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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.

2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Best National Universities
2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Most Innovative

About UMBC

According to the Princeton Review, our students say “UMBC is a place where it’s cool to be smart.”

Visit UMBC

UMBC’s main campus is located between Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., and UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove is located in Montgomery County.

Rankings and Achievements

UMBC is ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide because it combines the learning opportunities of a liberal arts college with the creative energy and impact of a leading Research 1 (R1) university


Current and future term dates, and deadlines for UMBC undergraduate and graduate students.

Cost of Attendance

View an estimate for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal and miscellaneous expenses as well as loan fees.


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.

The Latest

What's new at UMBC? Read stories and learn about events from around every corner of campus.

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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

Overall Student Body

Fall 2022 Enrollment: 13,991
Minority Enrollment: 51.8%
Undergraduate: 10,625
Graduate: 3,366
Full-time: 11,284
Part-time: 2,707
6,537 Women / 7,454 Men

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2022 First-Time First-Year Class

Total First-Year Enrollment: 2,144
Average GPA: 3.96
Average SAT Score: 1303 (2-part)
Average ACT Composite Score: 25.7
47% Women / 53% Men

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Fall 2022 Instructional Faculty

556 Full-time
370 Part-time

Over 100 Programs and Degrees

Global Rankings and
R1 Research Status

Meet our Mascot, True Grit

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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 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: the #10 most innovative university and #9 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.

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

According to the NSF, UMBC ranks at #14 in NASA funding, and among the nation’s top 105 public universities in federal support, #40 for social sciences, and #55 for computer & information 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

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.

UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland

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UMBC is a member of the University Innovation Alliance

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