From the School

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) attracts creative and motivated students and rewards them with the resources and attention they need to succeed. A selective, medium-sized public research university, UMBC provides students with opportunities for hands-on research and liberal arts experience working with professors at the top of their fields. This fall, for the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked UMBC number one among "Up and Coming" national universities, "schools everyone should be watching." UMBC also is on a list of the top national universities "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching," a list that includes such schools as Princeton, Brown, Yale, and Stanford universities.. UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has been named “one of the 10 best college presidents” by Time Magazine. Theatre students rank 3rd nationally in invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity. UMBC is a two-time winner of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The University's academic reputation and industry partnerships help place students in promising careers and leading graduate programs. One-third of UMBC students immediately go on to leading graduate or professional schools such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Yale. Three UMBC graduates have received one of the world's most selective academic awards, the Gates Cambridge Fellowship. Undergraduates have access to the latest technology in areas from geography to art history to chemistry. The Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center brings NASA scientists, UMBC professors, and students together to study the earth. Students in UMBC's Imaging Research Center (IRC) gain professional experience with companies such as the Discovery Channel, CNN, and PBS. UMBC also has a Howard Hughes Medical Institute laboratory, a privately sponsored research facility dedicated to the study of the structural building blocks of the AIDS virus. The UMBC climate is friendly and energetic; 9,970 undergraduates have enough ideas and interests to support more than 250 groups, including Greek organizations, recreational sports clubs, community outreach efforts, and campus events. Students enthusiastically follow UMBC NCAA Division I athletic teams and attend games in the UMBC Stadium and Retriever Activities Center. The new book,Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids— and What We Can Do About It, features UMBC as a school where students can receive a first-class undergraduate education at a reasonable price. Approximately 74% of freshman students live on campus, with 14% from out of state. The undergraduate student population is 48% female, 22% Asian American, 17% African American, 4% Hispanic American and Native American. UMBC houses nearly 3,900 students, 1,600 live in UMBC's three new residence suites and apartment communities. Residential communities feature nine living-learning programs, including the Center for Women and Information Technology; Intercultural Living Exchange; Shriver Living Learning Center.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 650
SAT Math
580 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 29


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Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

UMBC's academic calendar consists of fall and spring semesters, a four-week mini session in January, and summer sessions from six to eight weeks. To receive a UMBC degree, students complete 120 to 128 credits plus two physical education courses. In addition to the requirements for the chosen major, the general education program (GEP), provides a solid basis for a lifetime of learning. GEP courses encompass humanities and fine arts, mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, and languages and culture. The Honors College at UMBC is a special option for students seeking a community of like-minded people for whom the quest for knowledge is its own reward. All Honors College students must take at least one honors course per semester. Students choose from honors versions of core courses, special honors seminars, and plenty of other honors courses.

Students Say

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has a “great regional reputation” as a “quiet academic school” where “students take education seriously.” Undergraduates are enthusiastic about the “academic opportunities and scholarship programs available,” and say, “UMBC wants to see every student succeed—they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life.” The university is particularly known for its “strong” science and mathematics programs and a commitment to the performing arts. Some students grumble, “The school needs to serve those with different majors apart from the sciences,” but others are quick to point out that “UMBC is changing a bit to offer more to the fine arts students,” including construction of a new technologically advanced fine arts building. Most agree the university has “extremely intelligent professors that have a knack for inspiring the students,” and say, “UMBC is a place where professors aren’t just talking heads.” Although some complain about dull lectures, a common consensus is that “this is a university where teaching comes first, followed by research, and it shows,” and that “most of the professors are so helpful, you can find most of them sitting in their office and they don’t mind if you come and ask them questions.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Duff Goldman
Owner, Charm City Cakes; Star of Food Network Show

Brian Dannelly
Film director

Dr. James Clements
President of West Virginia University

Robert Marshall
Founder and President of WeatherBug

Adrienne Jones
Speaker Pro Tem, Maryland House of Delegates

Zach Clark
Baltimore Oriole


From The School

Tuition and fees for 2010-2011 are $9,171 for Maryland residents and $19,108 for out-of-state students. Room and board averaged $9,620. Miscellaneous expenses, books, and transportation cost about $1,500 per year.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 26

Required Forms


Bang For Your Buck

UMBC has six named scholars’ programs, each of which offers unique opportunities for research, internships, and financial aid: Humanities Scholars, the Center for Women in Technology Scholars, Meyerhoff Scholars, Linehan Artist Scholars, Sherman Teacher Education Scholars, and Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars. If you are lucky enough to get into one of these scholarship programs, the school will be especially attractive. “The scholarship programs offer an enriching community for students,” one student says. UMBC’s tuition is significantly less for in-state, $9,764, than out-of-state, $20,825. Students can expect to spend an additional $11,000 on room, board, books, and supplies. However, a full 70 percent of undergraduates receive some amount of financial aid and 50 percent of students take out loans. The average UMBC student leaves school with $22,600 in debt.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The campus climate is friendly and energetic. UMBC's more than 9,970 undergraduates have enough ideas and interests to support more than 250 student groups, including Greek organizations and recreational sports clubs, such as fencing and sailing; community outreach efforts, such as Habitat for Humanity; and campus events, including lectures, films, concerts, and plays. Students enthusiastically follow UMBC NCAA Division I athletic teams, such as basketball, lacrosse, and soccer and attend games in the UMBC Stadium and Retriever Activities Center, which includes a multipurpose gym, auxiliary gym, weight room, and classrooms. Elections are held each year for officers in UMBC's Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA represents the student body on a number of administrative committees, including the Undergraduate Council, the Library Committee, and the Student Health Advisory Committee.

Students Say

More than one student says, “UMBC is a place where it is cool to be smart, and everything about the campus, including the students, exudes ’nerd-chic.’” In fact, an English major says that even “our president likes to say that it’s cool to be smart at UMBC.” This mentality is captured by a student who remarks, “Life at UMBC, aside from special events, revolves around classes and learning,” and most undergrads agree: “The typical student at UMBC is interested in doing well academically and not just here to party until graduation.” However, despite their dedication to hard work, UMBC students call themselves “enthusiastic and bright” and say “that almost every student at UMBC is involved with at least a couple of extracurricular activities, which connect them to the campus.” The school has a strong reputation for diversity and students feel “it enriches our school and everyone gets to know everyone despite culture or ethnicity.” A mechanical engineering student says, “This is even reflected in the high number of interracial couples I see on campus.” Overall, it seems, “People fit in by being intellectually creative and finding a community with which to discuss important issues.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



45% female
55% male
6% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time


From The School

Located a few miles south of Baltimore, UMBC is 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore and 35 minutes from Washington, D.C. The Baltimore-Washington area is known for its music, sports, museums, restaurants, and historical traditions. UMBC's 530-acre campus includes more than 40 buildings accessed by a two-mile elliptical drive, with housing and dining facilities on one side and core facilities (classroom/lab buildings, a library, galleries, a student union, a bookstore, a gymnasium, an Olympic-size pool, and tennis courts) surrounding a central walkway. BWTech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, adjacent to the campus, attracts firms in the high-technology fields, including engineering, information technology, and the life sciences. A brand new, state-of-the-art Performing Arts and Humanities Building is in production and slated to open in fall of 2012.

Students Say

UMBC has a large contingent of commuters and one ancient studies major says, “There are a lot of activities held by student organizations on campus during the week and on the weekends, but many students live close to campus and choose to go home for the weekend.” While some may see this as a downside others say, “The location of UMBC is true brilliance—so close to Baltimore. We hop over there on the weekdays even to go shopping or go out to eat.” Most lament the absence of a football team and say, “The only real issue with UMBC is the lack of visible school spirit…People have made efforts to try and pump up the school, but nothing’s come to fruition yet.” In fact, students give the administration poor marks, saying, “Students are not given adequate attention on the matters of housing, financial aid, and advising,” and there are complaints about the parking facilities, as well as a desire for “better buildings and food options.” Despite these criticisms, a sociology major says, “Everyone on campus is nice and helpful to other students. People will always hold a door for you, help you pick up a dropped folder, or offer to share their notes with a student who missed class.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

4% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Retrievers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Retrievers)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland, College Park
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland College Park


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple Computer, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Dale Bittinger
Director Undergraduate Admissions and Or

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1000 Hilltop Cir
Baltimore, MD 21250



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery
The Commons (Student Center)
Perfoming Arts and Humanities Building
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lab
Retriever Activities Center
Students attend, and take part in, a world of excellent theatre, music and dance performances on campus. They go to art openings and lectures, start clubs and exchange ideas through the campus paper and literary magazines.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Washington D.C.
Patapsco State Park
Historic Ellicott City
UMBC is located 10 miles southwest of downtown Baltimore which provides easy access to entertainment, cultural activities and a wealth of opportunities for research, cooperative education and internship in a diversity of public and private organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday through Friday and selected Satur

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Admitted Students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The campus is located four miles from BWI airport. UMBC offers daily shuttle services for students from campus to the BWI Rail Station, downtown Baltimore and the nearby towns of Catonsville and Arbutus. The university also schedules van trips to Washington D.C.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take Interstate 95 to Route 166 (Exit 47B, Catonsville) or take Interstate 83 to the Baltimore Beltway (I-695, west) and then take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue, west); follow the signs to UMBC. From the south, take Interstate 95 to Route 166 (Exit 47B, Catonsville); follow signs to UMBC.

Local Accommodations
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor 410-962-0202 Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport 410-859-3300 Holiday Inn BWI 410-694-6024
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Acceptance Rate
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists