UMBC named a “Best Value University” for 8th year in a row

Published: Jan 10, 2018

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UMBC has again been named a Best Value College for 2017 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, appearing on both the Best Value Public University list and “top 300” national Best Value University list.

Kiplinger has honored UMBC as a Best Value College for eight consecutive years. This ranking recognizes four-year schools with the essential combination of outstanding academics and affordability. It is based on a range of factors, including admission rates, student-faculty ratio, four-year graduation rates, and financial aid.

UMBC was also named as one of the nation’s top colleges “for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price,” notes an announcement by The Princeton Review. The 2018 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck highlights universities across the United States that Princeton Review believes do a particularly good job of balancing excellent academics, affordability, and career services.

“For many years, UMBC has consistently provided our firm with hundreds of exceptionally talented students that we have hired across all areas of our business.  UMBC students are well rounded and diverse in their experiences and skills which make them strong assets to our firm year over year,” said Mindy Silverman, manager of talent acquisition at T. Rowe Price.

In addition to these university honors, U.S. News and World Report has just specifically recognized UMBC’s online master’s degree in information systems as one of the top 25 in such programs the nation. The degree program, through UMBC’s department of information systems, appears on the publication’s 2018 Best Online Information Technology Programs list, released January 9, 2018.

“UMBC’s online master’s offers a convenient way to learn from exceptional faculty working in the bold and innovative context that is UMBC. Our programs and faculty are consistently successful in delivering an education to our students that enable them to be just as successful in jobs with major companies and government, as with startup companies and non-profits,” said Keith Bowman, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology.

The online master’s program is designed for students who are advancing their education while balancing commitments to careers, family, and military service. Students and faculty in this field often complete research in areas such as health information technology, human-centered computing, data mining, artificial intelligence, and software engineering.

Learn more about applying to UMBC at the undergraduate and graduate admissions websites.

Photos by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.

Note- this story was updated on 1/23/18 to include The Princeton Review rankings.

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