Jun 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Life on the UMBC Campus

UMBC offers a stimulating intellectual environment that supports a diverse student body in achieving personal and educational goals. This section describes the environment in which students study, live and work.

The Campus

The UMBC campus is ideally located minutes from downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and it is only 30 miles north of the nation’s capital. Theatre, sports, museums, aquaria, zoos, botanical gardens, restaurants, historic monuments, national treasures, national and regional libraries, research institutes, operas and symphonies are all within a short drive of the campus.

With easy access to all that surrounds it, the campus itself is located in suburban Baltimore. Atlantic beaches are 2.5 hours away to the east, and Appalachian Mountain hiking and ski trails are 2.5 hours to the west, allowing students the opportunity to take advantage of diverse recreational areas.

The UMBC campus is a planned collection of more than 30 major buildings enclosed by a two-mile elliptical drive known as the “The Loop.” Ten housing complexes and the dining facility are clustered on one side of the campus. On the other side, a series of modern academic buildings line an esplanade that leads to the center focus of the campus: the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery and The Commons.

The Commons

The Commons is the perfect place to catch up with friends, meet with study groups, or gather between classes. The services and programs presented in The Commons promote individual development, responsibility, and social competency. Additionally, they celebrate the diversity of the student body, emphasize excellence of service, and enhance campus life and school spirit through cooperative participation and collaboration. The Commons houses a restaurant, meeting rooms, a campus information center, a full-service print and design center, PNC E-Branch, a bookstore, the Women’s Center, Market Street food court, and The Gameroom. Offices located here include the Vice President for Student Affairs, Campus Life, the Center for Democracy and Civic Life, Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Off-Campus Student Services. Fraternities and Sororities, the Student Events Board (seb), the Student Government Association (SGA), and Graduate Student Association (GSA) also have offices in The Commons. Visit https://campuslife.umbc.edu/the-commons.

The Campus Information Center (CIC)

The Campus Information Center (CIC), conveniently located in the main lobby, is the first place to go with questions. The CIC maintains information on campus activities and programs, services and directories, and The Commons operating schedule. Services include general campus and event information, campus lost and found, printing and copying, posting approval, and battery, paper, and printer ink recycling.  Tickets for major events and organization activities are available on the Events Hub at events.umbc.edu.

Commonvision, Design & Print Center/Digital Studio

commonvision is a graphic design and specialty printing center and digital signage animation studio. Available services include color or black and white copying and production printing; wide format printing; animation, video and motion graphics, and digital signage.  commonvision.umbc.edu/.

The UMBC Bookstore

The staff of the UMBC Bookstore, located in The Commons, takes pride in customer service and in satisfying the diverse needs of the campus community by offering a variety of goods and services. Since the UMBC Bookstore is owned and operated by UMBC, all profits generated from the sale of merchandise are reinvested back into the school.

The bookstore carries unique UMBC merchandise, including adult and children’s clothing, stationery, gifts and more to help promote school spirit and recognition. The bookstores also carries study aids, school supplies, tech accessories, greeting cards, faculty publications, and more.

UMBC Bookstore staff makes every effort to provide low cost course material options from used texts to rentals to digital. In spring 2016, the university and bookstore embarked upon a new Course Materials Initiative (CMI), UMBC’s own nationally recognized Inclusive Access program. The goals of CMI are to provide students as a whole with more affordable course materials, enhance the students’ experience on a common digital platform via Blackboard, and position UMBC to be ahead of the curve with digital content. In 2020, CMI saved students $412,306. As the program continues to grow, the bookstore expects to see even more student savings. For more information, visit Bookstore.umbc.edu/CMI.

The bookstore also operates the Yum Shoppe, a convenience store located within the Bookstore. The Yum Shoppe offers a wide variety of food options from fresh sandwiches to frozen meals. It carries a large ethnic food selection as well as many vegan products. It is the only place on campus to find non-Coca-Cola beverage products. It also sells health and beauty aids, toiletries and other sundries. The prices are some of the lowest on campus. And if there is an item the store doesn’t carry, students may let the store know and the store will do its best to stock it.

The UMBC Bookstore operates the Team Store, located in the Event Center, where students can find all of their favorite UMBC Athletic Team apparel.

Some of the additional services are textbook buyback, balloon inflation, graduation center, and book signings. The store also carries gift cards, postage stamps and has two notary publics on staff. Also, each semester the bookstore hires on average 20 students and has student groups volunteer hours to raise money for their group. Some of those students have become full time employees after graduation. Currently, there are four proud alumni on the full-time staff.

Follow the bookstore on social media @umbcbookstore to learn more about campus events and Bookstore events, promotions and sales.

Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena

The Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena seats more than 3,500 spectators for athletic events, concerts and speakers. Chairback seating is in place in the lower concourse of the arena. A 0.1-mile jogging track encircles the upper concourse, and both the natatorium (indoor pool) and outdoor pool are located at the north end of the facility.

UMBC’s outdoor facilities include the Stadium Complex, with an artificial-surface field for lacrosse, soccer and field hockey; a track and field complex at the stadium (capacity 4,500); the Soccer Stadium (grass surface); The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC; softball diamond and several practice fields. There are also lighted tennis courts located just outside the RAC.

UMBC Event Center

The brand new 172,000 sq. ft. new multi-purpose mid-sized arena is located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.  The Event Center is owned by the University and is operated by the Oak View Group Facilities.  The Event Center seats over 4,600 for basketball games and other sporting events and over 5,500 for concerts and other events depending on Arena configuration.  The Arena can also hold over 70 rounds and 700 chairs for banquets.  The arena hosts a variety of events such as commencement, concerts, family shows, trade shows, consumer shows, featured speakers, banquets and more.

Campus Life

The office of Campus Life is here to help students connect and make the most of their own, unique UMBC experiences. A student’s time at UMBC holds a great number of opportunities to participate in campus activities, learn more about themself, enhance leadership skills, and have fun.  Research shows that students who are active in campus life develop valuable skills, feel a stronger sense of community, are more likely to achieve academic success, and are generally more satisfied with their college experience than those who are not involved. There are over 250 active clubs and student organizations at UMBC focused on hobbies, academics, service and social action, culture, religion and spirituality, fraternities and sororities, and much more. An important part of connecting to the campus community is finding organizations and programs that spark students’ curiosity and help them feel at home. Campus Life is excited to offer a wide array of programs for campus involvement and encourage students to explore them all.

There is something for every student at UMBC, and activities on campus every day and night of the week. Campus Life is the students’ connector in finding the groups and programs that are right for them, and in supporting learning and development outside the classroom. To learn more, visit Campus Life in The Commons 336 or campuslife.umbc.edu, or attend the Involvement Fest held each fall and spring.

Cultural Activities

UMBC’s academic departments and student affairs division present an array of special lectures, seminars, visual arts exhibitions and performances year-round. The Humanities Forum features regular presentations by noted scholars in a small group setting. The Social Sciences Forum presents topics and perspectives of vital interest to the social-sciences community and beyond. The Honors College hosts a visiting scholar each semester who delivers a public lecture. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery offer exhibitions that bring exciting works of visual art to campus. The Gallery also draws from the university’s extensive photography collections and from faculty and student work. Seminars frequently are offered in conjunction with these exhibitions. The theatre, dance and music departments offer frequent performances by students, faculty and other professional artists.

Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, & Belonging

Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging (i3b) helps students, staff, faculty, and alumni develop the knowledge, awareness, and skills necessary to cultivate an inclusive campus community, while creating spaces for students to get connected and find belonging. Through diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice workshops; educational programming; and core events, i3b helps the UMBC community build capacity around addressing issues of oppression and injustice on campus and beyond. i3b works to intentionally create a sense of belonging at UMBC for underserved and marginalized students.

Students can connect through i3b’s three identity-based cultural spaces and centers: The Mosaic, Spirituality and Meditation space (formerly the Interfaith Center), and Pride Center. These spaces, as well as community connection groups, provide an array of offerings to students, staff, faculty and on-campus partners: a place for relaxation and study; spiritual gathering and practices with peers; friendship-building and identity-focused conversation; monthly facilitated dialogues and other learning opportunities. In addition, i3b helps students, staff and faculty build skills and tools for dialoguing across differences and leading with an intersectional lens. Part of the Division of Student Affairs, i3b also celebrates identity, cultural storytelling, and advocacy through large events and celebratory programs. Learn more about i3b and its programs by emailing i3b@umbc.edu and following the i3b myUMBC group

Fraternities and Sororities (Greek Life)

UMBC is proud of the leadership, diversity, and academic commitment within the Greek community. With more than 20 fraternities and sororities, the community offers students the opportunity to join an organization where they will build lifelong friendships and take part in service, philanthropic, and social activities. Fraternities and sororities were started in the 1800s as values based secret societies where students could come together in an environment to create more opportunities to learn and grow. While much has changed in the fraternity and sorority landscape, Greek letter organizations still serve as a place for self-exploration and growth for all students. Membership in a fraternity or sorority begins in college but is a lifetime commitment that continues to offer great connections for involvement far beyond graduation. UMBC’s Greek community is unique in that it includes many culturally based organizations. To learn more or find information about what chapters are recognized at UMBC, visit The Commons 2B14 or campuslife.umbc.edu. Fraternity and sorority life is an office within Campus Life.

Leadership Development

Campus Life’s leadership development engages students in leadership experiences that help develop them as contributing members of their communities, both at UMBC and beyond. Campus Life believes that leaders have the ability to affect change and have a lasting impact within their communities. Campus Life leverages the social change model and emotionally intelligent leadership as just two examples of the leadership development theories, to help UMBC students develop their leadership potential, regardless of position or experience. All students have a deep capacity to become leaders and Campus Life works to nurture and support that development through workshops, retreats, peer led experiences, and collaboration across departments. Some collaborative signature programs include Leadershops, the Multi-Cultural Leadership Experience, and the Leadership BluePrint. For more information visit https://campuslife.umbc.edu/leadership/

Student Events Board (seb)

SEB is the central student-run programming board that produces many of UMBC’s social and educational events including bus trips, open mic nights, Breakfast & Bingo, and so much more. SEB’s programming lineup has included Snoop Dogg, Trevor Noah, Kesha, Macklemore, Bo Burnham, Kanye West, fun., and Donald Glover. Visit SEB in The Commons 2B10 or at seb.umbc.edu, or call 410-455-3618.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Every UMBC undergraduate is a member of SGA. SGA’s elected and appointed officers take responsibility for reaching out to undergraduates and helping them to advocate for their interests and contribute to campus life. SGA also manages the Student Activity Fee, which supports programs, services and student organization activities. Students become involved with the SGA by running in a campus-wide election or by applying for one of dozens of appointed positions within departments focused on academic affairs, environmental sustainability, finances, campus services and other issues. To learn more, visit Commons 2B20 or www.umbc.edu/sga.

Student Media

UMBC’s campus life holds exciting opportunities for the aspiring journalist, radio personality or creative writer. The Retriever Weekly, UMBC’s campus student newspaper, covers student life and learning on campus, as well as regional and national issues. Students are responsible for reporting, photography, production, ad sales and management. Access The Retriever Weekly at: http://retrieverweekly.umbc.edu/

WMBC, our web-based campus radio station, provides an on-campus, local and international audience with original music programming, sports broadcasts, scholarly presentations, talk shows and public-service announcements.

The creative arts journal, Bartleby, offers students a chance to develop their skills and publishes works in attractive, bound volumes.

Student Organizations

Joining student organizations helps students form lifelong friendships, get funding and other resources to pursue interests, and make UMBC truly their own. UMBC has over 250 student organizations, including departmental councils, Greek letter organizations, cultural and ethnic groups, student media, honors societies, sports clubs, political and service and social action groups, intellectual sports groups, and spiritual/religious organizations. On-campus residents and commuting students have organizations that make getting comfortable, connected and involved at UMBC easier. Whether students are interested in animé or the Army, Catholicism or crew, debate or digital gaming, Linux or lacrosse, women’s studies or wrestling, there is something for everyone. Visit Campus Life in The Commons, Room 336 for more information.

The Arts

Numerous opportunities exist to create, explore and enjoy art at UMBC. Students in theatre, dance and music frequently perform for campus audiences, as do faculty members and guest artists. UMBC is home to a community symphony orchestra and the Phoenix Repertory Dance Company.

Student and faculty artwork appears in The Commons and at the Albin O. Kuhn Library along with works from a variety of visual artists through a partnership with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Several UMBC student organizations study and produce art in such forms as creative writing, dance and film. In addition, UMBC’s location and transportation service make it easy for students to take advantage of cultural and artistic opportunities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region.

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS)

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) specializes in providing support, programming, services, and advocacy for adult learners, commuters, veterans, and transfers at UMBC. Non-residential students who commute to campus can be connected through off-campus living and learning networks, referral services, community resource materials and student-peer advisement programs provided by our office. Transfer Student Network (TSN) Leaders, Commuter Assistants (CAs), and professional staff support students in getting involved in campus life, finding the latest in campus and community information, and developing community-building programs to connect new, returning or transfer students to the campus.

OCSS programs and services include:

  • Off-campus housing services (umbc.och101.com)
  • Social and learning communities for first-year transfer students
  • Specialized programming for adult learners, veterans, commuters, and transfer students
  • Public Transportation and UMBC Transit Resources

Additional information about these and other off-campus student resources can be found at www.umbc.edu/ocss or by phone at 410-455-2770. The office is located on the first floor of The Commons next to the Bookstore.

Veteran Student Services

Student veterans and active duty military personnel are supported by the Veteran Student Services program as they make the transition from “soldier to student.” Veteran Student Services offers opportunities for social networking and peer mentorship as well as workshops and special events. Additionally, Veteran Student Services works in collaboration with campus departments and RetrieVets, the veterans student organization, to offer resources and support to UMBC Veterans. For more information, visit umbc.edu/veteran.

UMBC Transit

UMBC Transit provides a safe and reliable shuttle bus system to both on- and off-campus students with access to local points of interest as well as connections to all major transportation hubs. Regular lines serve large apartment complexes in both Catonsville and Arbutus while also providing direct service to downtown Baltimore. Weekend service extends to Route 40 and the Westview Shopping Area, Arundel Mills Mall, and continued daily service on all other routes. Other area points of interest on UMBC’s routes include OCA Mocha Café, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Towson Town Center, and Washington D.C.

UMBC’s fleet of buses is equipped with bike racks for cyclist riders and service ramps allowing easy access for Retrievers with disabilities. Buses also feature real-time GPS tracking so riders can view their next ride via the mobile application (see the website for download instructions). Charter services are available for student organization events and typically travel to points of interest in Maryland, northern Virginia, Washington D.C, and southern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit umbc.edu/transit or call 410-455-2454.

Sports and Recreation

Intercollegiate Athletics

All UMBC teams compete on the NCAA Division I level. UMBC is affiliated with both the America East Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The Intercollegiate Athletic Program offers the following teams:

  • Baseball
  • Men’s and women’s basketball
  • Men’s and women’s cross country
  • Men’s and women’s lacrosse
  • Men’s and women’s soccer
  • Softball
  • Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
  • Men’s and women’s tennis
  • Men’s and women’s track and field
  • Volleyball

Pep band, dance squad, cheerleaders and student trainers are all part of the athletic department.

UMBC students are admitted free to all athletic events upon presentation of a valid ID.

Recreational Activities

The Retriever Activities Center (RAC) provides the UMBC campus community with extensive opportunities for recreational activities.

Many students find relaxation in the RAC, where a range of recreational activities - including competitive intramural sport activities, open recreation and pool time, free group fitness sessions and various club sports are sponsored. Other amenities of the RAC include locker room facilities for both men and women and an expanded lobby with a pro shop and ticket booth. Students have access to all of these activities at no additional charge, but they must bring a valid UMBC student ID during each visit to gain access.

Intramural activities allow students of various skill levels and interests to compete with other UMBC students. Competitive intramural activities include soccer, softball, flag football, tennis, basketball, floor hockey and volleyball.

Entry forms, rules and sign-up times are available in the Office of Recreational Sports (RAC 321) and through the Web site www.umbc.edu/recsports.

The RAC also serves as home to nearly two dozen club sports, allowing students of more advanced skill levels to engage in intercollegiate competition. Popular sports include men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s rugby, crew, ice hockey, fencing, sailing and martial arts. Open recreation time allows all students the opportunity to engage in fitness-related activity. The RAC includes a cardio-balcony with 48 pieces of state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment ranging from treadmills to Stairclimbers.

The 3,000-square-foot fitness studio is capable of hosting activities such as group fitness, wrestling, fencing and martial arts. A synthetic surface and divider curtains allow the RAC gymnasium to host up to three activities simultaneously, including tennis, volleyball, batting cage, floor hockey and basketball.

The weight room features 27 Body Master weight machines, 20 free-weight stations with plates and dumbbells, and mtvU. The pre-existing area of the RAC contains three full-court basketball courts or two volleyball courts; a 0.1-mile indoor track and a natatorium with an eight-lane, 25-meter pool and separate diving well.

Outdoor recreation facilities include tennis courts; softball, flag football and soccer fields; volleyball; an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor 400-meter track.

Schedules and other additional information can be obtained from the front desk of the RAC, by calling 410-455-8888 or from the Web site www.umbc.edu/recsports.

Living On Campus

Living on campus helps students become more closely involved in the many academic, social, and recreational activities that are integral to the university experience. UMBC offers housing convenient to classes, campus activities, and university resources. Included as part of the on-campus living experience are the programs, services, and leadership opportunities provided by the residential life staff.

Suites, singles, triples, quads, and four-bedroom apartments are available. A full list of amenities is available here. All of the residence halls and apartments provide a co-educational living environment and several academic living learning communities are available. In addition, 24-hour service desk coverage is provided in the residence halls.

Residence Halls

Susquehanna, Chesapeake, Patapsco, and Potomac Halls are suite-style living arrangements with two double rooms connected by a shared bathroom. Typically, students share a bathroom with no more than 3 other students. In Erickson and Harbor Halls, students live in suites that also have a shared living room/common area. Lounges on each floor provide additional places for study or socializing with friends. Learn more about living options and take a virtual tour. A resident assistant (RA), a fellow student specially selected and trained, is available on each floor to assist students in adjusting to college life. RAs also work with students to provide social and educational programs that help students get to know one another, develop important life skills, and have fun, too.


West Hill, Terrace, and Hillside communities are available to students beginning their second year and to students who are admitted to the university as transfer students. The apartments are open continuously from the beginning of the fall semester until the end of the spring semester. These garden-style apartments accommodate students in four-bedroom apartments featuring single bedrooms, a study/living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Each apartment has self-controlled heating and air conditioning and students share the monthly utility charges. Apartment kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, stovetops, and either microwaves or oven units. Learn more about apartment options. RAs live in each community to assist students and help plan activities. The apartment buildings are mixed gender. Accommodations for students with disabilities are available in both residence halls and apartments. Through a private partnership, housing is also available at Walker Avenue Apartments to full-time resident students in privately managed apartments. Two-, three-, or four- (single) bedroom units with kitchens, washers and driers make these apartments an attractive option for upperclass and graduate students looking for year-round housing.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities provide students interested in being part of a peer learning community with a shared residential experience. These residential communities allow students to connect informally with faculty, staff, and students who share common academic interests. Typically students are not required to major in the area of their living learning community, but they may have required academic and or co-curricular expectations. Learn more about living learning communities

Eligibility and Application for On-campus Housing

To be eligible to live on campus at UMBC, a student needs to be admitted and enrolled as a full-time student at UMBC. Application for admission to UMBC and application for housing are two separate application procedures.

It is important to apply early for housing. Incoming freshmen who apply and return their deposits for housing by May 1 are prioritized for housing. Students already living in the residence halls or apartments, and whose university bill is paid by the specified date, have priority for a space in campus housing for the next academic year.

Dining Locations

There are five conveniently located facilities that serve the entire campus community. Visit dineoncampus.com/UMBC for the most up-to-date information.

True Grit’s Campus Dining Hall

Open seven days a week during the academic year for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night meals, Monday through Friday, and for brunch and dinner on weekends. Students can also visit True Grit’s Market.

The Commons Food Court

The Market Street food court, open weekdays during the academic year, offers a wide range of choices, including pizza, tacos, sushi, chicken fingers, subs, and so much more.

The Skylight Room

Located on the third floor of The Commons, the Skylight Room offers restaurant-style seating during the weekdays from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The University Center

Chick-fil-A and Starbucks Coffee are located in The University Center. 

Administration Building Coffee Shoppe

The Coffee Shoppe, located on the ground floor of the Administration Building, offers hot and cold food options and signature Outtakes Food to Go options can also be found here.

Cars on Campus

All students, residential and non-residential, may have a car on campus. Freshmen on-campus residents are required to park at satellite parking during the heaviest parking times of weekdays. Students will receive a parking permit and a copy of UMBC’s Parking and Traffic Regulations in the mail after registering, or they may pick them up at Parking Services. Faculty and staff who drive to campus also pay the same parking permit fee and can obtain a parking permit and Parking and Traffic Regulations from the Cashier’s Office. Regulations are enforced on all university calendar days. Posted and restricted areas are enforced at all times.

Campus Security

UMBC employs a force of sworn police officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A campus escort service is available from dusk to dawn to accompany students around campus and to and from their residence halls. Emergency bluelight phones, located around the campus, are directly connected to the UMBC police station.

For emergencies, please call 410-455-5555, or from the campus, dial extension 5-5555.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

Student Conduct and Community Standards supports the university’s dedication to student success and its educational purposes and goals by publishing, enforcing, drafting and interpreting standards of student behavior and related policies and procedures. The office also facilitates student and community development, as well as ethical growth opportunities promoting personal integrity, civility, self-responsibility, citizenship and appreciation for diversity and works to maintain a safe and productive environment supporting the university’s educational purpose and the students’ educational goals. Finally, Student Conduct and Community Standards promotes the privileges and responsibilities associated with a student’s affiliation with the university.

The office oversees the UMBC judicial system, which is an internal administrative process used by the university to resolve allegations of misconduct made against our students. UMBC students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all university rules and regulations. The Code of Student Conduct lists specific rules and processes used to adjudicate incidents of misconduct. The university is committed to providing a safe and productive environment. To that end, the university responds firmly to misconduct involving drugs, alcohol, weapons, hate crimes, and assaults.

To view the Code of Student Conduct, visit conduct.umbc.edu

University Health Services 

University Health Services (UHS) is staffed by skilled, caring professionals who help students focus on their health and well-being. Nationally certified nurse practitioners are the heart of clinical services. Board-certified physicians from the University of Maryland Medical System assist in primary care, consultation, and emergency on-call services. Health educators work hand-in-hand with clinical staff to provide the information that students need to take care of themselves. University Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Clinical Services

UHS clinical services are designed to provide holistic, high-quality primary and urgent-care services. These include diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries; treatment and monitoring of chronic illnesses under the direction of a student’s primary care provider or specialist; immunizations, including MMR, Td, meningitis and hepatitis A and B; preventive and routine women’s health care and contraception; allergy shots under the direction of a student’s personal allergist; and limited laboratory testing. Students with prescriptions can contact UHS about their dispensary services.


UHS charges for visits, procedures and lab work using Baltimore-area “usual and customary fees.” UHS is a participating provider with many health insurance companies. Co-pays, if applicable, will be collected and insurance companies billed for the balance of charges for services provided. UHS fees may be paid by UMBC Campus Card, personal check, credit card, or charged to a student’s account maintained by the Student Business Service’s Office.

UHS hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have health concerns outside of regular business hours and wish to speak with someone from our After-Hours Support Live, please call 410-455-3230.

If you have an urgent medical emergency requiring an immediate response on campus, call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555, off campus call 911.

For more information, visit uhs.umbc.edu or call 410-455-2542.

Confidentiality: UMBC policy, consistent with Maryland State Health and Mental Health Laws and Regulations for health and mental health professionals and facilities, requires confidentiality of information shared with staff of UHS and the Counseling Center. Information concerning individuals who have been seen at UHS may not be released on campus or off campus without the prior written consent of the individual (or parent or legal guardian if younger than age 18), except in certain legally defined circumstances.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides professional psychological services designed to support the academic, personal, and career goals of UMBC students. A continuum of services range from web-based resources and interactive support to short-term individual and group counseling, crisis support, consultations, workshops/training, and referral assistance. The Counseling Center may refer students to local mental health providers when long-term counseling or services outside the Center’s scope of practice are needed.


The Counseling Center offers workshops and resources online and in the Center to support academic achievement, personal growth, as well as to support students, staff and faculty in assisting other students in need of support for mental health concerns.


All Counseling Center services are provided or supervised by licensed mental health professionals. A consulting psychiatrist provides psychiatric services to clients referred for consultation by a Counseling Center counselor. The Center also has a case manager/referrals coordinator to assist students in connecting to needed services in the community.

Typical Concerns for Contacting the Counseling Center for Therapy:

  • Problems adjusting to college life

  • Desire to understand and feel better about oneself

  • Feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping

  • Inability to make decisions

  • Procrastination or time management

  • Academic anxiety

  • Lack of motivation

  • Difficulties in interpersonal relationships, including family

  • Loneliness or depression

  • Sexual orientation or identity concerns

  • Alcohol or drug concerns

  • Body image concerns or eating disorders.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For mental health concerns outside of regular business hours and to speak to someone from the After-Hours Support Line, please call 410-455-3230.

For an urgent medical emergency requiring an immediate response on campus, call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555; off-campus call 911.

For more information, visit counseling.umbc.edu or call 410-455-2472.

Confidentiality: UMBC policy, consistent with Maryland State Health and Mental Health Laws and Regulations for health and mental health professionals and facilities, requires confidentiality of information shared with staff of UHS and the Counseling Center. Information concerning individuals who have been seen at the Counseling Center may not be released on campus or off campus without the prior written consent of the individual (or parent or legal guardian if younger than age 18), except in certain legally defined circumstances.