As a self-proclaimed honors university, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the chess team, which has won several
Panamerican championships against ivy-league competitors including Harvard. However, the chess team is also largely comprised of
students over the usual college age who have been specifically invited to the University on scholarships to play on the chess
team (one of them is 42). UMBC is one of two schools in the United States to offer major scholarships for chess proficiency. Dr.
Alex Sherzer, one of the previous players on the chess team, was accused of traveling across state lines to solicit sex from a
Every spring, UMBC holds this festival comprised of outdoor music performances, activity booths, and an outdoor carnival