The University of Maryland Baltimore County often referred as the UMBC is a public research institution located in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States that was founded in 1963.The UMBC defines itself as an honor college committed to an excellent and demanding education to cutting-edge research and also combining the traditions of the creative intensity of the research, the liberal arts academy and the social responsibility of a public university. The University offers more than 80 programs for undergraduate and more than 50 programs for undergraduate students in a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Also, the UMBC has the 4th highest enrollment of the University System of Maryland, with a focus in the engineering, natural sciences, liberals and social sciences programs.
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The UMBC is located in the Hilltop Circle in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, limiting with the communities of Catonsville and Arbutus, 10 minutes away from downtown Baltimore City and just 9 minutes away from the Baltimore–Washington International Airport. Its setting is suburban, even though is not located in the city, supermarkets like Save-A-Lot, Giant and Weis Markets #89 are 6 minutes away from campus for those students that do not have the meal plan and like to do their own groceries. However, most of the students prefer to buy meals on restaurants nearby like Chick-fil-A that is set on campus or Subway that is located a few blocks away.
The campus size of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is 500 acres and it counts with more than 30 buildings not including the housing halls. Besides all the building diversity the campus has beautiful green areas and even students developed some projects of green roofs to research the impact on hydrology, or the flow of water through the landscape and now both the Residential Life Community Center and the Administration Building possess green roofs. Furthermore, the campus offers students different services like day care, health insurance, health service and security service maintaining a 24-hour police staff for any inconvenient that takes place.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County provides an organization to help students find the perfect housing on campus, the "Residential Life" is responsible for operating and maintaining the residential facilities as well as coordinating programs and services for the students who live on campus. In the list of halls available for on campus you got dorm style like Chesapeake Hall, Erickson Hall, Harbor Hall, Patapsco Hall, Potomac Hall, Susquehanna Hall and if the student is looking for an apartment style housing the Residential Life organization provides the Hillside Apartments, Terrace Apartments, Walker Avenue Apartments and the West Hill Apartments. However, they are plenty of options for housing off-campus in the near communities like Arbutus and Catonsville.
The UMBC is known as the Honor University of Maryland because it attracts outstanding students who will be able to work with professors that work on developing the student's discipline. According to Yelp reviews of the faculty, students claim that the faculty is all very well-qualified and that professors establish great relationships with their students always keeping in mind their student's success; also, they claim that the classes are very challenging yet rewarding.
Jobs and placements
The UMBC offers a number of opportunities to work on campus. During the first week of the trimester, the University organizes a Campus job fair where students can speak with employers from different campus departments. However, there is a platform called UMBCworks where a list of jobs on and off campus is posted for students to apply. Also, the Career Center offers a wide variety of programs and services that help students with their college expenses. Career specialists are available to meet with students to assist them with their job and internship search process.
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