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An Honors University
UMBC, a selective public research university, combines the traditions of the liberal arts academy, the creative intensity of the research university, and the social responsibility of a public institution. We are known for integrating research, teaching and learning, and civic engagement so that each advances the others for the benefit of society.
  • Cheering the Retrievers on to victory in the UMBC Event Center!
  • Students heading to class from the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
  • The Performing Arts and Humanities Building houses beautiful performance and practice spaces.
  • Students eat and relax with friends in The Commons.
  • Quadmania is a chance for UMBC students to celebrate the school year each spring.
  • Our mascot, True Grit, greets all visitors to UMBC.
  • "As a scientist interested in cross-disciplinary research, UMBC faculty have supported me in confidently conducting research and co-authoring work in scientific journals."
    Naomi Mburu
    Chemical Engineering
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  • "There really is no better feeling in the world than making your family and community proud, there really isn’t,” says Evan. “And this was all possible because UMBC was my community."
    Evan Avila
    Economics and Political Science
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  • "Schools talk about diversity a lot, but this campus is actually diverse, and people feel like they belong here. Everyone is so nice -- they want to be better and they want to help you be better."
    Hania Moro
    Financial Economics
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  • "Dance has always been a big part of my life, but throughout college, I became equally interested in social justice activism. When I came to UMBC, I was able to explore the intersections between them. My time at UMBC has allowed me to pursue my passion and research interests with guidance, mentorship, and an overwhelmingly supportive network."
    Alexia Petasis
    Individualized Study
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  • Quick Facts


    Located on 530 wooded acres in suburban Baltimore, UMBC has over 13,600 undergraduate and 2,800 graduate students, as well as an alumni network of over 77,000.


    UMBC is just 15 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. BWI Airport is five minutes away, as are AMTRAK and light rail stations. University-run Shuttle buses provide regular transportation to points in the surrounding area and Baltimore City.

    Public University

    UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating 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, and community service and leadership.

    Freshman Class Profile

    1150-1350 (middle 50 percent) SAT
    27 ACT
    3.97 (weighted) GPA

    Student to Faculty ratio


    Research Funds


    million for research and training contracts and grants.


    More than 400 student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports. The UMBC Retrievers participate in the America East Conference. UMBC’s mascot is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the school’s spirit colors are black and gold.


    UMBC is consistently ranked highly for undergraduate teaching, the value of the education it provides, and other attributes. According to U.S. News rankings, UMBC is a national leader in teaching and innovation, the university is among the top 10 Best Colleges for 2019, and UMBC’s graduate programs are some of the best in the nation for 2020. Read more at


    Total Enrollment: 13,638
    Undergraduate: 10,683
    Graduate: 2,803


    Women: 46%
    Men: 54%
  • Academics

    UMBC offers 49 majors and 38 minors, as well as 25 certificate programs, spanning the arts, engineering and information technology, humanities, sciences, pre-professional studies, and social sciences.

    UMBC’s Graduate School offers over 40 master’s degree programs, 20 doctoral degree programs, and 15 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.


    Degree Programs

    49 Bachelors, 43 Masters, 24 Doctoral, 19 Certificates

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    College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    College of Engineering and Information Technology

    College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences




    The Erickson School

    Graduate School

    School of Social Work

  • Contact Information


1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
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