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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. We're a place where it's cool to be smart, and where students can be confident investing in their education.

UMBC is nationally recognized for professors who regularly involve students in research and creative collaboration. Cross-collaboration between fields of study (with both peers and faculty) results in active, interdisciplinary learning, which prepares students for multi-dimensional opportunities.

With an ideal proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. students are interning, studying and working with industry leaders-and UMBC has built a reputation for getting students into jobs and graduate programs. In fact, 86% of UMBC class of 2017 is employed and/or in graduate school!

The on campus climate is friendly and energetic; 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, Retriever Activities Center, and the new UMBC Event Center, where they cheer on the Retrievers, who made history this year in men's NCAA basketball.

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 third nationally in invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. A new Performing Arts and Humanities building opened in 2014, providing state-of-the-art facilities for several arts and humanities departments and programs.

Approximately 70% of freshman students live on campus, with 14% from out of state. The undergraduate student population is 44% female, 26% Asian American, 17% African American, 7% Hispanic American and Native American. UMBC houses 4,000 students in UMBC's residence suites and apartment communities. Residential communities feature ten living-learning programs, including the Center for Women in Technology; Intercultural Living Exchange; Shriver Living Learning Center.

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Overview

Applicants
11,201
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.80

GPA Breakdown

58%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
838
with Terminal Degree
569

459
Men
379
Women
209
Minority
22
International

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


Graduation Rates

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

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Information Resources Management.
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians.
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Biochemical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Adult Development and Aging.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).
  • Health Services Administration.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Dancing.
  • Music.
  • Theatre/Theater.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Students Say

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has a “great…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 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.”

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Brian Dannelly
Film director

Dr. James Clements
President of Clemson

Robert Marshall
Founder and President of WeatherBug

Adrienne Jones
Speaker Pro Tem, Maryland House of Delegates

Corey Fleischer
Big Brian Theory Star

Elizabeth Rossman
Vice President-Government Relations, Honeywell International, Inc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$99,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$102,900

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
44%


Students Say

Thanks to UMBC's amazing Career Center, undergrads here are able to enter the job market with confidence. Starting from freshman year, the office works to empower students and help them plot their career goals. Undergrads can take advantage of a plethora of recruiting and networking events held on campus each year. More specifically, students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from companies/organizations like the Central Intelligence Agency, The Hershey Company, Lockheed Martin and the Nielsen Company (among others). And they can help ensure those meetings go well by attending one of the Career Center's many interviewing workshops or resume (and cover letter) writing seminars.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,859

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,554

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,307

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,089

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,565

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,264
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,492
Required Fees
$1,530
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,520
Transportation for Commuters
$2,278

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,568
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,234
Foreign Countries Represented
96

Demographics

21.57%
Asian
18.18%
African-American
7.38%
Hispanic
41.09%
Caucasian
3.23%
Unknown
3.89%
International

45% female
55% male
5% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

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.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

With 70 percent of first-year students living on campus, UMBC no longer deserves its commuter school reputation, though 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 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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disabitly Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tawny McManus

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
25

2% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Retrievers)
10 Sports

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

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
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: Johns Hopkins
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland College Park

Sustainability

74/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dale Bittinger
Assistant Vice Provost Undergraduate Adm

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 Visiting Center

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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