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University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing -- there's green all over campus, which is nice especially in the spring. One thing I'd change -- the institut...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing -- there's green all over campus, which is nice especially in the spring. One thing I'd change -- the institutional-brick architecture. It's like a campus of cardboard boxes (except kind of reddish). Size -- a little big, but then I'm slightly agoraphobic. Spend time on campus -- in class, or walking to class. Living in the dorms means I get a lot of daily exercise. College town -- Arbutus is the only place in walking distance. It's good to make friends with upperclassmen who drive, so you can at least get to Catonsville or Ellicott City. Administration -- paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! But nice people. Recent controversy -- none that I'm aware of, but I don't really pay attention. School pride -- it depends on what group you're in. Memorable experience -- the annual Drag Show last May. Pretty flaming awesome. Hopefully this year's is even better! Most frequent student complaints -- not enough parking/too many cars. Also, people claim the food sucks, but I've had worse. Heck, I've cooked worse.

Describe the students at your school.

Groups on campus -- I'm on the executive board of the UMBC Freedom Alliance, UMBC's LGBT rights group, and I know for a fact that we're pretty darn awesome. Almost all the other groups I've talked to are pretty welcoming. The martial arts clubs foster a great learning environment, the religious groups are mostly friendly. Each major also has a council of students who organize related events and provide support, connections and resources for students. If someone feels out of place at UMBC, they probably feel out of place everywhere else, too -- there's a niche for everyone. Clothes -- It may seem that anything goes, and technically it does, but a lot of professors poke fun at students who wear, for example, pajamas to class. Dining hall -- there's always someone sitting by themself in a corner. There's a loud table of sports buddies, whose scholarships place them a stone's throw away from the dining hall, in Potomac. Late at night on Thursdays there's usually a gay table. Early in the morning, a few early birds have coffee and breakfast together. Most UMBC students are from Maryland; a reasonably arge number are from other states and some few are international students. Financial background -- middle class. Some are paying for their own education. Students are not nearly as politically active as they should be; the upcoming election has galvanized a lot of people the know more about what's going on. College students today live in a sort of bubble, that's just starting to pop. I don't know a lot of conservatives, but then again I usually sit at the gay table... Earn -- no one really knows. Maybe a grad student could answer that better. I know I'll be making $6-12 an hour, because that's what freelance theatre work pays.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes. No one stays here on weekends, and the chess team has a better record than all the physical sports teams.

What are the academics like at your school?

Name recognition depends on class size, and whether you make a name for yourself, and also the professor. Some of them don't remember you from one day to the next; some remember hundreds. Favorite class -- theatre makeup, partly because the instructor is a little crazy and partly because we made wax noses yesterday. Study habits -- depends on the people. Some do nothing but study, some never study. Class participation -- in theory required;in practice required only if the instructor notices you're not participating or has an objective system of determining whether you are. Students -- the smart ones have intellectual discussions. Theatre is a less competitive major than most (the production side, anyway) partly because a show is a group effort. I know a few people who all but have betting pools on who will fail out first, though. Most unique --see above; favorite. Major/department -- see above, competitiveness. Spend time with professors outside of class -- not really. Academic requirements -- somewhat nebulous and often confusing. Education -- I like learning for its own sake and I know my skills will land me a job. I don't really worry about what the classes are geared towards; a diploma is just a piece of paper anyway.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are a few general organizations that everyone knows about that have events almost every week. The only group I've been consistently involved in all three years is the UMBC Freedom Alliance, which has weekly meetings and small events throughout the years, as well as larger, campus-wide crazy fun events for National Coming Out Day Week in October, Transgender Day of Remembrance in November, World AIDS Day in December, Pride Week and the Day of Silence in April, and a drag show in May. We're UMBC's connection to outside activism and a supportful community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and ally community on campus. Athletic events -- the only reason anyone would ever stay here on a weekend. Guest speakers are pretty popular when well advertised; last fall's second theatre production, "Threepenny Opera," was sold out every night. Yearly campus events include Involvement Fest, which is basically an organization fair for new students to find organizations they're interested in and is held in the beginning of each semester; and Quadmania, a small-scale carnival type of thing. The amount of partying depends on your group of friends, but there's always something somewhere. If I'm awake at 2 am on a Tuesday, I'm probably finishing a project for class or out somewhere with friends. Fraternities/sororities sometimes have bake sales. That's about all I know about them. Last weekend I was working. When I'm off campus, I'm working. If it's Saturday and I'm not drinking, I'm working. Or maybe sleeping.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That despite having on-campus housing, we're a commuter school. That we don't have sports.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is different than a lot of other colleges. It has only been around for a few years and has the potential to become somethi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is different than a lot of other colleges. It has only been around for a few years and has the potential to become something great. We need to work on improving the campus attitude as a whole. Many students feel unsatisfied and want it to be more of a college town. Im very satisfied with the size and once i tell people i go to UMBC, they assume I couldnt get into College park and love to study. One of the major problems on our campus is school pride. Students dont seem to be proud of going to UMBC

Describe the students at your school.

Students who have grown up in a primarily white community would feel left out. Yes UMBC is known for its diversity but it is an array of cultures put in one environment and shoved down everyones throat. Having many cultures at one location doesnt make you diverse, the come together of cultures and interacting with each other does. SOmething UMBC needs to work towards.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

UMBC is more academically oriented but there are many opportunities to party and have a good social life like a regular college kid. It is also very diverse, but in a different sense. There are many different cultures present, but similar ones form their own groups, which is human. But something we need to work towards changing.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

SEB is very very popular. They plan all sorts of events for the school. If youre looking for a party you can find one. You have to go out of your way to look for them sometimes but there is always something to do on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

UMBC students are nerds who love chess and have no social life. Most students only attend UMBC because they couldn't get into College Park. Also that it is primarily an oriental school.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UMBC's location is one of the greatest things about it. It takes less than 10 minutes to get to downtown Baltimore and only a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UMBC's location is one of the greatest things about it. It takes less than 10 minutes to get to downtown Baltimore and only about half an hour to get to Washington D.C. UMBC has its own exit on Route 195 and is immediately accesible from both the Baltimore beltway (695) and the 95 interstate. UMBC also offers a shuttle service that runs downtown, to the Arundel Mills mall and to the neighborhoods surrounding campus on a daily basis. UMBC is a very liberal school. There are student organizations and groups willing to express and represent any sort of political, religious or philosophical leaning you might have. Tolerance is pretty much the highest virtue. Students interested in organizations have a great resource through the Office of Student Life. Student organizations can apply for funding from the student government association, are qualified as non-profit organizations for charity purposes, have access to professional sound, video, catering, management, and security personel amoung other perks. If you have good highschool grades, AP credit and/or good SAT scores, you'll probably get a scholarship from UMBC. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on campus give out lots and lots of money to lure prospective freshman but if you receive an award, be sure to keep your grades up. Scholarships require a 3.00 or 3.25 cumulative GPA maintenance depending on the award.

Describe the students at your school.

My experience has been that just about every group possible is represented at UMBC. A large computer science program means lots of nerdy kids. Division I athletics provide a fairly large representation of jocks. Lots of preppy kids join fraternities and sorrorities. However, most students at UMBC defy such petty pidgeonholing. You will be sure to meet lots of truly individual people.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Most of UMBC's students are pursuing majors in biology, biochemistry, mechanical engineering and computer science which are truly demanding. Sucess in any college requires dedication to school work so it shouldn't be surprising that the most committed students don't have much time for the Animal House college experience. However, there are always parties to be found on campus so its usually just a matter of knowing the right people. Although UMBC academics are most often represented by the school's engineering and science programs, the fine arts and music departments also offer fine programs and knowledgable professional faculty. UMBC is truly a very diverse school. I'm constantly amazed by the variety of ethnicities and backgrounds students come from.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at UMBC are held to a high standard. Professors are generally very interested in their field of study and interested in sharing what they know with their students. Many freshman courses are held in large lecture hall students which afford students little face-to-face time with their professors but as students declare majors and join departments it becomes much easier to gain a personal knowledge with their professors. Education at UMBC is very much geared towards job placement. There is an office on campus called the Shriver Center that schedules job fairs and brings employers to the campus to conduct interviews. They also manage a database of employers with internship or entry-level job opportunities.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Living on campus is the most important thing freshman students can do to enhance the rest of their college experience and ensure that they are engaged in campus events and with other students throughout the rest of their college experience. Living in the dormitories on campus is a great experience because it gives you the opportunity to mingle with other people who are new to the scene. The Student Events Board is a campus organization (mostly comprised of students) that offers all kinds of social activities on a daily basis. These have included concerts, carnivals, games nights, movies on the big screen and other events. Quadmania, their biggest event of the year is held each spring. Quadmania is an all day carnival featuring food, carnival rides and games, prizes, giveaways and promotions. The festival concludes with a concert in the Retriever Activity Center fieldhouse featuring a national touring act. Past shows have headlined Taking Back Sunday, Kanye West, All American Rejects, and T Pain. Individual departments and student organizations also promote their independent efforts (theater, speakers, concerts) that often cater to a more selective audience. UMBC has a Mardi Gras themed pub featuring a selection of beer on tap. In addition to providing drinks, Flat Tuesdays also has a stage and soundboard for hosting musical acts. If your not old enough to drink at the pub, you can easily find a party on a Friday or Saturday night or any other night of the week for that matter. Everyone plays beer pong.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

UMBC is often characterized as a comuter school whose students would rather spend there time clocking hours in the school library instead of partying, going out for a night on the town or engaging in other social activities. UMBC is also known predominantly for its technical programs. UMBC students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.


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