University of Maryland Baltimore County
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.
Get to know University of Maryland Baltimore County
At UMBC, students have the freedom to dig into the world around them as well as the support from professors to follow through with their ideas. 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 full semesters thinking big thoughts on Capitol Hill.
Service-Learning engages students in weekly service with a designated service placement. Through this sustained partnership, students build relationships with whom they serve. This collaboration gives students the opportunity to engage in formal and informal reflections of their service, allowing them to connect their service with their learning.
Not only can UMBC students conduct research in any discipline from day one, but 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, and some even contribute to papers published by the faculty. Students become fully engaged in interdisciplinary, hands-on research as early as their freshman year.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 18%
White, non-Hispanic: 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 22%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
UMBC’s professors are dedicated and smart—but their value goes far beyond their credentials. Students of all types truly connect with UMBC professors who both challenge and inspire them.
UMBC excels in bringing students in touch with faculty who are doing outstanding research and creative work.
Driven by a commitment to lifelong excellence, UMBC is a national leader in developing successful, innovative models to prepare tomorrow’s professionals in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The university develops new approaches, leveraging proven elements of its existing programs, including supportive peer networks, applied learning and internship placements, rigorous undergraduate research preparation, and living/learning communities.
UMBC has a friendly and energetic campus for students to explore. Students enjoy living with direct access to the faculty, facilities, activities, and other services on campus, including a shuttle to downtown Baltimore. UMBC offers more than 250 student organizations, ranging from kinetic sculpture and a cappella to groups that are 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.
UMBC is just 10 minutes from Baltimore, 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., and six minutes from the 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.
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.
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. UMBC also has its very own on-campus research park, offering numerous internship and work opportunities in a variety of fields.
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $8,704
Tuition (out-of-state): $24,338
Room & Board: $12,350
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 600 | 75th Percentile: 670
25th Percentile: 590 | 75th Percentile: 690
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 29
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 30