Many services on campus are hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, which facilitates learning and prepares students for success in our multicultural and increasingly global society. Through programs and services which augment your classroom experience, the Division of Student Affairs offers support to all UMBC students. Visit the Division of Student Affairs if you are ever unable to find the answers to questions, need to be pointed in the right direction, are having trouble maneuvering through the University, or wish to become involved in student life, student organizations or leadership opportunities.
- The Commons, which opened in January 2002, is the hub of student life on campus. It consists of multiple dining opportunities, the UMBC Bookstore, Off-Campus Student Services, the Women’s Center, Student Life, Vice President for Student Affairs Office, various lounges, meeting rooms and administrative offices, as well as 220-plus UMBC student organizations, including the Graduate Student Association, Student Government Association and Student Events Board (SEB). The Commons’ facilities and services make it the place to be on campus.
Commonvision, UMBC Print & Design Center
- Located on the third floor in The Commons, offers color and black and white photocopying and printing, wide format printing, lamination, mounting, and a variety of finishing services. Other services include, passport photos, button making, faxing, and scanning as well as promotional services for campus events, to include print and digital design as well as digital signage, iNet.
Campus Information Center (CIC)
- Located in the north lobby of The Commons, the CIC provides information about the campus, The Commons facility and its services. Information about scheduled meetings and campus events are available at the CIC counter, which is the first point of contact for many off-campus visitors and new students. Laptop computers are available as well as a pay for print service for small quick print jobs. Tickets to Student Events Board events and other student-sponsored programs may be purchased online at the UMBC Tickets.
Retriever Sports Zone
- Located on the mezzanine level of The Commons, the Sports Zone is decorated with UMBC sports memorabilia and photographs of UMBC teams. The “Zone” is home to comfortable booth seating that looks out upon a 12-foot TV projection screen and two flat screens that are programmed mainly for sporting events.
- Located on the second floor in The Commons, The Gameroom offers billiards, table-tennis, as well as video-gaming. Multiple flat-screen TVs add to the lounge atmosphere. Numerous tournaments allow students to compete locally and regionally. There are games and cultural programs provided in The Gameroom, which celebrate the diversity of the UMBC student population. The Gameroom is the place to go to get away and have some fun.
Off-Campus Student Services
- The Office of Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) strives to meet the diverse needs of students who live off campus. The department, located on the first floor of The Commons next to the Bookstore, maintains information about off-campus living, roommate referral, public transportation, bus schedules and resources available in the Greater Catonsville and Arbutus communities. OCSS is available to answer questions about finding off-campus housing, signing a lease, and any transportation issues you may have.
- Hop on board and get from point A to point B via UMBC Transit. Our transit system operates seven (7) bus routes that connect the UMBC campus to local apartment complexes, shopping centers, bus and rail commuter connections, BWI airport and downtown Baltimore. The main bus stop where all routes begin is at Commons Drive and Park Ave.
University Health Services
- University Health Services (UHS) is staffed by skilled, caring health professionals who focus on the student’s health and well-being. At the heart of their clinical services are nationally certified nurse practitioners. Board-certified physicians from the University of Maryland Medical System provide primary care, consultation and emergency on-call services. Located on the ground floor of Erickson Hall, University Health Services is committed to providing holistic, high-quality primary and urgent care services for all UMBC students. Services include diagnosing and treating of acute illnesses and injuries, treating and monitoring of chronic illnesses, immunizations, preventative care, routine gynecological care, allergy shots, laboratory testing, limited pharmacy services, massage and acupuncture. Health educators work hand-in-hand with the clinical staff to see that students get the information they need to maintain good health.
- The UMBC Counseling Center is located in the Student Development and Success Center. The Center provides free and confidential short-term individual and group counseling for personal, emotional, relationship, substance abuse and vocational concerns. Psychiatric services are available for students engaged in counseling at the Center. Referral assistance is provided for students who require services beyond what we are able to provide. In addition, the Center offers workshops on a variety topics including; healthy relationships, how to help a friend you are concerned about, stress management, time management, procrastination, test anxiety, motivation and preparing for finals.
I3b-Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging
UMBC is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and we value the richness that such diversity brings to campus life. The Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging creates opportunities for students to build their awareness and knowledge of diverse people, cultures, and belief systems. Through facilitated discussions, informal gatherings, educational engagements, presentations, and campus-wide events, individual students, student organizations, and classes learn the skills to create inclusive, just and mutually respectful communities at UMBC and beyond.
Retriever Immigrants United (RIU): Immigrant Self-Care and Advocacy Discussion Group
Originally a social action and service student organization, Retriever Immigrants United (RIU) transitioned to our department. RIU is now a self-care and advocacy discussion-based program that centers on the experiences of UMBC undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff who identify as first, 1.5, or second-generation immigrants regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, and/or citizenship status.* This semi-structured, topic-based program discusses the diverse immigrant experience with a focus on the role identity plays on intersectionality, community building, and social justice, while also providing a safe/brave space for UMBC immigrant community members to share their feelings, experiences, and engage in vulnerable dialogue with other community members. Sessions may include ice-breaker activities and an opportunity to listen to how our department can better support and empower the wider immigrant community.
*Please note that this group centers on immigrants and on the immigrant experience. This is subject to change according to attendees and potential future event opportunities and initiatives for allies. For clarification on the language used, please refer to the definitions below:
- First-generation immigrant: Immigrants who were born outside the United States and have immigrated sometime within their lifetime.
- 1.5-generation immigrant: Can also self-identify as a first-generation immigrant. One-and-a-half-generation immigrants are defined as an immigrant who is born outside the United States but who immigrated as a minor. In some cases, this occurs at an early enough age that they become assimilated enough to the dominant culture making it difficult to distinguish them from first or second-generation immigrants.
- Second-generation immigrant: Natural born citizens of the United States and the children of first-generation immigrants. May also identify as first-generation American.
- Retriever Essentials is a new faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our university community, and provides multiple ways for students to access healthy foods and other essential supplies free of charge. Donation bins for non-perishable food items are located across campus, and students also have the opportunity to donate meal card swipes for fellow students in need.