FAQs For Journalists

Tell me about yourself.

UMBC is a midsized public research university that provides undergraduates with opportunities that other schools reserve for graduate students. Here at UMBC, we combine the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university, and that culture of innovation infuses everything we do. UMBC students, who call themselves “retrievers” – as in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, our Division I sports mascot – know it’s cool to be smart.

Visit our Facts page for more facts and figures about us.

What’s happening at UMBC?

There’s always something exciting going on at UMBC.  Depending on what you’re interested in, there are a few different places where you can learn about students, faculty, events and life on UMBC’s campus:

For up-to-date news releases, visit the News Site.
For more in depth coverage of campus life, visit the UMBC Magazine.
For news that affects the internal community at UMBC, visit the Insights blog.
For upcoming arts and humanities events, visit the Arts and Culture Calendar.

You can also feel free to contact the news staff with any questions about UMBC.

Where can I find campus experts?

If you’re looking for an expert on a specific topic, a member of the news staff can help.  The staff is organized by beat; if you’re not sure to whom your query should go, contact Dinah Winnick.

The team also periodically compiles experts onto tip sheets that address issues in the news. Tip sheet topics include:

Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland and the Nation
UMBC Experts Discuss the Future of the Humanities
UMBC Leads with Experts on Aging

Please contact the news staff if you would like to be on the distribution list for future tip sheets.

You may also be interested in browsing our Talking Heads Blog, where we feature faculty experts discussing a wide array of topics.

But wait – haven’t I also heard of your president?

We are very lucky to be led by Freeman Hrabowski, who has been at UMBC’s helm since 1992. President Hrabowski has won several standout awards in recent years: in 2009, Time magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents. In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award. To learn more about President Hrabowski, visit his page.

What’s up with your name?

Yes, our name sometimes gets mangled, but no, we don’t plan to change it. “UMBC” stands for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It is not correct to edit that name to “University of Maryland” or variations that confuse us with other University System of Maryland schools; in the same way that a UCLA student is not a University of California student, a UMBC student is not a University of Maryland student.

1st reference: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2nd reference: UMBC

University of Maryland*
University of Maryland, Baltimore*
University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
University of Baltimore*

*These are all separate institutions within the University System of Maryland.

Where can I find photos and videos of campus?

Check out UMBCtube for videos that will help you learn about life at UMBC. A number of high resolution photographs of campus are available for download on the photo archive page. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us and we may be able to provide it.

If you would like to shoot your own photos or videos of campus, please contact the news staff and we will be happy to help you plan your visit.