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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's diversity but there are more races than others.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different people.

5 College Senior

Diversity: I love my campus because of how open everyone is

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have been able to talk to many people in all types of race, religion, class, sexual orient. it has been eye opening

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UMBC is one of the most diverse universities in the country, and diversity is part of the philosophy here. The student body comes from more than 100 countries, practices many different religions, and lives in perfect harmony. The Mosaic: Culture & Diversity Center and the Interfaith Center are living proof of this commitment. The Mosaic was created to educate students and staff about other cultures, and there are regular presentations and workshops that focus on various aspects of diversity. The Interfaith Center is the place where students of different religious can all come to express their faiths and beliefs. For women, low-income students, and GLBTA students, the Student Life Office partners with the Women's Center, Student Support Services, Freedom Alliance, and the Resource Center for Language and Culture.

The wide range of minority campus groups offered at UMBC further reflects the multiculturalism here. There are about 25 ethnic and cultural organizations that include Asian Student Association, Bangla Club, Hispanic Latino Student Union, and Persian Student Association, among many others. These groups help to create a niche where a student can explore their culture and customs in this maturing stage of life.

Facts & Statistics

African American
17%
Asian
20%
Hispanic
5%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
46%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
13%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 4%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 20%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
43%
Male Faculty
57%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 15%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Freedom Alliance has a partnership with the Office of Student life on campus. The group, which began in 1995, has grown immensely and has more than 100 members and its own office space. It also has a Gender Variance Support group and holds discussions several times a month to discuss different issues and topics related to gender.
Political Activity
UMBC is not a social-sciences-oriented school, so there is close to zero political activity on campus. Most student activism derives from the desire to create recognition about a cause. For example, Invisible Children raises awareness about children in other countries who are deprived of basic rights such as food and education, and Challah for Hunger and S.T.A.N.D both bring attention to genocide-stricken nations such as Myanmar, Congo, and Sudan.
Economic Status
Most students here are middle class, and around 55 percent of UMBC students receive financial aid. There is no visible class distinction among students, and financial status is definitely not bragged about nor discussed. More often than not, students complain about not having money rather than showing off material possessions.
Most Common Religions
The most common religions at UMBC are Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. There are different Christian groups recognized on campus, including Agape Christian Fellowship, Newman Club, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship. The Muslim Student Association and the Jewish Student Union are representative bodies of the other two major religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are more than 20 different cultural/ethnic groups at UMBC, including Asian Student Connection, Black Student Union, Hispanic Latino Student Association, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, Filipino American Student Association, Jewish Student Union, Korean Student Association, Pakistani Student Association, Persian Student Association, and these are just a few. Some are not that active. The Jewish Student Union is one of the most visible, known for throwing several holiday events. The Persian Student Association is another visible organization, and its Persian New Year celebration attracts many students who want to have a good time and/or learn about Persian culture and customs.
Did You Know?
  • UMBC has students from more than 120 different countries.
  • There are more than 20 different religious organizations on campus, as well as a Secular Student Alliance.
  • Political organizations are not as common at UMBC. There are five, most of which are not very active on campus.
  • UMBC has an Interfaith Center, where students can freely express their religious beliefs. It is common to find Muslim students praying, while there is a Bible study going on, while Jewish students are discussing the final steps of an event for an upcoming holiday.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 15 responses

  • 93% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 7% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 78 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 77 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 78 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 78 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 75% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 25% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 56% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 25% Other party not mentioned
  • 6% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 15 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 20% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 13% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 27% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 27% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 78 responses

  • 74% Very accepting.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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