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Visitor’s Guide

If you really want to know what awaits you at UMBC, nothing will prepare you better than a campus visit. You’ll get to talk with current students, professors, and staff about our community, and you’ll get a real sense of how life and learning come together at UMBC. When you come to see our state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities, you’ll also find out where to get the best food in The Commons, where to watch creative performances, where you can study 24-7, and much more. And with downtown Baltimore and Washington, D.C., just minutes away, there is never a shortage of things to do. Simply put, this is the best way to get a Retriever’s eye view of life at UMBC.


Visiting UMBC

It’s easy to get to UMBC. Our main campus is conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, just five minutes away from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and with bus service to downtown Baltimore. AMTRAK and MARC commuter trains serve the nearby BWI Rail Station.

UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove is a branch campus located in Rockville, MD, operating at The Universities at Shady Grove, a USM regional center.

To reach any UMBC office, department, faculty member or student, please call our general information number at 410-455-1000. You can also search our campus directory.

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The Surrounding Community

UMBC is minutes away from everything you need — 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 45 minutes from Washington, D.C.,and four miles from BWI Airport. It’s the perfect location for job and internship opportunities, research collaborations, artistic and cultural exploration, and just plain fun. The nearby towns of Catonsville, Arbutus, Ellicott City, and Columbia also offer plenty of dining and entertainment options.

UMBC offers daily shuttle services for students from campus to the BWI Rail Station, downtown Baltimore, Catonsville, and Arbutus. On the weekends, students can pick up the Collegetown Shuttle downtown for free service to six other college campuses, Penn Station, and Towson.

The shops of Baltimore’s Harborplace, as well as Camden Yards (home of the Orioles), and M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Ravens), are also convenient to UMBC.

For more information about attractions in and around Baltimore, visit the Baltimore Collegetown Network.

Set Up a Tour

Whether you’re an interested undergraduate or graduate student, or simply a fan of the UMBC Retrievers, we look forward to seeing you on campus soon. Here are links for specific ways of visiting UMBC.

Undergraduate Tours and Visit Days

The Graduate School at UMBC

UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove

Virtual UMBC

Unable to visit our beautiful campus in person? We have more than 25 panoramic views of every spot on our campus, from the academic buildings to The Commons to the dorms to even the popular weight room at the RAC. Click on the labels below to start your virtual tour.