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Welcome to UMBC

UMBC offers 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.

2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Best National Universities
2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Most Innovative

Fast Facts

We’re ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide.

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Recent Achievements


In-state Tuition/Fees: $12,280

Out-of-state Tuition/Fees: $28,470

Room and Board: $12,600

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Over 100 Programs and Degrees

Global Rankings and
R1 Research Status

Meet our Mascot, True Grit

UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland

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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.

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The 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: the #6 most innovative university and #6 top university for undergraduate teaching in the nation.

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UMBC is a Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity (R1), reaching the Carnegie Classification’s highest level of research performance.

UMBC is the nation’s #1 producer of Black undergraduates who go on to complete a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering and #1 for Black undergraduates who complete an M.D./Ph.D.

The latest U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings include several UMBC graduate programs as among the best in the nation.

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Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Money, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges have all named UMBC as “Best Value School.”

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 Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best colleges to work for, seven years in a row.

Learn more about the latest UMBC Rankings News

Fall 2021 Enrollment: 13,638
Minority Enrollment: 52%

Instructional Faculty
(Fall 2020)

564 Full-time
355 Part-time

Diversity Breakdown

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2021 First-Year Class

Total First-Year Enrollment: 2,052
Average GPA: 3.97
Average SAT Score: 1277 (2-part)
Average ACT Composite Score: 27.5
44% Women / 56% Men

Overall Student Body

Undergraduate: 10,835
Graduate: 2,803
Full-time: 10,683
Part-time: 2,955
6,296 Women / 7,342 Men

Land Acknowledgement

UMBC was established upon the land of the Piscataway and Susquehannock peoples.

Over time, citizens of many more Indigenous nations have come to reside in this region. We humbly offer our respects to all past, present, and future Indigenous people connected to this place.

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