From the School

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.

Overall

From The School

In fall 2012, the average incoming freshman had a 3.71 cumulative GPA, 52% ranked in the top quarter of his or her senior class, and had a combined SAT I score of 1206. Approximately 65% of freshman applicants are admitted each year. Academic performance and curriculum strength play an important part in the decision. An essay is required, and a letter of recommendation is strongly encouraged. Transfer students with at least 30 semester hours of college-level work are admitted based on the strength of college success. A minimum 2.5 GPA is recommended for full consideration. Prospective freshmen are encouraged to submit applications by the early action deadline of November 1. The final deadline is February 1 for full consideration for admission, campus housing, financial aid, and scholarships. The priority deadline for transfer students is March 15 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission for students seeking admission to special programs or wishing to be considered for campus housing, financial aid, or scholarships. The final deadline for applications is May 31 for fall and December 15 for spring. For further information, students or parents may contact:

Dale Bittinger
Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Telephone: 410-455-2291 or 800-UMBC-4U2
Fax: 410-455-1094
Web: www.umbc.edu

Overview

Applicants
10,217
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.78

GPA Breakdown

56%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
Below 1.0

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees: acting, Africana studies, American studies, aging services, ancient studies, Asian studies, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics and computational biology, biological sciences, business technology administration, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, chemistry education, computer engineering and computer science, cultural anthropology, dance, economics and financial economics, emergency health services, English, environmental science and environmental studies, gender and women's studies, geography, health administration and policy, history, information systems, innovation and entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering, media and communication studies, modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication, music, philosophy, physics education, physics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theater, and visual arts. New programs include computer gaming, media and communication studies, Asian studies, global studies and physics education. An interdisciplinary studies program allows students to design their own course of study according to their specific educational and career goals. UMBC offers pre-professional studies programs, including two-and four-year advisement programs to prepare students for clinical training in dental hygiene, medical and research technology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Minors include Africana studies, American studies, ancient studies, anthropology, applied politics, art history and theory, astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, dance, East Asian history, economics, emergency health services, environmental geography, gender and women's studies, geography, history, international affairs, international economics, Judaic studies, legal policy, literature, mathematics, modern languages and linguistics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, political thought, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social welfare, sociology, statistics, theater, writing, and media and communication studies.

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

Student/Faculty
19.6:1
Total Faculty
776
with Terminal Degree
517

436
Men
340
Women
165
Minority
24
International

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


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for 2011-2012 are $9,764 for Maryland residents and $20,825 for out-of-state students. Room and board averaged $10,214. Miscellaneous expenses, books, and transportation cost about $1,500 per year.

Financial Aid

More than 45% of undergraduates receive some financial aid. UMBC uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help determine a student's financial need. Aid is awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Since aid is awarded only to admitted students, early application for admission is also important. Well-qualified freshmen are automatically considered for general merit scholarships once they are admitted to the University. The Scholars Programs at UMBC provide special opportunities for outstanding entering freshmen who want to focus their education through intense study in their major. Scholars participate in a wide range of academic and cultural enrichment activities, extracurricular travel, or summer study. The selection process for specialty scholarships includes application, an interview, and, in some cases, nomination from a high school official.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 26

Required Forms

FAFSA

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
$8,059

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,230

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,221

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,600

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,930

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,384
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$2,226,282
Required Fees
$125
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,738
Transportation for Commuters
$2,770

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

The campus climate is friendly and energetic. UMBC's more than 10,973 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
11,379
Out of State
6%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
96

Demographics

21.02%
Asian
17.18%
African-American
6.19%
Hispanic
46.39%
Caucasian
5.00%
Unknown
4.81%
International

45% female
55% male
6% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Located a few miles south of Baltimore, UMBC is 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore and 30 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, performing arts center, 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

UMBC's landmark building, the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, contains over 1 million books and bound volumes of journals, an extensive reference collection, 4,200 journal and database subscriptions, more than 200 computers, wireless and wired connections for laptops, and more than 3 million other items, including slides, photographs, maps, musical scores, recordings, and microforms. The Commons, UMBC's state-of-the-art student center, the hub of campus life includes a food court, general lounges, the University bookstore, meeting spaces, a student recreation center, a full-service bank, student organization offices, retail-type spaces, wireless computer connectivity, and Web-accessible kiosks. UMBC students have access to research opportunities and equipment such as conducting AIDS research on one of the world's largest nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers in the only Howard Hughes Medical Institute lab at a public university in Maryland. Newer facilities include a Public Policy Building and a state-of-the-art Information Technology/Engineering Building. UMBC's a new Performing Arts and Humanities Building houses seven departments and new performance space that showcase the University's strong arts and humanities programs and creates a regional and national appreciation of UMBC as a cultural attraction.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Surrounded by business, government, and metropolitan centers, UMBC places students in over 1,200 co-ops and internships in more than 500 organizations each year in the Baltimore-Washington area. UMBC matches students with such employers as the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Bank of America, Silicon Graphics, MBNA, the Smithsonian Institution, NASA, and the National Aquarium. The university encourages students to participate in study abroad experiences during the semester or travel-study opportunities during winter and summer breaks. The Shriver Center links the resources of the campus to urgent social problems, places students in co-ops and internships at hundreds of businesses and organizations, organizes and manages community service projects that bring the resources of the university to people in need, and connects students to a wide range of social service projects.

Student Organizations & Activities

The campus climate is friendly and energetic. UMBC's more than 10,973 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

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
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
75%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
230
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
25

4% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Retrievers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Retrievers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
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

Sustainability

Green Rating
78

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
55

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dale Bittinger
Director Undergraduate Admissions and Or

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1000 Hilltop Cir
Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone
4104552291

Email
bittinge@umbc.edu

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
Annapolis
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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday through Friday and selected Satur

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.umbcretrievers.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Admitted Students

Transportation

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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Key Stats

10,217
Applicants
11,379
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1210
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists