Student Services & Resources

Student Support

Below are resources offered to Students, Staff, and Faculty by UMBC. Please note this is not a fully comprehensive list of all the resources that UMBC offers.

Retriever Essentials

UMBC is proud to launch RETRIEVER ESSENTIALS: a faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our university community


Academic Success Center 

The Academic Success Center provides centralized support services to all undergraduate students at UMBC. Through a coordinated approach and an unwavering commitment to student success, the Academic Success Center fosters a welcoming environment that provides a one-stop opportunity through Academic Policy, Academic Learning Resources, and Academic Advocacy for students to achieve their academic goals and claim their future with a UMBC degree.

Career Center

The Career Center also serves UMBC alumni as they grow in their careers or transition to new ones, and we create partnerships with local and national employers to provide outstanding talent. We collaborate with UMBC faculty and staff to provide students for internships and other positions, in addition to career planning, job search, and professional/graduate school preparatory assistance for students. See: Resources for AlumniResources for Employers, and Resources for Faculty/Staff.

Computing and Technology 

UMBC Student Technology Resources
  • Getting Online |  Access to free WiFi/ hot spots on campus and throughout Baltimore County as well as additional information about internet providers.
  • UMBC Recommend Computer Specification Guidelines | UMBC supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, please review the recommended minimum requirements.
  • Access to Software [Cloud-based and download] | UMBC offers a variety of software for download for students, staff, and faculty members. Software packages include Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, and various data and analytical software. Please note this list is updated yearly  and requires users to have myUMBC credentials
  • Virtual Desktop Environments | If you are unable to download software or are using a public computer, UMBC has virtual desktop environments where you may log in using your myUMBC credentials. Please note, that once you log out any information saved to the virtual desktop will be deleted.


AOK Library Laptop Loan Program 

The AOK Library, with support from the Department of Information Technology, is excited to offer the Laptop Loan Program.  This program provides the UMBC community with access to Mac and Windows laptops on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please read the Laptop Loan Policies page for detailed information about the program.

The equipment is available for loan at the Check Out desk on the 1st floor of the library.


DoIT Laptops

DoIT has a limited number of laptops, mostly Chromebooks, we can lend out to the students. Please submit a ticket and let us know what your situation is. Please include a phone number we can use to reach you.

Digital Media Lab 

The AOK Library Digital Media Lab (DML) provides all UMBC students, faculty and staff with tools to create and edit new and re-use existing audio, video and graphic design objects. Equipment and software in the DML is chosen to serve a diverse community with a wide-range of media creation and utilization needs. Equipment and software is available on a self-serve basis, with access to staff assistance, manuals and online help. Visit us in room 216 H.



Financial Aid, Scholarships, On/Off-Campus Jobs, Assistantships & Internships

Financial Aid

UMBC offers a range of financial aid and payment options so that all students may benefit from a UMBC education. Financial aid can come in the form of grants, work, student loans, parent loans, scholarships and other awards.

UMBC Department of Education scholarships are offered twice a year
  • The Teaching Education Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in one of its programs.
  • The Strong Scholarship is offered to interns who are moving to the second phase of their internship.


Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a Federal program, which provides assistance to students pursuing careers in primary and secondary education. TEACH differs from other grant programs because receiving the TEACH Grant means committing to a four year service obligation. Failing to complete the TEACH Grant service obligation can result in the TEACH Grant converting to a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Eligible students are also required to complete annual counseling and sign an Agreement to Serve, which outline conditions of the TEACH Grant.


UMBC Women’s Center

The Women’s Center offers several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students over the age of 25 seeking their first undergraduate degree. The application period for the 2021-22 academic year in open through April 9, 2021. Eligible students will be able to view and apply for this opportunity via ScholarshipRetriever.

For more information about the scholarship application process and the information sessions that will be offered during the spring 2021 semester, visit our myUMBC post for details. 

The scholarship application for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship, the Jodi Mister/Newcombe Scholarship, the Bryson-Neville Scholarship, the AEGON Scholarship, and the Rosalie Tydings Scholarship are combined into one common application which is accessible only to eligible students on ScholarshipRetriever. The common application enables eligible students to apply for more than one of the Returning Women Students Scholarships using the same application. Eligibility requires that all applicants must be over the age of 25, have earned at least 60 credits, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be working towards their first undergraduate degree.



UMBC Communities

Women’s Center

Resources the Women’s Center provides include but not limited to:

Please visit the Women’s Center website for more information.


Campus Life

Campus Life at UMBC significantly shapes the student experience. From getting involved in campus events to joining student organizations, from exploring diverse cultures to learning about spiritual practices, from shaping new leaders to serving local communities, from fraternity and sorority bonds to Student Government board meetings – students create their Campus Life.


Student Organizations 

Full listing of UMBC Student Organizations who maintain a myUMBC presence.


(seb) Student Events Board



Last updated 2022 June 28