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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 at UMBC
    Cheering the Retrievers on to victory!
  • UMBC Library
    Students enjoy studying at the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
  • Performing Arts Building
    The Performing Arts and Humanities Building is a beautiful new addition to campus.
  • UMBC at night
    UMBC at night, next to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
  • The Commons at UMBC
    Students eat and relax with friends in The Commons.
  • True Grit
    Our mascot, True Grit, greets all visitors to UMBC.
  • Cheering at UMBC
  • UMBC Library
  • Performing Arts Building
  • UMBC at night
  • The Commons at UMBC
  • True Grit
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    "Baltimore has so much to offer, and Washington and Philadelphia are close by for a day or weekend adventure."
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  • Mai Huong
    "My internship helped me become more organized and well-prepared and it strengthened my cultural perspective in art."
    Mai Huong
    Pixilated Photo Booth
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  • Quick Facts


    Located on 530 wooded acres in suburban Baltimore.


    UMBC is just 15 minutes by car from downtown Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC. BWI Airport is five minutes away, as are AMTRAK and light rail stations.

    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

    Top quartile, 1216, combined reading and math SAT

    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 our spirit colors are black and gold.


    UMBC is consistently ranked highly for undergraduate teaching, the value of the education it provides, and other attributes. Read more at


    Total Enrollment: 13,640
    Undergraduate: 11,142
    Graduate: 2,498


    Women: 45%
    Men: 55%
  • Academics

    UMBC offers 48 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 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.


    Degree Programs

    48 Bachelors, 36 Masters, 24 Doctoral, 17 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

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  • Contact Information


1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
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