University of Maryland, Baltimore County Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (15)
When I first chose UMBC as my undergraduate university, I had my doubts. The school is in the middle of nowhere Catonsville with nothing really around unless you drive. If you're looking for a social party life, this is not the school for you. However, if you're looking for a good education with several career opportunities during and after college, this is your school. In my four years, I have learned so much not only about Psychology, but also by myself. I made life long friends, was exposed to so many different cultures, all while building my future career. The professors were extremely helpful and passionate about what they were teaching and wanted their students to excel. You'll often get the one or two professors that are not that great, but don't let that dishearten you. UMBC is an honors university that lives up to its reputation. I am fortunate that I listened to my family and attended UMBC
I transferred from Montgomery College to UMBC, which was a smooth process. I had an excellent adviser who became my academic and career mentor. UMBC at Shady Grove has an excellent psychology program. I felt that the program prepared me well by teaching me about the different fields in psychology and research methods. I highly recommend this program especially for non-traditional students. Even though the campus is unlike other traditional institutions, all of the resources and services that a student will need to succeed are there in the campus. USG has a very welcoming and supportive environment that you will feel that it is your home away from home. I highly recommend attending one of the nine institutions at the USG campus.
Going to UMBC was one of the best decisions of my life. The campus is right outside the city of Baltimore right off of I-195, and located between two local towns Arbutus, and Catonsville. The campus life is much more academic based than most schools that I know of. However there is no lack of opportunities to engage in different activities/groups outside of academia. Don't limit yourself to any options, college is definitely the time to explore yourself and interests so get out there and enjoy! In terms of the academics, it is a STEM based school. The intro level professors are FANTASTIC! I highly encourage you to take advantage of these classes even if your major does not require it. These professors are the ones you should get to know personally as well if you have a chance. As you go higher up in the classes you might run into professors that are more focused on doing research than teaching. With the intro STEM classes that is not the case at all. Each professor is willing to assist you with any problems you have and thoroughly enjoys helping new students find their interest in different fields. Plus, they are always a great contact to have as you move up in your courses! I also think having that base knowledge of other aspects of science/math is very helpful and encourages you to think differently and look at problems in different lights. As you rise up in your major, you will encounter some professors that are not as enthusiastic about teaching, and are definitely a little more focused on their own research. One mistake I made was not going to a few of their office hours and introducing myself and making a connection with them. If you can make a connection with the professor and inquire about their research you will learn a lot about the class you are currently taking but also about the potential fields of work that are out there. I would definitely recommend any student to consider UMBC, it opened up many opportunities for me and has been an helpful resource to look back on my time and experiences there. Best of luck in your pursuit of higher education!
The University of Maryland,Baltimore County is an amazing university. Specifically, the school of social work operates like a family unit. It could not have wanted anything better for myself than this school. I have had the opportunity to network with various professionals , and the ability to learn more about the field than I ever though imaginable. The professors there are excellent with real world knowledge and a professional drive that is remarkable. Their only focus is your learning. I cannot say anything more than that the professors there have been in your shoes , and are aware of the challenges that you will be facing and are willing to work with students every step of the way.
I lived on campus during all four years of my undergraduate career while completing my B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This degree, being a dual degree, offered much in the way of hands-on learning and lab work. I learned a vast majority of industry relevant techniques from numerous top-rated faculty and staff present at UMBC. They were not only able to communicate course material in ways that can be applied to real-world situations, but also made themselves available for tutelage and help via phone, email or office meetings even outside of class hours. It is because of the exemplary education that I received from my very own counselor, who was also one of my favorite professors at UMBC, and professors that I was able to receive a job opportunity at the Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in Bethesda two months after graduating. I would highly recommend UMBC to any and all prospective students interested in the fields of science and medicine.
The program prepared me well for industry, but there were only a handful of tracks within engineering and it would have been nice to have opportunities in other areas of engineering. The campus was small enough to have more individual interaction with teachers, but not too small either.
College furthers your education to prepare you for the working world. It helps teach you problem solving skills and social skills that will greatly help you succeed in a career.
I attended UMBC as a transfer student having previously attended a local community college. My experience upon my transfer was nothing short of fantastic from the moment I stepped on campus. I felt welcomed right away and was excited to get my educational career rolling. I met so many new, interesting, and driven people which was a wonderful atmosphere to be a part of. After two years, I graduated with a degree that I was excited about, but thought I could set myself up for even more success if I continued my education. I loved it there so much that I am actually now attending Graduate School at UMBC. I am loving every minute and cannot wait to put the skills and knowledge that I had acquired through UMBC to use in my future career.
While I did not end up pursuing a career in the arts, my degree has prepared me incredibly well for my future jobs. I am currently in graduate school preparing to become a teacher for grades K-3, and I feel that my degree equipped me with an aresnal of tools that have helped me become an engaging and active teacher. I am also getting certified to be a Child Life Specialist and my Acting degree is incredibly useful in helping children cope with hospitalization, as it helps me empathize with the children, but also helps me provide an escape for the children through guided imagery, which is a skill I learned in school. I was also required to take courses in other fields, which provided a foundation of learning which set me up for success in the future.
It's a hard-science-friendly school. If you are in the liberal arts, I would look into a different school. Also, not the best school for graduate studies. Again, more emphasis is put on for undergraduate studies.