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UMBC is a national and global leader in education, research, affordability, and community engagement.

Confidence is Key

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“I am part of the Meyerhoff Scholars and U-RISE Scholars programs here at UMBC…Not only have I found exactly what field of science I want to pursue and why, I have found my voice in STEM and the confidence to pursue my goals and dreams of making a lasting difference in the world because of both programs.”

Meet Xavier Smith ’23, M31, computer engineering, scholar and mentor

Finding a Niche

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 “Through CyberCorp Scholarship for Service, related organizations, and clubs on campus, I have been lucky enough to meet and work with some of the most amazing and intelligent people I have ever met.”

Meet Nathan Wooddell ’23, graduate student specializing in Russian and cybersecurity

Building Community

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“I came to UMBC because I’ve heard great things about its leadership and research and wanted to be a part of the close-knit and well-connected community…[I] thought it was the perfect place to not only attend graduate school but kick-start my professional career in brain imaging research.”

Meet Janerra Allen, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering





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Meet UMBC President Valerie Sheares Ashby

Trying to help define and move forward inclusive excellence is everything. […] We have so many challenges in this world that are going to need a diverse group of thinkers. And fundamentally, we know that the best solutions come from diverse perspectives.

Valerie Sheares Ashby

UMBC Students Achieve Great Things



First in the nation in producing Black graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in natural sciences and engineering, and M.D./Ph.D. degrees.


of degree recipients are employed and/or pursuing further education within 6 months of graduation.

– UMBC Career Center

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Kizzmekia Corbett ’08, M16

TIME Hero of the Year, Assistant Professor, Harvard University, lead inventor of the Moderna vaccine

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James Clements ’85

President, Clemson University

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Ralph Semmel ’92

Director, Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Lab

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Alicia Wilson ’04

Managing Director and Global Head of Philanthropy for the North America Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Victoria D’Souza ’02

Professor, Harvard University

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Ricardo Zwaig ’77

Associate Judge (Retired), District
Court of Maryland

Community Commitment

Supporting Baltimore and Beyond

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Environment and Sustainability

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Employee Support

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Public Research for Public Good

Top 107

Public university in federal research support


Nationally in NASA funding


Federal funding for geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences


Federal funding for the social sciences


Federal support for computer and information sciences


Federal funding for physical sciences

R1 Doctoral University

UMBC’s Research 1 Carnegie Classification as a comprehensive doctoral institution places us among the top 146 research universities in the nation.

UMBC Faculty Experts

Looking for a research collaborator or an expert on a topic in the news? Search faculty profiles to find the right contact in any field.

Global Connections


international students from around 100+ countries

2021 Gold Award Badge from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities
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U.S. News, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Business First, and Money have all recognized UMBC as a “Best Value College.”


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