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Caring Educators. R1 Innovators.

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

These rankings reflect our values. How? UMBC has a clear vision and a community dedicated to making it a reality.

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UMBC Students are Active in Campus Life

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student to faculty ratio


student orgs and cultural groups


yearly arts and culture events


DI athletics teams

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UMBC Attracts Outstanding Students

Enrollment is Growing

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Leading in Inclusive Excellence

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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.

6-Year Graduation Rates

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

– UMBC Career Center

Notable Alumni

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Kizzmekia Corbett ’08, M16

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

James Clements ’85

President, Clemson University

Ralph Semmel ’92

Director, Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Lab

Alicia Wilson ’04

Vice President, Economic
Development, Johns
Hopkins University

Victoria D’Souza ’02

Professor, Harvard University

Ricardo Zwaig ’77

Associate Judge, District
Court of Maryland

Public Research for Public Good

Top 100

public university in federal research support


Federal funding for the social sciences


nationally in NASA funding


Federal funding for geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences

R1 Doctoral University

Community Commitment

Supporting Baltimore and Beyond

Carnegie Foundation Elective Classifications badge for Community Engagement

Environment and Sustainability

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold USGBC badge

Employee Support

Great College to work for Badge

Global Connections


international students from around 100+ countries

2021 Gold Award Badge from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities

Great Value

U.S. News, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Business First, and Money have all recognized UMBC as a “Best Value College.”


is distributed each year in total aid given by UMBC

2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Best Value Schools

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