An Honors University in Maryland
UMBC is one of the best and brightest research universities in the nation. A medium-sized honors university granting bachelor's, post baccalaureate certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees, UMBC offers academically talented students a strong foundation in the liberal arts, close mentorship from professors who are also leaders in their fields, and abundant co-curricular activities. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity.
UMBC continues to lead U.S. News national university rankings for strong commitment to undergraduate teaching for the fifth year in row. In a new ranking of “Most Innovative Schools,” UMBC is #5 in the nation, joining MIT and Stanford in the top five. The rankings reflect results of a poll of presidents, provosts, and admissions officers at other national research universities. UMBC has also been named a Best Buy School by the 2016 Fiske Guide.
UMBC's prominence and well-established industry partnerships help to provide outstanding graduate school and career opportunities for its students. UMBC offers 48 majors, 38 minors and 25 certificate programs in the physical and biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, mathematics, information technology, humanities and visual and performing arts.
At the graduate and professional levels, UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services, and public policy. Located on 530 wooded acres in suburban Baltimore, UMBC is just 15 minutes by car from downtown Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC. The atmosphere on campus is friendly and spirited, energized by a genuinely diverse population of more than 11,300 undergraduates and more than 2,600 graduate students. Students participate in more than 210 student groups and the college hosts a wide variety of performances and sporting events. More than three-quarters of UMBC's first-year students live on campus.
Cheering the Retrievers on to victory!
Students enjoy studying at the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
The Performing Arts and Humanities Building is a beautiful new addition to campus.
UMBC at night, next to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
Students eat and relax with friends in The Commons.
Our mascot, True Grit, greets all visitors to UMBC.
"Baltimore has so much to offer, and Washington and Philadelphia are close by for a day or weekend adventure."
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"My internship helped me become more organized and well-prepared and it strengthened my cultural perspective in art."
Pixilated Photo Booth
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