If you are looking for a big school with crazy parties every night, UMBC is not the school for you. Students here take academics very seriously, since the course work is so rigorous. There is Greek life, and some parties- but nothing compared to UMDCP or Towson. I also do not recommend anyone perusing international affairs or social sciences to come here, unless it is out of convenience. The social science and language programs are weak, compared to the outstanding and well-known STEM programs at UMBC.