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.