Caring Mentors.
Community-Driven Research.
Inclusive Excellence.

US News Most Innovative 2024
2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Award for Undergraduate Teaching
US News Engineering Programs 2024
US News Best Computer Science 2024

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

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

Read the Story Behind the Rankings

Top-Ranked Grad Programs

Student Stories

Paying It Forward

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“Working in the Academic Success Center gives me the…reassurance that UMBC truly cares about academic and career success. The program values the overall well-being of others and has a welcoming atmosphere.”
Meet Adeola Ojomo ’25, academic peer advocate

Mentorship Is Key

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“My mentor explains things without judgment when I don’t understand, connects me with people and conferences in our field, and gives me advice when I need it.”
Meet Emily Faber, M.S. ’21. Ph.D. student, atmospheric physics

Service as Leadership

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“When we all work together and work hard, each task and goal seems feasible rather than impossible.”

Meet Anthony Rivera 23, information systems, Cyber Scholar

Student Engagement

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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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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

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

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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

Public Research for Public Good

Top 105

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.

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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