Health & Wellbeing

UMBC is committed to providing students with the resources they need to have a healthy, well-balanced, and successful UMBC experience. College isn’t just about test scores and accolades; it’s also about personal discovery and growth. To support students on their journeys, UMBC provides a range of resources for physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing.

Retriever Integrated Health

Retriever Integrated Health (RIH) brings together University Health Services, the Office of Health Promotion, and the Counseling Center to work in a collaborative, holistic approach to support your well-being and success. Our team is committed to providing the UMBC community with high quality services, support, and resources. RIH is an interdisciplinary team that includes our administrative staff members and a variety of healthcare professionals, representing disciplines of acupuncture, dietetics, health education, massage, nursing, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, public health, and social work.

University Health Services

University Health Services provides medical expertise from nationally-certified nurse practitioners, board-certified physicians from the University of Maryland Medical System, and consultation and emergency on-call services. UHS is located on the ground floor of Erickson Hall. Services include diagnosing and treating 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.

Counseling Center

The Counseling 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. In addition, the Center offers workshops on topics like healthy relationships, how to help a friend you are concerned about, stress management, time management, procrastination, test anxiety, motivation, and preparing for finals.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center at UMBC advances gender equity from an intersectional feminist perspective through programming, support services, and advocacy for marginalized people. The Center has a community gathering space, offices, and a lactation space in the lower level of the Commons, next to the Yum Shoppe. Women’s Center staff provide resources and support in key areas, including sexual assault prevention and response, women’s leadership, and critical social justice.


Staying active can play a big role in our physical and mental health. The recent renovation to the Retriever Activities Center (RAC) expands the program spaces and activities available to our community. The RAC provides access to multiple weight rooms, functional fitness space, a cycle studio, two group fitness studios, a cardio balcony and cardio zone, an indoor track, eight tennis courts, and an aquatics center with indoor and outdoor pools. Looking for a yoga or group fitness class? Want to sign up for an intramural team or participate in club sports? Visit the recreation page for class schedules and facilities.

Retriever Essentials

Food insecurity is a significant issue at universities across the nation. Retriever Essentials is a faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our community. This program offers important 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.