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  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. UMBC is one of the most diverse campuses in the country. There is something for everyone here. From Division I athletic events to anime marathons to campus-wide zombie vs. human games.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for ways to become involved with campus life once step foot on campus.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are goal-setters. Many people can be overwhelmed by the many clubs and activities at UMBC. It is easy to become distracted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to meet with your adviser, they seek to help. Also, try not to be involved with too many activities, the grades come first. Without good grades, you will not be at UMBC for long. Remember, it is an honors university; good grades are expected. Not to worry though, there is still plenty of room for mess-ups.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition price is good for instate students, however it is mandatory to have a meal plan if in the dorms. The meal plan price is slightly expensive compared to purchasing and making your own food. Nevertheless, it is easy to earn money by applying for the many internships and jobs due to a website dedicated to their search.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always an activity at UMBC. The gym is open to anyone to exercise and there are many clubs to join. The teachers are encouraging as well.

    Am learning a lot

    I did not expect to learn much due to entering this college with AP credits, but I have still learned many new things due to the immense variety of classes. In my internship, 90% or more of my daily activities were taught.

  • 12/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    everyone, UMBC is the # 1 up and coming school in the nation and we have one of the most diverse campuses. Everyone belongs here!

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T GET BEHIND ON WORK!!!! too much procrastination and you will find yourself sinking, just like at any college

    Am enjoying being here

    My bio teacher tells jokes, my chem teacher is a pyromaniac! excellent environment and activities during the week.

    Am learning a lot

    Lots of information, but if you keep on top of the material, it is pretty easy to pass the exams

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for hard-working, determined, goal-oriented, focused, self-reliant, fun-having students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid to ask for help. Professors are there to help you. Make new friends. Try new things. You may be surprised of the things that may spark your interest. Turn in your work on time and get a tutor for hard subjects. Plan ahead. Get to know your roommate. Relax.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC's cost of attendance is actually quite low compared to other Maryland colleges. Also, as a scholarship recipient myself, I can also say that UMBC offers many different scholarships and loans to incoming freshman to ensure that students are taken care of. Also, I must say that UMBC's prices are definitely worth it for the wonderful educational, professional, and extracurricular opportunities it offers!

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE UMBC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love school and I love the students there also! They make you feel welcomed right away and there are always events to bring a sense of community to students and to provide opportunities for fun and entertainment! Go Retrievers!

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning SO much at UMBC. They really make sure that you are getting a top rate education! I really learned a lot this past semester and I feel like I am learning on a high level. The information they provide is very helpful and applies to our everyday lives. You will always be learning a lot here!

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 5 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're an engineer, you'll love it here. If you're a writer, you'll love it here. Artists and scientists alike will find what they need at this school. If you're a language student or are focusing on politics, then you would be better suited for another college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and don't stress about your SATs. What matters most is how you used your years in high school; get active, be a leader, and join as many extra curricular and volunteer programs as you can. Those are what really count.

    Bang for the buck

    This University is by no means expensive, yet you get more out of it than just about any other Maryland school, including those that cost three times as much.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every day I find new reasons to love this campus. The atmosphere is friendly and there is always some extra curricular activity to participate in. Going from Physics 122 to a match of HvZ then finish with a run around the track and fencing practice makes for a wonderful evening.

    Am learning a lot

    The one-on-one relations between student and professors is unprecedented in such a high-ranking institution. The classes are well structured and you will learn what you come here to learn.

  • 10/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMBC is great for all types of students. For students who fall behind academically, there are a variety of tutorial centers and sessions. For students who are always ahead academically, there are opportunities to work as a tutor. Regardless of academic standing, the general body of students at UMBC are dedicated to academic success. If you know you want to succeed, come to UMBC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work, but also be ready to enjoy yourself. The school has a number of activities and clubs to partake in but do understand that the primary focus is education. Some freshman do not tend to notice the strain on academic success as much as upperclassmen do. In addition to enjoying themselves, the general body of students focus on education. This principle, if adopted prior to entry into the university, will greatly contribute to academic success. Also, be sure to develop study groups.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student seeking to obtain scholarships, I understand monetary value and I would definitely say UMBC is worth the buck. Although not as expensive as Ivy League school's the university provides network opportunities and facilities of comparable class. The dedication to success fuels both students and faculty and highly contributes to the increasing number of meritorious accomplishments by the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at UMBC. The opportunities available for success are countless. There are tutorial sessions for every course, especial the entry level courses taken by freshmen. In addition, there are discussion sections after lecture. These sessions help to clarify information learned during lecture. There are a variety of events that occur on campus as well. The dormitories also host events to get students active and connected. It's all a very enriching experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Maryland Baltimore County presents me with many opportunities I previously did not know existed. Most notable is the Shriver Center--the institute in charge of securing internships for students. The university is equipped with fully dedicated staff and degree focused students who know that it's cool to be smart. This feeling has also been transferred to me and is a contributor to my success.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty decent. Often you can see police cars patrolling campus. Also, they have blue lights around the campus, and if you ever feel nervous, you can get an escort to your car at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs and activities if you just check them out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions, they do not really have any. No unusual locations that I can think of either.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the nicest things about UMBC is that they do not cost much, being one of the less expensive public universities. However, the academic rigor does not decrease because of this. Many teachers do a great job teaching, and have had a lot of extraordinary experiences that they are often willing to share with their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are movies every weekend on campus for only two dollars, and you get free popcorn. Sometimes they can have some cool events. Mostly there are a lot of clubs, and they often have a few events over each semester that are kind of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great, and there are not many options. The best place I can think of is the subway, and that is off from the main campus. In addition, on the weekends, nearly every place you can get food closes down.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, so I can not be very helpful in this area. However, I know from friends that you can have questionable room mates or great ones, so it depends on the dorm and room mate.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is decent, and generally depends on each course and professor. Some courses are made incredibly easy because of point distribution or easier exams. Other classes are made difficult because of the harder grading, no curving, or just more difficult material. Another factor that makes the classes more difficult in general is the large class sizes, ranging from labs of 30 to lectures of 300.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn all required documents in before the deadline, and check that they have received them all. Also, email or talk in person to an academic adviser and your financial adviser to keep on top of financial aid requirements and to choose the best courses for you in your first semester. Lastly, sign up for an early orientation session to be able to enroll in the classes you want.

    In three sentences

    UMBC has a great chance for doing research, since nearly all of the faculty preside over their own lab and require undergraduate workers. However, the application process is a pain because they do not seem to keep on top of everything very well. You must be prepared to take your own initiative and stay on top of all documents and requirements.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studious Open-minded and opinionated (that will change lol) Chill Love to learn Caring People from all religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit UMBC for yourself to get a real feel for the University. Step out of your major periodically and have some fun with your classes! :) I am completing my undergraduate studies in Pre-Medicine but I enjoy taking classes in the social sciences and arts & humanities. Stay in constant contact with your advisor. They are there to help you and the thousands of questions you may have for them. Have balance. Prioritize your homework/studying, clubs, and leisure time because you can easily slide into chaos if you do not. Know what you are in school for and surround yourself with people that share your same drive for success. Seize every opportunity that comes your way and have fun growing and developing YOU!

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is ranked as one of the most affordable institutions of higher learning in Maryland. I know that when I tell my other friends who attend Maryland universities like Stevenson and College Park what I pay for tuition they get jealous. The cost is most affected by whether you commute or live on campus and what residence hall you live in along with your meal plan of choice. The apartment housing can be a bit pricey and most students only live in them if they have a nice scholarship to pay the expenses. Overall, you are truly getting a Harvard education for a public, state university price.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part the people, both students and faculty, are outstanding and are always willing to go out of their way to help you when asked. There are tons of events going on on the campus during the day and at night ranging from Open Mic Nights - where our talented student body displays their musical skills by rapping, singing, reciting poetry, or playing various instruments - to karaoke and ice cream socials. There are a few campus parties (some school-sponsored and others thrown by students) but they never cause any serious problems. UMBC is nothing like College Park in terms of a party school which can be a good and bad thing at times but as long as you get out and meet cool people you will always find ways to have fun. All in all, UMBC has a small-community feel to it and is nice for students that do not want to live too far away from home or feel like just a number among many students. The faculty will get to know you by name and genuinely care about your well-being. I have personally connected with so many faculty members in my first year that I know I will stay in contact with in the future.

    Am learning a lot

    UMBC definitely provides a cultivating environment for learning through different cultural and social perspectives. Tolerance of those around you is highly stressed and a core value at the University. There are numerous cultural and social organizations available for students to join that are not exclusive, but inclusive. We want to learn about everyone and everything, so the more different you are the more of an opportunity there is for learning about each other. I encourage students, especially first-year students, to step out of your comfort zone and keep your mind open to all of the classes available. A class may at first sound boring but you will always be surprised to find yourself interested in the subject matter because our professors encourage thinking about and solving issues presented in the curricula in a non-traditional way. Class discussions are a major focus in many of the first-year seminars which always brings up an opportunity for hearing a different viewpoint or angle that challenges your previously held opinions. This occurred for me in my Sociology 101 lecture and First Year Seminar class on social justice and equality in education.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel safe on campus. parking is a mess, though. (i don't have a car, so it's all good :)

    Greek Life

    they have sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    they're pretty active and try to involve people.

    Bang for the buck

    i think so. it gives me the opportunity to learn, to do research in a lab, to meet professionals in my field (scientific research). it is one of the least expensive colleges in my state (aside from a community college- but i already went to one of those). a good choice if you ask me.

    What to do for fun

    what you normally do for fun, what else?

    Food and Dining

    it's like all campus food, anywhere you go. a small amount for a lot of money. they do try to be healthy and environmentally conservative. and they do have a chick-fil-a, though now everyone wants a chipoltle. a good bit of selection, but it's like anywhere you'll go.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in on campus, but i hear it's not that lively. although there are people who are trying to change that, and if you have friends, you can always do something with them. umbc provides transit near them, although the schedule can be erratic, it is consistent for the semester and there is even a bus that goes to the nearby mall.

    Academic Rigor

    they have good, challenging science classes. the honors program is also good. they provide interesting topics, and help a student to grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    expect large classes, and sometimes you can really tell that some teachers are there for their research and not for teaching.

    In three sentences

    they have great research opportunities. however, they have large classes. there is also more of a focus on learning than sports or parties.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMBC is a very safe campus. Blue lights are posted all over campus and the police make rounds every night to ensure safety. Escorts can also be requested from the police if needed.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life at UMBC, however there are not fraternity/sorority houses on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    UMBC offers a wide range of clubs to be involved in on campus. If the club you want to join doesn't exist it is also possible to create a new club. The activities during the week are great but there are less events held on the weekends.

    Great for these types of students

    -Academically focused -STEM majors -Music majors

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is tied with Yale for quality of undergraduate education. The teachers here are qualified and do an excellent job of preparing you for your future endeavors.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs on campus to be involved in to have fun. There are also club sports and intramural sports offered. Some major events are Big Crazy Fun night for freshman and Quadmania which is held every spring.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMBC is decent. There is a dining hall which is an all you can eat style and a meal can be used here. UMBC also has the commons which offers a variety of food at small restaurants. They offer Italian, Chinese, Mexican, as well as subs and hamburgers. Meals are also accepted here. There is also a chick-fil-A and a Starbucks on campus. The only problem with the food is the availability on the weekends. The dining hall has limited hours and only one place is open in the commons each year.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Susquehanna and I think this is the best freshman dorm because it has a great sense of community. The other freshman dorms (Potomac, Patapsco, Chesapeake) are also nice. Patapsco was recently renovated and Susquehanna is being renovated this summer. The upper class men housing is also nice with many apartment options on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC has high quality teaching and therefore the classes are more challenging, but with hard work and effort anything is possible. Not only will you learn about the subject you are taking, you will be actively engaged in class and will retain the information you need to succeed in the next steps of your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend staying the night here to see what a college student's life is really like. Be sure to try the food and see the dorms! I would also recommend attending a class to see the academic side of the university.

    In three sentences

    UMBC has an excellent academic atmosphere as well as an amazing president. There are so many different cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives on campus; it offers a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in a new and exciting environment. I would highly recommend this university to anyone who wants an ivy league quality education at an instate price.

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Passionate, driven, and inspired.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is not much to do on the weekends on campus. Socially, The best thing to do is to get involved in other activities. Don't lock yourself away in your room studying all the time. Get out and have fun. Academically, Make sure you work hard. Be open-minded, not crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    I would think so. I mean, a number one school in my state!

    Am enjoying being here

    There is not much to do on the weekends, but academically, it is great.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning about myself and how to work better with other people. I am learning to be open about many different people and cultures. I am learning that college is not easy and it's a lot of work, but it's also ALOT of fun.

  • 05/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Psychology Students Sociology Students Music Students Science Students History Students

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that if you want to get the real UMBC experience you should live on campus. I also advise becoming active in student groups and organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    One of my favorite things about this school is that they have this concurrent enrollment between their school and other schools in the Maryland area. The great thing about this program is that you can take classes at other schools such as Towson University and Morgan State University that may not be available at UMBC and it is still covered under your UMBC tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like being at UMBC because there is a lot of diversity in the students. They have loads of things to do on and off campus. They do alot of bus trips to New York City and Philadelphia that are very cheap.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many different subjects being taught here. Almost anything you may be interested in, they have at UMBC. Almost all the classes I've had at this school, I have enjoyed.

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For anyone who wants to actually use their degrees when they graduate. :D

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your internship and research early. Make sure it's something your passionate about. Your research should reflect what you plan to do when you graduate.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Rated 1st up and coming schools in America.

    Will enjoy being here

    Aw yea

    Will learn a lot

    Hope so at least

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do well and keep up!

    Will enjoy being here

    There is a lot of things to do.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The price is fairly average but from what I can tell the experience is well above average.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people seemed really nice and it seemed like it wouldn't be hard to find something to do while your there.

    Will learn a lot

    They seemed to have a very strong curriculum. also a lot of intelligent and capable instructors that seemed very involved when it came to students understand of the material.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    there is about as much variety in food as there is in the type of students. the culinary aspects of umbc respect other cultures and encourage all students to try new things.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live on campus, but from my friends, i can imagine dorm life to be safe, yet friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    definately a step above ap level, my science classes challenge me to think about and apply the concepts, instead of letting me just memorize key facts.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    as a part of greek life i can honestly say it was the best choice i've made in college so far joining a greek organization. it not only connects you with so many people on campus, there's plenty of outreach to the community through community service projects and even connecting with other chapters in your organization across the country. the greek community is very tight nit but we're always looking for new members.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there's lots of events on campus that get the student body up in arms. every year during spring semester there's quadmania where there are tons of activities and usually a headline band playing on campus (this year it's gym class heroes). aside from that at the beginning of the school year there's a lot of welcome activities including big crazy fun night.

    Bang for the buck

    for it's price umbc is pretty good at fulfilling your needs. the education rivals top schools like stanford and still is cheaper than a lot of other schools around. in the long run it's a great education for the money you're paying.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty to do for fun around campus. if you're into sports but aren't on scholarship there's a number of intramural and club teams from ultimate frisbee to rugby. aside from sports there are countless clubs you can join on campus.

    Food and Dining

    the most common place for food is the dining hall which provides great breakfast, lunch and dinner and occasionally will even have specials like crab legs or lobster. aside from that the commons and the chik-fil-a/starbucks in the uc building are great choices. at any time you have a wide variety of places to help fill your stomach during your day.

    Dorm Life

    whether it's an older building like chesapeake or a newer building like harbor, the dorms are great. they have living conditions for any type of lifestyle and can accommodate your needs. the ra's for each floor in your dorm building come up with events to help connect with the rest of your floor and even the rest of the umbc community.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes can be tough, but they are definitely manageable. with numerous tutoring opportunities and places like the writing center to help you out, there are plenty of tools at your disposal to help you succeed. the professor's are also committed to teaching you and helping you become better scholastically and professionally.

    Tips for prospective students

    come in ready to work because it's not high school. that being said you can have fun at umbc and get a great education. through every single course you'll not only learn a new subject, but you'll learn skills that go towards your future career.

    In three sentences

    the university of maryland, baltimore county is currently the number one up and coming university in america and for good reason. there are a number of great programs for any type of student and the social scene is growing rapidly. for my money umbc is a great choice.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i can count on one of my hands how many safety problems that occur on campus. if there is a problem, then the umbc police is right on campus.

    Greek Life

    little to none at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    many different clubs for people to join. there is something for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    umbc is great for people are not big on partying but like to party every now and then. umbc is great for people interested in the sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i can't think of any right now but if you decide to come here then maybe you will find some.

    Bang for the buck

    umbc is a good school. i recommend it.

    What to do for fun

    the commons is sort of the social hub on campus. the commons is where a student finds out about different events happening on campus, play games in the game room, eat, or just hang.

    Food and Dining

    the quality of the food varies from day to day. the dining hall is all you can eat but if you want to have a quick meal there are other options to accomidate your busy schedule.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is not bad. the freshmen dorms are not that great if you live in potomac hall but they are pretty nice if you live in patapsco or susquehanna. after freshmen year, the dorms get much better. there is no curfew but after 2 am you must be a resident of the dorm to get through the door.

    Academic Rigor

    the science programs at umbc are pretty rigorous but not totally impossible. join a study group with not just your friends but people that you are actually going to work hard with.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would suggest that a person who wants to have an active social life should get a car because umbc does not have a metro stop so many social events are hard to get to. if you do not have access to a car but want to go to umbc, make friends with someone who does have a car. also, go to the welcome week events because it is a great way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    the university of maryland-baltimore county is a small, public university just outside of the city of baltimore. umbc strives to create well rounded students through a core curriculumn which includes arts and humanities, history, mathematics, foreign language, english, etc. in recent years, umbc has been known more for their superior science program.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    it is always hard to learn to get along with people you may or may not know. personally, i had a bad experience, but it was simply roommate issues. the ra's and community directors are good about listening to student's concerns and suggestions, as well as coming up with fun activities for the halls to come together and hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    there is a lot of homework, and it is not easy. usually, the trick is to come up with solutions yourself with relatively little information to go off of from the professor. but the professors grade fairly, and it is a great feeling to know the grade was well earned.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to spend many afternoons and evenings studying! professors expect you to know the material, and whatever was covered in class, you should expect to remember all of it for the next class.

    In three sentences

    it is a very great school if you are dedicated to learning and willing to put a fair amount of effort into your school work. it is pretty easy to make friends, but you have to join clubs and get involved to find the friends. the food is okay, but most things are loaded with salt and grease.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus police drive chargers and are constantly outing people for doing drugs in the dorm. they are more than happy to help you out when you need it.

    Greek Life

    has very little presence on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    people who are good with technology or like video games. you'll really find yourself at home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the quad is the center of the school and is a great place to hang out if you want to be outside. be warned, there are a whole lot of squirrels.

    Bang for the buck

    way better of a school than umd for the same cost.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of on campus activities during the first semester at the school, but after that it's all up to you to find something to do. alcohol doesn't have too much presence in the school, which is great, but it can lead to letdowns for those who were looking for those crazy parties everyone talks about.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall has amazing food during the first few weeks. after that, you'll find yourself eating food from the fast food places more than you'd like.

    Dorm Life

    depending on what dorm you're in, the school can be the best thing you've ever done or the most useless waste of room and board. dorm life is a hit or miss.

    Academic Rigor

    it's not easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan on living on campus, make as many friends as you can in the first semester with the same classes. you'll find yourself studying with them more often than you would think, and you'll find that the most successful students are the ones who do so.

    In three sentences

    umbc is a great technical college. learning is mostly done with your peers and not your professors (as it should be) although there are way too many heavily accented professors for the students to easily understand what it is the professor expects from the students.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    good

    Greek Life

    good

    Clubs and Activities

    play soccer

    Great for these types of students

    study marketing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nothing

    Bang for the buck

    good

    What to do for fun

    play soccer

    Food and Dining

    good

    Dorm Life

    good

    Academic Rigor

    good

    Tips for prospective students

    looking information school give you

    In three sentences

    i think this is a good school for everyone who want study business

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are several police cars constantly driving or parked somewhere around campus. the campus is very well secured, except for petty crimes, of course.

    Greek Life

    i do not know much about greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are all kinds of clubs on campus. it is impossible for anyone to be on campus for an entire semester and not find a club they might like.

    Bang for the buck

    this university is definitely worth the money as far as education is concerned.

    What to do for fun

    there are several clubs open to students. downtown baltimore is not too far from the main campus too.

    Food and Dining

    there is a relatively limited kind of food available. the same dishes are served everyday.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are safe, with only students in each dorm who have access, and accompanied identified guests.

    Academic Rigor

    the curriculum is very intensive, hence its ratings as one of the best schools in the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure you want to get into umbc, because once there, the competition begins. make up your mind right now to study (not party) when you get to school.

    In three sentences

    it is an excellent school with a diverse population and a rigorous curriculum. the teachers, advisers and other faculty do care for students. umbc has an all-encompassing network base to assist graduates with job placements and the like.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 116

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    club sports

    Food and Dining

    the usual college food

    Dorm Life

    fun!

    Academic Rigor

    high end

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work!

    In three sentences

    i appreciate the diversity of the campus and all it has to offer. the professors are very good and find time to meet with you. dorm life is fun.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    tobacco free campus =)

    What to do for fun

    getting involved with extracurricular activities. hang out with friends after school hours. enjoying your youth.

    Food and Dining

    the food at the usg campus is really fresh and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    i have never lived on campus-- my rating should not be counted.

    Academic Rigor

    school is tough as it is. it really depends on the students habits as far as reading the textbook and participation in class. overall, professors really strive to see students excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are not too comfortable with living on campus, check out their satellite campus. (depending on your location) the usg campus is located in rockville, maryland.

    In three sentences

    university of maryland-baltimore county is a well operated institution. their satellite campus at universities of shady grove is convenient for me as far as location. most of my professors are knowledgeable and highly intellectually stimulating.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    go sigmas!!!

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends all over campus, theres always events going on

    Academic Rigor

    umbc is a 4 star university, i cant wait to return next semester

    Tips for prospective students

    tips for prospective students: 1. stay on top of your financial aid 2. ask questions 3. make friends with the dean , academic counselors, scholarship counselors and residential life staff 4. understand your university do research

    In three sentences

    umbc is a wonderful school and is my home away from home. this conservative university has everything i need for my major of music performance. i feel like a real student because most of the educators today don't care about there students. sometimes they are treated like another price tag. but here at umbc everyone is a student and entitled to learn and expected to be the best.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus and surrounding area was safe.

    What to do for fun

    Many wonderful things to do in the area of baltimore.

    Food and Dining

    Great food

    Dorm Life

    Lived off campus but knew friends who found dorm life pleasant.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but very interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. You will make solid friendships and have great memories.

    In three sentences

    The school has excellent classes and interesting programs. The campus life is valuable. Great tutoring programs available.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is active but not as large as other schools. There are no houses on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are serious about learning and want a smaller school.

    What to do for fun

    You kind of have to create your own fun, but there is a lot of stuff to do on campus. There's lots of clubs, the gym, and sports in Erikson field.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't too bad, it's okay. There are different places to eat on campus- the main two places are True Grits and The Commons.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are comfortable and functional and are nice to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Currently we are the nation's #1 up-and-coming university. The coursework here is challenging. UMBC is also tied with Yale ranked as the 4th national best university for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small schools and want to be a STEM major then this is the right place for you.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a smaller school and a smaller community. It is quiet on the weekends because most students go home. Overall, the people are very friendly and accepting.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 116

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I'm looking at this school it looks amazing. Is it as great as it says it is?

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be amazed and worked. Hard.

    In three sentences

    Everytime I've been to this school I've been overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of everyone there.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 116

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out with Social Work student in the lab.

    Food and Dining

    They have Chick fila and Starbucks on campus need I say more.

    Dorm Life

    Does not apply.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC is a Honors college and is hard academically but the more effort you put in the better you will due.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to sign up for as many classes fast and adjust to fit schedule later.

    In three sentences

    You will get a top level education and the staff in Student Support Service is very helpful with students with disabilities. They are ranked 4th in the nation as up coming university in the US.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    there are some Greek organizations on campus

    Bang for the buck

    Great seeing as the school is ranked on the same level as Yale.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations and clubs

    Food and Dining

    Amazing. There is also a Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks on campus

    Dorm Life

    Habor Hall is a great place to live

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize tutoring and supplemental instruction.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is an amazing school. Their faculty and staff are very involved in their students success and achievements. The campus is a lovely environment for learning and you will always see the Deans and even the Presidents walking around campus asking questions and having discussion with students.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Academic focused students

    What to do for fun

    I don't live on campus, but there seems to be a lot to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the new student orientation!

    In three sentences

    UMBC is an academically focused and very diverse school. The campus is lovely with lots of quiet study areas.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never have had a problem at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs with all varieties of activities, including sports, games, entertainment, development and hobbies.

    Great for these types of students

    Low-income, gamers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too out of the ordinary.

    Bang for the buck

    Competitive cost for a 4-year institution.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of extracurricular activities, gamers room, movies, and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Expensive

    Academic Rigor

    Good teachers, no slacking allowed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transfer students should double check their applications/transcripts.

    In three sentences

    Good classes. Good teachers. So-so advisers.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMBC is located in Catonsville which is close enough to the cities (Baltimore and D.C.) without having the problems that city living commends. You can't beat it!

    Greek Life

    So many to choose from! These provide opportunities that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

    Clubs and Activities

    UMBC has over 200 different clubs and organizations. There is a club fair at the beginning of the semester that I suggest to all incoming students. If you don't find a particular group you are looking for don't fret... there are many groups that are not represented at this fair but it is a great start! there are sports teams and recreational teams for those who just want to play for fun! the campus is full of green fields that will allow you to get a spur of the moment game going at anytime.

    Great for these types of students

    Any students who are interested in a great research facilities as well as any science, math or engineering students as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure to stop by the statue of True Grit, the retrievers mascot and give him a pat for good luck during you stay at UMBC!

    Bang for the buck

    The academics thaqt UMBC provide are comprible to colleges near by that chrge twice or three times the tuition. They have been voted the number one up and coming university and there are many programs that will allow student to excel in their majors and begin research options earlier than other schools will which is essential to those students who want to follow an accelerated path.

    What to do for fun

    UMBC has over 200 different clubs and organizations. There is a club fair at the beginning of the semester that I suggest to all incoming students. If you don't find a particular group you are looking for don't fret... there are many groups that are not represented at this fair but it is a great start! there are sports teams and recreational teams for those who just want to play for fun! the campus is full of green fields that will allow you to get a spur of the moment game going at anytime.

    Food and Dining

    There are campus cafe`'s that are open from 7:30 to 11:30 that provide a variety of meal options. They provide the option for different meal card plans depending on your needs for those students that intend on eating on campus often. There is also a Chick-fil-a (^_^)

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but from hearing of other student experiences they do have many options for on campus living. I also see posts daily on message boards that advertise living options close to campus for those who do not want to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC does set high standards however they provide many different services that will ensure you are able to meet those goals with ease. These include student and professor study sessions, student support services as well as groups that are specific to certain majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the informative orientation sessions as they are quick and very organized with plenty time for student questions and feedback. Meet with your advisor early to ensure minimal problems during registration.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very serene which makes it optimal for outside studying or other creative outlets. Friendly students who are eager to assist anyone who looks lost. Provides the diversity that any college student can appreciate and benefit from.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be very open-minded. UMBC is an extremely diverse community. There are many different types of organizations and events with opportunities to meet new people and experience different cultures.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is a wonderful institution that offers many undergraduate research opportunities. Being an up and coming school they are very invested in the success and well being of the students. The academics are rigorous and they will prepare students with the education and the experience they need for graduate school and employment.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With my experience with living on and off campus I have never seen patrol security around during the late night hours and there have been a few encounters with some health conscious students and thieves.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dance club, Theater club, Rock Climbing club, Hiking club, Skiing club Pre-Physical Therapy Society

    Great for these types of students

    High achievers

    Bang for the buck

    Without help from any other financial service(example: parents, scholarships), it is hard to attend any college; yet, at this specific college I have found that it is hard to maintain a job and devote sufficient time to both my studies and my personal life

    What to do for fun

    There are various activities to participate in such as dance club, chess club, hiking club. Yet, some of my personal favorites have been Pre-Physical Therapy Society and Rock Climbing club.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school demands a lot of scholarly work to be done by its students. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that anyone interested in attending the school to be aware of their study habits and be ready to study a lot! But, be sure to make studying as fun as it can be. I suggest study groups and never fall behind in your study's because once you do it will become hard to catch back up.

    In three sentences

    This school is very academically motivated and scholarly awarding. In short, I would recommend anyone to attend the school.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    We have a Greek student organization at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

    Great for these types of students

    Our campus is great for all types of students from all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, and religions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I appreciate that our campus offers festivals for all races, religions, and nationalities. We make sure that everyone on campus feels at home as much as possible. We do bake sales to raise money for different events. The professors invite the students to events that they give as well.

    What to do for fun

    We have a game room on campus for the gamers. They include pool tables, air hockey tables, pinball machines etc. We have indoor and outdoor pools. We have a full service gym that includes a basketball court. We have weekly movie nights on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a course in time management to ensure your success. Keep in touch with your professors when you feel that you are not mastering the materials taught in the class. Ask questions often when you feel unsure about something. Attend classes regularly, even if the professor doesn't take attendance. Get a classmates telephone just in case you have to miss class so you won't fall behind.

    In three sentences

    Professors work with you to ensure your success. The varied campus activities helps each student to be a part of campus life. The various class formats are very beneficial to the working adult.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that already have a positive work ethic and excel in the classroom.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is a place where its cool to be smart!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something interesting going on campus. From comedy shows, to fashion shows to the game room in the commons, UMBC makes the college experience interactive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you excel academically in order to qualify for special awards. Also, submit all paperwork early!

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a phenomenal school. The faculty are wonderful and extremely helpful. The students are welcoming and encouraging.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Haven't had any problems yet.

    Greek Life

    Not part of it, but hear good things from friends that are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of clubs on campus. There are academic ones like the clubs for certain majors and there are fun ones like Humans vs Zombies. Take your pick!

    Great for these types of students

    Science Technology Engineering Math

    Bang for the buck

    It's overall a great school, especially if you are interested in a STEM program. There are many opportunities to do research or internships.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is literally deserted on the weekends. Most people either go home, to College Park or stay in their rooms. Joining clubs/sports is a good way to keep busy. Our school is also not too far from the Inner Harbor and D.C.

    Food and Dining

    The food was exciting at first, but then it just got boring and bad. You will most definitely miss a home-cooked meal. True Grits, the main dining hall does not have the best food all the time; it can be a hit or miss.

    Dorm Life

    The best residential halls are Erickson and Harbor because they are suite-style. However, one good thing about all of the halls is that the max number of people sharing a bathroom is 6.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors make sure you are constantly being challenged, but with the help of friends, tutors, TAs, the professors, you'll get through just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here if you want to be challenged and eventually feel like you really earned your degree.

    In three sentences

    Not. So. Bad.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Greek Life

    Virtually non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    Many programs offered

    Great for these types of students

    Maryland residents International students Science majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pet the retrievers nose

    What to do for fun

    Close to downtown Baltimore

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Be nice to the Chartwells employees Smile

    In three sentences

    This is an extremely diverse university with students of many backgrounds and great variation of interest. Campus life is what you make of it. If you study hard you will be successful.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 116

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This university is a great place for doing undergraduate research. There are many different labs for each field of research. One of the clubs on campus, Biology Council of Majors, even provides research lab tours around the Biology and Chemistry buildings where you can get a firsthand experience of how each lab looks like and what each professor is researching on.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 116

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I commute but I'm guessing to get involved in clubs and sports so you can socialize with other students.

    Food and Dining

    Food for me here was not a problem at all. Since I was a new student I got to try all the different type of food they have. Their are a variety of places to eat on campus. I just hope I do not get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    No opinion on dorm life since I am a commuter because I feel I will save more money. I heard the dorms are fairly expensive at UMBC so I chose to stay living at home.

    Academic Rigor

    I was academically challenged in all my classes and I think it really helps you to be prepared for what is coming next semester. It also prepares you for you future career because everything you learn in class will benefit you in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your teachers after hours if your having trouble in that class. Keep a positive attitude and ask other students for help if you do not understand. Ge involved in clubs and activities because it is a great way to get to know the school and the people attending their like you.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great size for me. My advisor is very helpful and was recently my professor so he understands my academic abilities in my specific major. Great student body.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that want to learn. Meyerhoff is a great program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone is always in Commons. Starbucks is usually packed too.

    Bang for the buck

    Quality education for a low price.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't much for fun, except maybe go to the city. But there is at least one event everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Seems pretty great in the beginning but you get tired of the same stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live on campus, but people loved it. Maybe a little dead on campus at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Science and math classes are definitely difficult, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get to know your professors. Get involved early on and have some what of an outline of how you want to spend your four years. There are great opportunities on campus so look around.

    In three sentences

    This university is definitely one of the most under-rated colleges out there. It has an excellent science department. All of the professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Relatively safe school.

    Greek Life

    Little Greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn al you can about the school before you enroll.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a laid back school. The students are private but cooperative people that work together to move towards their future. Transferring to this university was one of the best decisions that I made.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    perhaps too safe. nothing happens because of this.

    Greek Life

    up and coming. pretty good presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of 'fake' clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    LoL players and star crafters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a pond that used to be a pig pen.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty cheap as far as in state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Go into the city. Go to college park or towson.

    Food and Dining

    very limited dining.

    Dorm Life

    Slowly improving but there are very strict rules on guests.

    Academic Rigor

    Very demanding. Not a joke school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what kind of atmosphere you're looking for in a college before you sign up. Definitely an up and coming school, but in my opinion not there yet 

    In three sentences

    Serves average food. Hosts a very diverse student body. Houses amazing professors.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police force and many call boxes on the sidewalks in case of emergencies. Crime rates are extremely low.

    Greek Life

    there are many greek groups to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great deal of clubs to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for very focused and hardworking students. Very hardworking students. You can't party and get good grades.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing really unusual about the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good school, but very expensive. Great grades are hard to get. So if you are able to do well it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to the city and shop and visit museums.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for food. The main dining services offer foods from around the country and the world.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is peaceful for the most part. There is not much partying.

    Academic Rigor

    Very very diffuclt classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study very hard and understand all the material or you will not do well. Do not come looking for parties. It is not a party school.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a very good school, but has very rigorous academics. It is a very safe campus. It is also is a great place to make friends.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    48 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not too many crimes in the area. UMBC is nestled in the bosom of a quiet suburban neighborhood. There were a couple of instances of people being approached by strange people and maybe one robbery (don't quote me on it). The rule of thumb is: never walk alone, especially at night. But that goes for everywhere doesn't it?

    Greek Life

    Can be better explained by this website: http://www.umbc.edu/greek/index.php Ask around and talk to people with similar interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    Haven't participated in any clubs myself but there are a whole host of them offered at UMBC.

    Great for these types of students

    Academics and the laid-back type. Party-seekers can still find parties if you know who to talk to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ultimate frisbee. Learn the sport.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a quality school for the price. UMBC likes to boast that it is an Up-and-coming University! Which is true...but it has been for like the past 10 years. However, the job prospects for UMBC graduates are really good. Apparently companies like UMBC grads which probably has something to do with UMBC's academic reputation.

    What to do for fun

    Refer to my 'make new friends' suggestion. Seriously, if you don't have any friends life on campus will be hard. Harder still if you don't have your own transportation. However, you can take public transit to the harbor (Just take the bus) and from the Inner Harbor you can use the Collegetown shuttle to get to Towson, MICA, Penn Station, Morgan State, Loyola, etc. Just look up Baltimore Collegetown shuttle. Oh yeah I almost forgot about the shuttle that takes you to Arundel which has a casino now.

    Food and Dining

    It's college food and if you've ever been to college you will know what that means. If you haven't been to college then you'll learn. It isn't terrible and they do have a lot of options. As far as college food goes it ranks pretty decently but eventually you'll get sick of their undercooked rice tasting like there was something funny in the water (seriously, what is that?). But don't be discouraged, just try a meal from there it isn't too bad.

    Dorm Life

    Their dorms are pretty decent. The new ones are great and the old ones are ok. I've never seen a roach and never heard of anyone with a rodent problem so that's a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't a place for slackers. Well...maybe if you're Tony Stark you could get away with it (But then again...why aren't you at MIT Mr. Stark?). At orientation they will let you know that academics are no joke. You have been warned.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study smart, not hard. I know people that study hours on end by themselves and fail just as miserably as people that didn't study at all (Actually, I was one of those students). The professors are generally friendly and willing to help but they won't go out on a limb to help you if you don't try. You have to come to them first and let them know that you are serious about your academics. -Please have fun and try to make new friends! Networking is very important and you realize this more as you get older and have to rely on yourself. This is especially true on a small campus like UMBC and you will be surprised at what and who people know. It gets pretty boring on the weekends too so those extra friends come in handy for weekend entertainment. -Don't let a bad grade get you down. Even if it is the last day of class you can still talk to your professor about your current situation and express your concern. They are people too -- not robots. Well, some of them I'm not too sure of but for the most part they understand and most likely have been in a similar situation. -Let it go. This is a personal piece of advise that most people won't bother to give. What I mean is that everyone runs into problems whether it's social, personal, monetary or just a bad day. What you have to realize however, is that these things pass. If things are getting too difficult or you need someone to talk to then find someone. There are counselors and a whole Psychology department to talk to. You don't need to hold it in, just let it go. I didn't let it go and I ended up with a 1. -something GPA my freshman year. I'm not a dumb kid and I didn't party but I let personal problems and depression get in the way of my academics. Don't you do the same thing.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a quiet campus. The people there are fun and friendly but you won't find much to do on the weekends. The academics and the student support are great though.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus as well as a district court house.

    Clubs and Activities

    A variety of clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm usually at the library with frieds.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be quite boring at times. It isn't really renown to be fun,

    What to do for fun

    Depends on your interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Study STUDY!

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a small, but quiet college in a sense. It's in a nice area and peaceful area, but it is not too far from shopping plaza's or anything of that sort. It is a tough university and requires a lot of studying and focus, really making it a piece of work.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    50 of 116

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not really one to judge this topic because my brothers who attended this college often ate at home to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    I heard from attending and graduated students from UMBC that the academics were pretty nice. However, I heard the reason for the why the academics were good was because there were not that many activities to do on campus. So you have nothing better to do than study.

    Tips for prospective students

    May not be too distracted from studies due to low campus activities, however I heard that they're trying to promote more on campus activities to students.

    In three sentences

    Good nursing program. Safe on campus. Cost is not bad.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, mainly. There's the mall, the Inner Harbor, and nearby Catonsville.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options on campus and resources to let you know what's on the menu at the various places and what times they're open, etc. If you don't like dining hall food, there's always Chick Fil-A or Salsarita's.

    Dorm Life

    Thankfully there are no common bathrooms! Each room also comes equipped with a programmable thermostat. However the size of the room and how well the equipment works depends on the residence hall and room. Sometimes it can be faulty.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect you to be well-prepared for classes, though some classes are more lax than others. It ultimately depends on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of.

    In three sentences

    People are not judgmental and they are really nice. The professors and university staff are willing to assist you. The campus is very beautiful and well-kept.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMBC has its own Campus Police and they are on patrol 24 hours a day. Always responding to any threat on campus within a second's notice. You can also sign up for campus alerts, that are sent to your phone to let you know if there is any immediate threat on or off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There seem to be a million and one different clubs on campus. Whether it be the Rugby club or even Sky Diving, there is always something to do for the students.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC was ranked as the number 1 Up and Coming University in the Nation for 2 years straight. They employ some of the brightest minds in their respective fields and produce even better students.

    What to do for fun

    You can join any club that you could possibly imagine. Or be apart of the SEB (student events board) and help plan and set up various events on campus during the school year. You could always hop on the beltway and explore the many different things that Baltimore City has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    UMBC has a very good dining hall as well as other options available to students on campus; such as Chick-fil-a and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    UMBC offers a great variety of on campus housing. There are 6 dorms on campus and countless apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC is an Honors University and is just as rigorous as any college/university you could name.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you make time for your studies and your social life. If one starts to out weigh the other, it will become difficult for you. Also try to experience as much as you can. You do not want to finish college with any regrets.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a very diverse and fun school for any type of student. The professors are always available and every class is not overwhelmingly large. I would encourage anyone to apply to UMBC if they are applying to colleges.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police cars at night stationed around campus, and by using one of the campus' many blue phones you can even request an escort back to your dorm or car.

    Greek Life

    Some of my friends are in sororities and they love it. There aren't any houses on campus or anything, but I've heard it's still a great way to meet people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that I had too many choices. Whatever your interest, there's something here for you.

    Great for these types of students

    - Intelligent - Don't mind actually putting in work. - Don't want to party all the time.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price (free!). I got a really good scholarship, and UMBC is pretty generous from what I've heard from other students.

    What to do for fun

    The student events board (seb) does a ton of events on campus. There's always a bus trip every weekend and movies every week. If you bother checking out any posters or anything you can find something to do. If you go to Involvement fest you can join one of UMBC's 200+ clubs, too.

    Food and Dining

    No complaints. Lots of options and an awesome omelet bar - they have a guy who makes eggs to order for you! :D There's also a salad bar, a pizza station, and plenty of other stuff in the dining hall. Great desserts, too. If you don't feel like eating in the dining hall, there's also lots of options in the Commons.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. I'm in a Living-Learning Community, which means I'm living on a floor of people who are interested in similar things. Everyone I live with is pretty chill, and the RA is really helpful. I also live in the newest wing on campus, so I might be a bit biased about the room quality. My room is huge and I share it with one roommate. I also have a really big bathroom that my roommate and I share with a room on the other side of the bathroom. It's a pretty sweet set up.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't had any problems so far, but it is a challenging school. There are lots of opportunities to try new things and the professors actually care about you. I also suggest taking a first year seminar, because they can be a ton of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's what you make it. If you're someone who likes partying, there are parties to be found, but there's a ton happening on campus besides parties if you look around. And even though lots of people go home on weekends, there's still tons to do - bus trips, guest speakers, etc. I haven't had a dull weekend yet! Also, they give great scholarships, so apply!

    In three sentences

    Best decision of my life. Not really a party school, but has great professors and an even better president. I love it here!

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police stationed all over the campus and there are multiple places you can go if you feel you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    There are no sorority or fraternity houses on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have heard that there are over 250 clubs and activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to learn and are willing to have fun on their own rather than wait for it to come to them.

    Bang for the buck

    I am out of state, and the school still would not be as expensive as it would be to attend some in state schools.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Commons was alright. Nothing too good or too bad.

    Dorm Life

    From what I have seen, the dorms are very nice. They aren't too small and you even have your own sink and bathroom shared between only four people.

    Academic Rigor

    This school holds academics in high regards from what I have researched and from what they said at the visit day. They have many tough classes in many different fields of study. There are also multiple study rooms.

    In three sentences

    I am really excited about this school. It seems like a school for people who actually enjoy to learn rather than party. The people here also seem very nice and down to earth.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I did a tour for UMBC and have absolutely fallen in love with this school. I would love to get accepted here

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Incidents rarely happen and the police station is right off of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and social groups to join and thrive in.

    Great for these types of students

    Geeks, Nerds, and anyone willing and wanting to become one.

    Bang for the buck

    Half of the price of College Park and with much the same education.

    What to do for fun

    Playing video games with friends is always a great passtime, events in the commons happen regularly.

    Food and Dining

    Chik-fil-a, Salsaritas, and other nice places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Average dorms. Enough said.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are pushed to their limits with projects, papers, and research opportunities. In the classroom, discussions are expected and encouraged. Questions and comments are always accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and apply to scholarships for incoming freshmen. Even if UMBC is your back-up school, do not shirk your chances at financial aid.

    In three sentences

    UMBC has many opportunities for the prospective students. Professors enrich and interact with students regularly to further their academic careers. Besides classes, the job opportunities and social life at UMBC can also offer life long friendships and relationships that are essential to life after college.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is no fear on this campus. It is safe and quiet all the time.

    Greek Life

    Greek is not a huge deal here. We have fraternities and sororities. Our sororities do not have houses however, and the whole thing is very quiet.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can always find a group to join.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a geek campus! We have one of the top ranked chess teams, along with Baja and robotics competitions. We are a home for the scholarly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We don't have a foot ball team so we all follow NFL Ravens. We are really into it and have ravens parties in the Sports Zone.

    Bang for the buck

    I am getting my moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun here. From a smoothie day at Fat Tuesdays to a sponsored bus trip to New York or Philidelphia you can always find something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    We have 1 dining hall that is an all-you-can-eat. The food is great and I really like it. We also have the commons and university centers which have other fast food or resturant options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be hit or miss. They are all very welcoming and the housing is good, but you have to be willing to trade some storage space for the atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an honors college you need to be on top of it to really do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the bus system figured out. It is the best way to get around. Remember that lie extends beyond the campus and you should get out every once and a while.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a fantastic school. The student support and general positive atmosphere really make you feel at home. The classes are taught well and the extra learning options are really well organized and very helpful.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very academically inclined, interested in STEM

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is an amazing school for the tuition it takes! It is about $10,000/year for in-state students, which is nothing compared to the quality of education UMBC offers.

    What to do for fun

    There are a number of extracurricular activities students can be a part of. Asking around and visiting the UMBC website are good ways to get involved!

    Food and Dining

    It is really convenient to get food on campus, and there are a lot of options for all types of eaters. There are vegetarian options, healthy options, quick options, etc. The one down side is that the food teds to be very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Although I live off campus, I have heard that dorm life really fun. UMBC doesn't have the party school reputation like several other colleges, but living on campus in a terrific way to get to know people, build a support system, and make connections that can help you get ahead both academically and socially.

    Academic Rigor

    Since UMBC is a school focused mainly on advancing in the STEM fields, it helps if you come in with a strong background in the sciences. Professors are ready to assist anyone needing help as long as you ask and there are many on campus resources to help students as well. Constant studying is a common language for students at UMBC, so absolutely commit to your studies and make it your number one priority!

    Tips for prospective students

    It always helps to do your research bout the university before applying and definitely before attending. Keep an open mind and don't be afraid to take initiative as soon as you join the school!

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) is a wonderful institution that is a perfect place for students of any interest, especially those interested pursuing the natural and physical sciences. It's a small campus and very easy to find your way around quickly. The students and professors are very friendly and always willing to help to make a new student feel accepted.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't heard of anything serious happening on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for science-oriented students!

    What to do for fun

    There are always on-campus activities to do. They also always have a movie showing each week.

    Food and Dining

    There are pretty good choices in dining. There are food places in the Commons as well as a buffet style eating area.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter so I'm not the best authority here. I hear from friends that dorm life is mostly satisfying.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the classes depends on what you take. The sciences are pretty intensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start off school strongly and you will be successful.

    In three sentences

    This is a great university for serious college students. You will meet amazing teachers and students and have a blast. Only consider this school if you are serious about your education.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on around campus. Weekly movies, club meets, open mic nights, trips to NY, you name it.

    Food and Dining

    There's variety on campus. The food isn't always the best, but it's college food. I'm just glad they have a Starbucks on campus. There's also a Chick-Fil-A if you're into that sort of thing. As far as the dining hall goes, I love that it's buffet style, but the taste of the food is a hit or miss type situation.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't exactly know about dorm life because I commute (UMBC is a big commuter school), but my dorming friends don't seem to have that many problems with it.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload isn't too bad, but a combination of procrastination and over estimating will leave you busier than you've ever been. Freshman year, play it safe and take 13 to 15 credits the first semester unless you think you can handle more.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not as scary as you think. You don't get like a billion research papers all due in a week and a professor won't laugh you out of the classroom for asking questions, but you do have to step it up a notch. The work will get harder and overwhelming if you're not careful

    In three sentences

    It's simple a good school. The professors I've had so far are pretty cool people and most of them are always willing to help if you make appointments. It makes college stereotypes disappear.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    STEM and visual art majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are major parking issues because it is a commuter school. There are only limited places commuters can park so make sure to arrive early!

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive for the reputation. Plus a ton of extra fees are applied for things like the gym that are in disrepair and never used.

    What to do for fun

    I don't know. Most people study.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    Because the classes are so huge, it is really up to you to be motivated, learn, and do well. The classes are hard and tons of work but it is not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead of the game- read ahead and start studying waaay in advance.

    In three sentences

    On a scale of 1-10 UMBC would get a 7. There are many great professors and the classes are generally organized well and interesting; the chemistry and visual arts dept.s in particular are very strong. However the bio dept. tends to be more focused on research than teaching and there is little to no social life at umbc. The classes are huge and there is little individual attention. This school is for the serious, ambitious STEM major.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You could always join clubs. UMBC is an all inclusive school full of clubs and it even has Greek life as well.

    Food and Dining

    Campus is full of awesome food places and they even give out free food for all kinds of activities and fairs.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm i'm a commuter but I hear dorm life is pretty fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but rewarding and in the end you'll come out a better student and person for persevering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for a campus you feel comfortable being almost all the time and not just the school all your friends have chosen.

    In three sentences

    If I had to give UMBC a grade it would be an A. The campus is so diverse and full of activities even for commuter students. It is one of the best colleges in Maryland.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a girl who is 5 foot 4 inches and 110 lb. I feel relatively safe walking around campus at night. However, I don't recommend it. This semester I will be working at the desk in a different residence hall from my own. There will be times when I have to walk back to my dorm very early or very late. There are blue lights on campus, and the halls are close together. Im not uncomfortable with it, but if you are, someone will walk with you, whether a friend or campus police.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities that have houses have them off campus, in Arbutus mostly. Nearly everyone can find a group that they want to fit in with. It just depends on whether or not they want you and if you want to devote your time and money.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities available. Finding the time in your busy schedule will be the problem. First semester will be overwhelming. Everyone ants you to get involved, but you don't need to overload yourself. Everyone on campus puts academics first, even the frat boys.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is looking to focus on their education and get serious is a good fit for UMBC. You will have fun, but if you are not willing to buckle down during the semester, finals week is going to be a terrible experience, take it from every single second semester freshman at UMBC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    True Grit, the school's retriever mascot, has a statue outside of the RAC. People rub his nose on their way into the RAC for basketball games and such. The actual mascot has ancestors who are still around. True Grit used to attend the outdoor sporting events.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC offers an excellent education for a relatively low state tuition. In the honors college, you can receive and Ivy league quality education.

    What to do for fun

    SEB (Student Events Board) puts together events for students year around: homecoming in the fall, quadmania in the spring, along with a variety of fun filled events throughout the year including comedians and concerts. There is a state park nearby, Patapsco State Park. The Baltimore Inner Harbor is 20 minutes away. There are a few parties every weekend or so on or near campus, but you don't have to be under the influence to have a good time at UMBC. No one forces it.

    Food and Dining

    The food is reasonably good. There are many options for those with special dietary considerations. The Commons offers salsaritas, famiglia, Chinese food, vegetarian fair, mondo's subs,

    Dorm Life

    The people you live with will probably be fairly similar to you, and much more similar than those you went to high school with if you are in the right place.

    Academic Rigor

    Whether you are ready or not, professors will push you, especially in the prerequisite courses. If you are willing to work hard there is help available such as tutoring center, TA and professor office hours, and library resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new experiences when you come. If you come in with an open mind you will find success, but it will not come easily. During your first semester, you will learn new strengths and weaknesses about yourself. Everything will not go as planned, but if you are open to the changes you should make it through just fine.

    In three sentences

    Its a great school for those looking to find a diverse environment. You will never find anyone who is exactly like yourself but you will be able relate to many. Professors and peers are excited to facilitate innovative thinking and creativity.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe! You need an ID card to get into any building. There are many emergency call stations all over the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are looking for a club, there are so many to choose from it's hard to narrow the list down to just a few. You name it, there is probably a club for it!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student will find UMBC a great fit. There are many International students and teachers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of the mascot - a retriever. You rub it's nose for good luck :)

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is a great school for the money. I spent my Freshman year at a private college, but transferred to UMBC. UMBC has a better academic selection than any other school I have researched or attended. The people and atmosphere are great!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs on campus. They have trips to a large mall where you can go shopping or see a movie. They also have several activities throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    True Grits has a great assortment of food. There is also a Starbucks, Chick-Fillet, and other brand-name places right on campus. You are sure to find something to your liking!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms are great! There is comradery and everyone is really nice. Security at the dorms makes you feel safe and comfortable. The rooms are nice size - which is great!

    Academic Rigor

    I would give this a 4+ star rating. The academics are not overwelming, but this is not a vacation spot either. The school is top notch and if you apply yourself it will be worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is great. A very diverse group of students and teachers. If you have a special interest, there is probably a club for it.

    In three sentences

    The school has some of the best teachers in the country. Their academic standards are high. A great campus!

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    hang out

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply now

    In three sentences

    I love UMBC. The professors really know what their talking about. The classes actually teach you something!

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe, and nothing much happens in the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you do not own a car, then learn the bus routes. Take the bus 35 to go to Inner Harbor.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not the best at UMBC, and often you will travel outside of the campus for the food. Of course, night meals at the common is good, but over all it is bit disappointing.

    Dorm Life

    If you are not into party, than it is great dorm life for you here at UMBC. It is quite and allows the students to be focus on their work. The dorms are nice, as long as you are able to get newer building.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty of the classes at UMBC are depended on the professors as some are easy and some are difficult. If you are lucky, you will manage to have easy professors, but if not you will have hard time getting through the class. But, most of the professors want you to do well on the class, so they will try their best to help the students to understand the materials.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you dorm at UMBC, the total (housing and tuition) cost is just about or even more than UMD's tuition and housing.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options that change daily unlike UMD. The attitude of some of the employees could improve though. There is a dinning hall (True Grit) that is buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms compared to other universities but very costly. Each dorm building will have social events to try and get the residents to miggle together. IE: Gaming tournaments or a movie night.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive at UMBC. Make sure you don't slack off. Seek help early if you are struggling. The professors can help you and can see if that you are trying even if you are not doing too well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in social events at the school, they often offer a lot of things there and most of it is free or almost free. Make sure you know what you are doing, the general engineering advisors (for freshmen/sophomore) was really unhelpful to me. Also be proactive about school work. There are helpful tutors offered at the school's library or you can ask a teacher's assistant (you usually have them in science-based courses) if you are shy.

    In three sentences

    Overall, a decent a school with that has a bit of everything. The liberal arts school is heavily focused on the science/tech./engineering students.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus very safe compared to others. Have heard of no incident since I've been here. However, that doesnt mean be stupid. Use common sense and you'll be okay.

    Greek Life

    Couple of greek orgs but too many. Not many students are into greek life but if you are their may be what your looking for

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different organizations and they lay them out for you one day during the semester so you can pick what you like

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet, Focused, plan to go on past undergrad

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New so dont know of too many yet

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive for the good edu you will recieve

    What to do for fun

    Lots of different organizations, inner harbor etc.

    Food and Dining

    Not too many healthy or just in overall options, but you'll make it through.

    Dorm Life

    The organization called residential life will plan good activities if you just like to have fun once a while. The dorms are quiet and kept.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very rigourous curriculum in some majors but you can be successful due to the good professors, advisers and help areas. The academics here will set you up for the future well.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Get your GPA to around a 3.2 - Get around a 1700 on your SAT - Participate in some extracurricular - Knock that essay out of the park

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy being a UMBC. The potenial for success is great. It is quiet and their is a lot of opportunity for assistance.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station at the edge of campus and cops patrol the area. There are blue emergency posts if you get scared or attacked. Campus police will escort you back to your car or dorm at night if you call the non-emergency number.

    Greek Life

    There are sororities and frats for all types of people. There are the traditional panhellenic ones and minority-interest ones.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every semester, SEB (Student Events Board) host Involvement Fest where clubs, Frats, and Sororities lay out tables for you to sign up if interested. There are lots of on campus job or research opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    People focused on studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Skylight lounge is a lesser known place to eat. It is usually used by professors and commuters. It has all you can eat. like Dining Hall, but can be higher quality food.

    Bang for the buck

    I like the friends I've made here. The tuition is reasonable, especially for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Unless you have a car, there isn't much to do. UMBC Transit offers buses that go around the Baltimore area. You can join clubs or hang out in a friend's dorm. On weekends, a lot of people go home so campus gets extra boring. Parties are rare (unless you throw them or have connections) and quickly shut down.

    Food and Dining

    There are different options for dining- The Commons and True Grit (the dining hall). On weekends, only dining hall and a burrito place is open. There are two stores (Outtakes and The Yum Shoppe) for if you don't want to use a meal but want food for later. There are also restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    I live on the Humanities LLC (Living Learning Community floor). LLCs are good to get to know people who share similar interests. The different residential halls are fairly close so it isn't hard to walk if you have friends in other halls.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC prides itself on being an up and coming school. If you manage your time well, you shouldn't have too much trouble keeping up with work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance academic ad social life. Don't be afraid to ask your professors or TA for help- that's what they are there for. Get involved on campus!

    In three sentences

    It is not a party school. It is a fairly small campus near Baltimore attractions. It is for students that are career focused.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a great deal if you're in state. Especially because they are generous with merit aid.

    Food and Dining

    I visit friends here almost once a week and definitely the worst part is the food.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of people go home on the weekend. Other than that it's pretty nice. No hall bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are definitely underrated. The engineering program is very challenging.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMBC is a very safe campus, especially compared to other MD schools. I've been able to walk around nearly empty buildings very late at night and there have been no threats to me. There is also a system of blue lampposts on campus that have emergency buttons that you can press if you feel you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    From what I've heard, Greek Life is a bit more than just partying and getting drunk at UMBC. There is one particular fraternity that gives you tons of connections, from SGA to being an ambassador for Google. Being part of Greek life gives you connections, which is the major thing in my opinion (and of course a little partying here and there).

    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested in STEM, you're definitely in the right place. The same goes for if you like a sense of community and enjoy an atmosphere that's not cut-throat. But in truth, everyone can find their place at this school no matter what your major is or what background you're from.

    What to do for fun

    During the fall semester of 2012, I went to many cultural events on Friday nights (such as Caribbean Night and a Hispanic-Latino night). It's easy to get tickets for these events and then just get a group of your friends and have fun. There are also Open Mic nights on Thursdays and a Breakfast and Bingo event almost every Saturday evening. That just barely scratches the surface of all the countless things that you can do at UMBC during the week. If you want to know more, you're just gonna have to come and see for yourself!

    Food and Dining

    There are many options of where to eat at UMBC including the dining hall, the Commons (which has fast food type places), the University Center (which has Chik-fil-A and Starbucks), and the Administration building. The dining hall has vegan/vegetarian options as well as a salad bar and desserts. The way that meals and meal plans work is pretty fair for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I live in now, Susquehanna, has a very strong community vibe with the RAs (Resident Assistants) and the CD (Community Director) always getting the residents involved. For the most part, people are very welcoming and don't mind having people walk in their room when the door's open.

    Academic Rigor

    All the STEM classes I've taken so far have been challenging but also very open to giving help. They've all been fair but at the same time, it's a challenge and really makes me think critically in different ways. Even if you don't take STEM classes, the rigor should still be high and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to studying and doing homework in groups, as UMBC is built on community and interdependence. Be on the lookout for internships and research opportunities with the Shriver Center, it'll help launch your career in the future

    In three sentences

    UMBC is full of innovation, creativity, and strong leadership. With the BWTech Research Park close by, new and inspiring ideas come out of UMBC all the time. Also, the president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, is a very influential man and has pushed UMBC forward to new places.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking around at night. If you don't, campus police will walk you back to your room.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life, Student Events Board.. lots more. there is Involvement fest every semester to talk with clubs that interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    I've noticed there are a lot of Info Systems majors but there is a good mix. you either have to be outgoing and join clubs and meet people or stay with a small group of friends, bored.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Try getting on the roof of Ac 1V

    What to do for fun

    hang out with people, go into Baltimore, video games, w/e you usually do. There is a game room in the Commons and one in Chesapeake Hall.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall is alright. They have themed days to spice it up a bit where the food will be from a certain area of the world. There is also a sub place, burrito place, salad bar, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, sushi/ Chinese food place all on campus. Off campus, you have sooo many options around Baltimore.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm (for the most part). Harbor and Erickson hall are the two nicest dorms on campus. I live in a Living Learning Community in Harbor and get along with lots of people on my floor. Each Dorm has it's reputation so it depends on which you get.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others. It's no Harvard but expect lots of reading. Of course, the rigor depends on the level and content of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is as fun as you make it. Get involved on campus. Don't get behind on assignments. Ask teachers if you are confused or struggling.

    In three sentences

    It has a fairly small campus and most of the professors care about our education. It is NOT a party school; they are hard to come by. There are lots of helpful services.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is fantastic. I can walk from the RLC (The 24-hour study room in the library) at 2am and arrive safely to my dorm.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about the Greek life. I always see them in the breeze way fund raising. We have 4 of the divine 9, but we also have a Jewish Frat, a christian Frat/Sorority. There is always some diversity to be found at UMBC.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their clubs are great, we have over 200 clubs, but I will say during free hour it is really hard to find which clubs to go to because EVERY CLUB schedules their meetings during free hour.

    Great for these types of students

    I say if you are academically driven mostly then UMBC is for you. If you're not going to do the work and laze around than UMBC is not for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Um. Petting True Grit (The dog in front of the RAC) before a test is a tradition. I did it once and passed a test that I thought I failed!

    Bang for the buck

    For the education a person gets at this school in-state tuition is excellent, also this school is a great commuter school. So if you have to work after or before class this school is prefect!

    What to do for fun

    Hm. For Fun you could go to the mall on the weekends or a lot of clubs meet on the weekend. I keep mentioning weekends because half the school goes home on the weekends. The school is such a huge commuter school. Um a lot of clubs meet on the weekday also, there are 200+ clubs. We have something called Free hour which is a Free hour Monday,Wednesdays and Fridays. It is from 12-1, a lot of clubs meet during that time, its cool but kinda sucks because ALL clubs think the same and schedule there meetings during the same time . So don't take on too much. UMBC is not a party school at all, if you are looking for a party school than college park might be a better fit

    Food and Dining

    True Grits is decent, it is the main dining hall the food is the best during Welcome Week so make sure to eat there during that week. Also if someone says 'D-Hall' they are referring to True Grits. Sometimes the food at True Grits doesn't go together or is not good at all. Luckily the pasta/pizza station does not change so it is a good default. There are places to eat outside of True Grits, such as Jow-Jing (asian food), Salsaritas (mexican food), The Grill (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc...), Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks....there are more food places but the important part is to know that the ones outside of True Grits close at 6pm and are not open on weekends except Salsaritas( stays open everyday later than True Grits). True Grits also has something called Late Night which starts and ends at 2 am Sunday-Thursday, they have pretty good food at late night. Also Flex dollars, okay this had to be explained to me like 35345364674547 times but heres the explanation if you get food and it goes over the price of a meal (conversion is $5.50) then the remainder of the cost goes into your flex dollars. The Flex dollars will creep up on you, I ran out of Flex the middle of the semester and regretted it during finals when I was up late studying and wanted food, but couldn't spare a meal. Be careful!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, but they can be expensive. Like most colleges certain dorms are better than others, but you have to cope with whatever you get. Erickson and Harbor are the upper classman dorms and they are the best, however they can be very expensive. The Walker Apartments are the best though!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a current student at UMBC and I can stay I stress over grades. UMBC is really hard, but rewarding, The stress is worth it as long as you do well and try your best you will be good. Work hard and don't get involved in the drama of UMBC

    Tips for prospective students

    UMBC is hard, but the payoff is great! The fact of the matter is this is a FANTASTIC education. As long as you stay on top of your classes it will be fine.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a very good school, academically, this school will kick your butt if you are not organized however. Organization is key, I cannot stress that enough, organization can be the difference between a passing student and a failing student. This school is hard, but when you pass the class with an 'A' a since of accomplishment is felt.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Breakdance club is really fun!!

    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs is definitely fun. School events such as weekly movie night and bus trips are pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    The choice of food is very limited and expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are really fancy, but somes are just ok. Ex. Harbor and Erickson are design to have a living room connected between two rooms. People get crazy on weekends, but most of time they are fine.

    Academic Rigor

    No one really cares what you're doing as long as you keep your GPA good enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to make friends. However, UMBC really isn't a party school..

    In three sentences

    It's a nice school with good professors, and people are generally friendly. Transportation is a little bit inconvenient, but not if you have a car.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Mostly, I hang out with my friends for fun and participate in events on campus. There are movie nights in one of the larger lecture halls, during which they air films that came out recently, and there are open-mic nights every Thursday in the Sports Zone!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is okay, there's nothing special about any of it. The dining hall is decent, and it where I go when I want to make sure I am getting all my vegetables! The Commons has a larger variety with mini restaurants like Salsarita's, Mondo's Subs, a salad bar, etc...

    Dorm Life

    To me, the dorm life on this campus is pretty ideal! I've enjoyed living on campus mainly because it is quiet and less stressful than commuting would be. The party scene is definitely less active on this campus than on other campuses, so for people looking for that atmosphere, I would say its not the right fit for you.

    Academic Rigor

    I think academic rigor at UMBC depends on your major. UMBC is a research and an honors university that focuses a great amount on math and sciences. I think UMBC expects quality work from their students rather than quantity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved! A good portion of the students who attend UMBC are commuters, so the campus isn't very lively on the weekends. There are always events to attend, but you have to make an effort to find them; they won't be shoved in your face. Get involved in a few organizations (there are quite a few here!) and think about getting an on campus job if you have the time (there are many opportunities for student employment here.) Also, use your resources. The faculty and staff have done a great of putting together several resources for incoming and current students at UMBC.

    In three sentences

    My experience at UMBC for the past two years has been wonderful! I've enjoyed the diversity within the student population as well as the challenge in the academics. The professors are well-selected and are well-versed in their content areas.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will not walk around campus without seeing UMBC police somewhere. In addition to campus police, the county police station is located directly next to campus as well. There is no threatening feel about the campus. As long as a student takes normal precaution as they would in any public place, there is no need to worry about safety.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities and fraternities on campus. Each one is unique in their own way, but they all act like a family when together. If you love to meet people and love social interaction, UMBC's greek life is definitely the way to go. They are constantly raising money for charitable causes, and having fun while doing it.

    Clubs and Activities

    So so many to choose from. Club or intramural sports, dance clubs, a capella groups, tae kwon do-- you name it, we have it. And if we don't have it, you can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    UMBC is one of the most diverse schools in the country when it comes to race and culture. We have students from a variety of locations in the U.S. as well as several international students.This school is a place where anyone could fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During you're time at UMBC, you will probably get a chance to have a one on one conversation with the amazing president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. Every spring we have Quadmania, that features a concert with a famous band or musician and a carnival, hosted on our very own campus.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC is definitely the bargain school in Maryland. I'm talking quality education for your money, and definitely a school that is looked highly on by employers.

    What to do for fun

    There are movies every weekend in a lecture hall which transforms into a movie theater. And there are always events going on on campus. If you're not doing school work, there is always something going on whether it be a sporting event, Students Event Board event, or a club sponsored event. There are a wide variety of clubs you can join to keep busy!

    Food and Dining

    The food is tasty for a college campus. There are plenty of venues to choose from including the dining hall, Chick-Fil-A, Starbuck's, Au Bon Pain, Wild Greens salad bar, Jow Jing Chinese Cousine, Salsarita's Mexican Cousine, and more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacey and pretty close to everything. Can't complain.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough school, but you will come out that much smarter and on top. The hard work definitely pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    My suggestion for incoming students is to get to know people- your professors, TA's, and other students. Also get familiar with the resources on campus- there is a resource for just about anything you'd need help with. At UMBC you're never alone, which is a satisfying reminder.

    In three sentences

    This school is very challenging in order to make students the best they can be. The professors, for the most part, are attentive and want you to do well. There are so many resources to help you succeed, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Patrolled by Maryland State police, it has been voted one of the safest College campuses on the east coast.

    Greek Life

    not as large as most colleges. Offers a couple frats and sororities for students who are set on belonging.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every possible major/minor, hobby, affiliation and association you can think of. There is ALWAYS something going on for students to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Science students/Math/Psychology and History students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Library is great location on campus with views of Baltimore city. Academic row was designed in the 60s and offers some great works of architecture from that time period with an incredible Performing Arts building that's set to be completed in the Fall of 2013.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very affordable (around $10,000) especially for one of the top colleges in the country right now. You will not only emerge from UMBC with more knowledge in your field than almost any other school, but you will also build connections that stick and will help you be successful in your career and grad school.

    What to do for fun

    The UMBC Commons is a great place to hangout. Comfortable furniture with ample space, plenty of restaurants and gaming rooms. The Game room has a pool hall, Ping-Pong tables and Xbox360 connectivity with Big-screen game nights and many activities throughout the week. The commons also has a great bar and a sports center.

    Food and Dining

    From the Yum Shoppe to True Grits, the dining offers a varied selection of good foods and snacks. Food plans are easily obtained through the college and hours of operation are very convenient for students regardless of class times.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nicely equipped, especially in Erickson Hall. Clean and spacious with students who are more focused on learning than anything else. Great dorms for incoming freshmen

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very well structured. The texts are appropriately assigned and the homework, though ample, is not too much where it would make you lose interest in the course. Effective class use and passionate professors make even the dullest class come to life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors College! It has many benefits and programs that help you earn and honorable degree and will help you be the most hirable over anyone else in your field of study.

    In three sentences

    A fantastic student-oriented university determined on helping their students succeed. UMBC has an incredible academic track record. Skilled and passionate professors makes for a learning experience that truly prepares you for your career.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    DO NOT JOIN!!!

    What to do for fun

    Fishbowl on Thursday nights at the Fish Head Cantina. Baltimore

    Tips for prospective students

    Find parking spots early. Visit the RAC during off hours. Try to stay away from campus food.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland Baltimore County is a small commuter school. If you are looking for a party school, this is not the place to go. However, it is an honors school and their academics are fairly rigorous.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Baltimore, baby, Baltimore! Great city, great restaurants!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great - a lot of options!

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    In three sentences

    It is a great college - large enough that there are plenty of research resources and materials, but with caring staff and faculty that provide individual learning support.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a frat or sorority, attend the activities that are set up in the beginning and end of the year like big crazy fun night or quadmania.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food will not always meet your expectations but the dining hall was pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming was very exciting and the people on my floor were very sociable. Meet the right people and you'll have a great year.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are hard but as long as you study and do well on exams you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though the campus is small there are other ways to get out into the community.

    In three sentences

    This university is a small community but it allows students to make close friendships with their peers. This university allows students to make close relationships with the staff. This university helps students grow in academic ways as well as social.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Barely anything happens on campus. If there is any activity, it is usually dealt with immediately.

    Greek Life

    Not a large presence but there is Greek Life for those who wish to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 100 clubs and teams. If there aren't any that strike your interests, you can create one of your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open to meeting students that are different from their ethnic background

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many study locations and I enjoy sitting outside to study.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it for Maryland residents because of state tuition. Much newer campus compared to the other public Maryland institutions. There is a lot of new construction going on (recently: arts building). Many scholarship programs (arts, humanities, policy, Meyerhoff Program for the sciences)

    What to do for fun

    Shuttles to: town of Arbutus, Catonsville, Halethorpe, Arundel Mall Shuttles that can link you to the Metro DC area - culture nights on campus a few times a month - movie theater on campus - game room (pool and ping pong in the commons) - Student Events Board sponsored events (cheap tickets to Quad Mania - this year's was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, DC Zoo, Orioles Games, Hershey Park, NYC, Philly, King's Dominion)

    Food and Dining

    We have an all you can eat dining buffet that has different types of food each night (also have the typical foods: sandwich station, pasta and pizza, salads, bread/cereal breakfast pantry). I really enjoy the theme nights but I prefer to go to the commons (food court style- salad, vegetarian, salad, familigia, chinese, outtakes convenience store, mondos sandwich, grill). We also have a Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A on campus and a Subway's on our BW Tech company campus which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the main circle. I also really like the Admin Coffee Shop (great breakfast and lunch sandwiches and wraps).

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life. The newer dorms are really clean, modern and and spacious. Some dorms are older than others and choosing dorms are based on student credit levels. Some older dorms are currently under construction.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not as familiar with the arts than I am with the sciences (especially biochemistry and engineering), but the courses are intense. The intro courses may be a bit repetitive from high school especially for those who have taken AP courses but I recommend it as a time for students to really develop their study habits and create a schedule they will stick to once the new (and more difficult material) comes along.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Use your resources: sign up for a weekly tutorial session for chemistry, go to professor office hours, take advantage of UMBC works (the online internship/co-op/job database) - Meet as many students as you can during Welcome Week. Do not hang out with people from your school only, and go out of your comfort zone. - The Student Events Board plans many activities each month (on campus weekly movies, crafts, trips to DC and amusement parks, etc) - If you are a Maryland resident, I definitely advise staying on campus on weekends and spending time with fellow classmates and attending school events

    In three sentences

    This is one of the most diverse and academically rigorous university campuses in the US and voted one of the top up and coming schools for the past several years. The goal of the school is to make sure that each and every student graduates, which is aided by tutorial services, student involvement fairs, career fairs, and more. There are so many research opportunities open to undergraduates to pursue research early on in their career.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe with security personnel present on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    various interesting and fun clubs

    Great for these types of students

    for the focused and hardworking

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    people sleep in the library because of too much reading

    Bang for the buck

    a very good school, especially if you are considering medical school after.

    What to do for fun

    club meetings. quadmania

    Food and Dining

    the meals are well diverse and rich in nutrition

    Dorm Life

    great living conditions with great avenue to meet interesting people. you get to meet cool people

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive, hard classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work. also keep an open mind.

    In three sentences

    it is very competitive. it provides a good and conducive environment to learn. The school is also known for their high standards and good reviews

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police force, and blue emergency light system. There is also only one road through the campus, which means there is only one way in and one way out. Not much room to get away.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, teams, organized events, concerts, shows, theatre, you name it, UMBC has it.

    Food and Dining

    The food is phenomenal and there are so many places to eat! They accommodate everyone's food choices whether you have allergies, are vegan, vegetarian, kosher, or anything else, they have plenty of choices for you.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are some of the biggest dorm rooms I have seen, and they are being renovated and getting all new furniture. The residential staff is committed to making dorm life as great as it can be. The best part, in my opinion, is no community bathrooms. It is one bathroom per every two rooms. That means 4 people to a bathroom instead of 50 people to a gym locker room style bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging- this is an Honors College- but the professors are there to help you and really want to get to know you to help you succeed in any possible way.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many options, do not feel rushed or pressured to make any decisions too quickly. Ask any and all questions- everyone is willing and happy to answer your questions.

    In three sentences

    I recently went for Orientation and I all of my nervousness and anxiety went away. Everyone is extremely dedication and willing to help in any way, shape, or form. I cannot wait to start my college experience here.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At night the campus is well lit and constantly patrolled by campus police.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a STEM major, especially engineering and biology, or interested in going into research this is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite places to go on campus is the Conservation and Environmental Research Area, this area is soo natural and you can see plenty of wildlife if your lucky. At the top of the hill, or from the 4th floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities building you can see the Key Bridge and the Baltimore Skyline if weather permits.

    What to do for fun

    Student Events Board are the ones always planning fun activities to do on campus during the week and weekends. Also in the area there is Arundel Mills Mall for you shoppers out there and nearby theres the Chesapeake Bay to go swimming if you choose to.

    Food and Dining

    There are options when it comes to food on campus, you do not have to eat at the dining hall since there are meal deals at the 8 food establishments on campus and you can use meals at the starbucks as well.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but I have had friends that dorm and the dorms are pretty nice. The campus is a good size so the dorms are a short distance from the rest of campus and as for the dining hall its right next to the dorms. Not a long walk at all.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not a party school like others in the area, with that said, the students here have a high focus on their studies and doing well. Also, the professors are dedicated to their subject of teaching and willing to help a student in need, just as long as they are willing to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is lots to get involved with on campus, but be careful not to lose focus on why you are there in the first place. On the other hand, do not be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone and try something new, you might learn something new about yourself.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    School events are okay. They are not that great. As long as you have good friends, then you will have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Not a huge fan of dining hall. But the rest they offer is okay.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good. Some residence halls are very nice but also very quiet. The rest of them are pretty loud and lively but are crappy looking. It is bittersweet, but really good for the most part.

    Academic Rigor

    Probably more focused on education than any other school out there.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a very studious school. It is filled with mostly commuter students and is a pretty small campus. This university is best for those who want to focus on academics and pretty much just that.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club! The running club is really fun if you're a runner like myself

    Food and Dining

    Superb!

    Dorm Life

    It's pretty cool; nice to hang with friends or study. Everyone is considerate of the other person.

    Academic Rigor

    Quite challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all study tools there. Work hard. Form study groups. Get involved in activities on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is very challenging. It requires a lot of work. This school is meant to push you as well as teach you.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe with police station right next to campus but still needs better security

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Common areas and very nice library!

    Bang for the buck

    Great labs on campus for incoming STEM students!

    What to do for fun

    Go to orioles games, place sports on campus and also enjoy good food in local areas.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty decent but prices might be a little high.

    Dorm Life

    Do not live on campus so can not really comment

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers push to enlighten students to understand concepts on their own but are there for a better understanding and more detailed explanation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the teachers and make yourself known with undergrads and grad students.

    In three sentences

    Class sizes are manageable and teachers do a great job making sure concepts are understood. Grading is fair and class environment is great. Love the area around it and people going there.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    There is no reason you should be bored there plenty of different people and things to do.

    In three sentences

    A nice small university where everyone is friendly. Great educational standards that push you to want to achieve greater. Faculty care about their students.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Therer's always something to do on campus but if not, Baltimore is very close!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help: all you need to do is ask. Someone will help.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a wonderful school with staff that cares, a beautiful campus, and students that stay involved.

  • 08/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always roaming the campus which gives a feel of security to all the students, no doubt. Also, the campus is an enclosed circle, so anyone coming into the campus can be seen by the roaming police as well. Although IDs are not checked every other second, safety is definitely a priority at this campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life currently has 22 organizations at this college. The Greek life openly invites all students to get involved, or at least check it out. No organization here is biased and forces students to join just to take their money, or to make them party and drink like the incorrect dispositions of Fraternities and Sororities. Greek life is apparent, and present, but not overpowering and demeaning.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun? All the sporting events at UMBC are FREE with your student ID!!! Where else can you go to college for that? The amount of school spirit here is phenomenal despite the smaller student body. There are many clubs that include but are not limited to: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Crew, Badmiton, Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Anime club, IT club, Book club, and so much more! Nonetheless, even if not actively participating in a club, there's always the library, to study, or the gameroom and commons to meet up with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Yum! There's a great variety from pizza to pasta to salads. There are even sandwiches that will be made to order. The dining hall is always very clean, and feel free to take a sandwich or drink back to your dorms! The staff and faculty are very friendly, and never grumpy to help you out. The food is usually pretty fresh, hot, and pretty good tasting!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! There is a lobby before entering the building, and IDs are always checked. A very safe living area that provides fun, socializing, but most importantly a safe place to reside. RA's are very friendly and do check up occasionally to make sure everything runs smoothly on the floor. Dorms are being rebuilt, and very spacious compared to some of the larger colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor at this college is based on many factors whether or not you are enrolled in the honors university or in the Meyerhoff Program. Overall, most students here have the same mindset that academics come first. This allows the rigor of the classes to actually move forward rather than dwindle in the same concepts for many lectures at a time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the GEN ED requirements! UMBC has a clear cut of arts and humanities along with cultural requirements that most colleges don't actually offer. Also check with your major advisor to see which classes will transfer from AP scores, or IB, or college credits because you don't want to come in thinking you'll have 60 credits, when in reality you are only allowed to transfer about 30. So make sure!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland-Baltimore County community provides a tight knit and undergraduate focused school. The teachers have a genuine passion to help the students get to their dreams and goals. Although it is a smaller school, no student here feels like just another statistic or number for the University but rather an active participant and success story.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMBC is a very safe campus, with constant updates on what might be happening in the area, the campus police are very quick to respond and do their due diligence.

    Greek Life

    UMBC's greek life is an incredible group of all supporting fraternities and sororities. Helping with each others philanthropies and service events, UMBC really does well at Greek Unity. Every Wednesday, the greek community comes out in bulk representing their respective fraternity or sorority.

    Great for these types of students

    UMBC is great for students who want to get a diverse environment. Students who are academically focused first, and socially focused second do very well here.

    Bang for the buck

    UMBC's location also makes for a lot of fun options on the weekends. The inner harbor at Baltimore is only 10 -15 minutes away and the number of activities I can list down there is long. You also have three different malls right by campus, and a lot of other great food options!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! UMBC's greek life is an incredible and supportive community, or maybe join one of UMBC's 90+ clubs ranging in everything from chess to rock climbing. Service to bettering yourself. Student Events Board and Student Government Association have lots of opportunities for growth and responsibility.

    Food and Dining

    UMBC has several different options for food, and while it's nothing gourmet, they are all pretty darn good. Meeting with a group of people for food and making memories, sharing laughs. It's all possible.

    Dorm Life

    UMBC housing is incredible. The campus is lively, and living on campus provides you with so many opportunities versus being a commuter. The residential life community is very helpful and works with you. Dorms provide just about anything you can think of and might need.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies from teacher to teacher, but ratemyprofessor.com does an incredible job of preparing you for the teachers you are considering selecting for your education. You can decide your rigor based on your major, and the classes you take!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be sure to take advantage of campus life. The Student events board plans tons of fun events that bring the campus together! UMBC is an amazing school despite, or maybe because of, its small campus and close community.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe at all times. We get e-mails if there is anything happening on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not interesting.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join any organization you feel like. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people and learn different cultures.

    Great for these types of students

    UMBC is great for students that like diversity. It is also for those that are studious and not the party goers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    QUADMANIA!

    What to do for fun

    JOIN ORGANIZATIONS! There is a lot of student organizations to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food at UMBC is not that great. There are days when their food is amazing and there are days it turns for the worse.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun. There are activities that brings everyone together.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, UMBC is very good. It prepares you for graduate school and professional school. Professors take there time to make sure students understand what is taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for many opportunities for anything. Take your academics seriously. It is a small campus, so trust me you will know people.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a very diverse school. It is a school that will give you many opportunities for research, internships etc. It is definitely not a party school; students are more into their books.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Campus life could be a bit more exciting.

    In three sentences

    As an honors university, professors provide a well- rounded rigorous education. Be prepared to devote time and effort if you want to excel at UMBC. Benefits are location on the Baltimore area with access to the Shady Grove campus just outside of DC.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    always officers walking around checking on the dorms and making sure every one is safe

    Greek Life

    I apart of a sorioty and I love it

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    really none to be exact

    What to do for fun

    join clubs, be social with others, meet new friends, a few fun parties to attend, join a sport of intrest

    Food and Dining

    Love the food, may different choices of food to eat and plus a dessert section. yum =)

    Dorm Life

    Love dorm life, we have different themes on each floor or each building. We also have fun game nights and asctivities to do. Study groups are always around.

    Academic Rigor

    awsome classes, plus you can build your own schedule that fits you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with a open mind and a drive to learn and excel in your academics. Yes college can be pretty scary , but the professors will comfort you and guide you step by step on what to do. College is an experience.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a beautiful campus . wonderful professors, that are willing to really help you succeed. UMBC is a honors college , the best of the best.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are friendly and super helpful. Any problem you have is usually solved quickly.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek life around here, but not necessarily of the traditional kind. They're not known for their partying, and they focus a lot on fundraising for charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of student clubs and organizations, ranging from the Black Student Union, to LGBT activism, to service oriented clubs, and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for STEM majors, anyone who wants to focus on academics, and anyone who is a goofball at heart. This is a huge geek school, and we often have cartoon marathons, video game release parties, and LARP-ing events. But we're not so geeky that we're stuck in middle school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school isn't huge on traditions, but the Commons and the Quad are the places to be!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is really affordable compared to other places! Events on campus are usually free.

    What to do for fun

    There is an organization called Student Events Board, and they host all kinds of programs such as biweekly open mic nights, weekly movies, tye-dye parties, dance parties, etc. The clubs and organizations on campus also host an array of events, like knitting parties, yoga, cookouts, etc. There definitely isn't a dull moment as long as you look for some fun. Plus, there's usually always free food!

    Food and Dining

    The food leaves much to be desired, and while there are often a variety of options, many find them unsatisfactory. The dining hall has good days and bad days, and a virtue is that there is a salad bar, a sandwich bar, a pizza bar, and an array of cereal available at all times, so if you're not interested in the entree options, there is still something you can enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    The overall community of campus leaves a little to be desired since a vast majority of students are commuters, but the community of those who live on campus is great! Three of the six dorm buildings have been renovated in the past two years, so they're fantastically up-to-date. A fourth building is undergoing renovations at the moment as well. Each dorm has a strong community within its self, and a common week will contain two or three community-building events.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are designed to challenge you, and the professors are there to help. There are some classes that are taken for an easy grade, but there are only a few. Since academia is the top priority here, classes, homework, and studying are what we focus on.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) then this is the place for you! The research that happens on this campus is commonly published around the world. Humanities and social sciences do not get overlooked, but the ratio of STEM to non-STEM majors is incredibly significant.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is diverse, inclusive, and highly academic. We focus on academics more than anything, so it's easy to get immersed in your studies rather than distracted by outside forces.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Less than 10% of the school is involved. They are very active and are always in the Breezeway having bake sales.Meet lots of people

    Bang for the buck

    Food is expensive, and since there are less students at UMBC than other big schools like College park, there is less money for resources.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and activities to meet people and participate in events. Also, there are movies every weekend and SEB events all the time on weekends to keep students interested.

    Food and Dining

    Some days are better than others. Dining hall is not too bad, but a lot of their food is very greasy. But they always have an omlette bar in the mornings and a big salad bar. The food in the commons is not bad either, but some days Salsaritas can be gross.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, the dorms are pretty good. The freshman dorms are designed to help you meet people and make friends. Upper classmen dorms are nicer buildings, but a lot less social.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is difficult, be prepared to work hard! Especially in Engineering and Computer Science, teachers give you a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! People say UMBC is boring, but that's only if you never leave your room and never meet people. UMBC is an awesome campus and there are many opportunities to have fun if you look for them!

    In three sentences

    Great school overall. UMBC cares more about their students than sports, they don't even have a football team. The majority of the faculty I have encountered are very friendly and will help you in any way they can.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everysingle pathway that you'll ever have to take ever is lit up like a Christmas tree, don't worry.

    Great for these types of students

    STEM students and Thinkers.

    Bang for the buck

    We're in the top 1% of all the schools in the US, and our tuition won't make you die. So its a pretty good time.

    What to do for fun

    There's a good 200 Student Organizations here; I'm confident that you'll find something . Our Student Events Board always makes it a good time.

    Food and Dining

    We have a starbucks that can be applicable to your meal plan. I rest my case.

    Dorm Life

    While our dorms are very safe and our RA's work super hard to throw interesting programs so that you all can have a good time, the security system that we have has a structure that inhibits you from hanging with your friends as freely as you like.

    Academic Rigor

    They'll definitely give you a run for your money here. But its nothing that you can't get added help for if necessary

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your AP's up; you're gonna want to place out of some classes, so that you don't have to waste valuable credit hours. Put in 110% Involve yourself in something other than your books too; have some fun! Make some waves. Study.

    In three sentences

    Great school for thinkers. Best school for scientists. All the good of a college experience with interesting things and thought provoking ideas, without the distraction of a ton of partying.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is small enough that any place on campus isn't too far away. In addition, UMBC is close enough to downtown Baltimore, so the nightlife isn't very far away.

    Food and Dining

    The food is generally palatable, but the dining hall's food decreases in taste as the semester progresses. The best places to eat are in the Commons, especially Mondo Subs, Chick-Fil-A, and Starbucks are always pleasing.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is one of the biggest halls on campus, but the basement, where I live, is generally quiet. The good thing about going to a medium sized campus is that you share a bathroom with only your roommate and two other people. Our RA often has monthly activities for our floor which are always fun, and the dorm as a whole usually has weekly programs to bring people together.

    Academic Rigor

    The main difference in academics from high school and college is the application of the material you learn. In high school, students often memorize things just before the test, take the test and earn great grades. But in college, you not only have to know the information, but you also have to understand why the phenomena you learn about occurs, especially in the sciences. Memorization is not always enough; you truly have to immerse yourself in the coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to go on the pre-med track, take at least one year of AP Calculus and AP Statistics! It will help you have experience if you have to take it here or it will get you out of taking those classes. Realize that you will have to adjust to life in college. There may be some negative aspects that you experience such as homesickness and friend drama, but its not permanent. Also, know that you will have to work harder in college, especially at UMBC. There is more freedom in college, but also more responsibility. The coursework is much more difficult, and you can't do homework like you did in high school. If you miss work, it is difficult to catch up.

    In three sentences

    A unique school, known for its rigorous academics and paltry social atmosphere, is a great school if you want a rewarding and distinctive academic experience. However, realize it's not a party school, so if you expect to attend them on a regular basis, expect to have to go off campus. Other than that, you will almost always be busy!

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMBC is a fairly safe campus, and even during those moments that are unsafe, all students throughout the campus are notified when and where the issue is in a timely manner. Usually any kind of crime happens outside of campus in the nearby areas, but none are extreme.

    Greek Life

    There is a very lively greek life at UMBC. Many of my friends are part of sororities and fraternities there. Any student can find out more information during the school's Involvement Fest during the beginning of each school semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless types of clubs, activities, and events that any student has access to at UMBC! These range from academic to cultural to sport oriented subjects. I am personally more involved in the cultural community at UMBC, holding officer positions in more than one club. Activities are great ways for students to not only get involved with the campus, but with other peers as well. These are usually funded by the school and held by different organizations. Events are also a great way for students to socialize, learn, and just have fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Really?... anyone! Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, into gaming, into sports, shy, chatty, anyone has the ability to make UMBC theirs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HUMANS vs. ZOMBIES! For sure.

    What to do for fun

    Go. To. Events. UMBC always has these great events held by either the Student Events Board or other Clubs and Organizations! Best of all? They're free most of the time! This means free food, entertainment, etc. If you're not feeling like it, UMBC also offers the game room, which has things like billiards, ping pong, and multiple game stations. But most of all, I enjoy hanging out with my friends for fun, which isn't always on campus! Places like the Arundel Mills Mall and the shops along Route 40 are great hangout places for students to have fun, eat, socialize and do whatever!

    Food and Dining

    True Grits is UMBC's Dining Hall (meaning buffet style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The food there is decent, meaning it may be off some days, but it also may be great! If you don't feeling like eating buffet styled or eating something more centralized, there's always the Commons, the University Center, or the Administration Cafe!

    Dorm Life

    As a student who's been dorming since day one Freshman year, I quite enjoyed my stay these years. The buildings are very secure, come with A/C, environmentally friendly lighting, good spacing, and carpets. As UMBC is filled with many commuters, the size of the student population residing in dorms may not be as big as some other Universities, however if you initiate it, dorm life can be extremely fun. If you take the initiative to get to know your dorm-mate, roommates, and even floor-mates, you can create a great bond with them. Events that the Residential Life provides also help improve the activeness of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course as with any school, this topic is heavily dependent on the type of class you're taking, the level of the course, the teacher who is teaching it, and obviously the nature of the class itself! Throughout my personal experiences, as long as you stay on top of what you are doing and talk to your peers and professors if you need to help, you should be doing fine in your academics. Teachers understand the workload you take on and assignments are spaced out well, as long as you know how to manage time and balance your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your work! Plan ahead of time. Have good organizations. Take your time, no need to rush. Know how to relax, get enough sleep, and enjoy your college experience.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is a great up and coming school for any type of person looking for a medium-sized campus that holds events, activities, and promotes well-being for students. The range of majors and minors at the University allows for diversity in the education for students. Also, the variety of clubs, teams, socials, events, and activities are great ways for students to get involved.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe enough to go out for Midnight Jogs around campus, despite UMBC being on a historically dangerous-ish city (Baltimore City Maryland).

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, I have my own club that I established, so if there isn't something you find interesting, just make a club, it's quick and easy!

    Great for these types of students

    STEM Majors, and focused students that are well prepared for hard work.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is great, the people are great, the teachers are superb, and the education is well worth the hard work and money!

    What to do for fun

    I'm actually the President of a club on campus, we host weekend events, so I literally do whatever I want, I just plan accordingly and me and my group have some fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for where and what to eat, as well as some superb meal plans. The Dinning Hall is decent enough most of the time, but occasionally you should avoid it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, the staff are awesome. I'm a freshman and despite me having upperclassmen roommates I still feel quite accepted into the community. I've made a lot of good friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I'm studying Computer Engineering, the course load is heavy and tough, but with some hard work and dedication you can easily make it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do a lot of work if you are in a STEM major. Not too sure about non-STEM majors.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland Baltimore County is a great school. The education is amazing because the teachers are very enthusiastic about their subjects. Also, the Diversity on Campus makes the people you meet so unique and living on campus is a really cool and different experience.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and activities, it's actually kind of overwhelming. You never feel like you have enough time in your schedule to participate in everything, and it is a very real problem among our students. There are more involved activities that include community service, campus government and activity planning, as well as working for various organizations like the Women's Center. And there are also more relaxed organizations like frisbee club, Humans vs. Zombies, Game Club, and Rugby. When you have a good group of people who you enjoy to be around, every event on campus becomes a fun-filled one.

    Food and Dining

    Although many people are quick to say it's nothing like home cooking, I wouldn't expect the campus to be able to accommodate food choices for every single student. They try their best to provide different options, including East Asian and hispanic style food, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher options. They also try to take inspiration from different cultures in order to provide a more homely experience to the vast array of cultures and ethnicities that inhabit our campus, including greek, indian, and persian food selections. Although it indeed is nothing like a five star restaurant or mom's home cooking, I applaud the food service staff for preparing delicious meals to thousands of students daily.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm mates and I have become one big family. Everyone on our floor studies, parties, and eats together. We find comfort in having friends who are so accessible and understanding. The residential staff are also quite supportive and engaged with our lives as well. They provide many activities for our hall to bond with, and they never hesitate to provide familiar hospitality.

    Academic Rigor

    It is apparent that UMBC puts particular focus on academics without stressing a need to sacrifice your life for it. The teachers are not afraid to give a heavy work load. They expect students who were specially chosen for the school to be able to take on new challenges. Although it may be new and seem overwhelming, there are numerous outlets across campus to help one overcome obstacles and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that you come to UMBC with an open mind and open hands. Be willing to see different perspectives of the world, including participating in new cultures and meeting different people. Also, be willing to take advantage of the opportunities given to you by the UMBC community, as well as reciprocating such aid.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a college of diversity and opportunity. Not only are you able to find a community of people who are avid about the same things in which you find interest, but you are also able to enhance your own academic and social knowledge through the inherent variety of courses and clubs offered. The campus may be small and somewhat isolated, but once you find your niche, you will truly feel a part of a family that only hopes to see you grow and fulfill your vision.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the Commons, watch movie in the movie theatre

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. Depends on what you life. there Chick FIl A, Starbucks, True Girs

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early as possible

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a diverse college. Excellent college to meet new people. UMBC is one of top colleges in Maryland.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe

    Greek Life

    Great

    Clubs and Activities

    Have not enrolled in any clubs yet

    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The commons area is great, always friendly staff.

    Bang for the buck

    It's great

    What to do for fun

    Make friends

    Food and Dining

    Food is great and there is a Starbucks

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I stay off campus. But from what i heard it is great

    Academic Rigor

    Great education

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to make friends because it is a close family, basically.

    In three sentences

    University Of Maryland in Baltimore County is an great platform for higher education. The professors are very helpful. It is one of best places to go and get what you pay for basically.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out outside and with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is gross and not enough options on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice, the noise violations are a little too strict.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what classes you are taking but most are challenging and require lots of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many things as possible

    In three sentences

    Good school and good professors. Very diverse campus. Not lively enough at times.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very little crime but being near Baltimore things do happen sometimes.

    Greek Life

    a few fraternities and sororities, nothing special they're pretty open when it comes to recruitment. No frathouses due to county law.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, plus two involvement fests; one in the fall and another in the winter. Office of Student life is very bureaucratic and slow, but if you want to start and organization you can.

    Great for these types of students

    If your social its easy to make friends, if your not then staying to yourself is easy too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quadmania, which is like homecoming for students.

    Bang for the buck

    Very inexpensive if your in state, financial aid is a joke though.

    What to do for fun

    The surrounding area has very little to do, if your looking for a good time off campus downtown Baltimore is only 10+ minutes away, plus there are parties at the surrounding campuses. Student life can be very good to bad depending on how social you are. There isn't a lot of pressure to be outgoing, but its easy to make friends if you are.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average to below average, something that could be fixed with competition. Dining hall has been known to cause food poisoning. Workers can be rude

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live on campus, but they try do their best to make it a good experience

    Academic Rigor

    Strong in STEM, other majors get treated like step-children. Exclusive programs like Management of aging services, some majors aren't accredited like Financial Economics (Business) and Health administration and public policy (Health Administration) but still good. You will be pushed to do research as you become an upperclassman. Honors college and other special groupings are available too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do research on what major you would like to go in to, some majors are more competitive than others. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen but hard to come by if your transferring. If interested in STEM look into the Meyerhoff scholarship.

    In three sentences

    Very strong academically, socially it is what you make it. The campus needs to grow because it has become more competitive.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've walked around campus after late classes. You can always ask for an escort too.

    Greek Life

    It's optional.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to do everywhere, every week, every day.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who have the motivation and know it's not a walk in the park.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the school mascot's (True Grit the labrador) nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    I've had great experiences so far. The only bad ones are on how long it takes for forms to go through.

    What to do for fun

    I listen to music, draw, and watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    Food's somewhat overpriced and tastes meh.

    Dorm Life

    Commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than others, it's the more harder ones you learn in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out about the many groups you can join, there's so many.

    In three sentences

    The teachers there are amazing. There are many groups, clubs and activities to do on campus. It's a great school with active students.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    There are various community orientated sororities and opportunity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various activities available including soccer club , basketball clubs, chess club and other clubs

    Great for these types of students

    There are chapel good for various science and art majors, stem research scholarships for student who have about 3.5 scale on 4.0.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone pets the Dog (statue) for good luck on exams

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities on campus. Clubs and Sports groups. Sailing is a very interesting group as well as scuba diving.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining department strive for the best quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fair interesting, since it's a educational competitive school you tend to spend most of your time studying in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly difficult, depending on your Major. Science Majors are known to be one of the hardest major, but they teach the students very well,

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early, and apply for a lot of scholarship.

    In three sentences

    The college is very diverse and unique in it's own way. It a small campus but that helps you navigate all the resources you need efficiently. Number one up and coming university.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe since its somewhat secluded, so pretty much nothing really happens. Plus, there are blue lights if you ever feel worried.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in Greek life, by my roommate is and she loves it. It's not as party-oriented as at some schools, and there aren't houses, but they still seem to have great sisterhood (or brotherhood) and have a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a pretty good variety of clubs and activities to choose from, though there is certainly room for improvement.

    Great for these types of students

    All students? The campus is pretty diverse, and pretty much all of the programs are good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of squirrels....they're everywhere. You think I'm kidding, but there is actually a Facebook page titled UMBC squirrels. As for places....there's a tunnel leading from by the parking garage under the ground to where the pond by the library is, which is kinda fun to walk in. Also, there's a couple rope swings and a zip line in the trees just outside of the main loop of road.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school, so its fairly reasonable, and with scholarships and grants and such, its pretty nice considering its actually a pretty high quality school.

    What to do for fun

    I have a lot of artistic friends, so I tend to go to shows and recitals on campus. There are also lots of activities set up by students which can be fun (anything by SEB is free and probably involves food!). Definitely go to Welcome Week and Involvement Fest activities. I hear Quadmania is the best event, but I haven't been to one yet since I'm a freshie.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be kinda bleh sometimes and gets repetitive after a while since there aren't a ton of choices, but its not bad really.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a bit biased because I'm in one of the nicest residence halls on campus, but overall, its good. A lot of students commute though or go home on weekends, though, so that can be a bummer. The dorms generally have a decent amount of space, and I don't think any have communal bathrooms, you usually just share with your suite, which is nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are definitely more rigorous, but, in general, the classes are fairly tough, though certainly doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a lot of parties...you should probably check out Penn State, not UMBC. If you are focused and want to get a good education, whether it be in science or in an art, you'll fit in great. If you plan to live on campus, get the ultimate meal plan, it gets you the most food, yet is somehow cheaper than the flex 14. In general, be accepting of others and work hard and you'll be fine. Also, when it gets cold or gross out, take advantage of the easy cut-throughs in buildings. And go to SEB events, they're always free!

    In three sentences

    I think that UMBC is an excellent school; it has great academics and an excellent environment. The students and faculty are focused on quality education, no matter what field they are in. The campus is nice, though small and not much of a party school (not that that's a bad thing), and there is a lot of diversity, and everyone seems to get along well for the most part.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    many clubs. internship opportunities. patapsco park.

    Food and Dining

    tasty food. strict schedule. somewhat cheap.

    Dorm Life

    friendly. somewhat quiet. helpful roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    strong STEM programs. highly qualified arts program. rigorous student body

    Tips for prospective students

    be attentive. be punctual. study comes first then partying.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Great campus. and a rigorous student body.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    EXCELLENT value.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the Commons or Starbucks or play frisbee on the Erickson field.

    Food and Dining

    Meh.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a STEM major, then this school is for you. It has more prestige in the sciences than UMCP. But also make sure to get involved.

    In three sentences

    A great academic school with a mediocre campus life and a community college feel. UMBC is one of the best value schools out there for STEM majors but has a lack of university feel. It feels very much like a community college.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Baltimore police department is present on campus, but we also have our own security services as well as an acting student staff charged with escorting students who do not feel safe on their own, as well as patrolling the campus at night to discourage any illegal activity.

    Greek Life

    We have a very strong and healthy Greek community on campus that is guided by our Greek Life office. There is zero tolerance for hazing or any other inappropriate behavior. Our organizations are driven to be conscious of the community through service initiatives usually lead by individuals within the group who reach out to the others for co-op events.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 200 student-run clubs, which features literally anything you can think of (academic, hobbies, athletic, etc.). We also have several Greek organizations on campus as well.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are academically driven and want an environment to be challenged in but still supported, UMBC is a great place for you. The departments are very supportive of their students and are willing to help you out if you have an idea for a new project, or are having trouble keeping up with your coursework. We also have many contracts with government and technologically-based companies in Maryland and the surrounding area, so if that line of work interests you this is a great place for you as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a rock garden near the commons that contains a notebook under the bench. Anyone can write in it, and they are usually saved once the notebooks are full and replaced with a new one.

    Bang for the buck

    Because UMBC is fairly new ('70s), they tend to increase tuition to fund their newest building projects such as renovating the academic and residential buildings. There are also fees for specific departments that every student is charged regardless of if they'll be using the service or not- most notably is the $400 Athletic fee charged each semester for maintenance and upkeep of the RAC (which only very recently got new equipment, but still isn't big enough to support the student body). Since it's a state school, the per-credit-hour tuition could be worse though.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ridiculous amount of free events on campus happening every day that cater to every student's needs. We also have local merchants come by for poster sales, jewelry sales and the like near the Bookstore and the Commons Breezeway. There's a lecture hall on campus where weekly movies are shown ($5 entry fee unless you go on Saturday nights when it's free- the popcorn is free too). You can also go on bus trips to places like the Renaissance Festival, midnight movie releases, Hershey Park, etc. for decent pricing. There's a game room in the Commons that has pool, ping pong, video games, and a few various arcade games. There's also a bar on campus in the Commons called Flat Tuesdays which does karaoke, but that's also done in the Sports Zone if you happen to be under 21. If you're fond of nature we have a ton of it- there's a pond you can walk out to through the woods, as well as CERA which is a protected forest that has pathways though it. We are also very close to Baltimore so a trip to Fell's Point, the Inner Harbor, or Old Ellicott City is reasonable.

    Food and Dining

    The reason food and dining at UMBC only has three stars is because of pricing. If you have a meal plan, you'll find each meal has a value of $5.50 but works for getting into True Grits (our main dining hall) and most of the other restaurants on campus. If you don't have a meal plan, it's $9-11 to get into True Grits throughout the day, and a little less at the other restaurants. There are technically four cafes on campus. One is in the administration building and has full breakfast features but limited hours it's open. The library has Pura Vida, a small cafe with coffee, smoothies and tea as well as an assortment of salads and baked goods. There's a Starbucks on Academic Row that has everything a normal location would. Then in the Commons there is an Au Bon Pain which serves breakfast goods as well as soups, sandwiches and a pretty good macaroni and cheese. For regular dining options, there is the already mentioned True Grits, which is open four times a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and late night. It features vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher food as well as pretty much any other food a buffet would have such as pasta, steak, hamburgers, etc. Other places to eat include Salsaritas (tex-mex), Wild Greens (salad place), Mondo's (subs) and the Grill (American). There's also a chinese food place which has good sushi and crab wontons, a vegan place that has an unfortunately limited selection, and an Italian place that features pizza, pasta and strombolis. There are also options like Outtakes which sells pre-packaged foods and drinks, and The Yum Shoppe in the Commons which has a lot of options and is the closest thing to a grocery store on campus.

    Dorm Life

    UMBC's Residential Life department is very determined to make every student feel at home as soon as they get to campus. Residential Assistants are present on every floor or apartment complex and are charged with keeping in contact with their residents and hosting various events for them (such as trivia nights, cookouts, etc). They also recently updated their software for housing applications which is a big bonus, and they have plans to renovate every hall by 2020. The dorm halls which have recently been upgraded are Patapsco, Chesapeake, and the Terrace and Hillside apartments. Most rooms are doubles containing two people who share a bathroom with another set of people, but there are also singles and apartments (with four people each with their own rooms and kitchen). Most halls feature a kitchen on every level, but fridges and microwaves can be rented from facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    UMBC takes a lot of pride in its academic policies and programs, and since it is a research-oriented institution, it is not enough that you do well in your course work. You also need to show talent within your intended field by conducting your own research with an advisor (all majors have independent studies for seniors), ideally with the intention of publishing the work or displaying it at a conference or other academic setting.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many programs available for incoming students; use these opportunities to meet other students and network with professors and departments to make the most of your time at UMBC. The Student Activities Board also hosts a lot of events for all students that involve free food, weekly movie nights, talent shows, etc. Activities such as the semesterly Involvement Fest will give you an opportunity to check out a lot of clubs and organizations- there's something for everyone. Your chosen major probably has a Council of Majors as well that will be at the Involvement Fest; it's a good opportunity to gain experience in your program and a network of support.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is an accredited honors society that has a very diverse and welcoming community. Our STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) problem is our strongest feature, but we also have numerous opportunities for students of all disciplines to expand their skill set and conduct research in their chosen field with professionals. We have a strong commitment to encouraging research through programs such as URCAD (undergraduate research and creative achievement day).

  • 05/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you want to have some fun on the UMBC campus one way to get involved within the Retriever community. The Retriever community consist of a lot of individuals who are gregarious and open to meeting new people. Also I would advise that you enter the many clubs that will be available to you during the opening week. Also the mall is also close by the school so if you want to go out or off campus that is available to you.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus i mediocre, but not totally bad. There are a variety of foods that are available to the students; however, as you live on campus, the food will become an everyday thing and your taste towards the food will diminish. Not to say that it may happen to you, but it certainly happened to me.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is well, but that varies on which dorm you live in. The best dorm I would advise any future freshman to live in is Erickson Hall. Erickson Hall is the nicest hall to be in and its location allows easy accessibility to the library and campus, being that the hall is literally next to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is only as hard as you want it to be. As a freshman student it was not good at managing my time and did not go for help when I needed. I strongly encourage you get help even if you don't need it and prepare before our classes. Read the syllabus and plan out your workload before your semester so that when the semester begins you are one leg up from other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise that student ask for help no matter how smart you may be because it will help you. I also advise students to schedule and plan their course load so that the transition from high school to college will be an easy one for you.

    In three sentences

    The school is a good school that balances our education with your social life. Although they don't have a football team, their intramural teams are good to join for any student who wishes to take part in sports. Also the clubs and organizations are excellent; wish future students the best of luck.

  • 06/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never expected to feel so safe on a college campus. I find this campus to be very safe. At most other schools, as a girl, I wouldn't feel comfortable walking back to my dorm alone late at night, however at UMBC I find my self doing it so often and feel completely safe while doing so.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at this school is very dead. There are no greek houses on campus, there are only a few sororities/frats that people know about, there are very few greek events.. and so on.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who find themselves spending a lot of time playing video games. Majority of the students here take their gaming very seriously. While this doesn't include all of the students, it does include most.

    What to do for fun

    People host parties in the neighborhood surrounding the school, so often times people go out to those. There are also a few clubs around the area that students also go to. For daytime fun, you can go to many of the events hosted by our Students Events Board (SEB).

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall is great. It's called True Grits and they serve great food all the time. It is a buffet system so one swipe gets you unlimited food. Other food places are located in the Commons. There are many options there as well. There is a sushi place, a sub place, Au Bon Pain, a pizza place, and much more. They all offer great food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are great. Most of them are pretty spacious. There are no communal bathrooms, instead one bathroom shared between two rooms. Most halls have floor bonding exercises to help everyone get to know each other. Overall, I'd say the dorms here are pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here can be very challenging. They require a lot of your time and dedication. Expect to spend much of your time studying for core classes and even electives. You will find that you are spending up to four hours a day studying for a general elective like Music.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to apply to this school, make sure you are prepared for rigorous coursework.

    In three sentences

    UMBC is a great school especially for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) majors. Classes and professors are tough but very interesting. Overall, it is a great school.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the game room.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a small school and easy place to get around this is the place.

    In three sentences

    A Small school that has many opportunities to have a fun college life. Great people and Staff.

  • 06/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    nonexistent.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerdy/Geeky students: If you are in a 'fandom' of any kind, you'll find similar people to engage in conversation about it with.

    Food and Dining

    Some days the food is great and other days it's just dissappointing. There's always Outtakes though.

    Dorm Life

    I've found the best friends in my Living Learning Community.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged especially in 200-300-400 level classes. Procrastination is your worst enemy.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Take classes that aren't in your major. -Go to (SEB) events that interest you to find people with similar interests

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There's not a moment when you won't feel safe :) But should you feel unsafe there is a 24/7 safety line.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of education is well worth the amount you pay for tuition. UMBC has its standards up there with Johns Hopkins and even Harvard without the outrageous prices.

    What to do for fun

    Baltimore is 15 minutes from the campus, access to the city will never leave you bored on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    It's college, but it isn't bad. Chick fil a and Starbucks are right on campus for our enjoyment.

    Dorm Life

    A social life is given to you at first, you just have to take your chance and run with it.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging but with study sessions and taking work seriously, you will pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are serious about going to college and want to be 15 minutes away from Baltimore, UMBC is the school for you!

    In three sentences

    UMBC has beautiful campus, serious about its education, and the students are excited to attend!