Someone who isn't 100% dedicated to their work shouldn't attend UMBC. As part of the Honors College and their Living-Learning Community, I know that students in the Honors College, including myself, spend a large majority of their days in class and studying. No parties happen, and everyone is back in their room at a reasonable time of night. From what I've heard, that isn't what usually happens in most dorms; but these kids are the ones who will get the best grades and benefit the most from what college has to offer.
UMBC is a type of school that values education in every decision being made. Student that are not willing to learn something new and are not motivated to do well in school should not attend this school. Also students that do not have time management skills should reconsider their decision since many UMBC students are full time students as well as part time workers. I am a full time student as well as a part time worker and still able to manage my time for homework and other curricular activities.
If you are looking for a big school, a school with a lot of on-campus activity, big sports teams, and great on-campus life, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. UMBC is mostly a commuter school, so campus is dead on the weekends. Although the school is D I, and the lacrosse and basketball teams are pretty good, there's not an overwhelming sense of school spirit like you'd see with a big University. Student groups are small and generally new, but there's a lot of opportunity to start your own.
I feel as though the attitude of many highschool students is that knowledge should simply be given to them. In highschool, education is free and fairly easy to succeed in. In other words, hard work is not necessary; it is merely a choice made by each student. It is a choice to attend UMBC, but when a student actually becomes a part of the university, if they want to succeed, there is only one choice: hardwork. A lazy person looking for fun rather than an education should not attend UMBC.
A person who isn't open-minded shouldn?t attend UMBC. There is a diverse group of people at this school and it is open to all kinds of things. A person who is also looking for a big school should also not attend UMBC. It's not big and some people might not enjoy that. UMBC doesn't have a football team, and is division three. If a person is looking for a division one school, then they shouldn't attend UMBC, but we're still school spirited!
A person that is not ready for the full-time devotion of being a student. It is a hard transitiion even from a community college. I actually found the transition from high school to community college easier then the transition from community to an University. This school is a commuter school but if you live far away it is much better to live closer by, I waste so much time commuting everyday Monday through Friday.
Someone who wants to party like crazy every night or most week nights/weekends and someone who does not have a lot of motivation to be successful should not attend UMBC. Granted, college students do like to party, it is inevitable. UMBc, however, is not the type of school to go to if you want to party. You go to UMBC to be successful and become the best person you can be.
I always describe UMBC as the place where all the smartest students in the class go. To keep up with everyone you definitely have to be driven academically. This is not a school for wild a crazy experiences, parties and distractions. You will find people like you and build many relationships that will help you in the future.
Because you would feel at home, people who are not friendly should not attend this school. Also, since the school is a very diverse school, you should be very open and if you are not, you should not attend this school. People who are not competitive should not attend this school because they push to strive for the best
I believe this college is a good choice for anyone who is interested in studying a course of study that this college offers. It is a quality institution with a culturally diverse student body. This college has been recognised as a top reseach college that is on the "rise", i would reccomend to anyone.