University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a top-ranked national university with an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. Whatever your passion, at UMBC you’ll find a program that challenges and excites you and a community that supports you.
Who is UMBC?
According to the Princeton Review, our students say “UMBC is a place where it’s cool to be smart.”
At UMBC, we are connected by a shared sense of mission and vision. We combine grit and supportive community to reach excellence across the board — in the classroom, the lab, and the concert hall; on stage and on the court.
We value each other as whole people, and we come together to learn, solve problems, create new things, and just have fun.
UMBC is an institution that fosters community and diversity, and students can find support anywhere.
See UMBC Through Our Students’ Eyes
Get a virtual tour of UMBC like no other — through the personal experiences of our own students on UMBC’s episode of The College Tour.
UMBC Student Body Facts & Figures
Fall 2022 Enrollment: 14,148
Minority Enrollment: 52.6%
Undergraduate: 10,490 / Graduate: 3,658
Full-time: 11,523 / Part-time: 2,625
6,544 Women / 7,604 Men
Total First-Year Enrollment: 1,977
Average GPA: 4.04
Average SAT Score: 1310 (2-part)
Average ACT Composite Score: 26.55
44% Women / 56% Men
Diversity at UMBC
We believe that public colleges and universities are obligated to help end inequity and to promote social justice.
UMBC is committed to promoting social justice and taking action to address inequities on our own campus in a number of important ways, including the work being done by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
UMBC Faculty Profile
Collaboration isn’t just a buzz word here — it’s a way of life among our faculty and students. That means you could work with the best: UMBC ranks 48th globally for faculty recognized for their research.
UMBC’s Size is Just Right
Young and dynamic, UMBC is small enough to provide personal attention, yet large enough to provide a rich and diverse experience.
Is UMBC a Good School?
Top ranking publications say yes.
Times Higher Education has recognized UMBC as one of the top universities in the U.S. and the world, as well as a global leader in social and economic impact.
The 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: #12 top university for undergraduate teaching, among other accolades.
UMBC is a Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity (R1), reaching the Carnegie Classification’s highest level of research performance.
Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Money, and the Fiske Guide to
Colleges have all named UMBC as “Best Value School.”
Learn more about the latest UMBC Rankings News
UMBC is a great place to…
According to NSF, UMBC ranks among the country’s top 100 public universities in federal research support, #15 in NASA funding and #30 in federal funding for the social sciences.
The latest U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings include several UMBC graduate programs as among the best in the nation, and ranked UMBC at #12 in the nation for undergraduate teaching.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best colleges to work for, 14 years in a row.