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About UMBC

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.

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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.

Janerra Allen, M.S. ’22

Electrical Engineering

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.


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

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.

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 UMBC
Student Population

Fall 2023 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

2023 First-Time
First-Year Class

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

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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 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.

Fall 2023
Instructional Faculty

569 Full-time
380 Part-time

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.

By the Numbers

86% of our classes have under 50 students.
The student to faculty ratio is 17:1.

Is UMBC a Good School?

Top ranking publications say yes.

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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 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: #12 top university for undergraduate teaching, among other accolades.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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