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. 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, 83% of UMBC class of 2015 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 and Retriever Activities Center.

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 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 4,000 students, 1,600 live in UMBC's three new 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.


From The School

In fall 2015, the average incoming freshman had a 3.73 cumulative GPA, 53% ranked in the top quarter of his or her senior class, and had a combined SAT I score of 1214. Approximately 59% 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.


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 700

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 Essay component required


Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

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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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • 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/CIO Training
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

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

  • Education

  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education

  • Engineering

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

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

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

  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for 2015-2016 are $11,006 for Maryland residents and $23,790 for out-of-state students. Room and board averaged $13,310 . 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.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The campus climate is friendly and energetic. UMBC's more than 11,379 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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



45% female
55% male
6% 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."


From The School


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 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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

With 75 percent of first students living on campus, UMBC is 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 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." 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

Tawny McManus

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

3% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Retrievers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Retrievers)
11 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: Johns Hopkins
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland College Park



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
Assistant Vice Provost Undergraduate Adm

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 Visiting Center

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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