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University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC attracts creative and motivated students and rewards them with the resources and attention...

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland

UMBC is a dynamic public research university that combines teaching, research, and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, community service, and leadership. At the graduate level, UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services, and public policy. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization. With students from nearly every state and more than 100 countries, UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, and lifelong learning.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
11,379 undergraduate students
85% of undergrad students are full time
55% male — 45% female
7% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
523 full-time faculty
266 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

In addition to clean, secure, and convenient housing, UMBC’s Residential Life program offers growth and development opportunities for the 4,000 students who live on campus. UMBC students enjoy a variety of living spaces, including interest-specific Living Learning Communities and student apartments surrounded by green spaces and gathering spots that are perfect for community get-togethers.

School Location

UMBC is just 10 minutes from Baltimore, 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., and six minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, making it the perfect location for job and internship opportunities, research collaboration, as well as cultural exploration. Catonsville, Arbutus, and Ellicott City also offer plenty of dining and entertainment options nearby.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

61% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 16%
White 44%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 20%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


UMBC’s intercollegiate athletic teams, the Retrievers, participate in NCAA’s Division I and the America East Conference. Retriever student-athletes are recognized often for their great academic work and athletic prowess. In Fall 2014, Men’s Soccer went all the way to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Final Four.

Academic Programs

UMBC offers 54 majors and 32 minors, as well as 23 certificate programs spanning the arts, engineering and information technology, humanities, sciences, pre-professional studies, and social sciences.

UMBC’s Graduate School offers 40 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 23 graduate certificate programs. Programs are offered in education, engineering, emergency health services, imaging and digital arts, information technology, aging services, life sciences, psychology, public policy, and a host of other fields.

At UMBC, students have the freedom to dig into the world around them, and the support from professors to follow their ideas through. UMBC students are curious, hands-on people who aren’t afraid to try new things. The result? Well-rounded students with the confidence to challenge ideas, and the skills to change the world.

Some of UMBC students’ most life-changing moments occur beyond campus. Many students discover new cultures and learn about global connectivity through Study Abroad. Others spend a semester thinking big thoughts on Capitol Hill. Many students follow their academic passions to URCAD, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, to wow the community and fellow student researchers with their work.

Service Learning

Service learning engages students in weekly service with a designated service placement. Through this sustained partnership, students build relationships with whom they serve.  Service learning also gives students the opportunity to engage in formal and informal reflections on their service, which allow students to connect their service with their learning. Service-Learning is a connector program for various Shriver Center and UMBC initiatives.

Independent Research

Not only can UMBC students conduct research in any discipline from day one, they also find supportive faculty and an array of grants and awards to help make their projects successful. In addition to collaborating with professor mentors, students often present their research at URCAD (Undergraduate Research and Achievement Day) and some even contribute to papers published by the faculty. From student-choreographed dance performances and studies of water systems in Kenya, to historical profiles and innovations in engineering, students become fully engaged in interdisciplinary, hands-on research as early as their freshman year.

Study Abroad

Some of UMBC’s students’ most life-changing moments occur beyond UMBC’s main campus in countries around the world. UMBC offers a wealth of opportunities to learn and serve abroad, and most students can even use their federal financial aid, institutional aid and scholarships, or state scholarships to fund study across the globe.

UMBC’s professors are dedicated and smart – but it goes far beyond credentials. Students of all types will find a professor at UMBC to challenge and inspire them here.

UMBC excels in connecting faculty who are doing outstanding research and creative work with students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Getting Involved

Nearly 4,000 students call UMBC’s friendly and energetic campus home. Students enjoy direct access to faculty, facilities, campus activities, and other services, including a shuttle to downtown Baltimore. UMBC offers more than 200 student organizations, from kinetic sculpture to a cappella, to groups centered on social, cultural, and academic interests.

Opportunities abound for students to get involved on and off campus, from department forums and speakers to arts and culture performances, volunteer outings, celebrations of student research, and pick-up games on the Quad.

Living Learning Communities

UMBC hosts nine Living Learning Communities, special residential halls where students with varying interests can participate in academic and extracurricular programming especially designed for them.  Living learning programs are sponsored by academic departments and programs and are housed in the residential community.

UMBC has built a reputation as a university that prepares its students well for the working world or graduate school. That comes not only from its strong academics and career services, but UMBC’s proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as well as relationships with alumni and business partners in the region. UMBC’s students and graduates are interning and working at great places, including Google, T. Rowe Price, the Maryland Historical Society, the Smithsonian, Redbeacon (Silicon Valley), the Baltimore Sun, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and many other impressive places.


Nestled between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, UMBC provides easy access to an array of internships. UMBC students frequently intern locally at the Smithsonian, T. Rowe Price, Northrop Grumman, the Maryland Historical Society, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baltimore County School System, and Everyman Theatre, and many also spend valuable time learning in Silicon Valley at Google, Amazon, and elsewhere. UMBC also has its very own on-campus research park, offering numerous internship and work opportunities in a variety of fields.


Admissions Fall 2014

10,217 Total Applicants
6,090 Total Admissions
1,629 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.61% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 640
SAT Math 570 670
SAT Writing 530 640
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,518 $19,816
Fees $2,866 $2,866
Total $10,384 $22,682
Room and Board (on campus) $10,562 $10,562
Room Only $6,376 $6,376
Board Only $4,186 $4,186
Estimated Total On Campus $20,946 $33,244


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

74% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
39% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$8,395 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,837 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Scholars Programs

UMBC is especially known for seven named scholars programs—the Center for Women in Technology Scholars, Cyber Scholars, Humanities Scholars, Linehan Artist Scholars, Meyerhoff Scholars, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars, and Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars. These competitive programs combine financial awards with special opportunities for advanced research, specialized seminars, internships, study abroad and more. Scholars define their future through innovative approaches to study, and unique relationships with faculty and mentors. To learn more about scholarships and financial aid, please visit

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