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Going into sophomore year here.BrightChemistry
Going into sophomore year here. I'm an in-state student that lives on campus. My majors are chemistry and German.

It's a great school academic wise. Even the lower level classes can be challenging but you learn a lot. Most classes are set up so that you build off of what you already know so it's hard to forget the important concepts. Gotta say, not a lot of homework in my experience but that'll change if you're doing anything with the word "engineering" in it. Do homework even if they don't check it, I learned that lesson the hard way.

Almost everyone is polite to strangers (holding doors and picking up dropped items and so on). Everyone relates to how hard classes are and there's a sense of community over the suffering, lol. The social life is... a bit dead. Most students are either commuters or leave for the weekend so if you're stuck, there's not much to do without leaving campus unless you're just studying.

Consider this school if you're planning on majoring in a STEM field. Think about if otherwise. Most programs are fantastic, it's just that the required math/science classes can be difficult if you're not math/science inclined. I have two majors, one STEM and one language so I see both sides of it.

The tuition isn't that bad, it's about the same as Towson. If you're disabled, there's a LOT of stairs since it's on a big hill. They don't have the best upkeep of elevators so beware of broken ones when trying to go to class. For some reason, they neither close school for snow/ice nor put down enough salt so watch out for the winter season. The university's doctor office is actually pretty good for a school. There's a ton of resources for how to stop procrastinating, how to get organized, how to deal with stress, etc. that are available for free.

The food is.... how to describe it, hm. There's a couple chain restaurants on campus- Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain. There's the dining hall, the Commons, then the University Center. The dining hall's food is buffet style and has a little convenience store that's open 23.5 hours a day. The most eating places are in the Commons, with a lot of different styles of eating (you can look up the places).

1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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UMBC IS A VERY BAD UNIVERSITY OF COMMUNICATIONSJournalism
UMBC IS A VERY BAD UNIVERSITY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND JOURNALISM MAJORS. MEDIA/COMMUNICATION STUDIES PROGRAM DO NOT HAVE HANDS-ON COURSES. ALL OF THE COURSES THEORICAL! THE CLASSES,THE PROFESSORS, UMBC, and THE PROGRAM WILL NOT HELP YOU FIND OR OBTAIN A GOOD INTERNSHIP OR JOB AFRER GRADUATION. If YOU WANT TO DO JOURNALISM OR BROADCAST JOURNALISM, please go to the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND's PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM OR ANOTHER UNIVERSITY. THE MCS PROGRAM AND UMBC IS A JOKE AND YOU WILL BE UNEMPLOYED AFTER GRADUATION AND BEYOND. I REGRET COMING TO UMBC. I HATE UMBC! THIS IS THE TRUTH!
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I had a really mean professor that wantedBrightGeography and Geosciences
I had a really mean professor that wanted to call out individuals who did not do their online class work. Another failed to update my grade for 2 semesters. The professors that were great at their job get stacked with the most work and I feel bad for them. My GES (Geographic and Environmental Systems) department has a terrible abusive supervisor. My friend works for her and she is verbally and physically abusive to her. Always wants to know personal matters. Just so much that needs to be improved in the faculty department. Campus is being renovated but faculty are there to stay? Doesn't make sense.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2019
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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