggling.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm going for my junior year for the fall. I'm taking a summer class now so I haven't really gotten a real feel for the school. Not sure I can actually pay for all of the accommodations.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The science courses can be rigorous but there are many resources if help is needed. Professors are approachable

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UMBC is a great school for all sorts of majors (not just STEM majors). There will be some classes that are frustratingly challenging, but I have never run across an impossible class. Of course, UMBC is not perfect, but I don't believe there is a such thing as a "perfect" college for everyone. Most people here, students, staff, and professors included, are very supportive of ambitions and goals.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: For the most part, I love UMBC. At times it can be frustrating, particularly when they adjust your curriculum after your freshman year and you're forced to play catch-up, but all in all attending here has been very rewarding.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: UMBC isn't too bad. There isn't much of a student life which is fine by me. The chemistry labs are a little outdated but it works.I can't say the food options are too great. Like all schools there are good and bad professors. I think the GIS program makes UMBC standout above other schools. It an important field that isn't heavily represented.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had good and bad professors.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Shriver center has good internships if you know where to look

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Students barely party. Unless they are in Greek life or in a different social organization, the party life is practically nonexistent.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Even though the actual school was not amazing, I still had a good time involved in organizations and met so many really great people and friends through it.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is absolutely nothing to do in Arbutus and Catonsville.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people are very nerdy and maybe not as social.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's pretty secluded and safe on campus. There are barely any crimes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know too much but I do have friends in Greek life, and they seem to enjoy it.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have no football team, and there is really not a lot of school pride if any at all.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You just have to know where to go.

Grilled Cheese & Co is pretty delicious and cheap, and you can use your Campus Cash there, in addition to getting 10% off if you show your student ID.

Sushi Q has amazing sushi for a decent price, with free appetizer, soup, and dessert. Also has a 10% student discount.

Route 40 has a lot of chain restaurants and really good Korean food.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: UMBC is pretty lenient with most things, and if you don't cause too much trouble, you will be totally fine.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The biggest problem with UMBC is its lack of support for students who live there on the weekends. The social scene is not very thriving at the school, and a vicious cycle is perpetuated because the students don't want to stay on campus at all. Most people leave on the weekends because there is barely any options and the school stays closed because no students stay.

There are some hidden gems on campus however. The coffee shop in the Admin building has great sandwiches and hot food before 2pm every week day.


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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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