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3 College Junior

Athletics: could do with more equipments for the average student.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's technically a Division I school, and our soccer team is top notch, but the teams aren't really well supported by the student body or by the leadership (they pared down the programs to focus on better academics). That said, a new athletic center is going up right now, and the current intramurals and clubs are very popular. The facilities we already have are already pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school takes their sports and clubs seriously and have a wide variety.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gym is always advertising things to do even if you do not participate in sports.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Other than soccer and lacrosse, nothing else is important here.


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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: America East
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
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
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 163 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 13% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 163 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 164 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 35% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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