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On-Campus Destinations

The Campus Information Center
Located in The Commons, this is the first place to go with a question.

The Commons
The Commons is UMBC’s one-stop student center, featuring a food court, restaurant, full-service bank, bookstore, performance spaces and game room. High-speed wireless technology makes it easy to plug in to the campus network and the Internet. The Commons Terrace overlooks the Olympic-size pool and is a favorite student hang-out when the weather turns warm. In addition to a regular meeting spot for lunch, the terrace is the venue for Friday afternoon concerts, ice cream socials and festivals such as Fall Frenzy, Involvement Fest and Quadmania, UMBC’s all-campus, spring festival featuring live bands.

The Retriever Activities Center
The RAC is a multi-purpose recreational facility, including two gymnasiums used for indoor tennis, lacrosse and soccer as well as traditional court sports; a fitness balcony with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment; a track for walking; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a weight room and locker rooms. The RAC Arena is used for varsity basketball, volleyball, concerts and other special events, and seats 4,000.

The Albin O. Kuhn Library
Open to the general public, the library is the visual centerpiece of the UMBC campus. It houses more than one million books and 4,200 periodical subscriptions. Its Special Collections of national significance include photography, scientific archives, science fiction, graphic satire, Marylandia and utopian literature. Internet access to services and further information on the library and gallery are available at The general public may borrow books for an annual $30 fee. Call 410-455-2232 for information or 410-455-2233 for library hours, or visit

The Library Gallery
Interpretive exhibitions that showcase the library’s expansive collections of photography, rare books and other materials are on view throughout the academic year. Symposia, lectures and tours and scholarly publications complement the exhibitions. For information, call the UMBC ArtsLine at 410-455-ARTS or visit

The Center for Art and Visual Culture
Center for Art and Visual Culture Located in the Fine Arts Building, the Center for Art and Visual Culture exhibits contemporary art dealing with important philosophical and aesthetic issues. The gallery also sponsors lectures by specialists in the visual arts, humanities and sciences. For information, call the UMBC ArtsLine at 410-455-ARTS or

The UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall
Located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, the recital hall is home to dozens of music concerts each semester. The music department complements its numerous faculty concerts and student recitals with performances by the UMBC Symphony, Maryland Camerata and other ensembles, as well as international artists with an emphasis in new classical music. For information, call the UMBC ArtsLine at 410-455-ARTS or visit

The UMBC Theatre
This venue is home to theatre and dance performances, including student productions and the Phoenix Dance Company, UMBC’s professional modern dance ensemble in residence. For information, call the UMBC ArtsLine at 410-455-ARTS or visit

The UMBC Telescope
The University’s 0.81m Cassegrain telescope on the rooftop of the Physics Building is open for public viewing the first Thursday of the month. A selection of celestial objects are chosen by faculty members in UMBC’s Joint Center for Astrophysics (JCA) who are on hand to answer questions. JCA is a cooperative venture between UMBC and NASA; UMBC ranks 16th in the nation for NASA funding. For more information, visit

Alumni House
Located at 5451 Wilkens Ave., UMBC’s Alumni House also contains the Offices of Alumni Relations and Development. The Alumni Association offers educational programs, recreational, social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities and special benefits and services for alumni. Graduates of UMBC are automatically members of the association. Call 410-455-ALUM or visit for more information.

Conservation and Environmental Research Areas
CERA, established in 1997, supports environmental education and conservation at UMBC. Covering approximately 45 acres, CERA has considerable ecological diversity. In addition to teaching opportunities for faculty, CERA offers a wide range of opportunities for short- and long-term research projects in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park 
The Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is a quiet space at the edge of the UMBC campus with 30 oak trees, granite stones and benches. The trees were planted in 2001 by volunteers from the Center for Art and Visual Culture. For more information, visit