An Honors University with the teaching and student support traditions of a small liberal arts college, UMBC is also among the most rapidly developing and diverse research universities in the nation.
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, U.S. News & World Report again ranked UMBC number one among "Up and Coming" national universities, "schools everyone should be watching." UMBC also is tied with Yale on a list of the top national universities "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching. UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has been named "one of the 10 best college presidents" and "one of the 100 most influential people in the world" 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. A new Performing Arts and Humanities building opened in 2012, providing state-of-the-art facilities for several arts and humanities departments and programs. 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; 10,953 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 75% of freshman students live on campus, with 14% from out of state. The undergraduate student population is 45% female, 24% Asian American, 12% 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 in Technology; Intercultural Living Exchange; Shriver Living Learning Center.
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.
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