Discover Yourself

Follow your passions and find yourself, your people, and your path. From student clubs and organizations to study abroad and service-learning opportunities, there’s something for you.

The Best of All Worlds

Nestled between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., our beautiful 500-acre campus is perfectly situated to help you explore your passions. World-class museums, performance venues, restaurants, as well as excellent biking and hiking trails are all just around the corner.

UMBC is…
  • 4 miles from BWI
  • 15 minutes from Downtown Baltimore
  • 45 minutes from Washington, D.C.
  • 3 hours from New York City

Where You’ll Live

Join more than 4,000 students living on campus and find a cozy space to call your own. Take a peek in our residence halls.

Feeling Hungry?

With more than 20 places to eat on campus, and tons of great local eateries, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Life at UMBC-Shady Grove Campus

UMBC-Shady Grove, though non-residential, offers a lively campus community. Students enjoy campus-specific clubs and organizations, access to the Campus Rec Center, dining options, an array of campus services, and the Priddy Library — all right in the heart of Rockville.

Explore UMBC-Shady Grove

What You’ll Do

A UMBC Year

Get a sneak peek at what’s in store for you when you’re a UMBC student…each year we host tons of events and activities for our students.

Take in a Show

Arts and culture abound at UMBC, with multiple art galleries and celebrated theatre productions, musical ensembles, and dance shows.

Cheer on the Team

Students cheering on the UMBC Soccer Team
Throughout the year, you’ll enjoy donning your best black and gold and cheering our 17 NCAA Division I teams on to victory.

How You’ll Take Care of Yourself

You’ll find the resources you need to have a healthy, well-balanced, and successful UMBC experience–for your physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing.

Your College Town

World-class museums, performance venues, restaurants, as well as excellent biking and hiking trails are all just around the corner. With 7 FREE UMBC Transit Routes + connection to MARC, Amtrak, & BWI, we make it easy to explore.

Connecting Commuters

In addition to taking part in campus-wide events, we have a number of programs geared especially for our commuters to get to know one another and feel more connected to campus.