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University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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As a member of the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County educates roughly 10,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduates on its 500 acre campus in Catonsville, Maryland. UMBC’s mission is to provide the best liberal arts education in an innovative research environment to students by employing faculty who are leaders in their field.

The University’s campus is a mere 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., opening up ample networking opportunities for students. The city of Baltimore is only 15 minutes away, allowing for the same opportunities. Seventy-two percent of the freshmen live in dormitories, with 37 percent of the total student body living on campus.


The University of Maryland – Baltimore County provides students with a well-rounded educational opportunity and the chance to excel in an area of study they are passionate about. UMBC houses three College and three Schools that offer a myriad of degrees.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

The CAHSS at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County offers 27 Bachelor’s, 16 Master’s and six Ph.D. programs to students of all ages. Most of the programs cross over traditional boundaries, allowing students to gain insight from multiple, trans-disciplinary perspectives. The College boasts a number of centers, including the Imaging Research Center, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. Some of the Departments at the CAHSS include Ancient Studies, Dance, Education, Economics, Judaic Studies, Philosophy, among many others.

College of Engineering and Information Technology

The University of Maryland – Baltimore County is known for its high level of collaboration with area businesses and agencies. The College of Engineering and Information Technology leads the way, partnering with many surrounding organizations. Of the nine MS degrees offered, three are geared toward working professionals, promoting the networking experience. In addition, six bachelor’s degrees and eight Ph.D. programs can also be earned from the College. The labs are dedicated to exploring the issues of clean water, biomaterials, Alzheimer’s, and cyber security, just to name a few.

College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS)

The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences offers students degrees in biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics and statistics, marine biotechnology, physics, and space science and technology. The College is able to continue working on advanced research in state-of-the-arts facilities because it attracts significant external funding for its various projects.

The Erickson School

At the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, the Erickson School’s mission is produce leaders who are prepared to use their education to make a positive impact on society by enhancing the lives of older adults. All students at the school are enrolled as majors in Management of Aging Services. The school invites distinguished outside speakers and practitioners to enhance their educational program and provide for networking opportunities.

The Graduate School

There is a strong graduate program at UMBC that offers students 37 master’s degrees programs, 24 doctoral programs, and 21 graduate certificate programs. The Graduate School prides itself on multiculturalism and diversity, allowing students to gain knowledge and apply their thinking from and through multiple perspectives.

School of Social Work

UMBC students interested in majoring in social work end up at the School of Social Work, which offers a continuum of social work programs including baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. The baccalaureate program focuses on generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Masters and doctoral programs address more specific areas of social work. Students graduating from the School of Social Work are prepared to make a positive impact on society.

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UMBC is open to freshmen, transfers, and those just wishing to take classes here and there to continue their education. The University offers an admissions counselor blog where prospective students are able to ask questions, read about what others have on their minds, and to find answers to their questions.

Important deadlines for admissions at UMBC include November 1 for early action Fall admission, with regular admission packets due on February 1. Transfer students have a priority deadline of March 15, with regular admissions due on May 31.

Financial Aid

More than 55% of the students at UMBC qualify for and receive financial aid to help the pursue their studies. The University provides students with assistance in applying for financial aid. A variety of aid is available, including federal, state, and local grants and scholarships that are both need and merit-based. Federal loans, such as the Perkins and Stafford Loans are also available for students. Students with questions are invited to visit, in person, with a counselor, by appointment only. If there is a need, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County can also provide students with Book Loans to help them with the cost of their resources.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3140th for the average student loan amount.
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On campus, there is a one-stop student center known as The Commons. Here, students can find a restaurant, food court, bookstore, service bank, game room, and performance spaces. Wireless high-speed internet is also available. There’s even a desk where students can check out wireless laptops for use while in the building. The Commons also houses the Campus Information Center where students and visitors go to find answers to their questions.

Throughout the school year, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County sponsors multiple events ranging from arts exhibits to theater performances. Public lectures, basketball games, and concerts draw both students and local community members on to the campus on a regular basis. At UMBC, there are over a hundred clubs and organizations to join within the following categories:

  • Academic / Departmental
  • Arts / Performance
  • Career / Professional
  • Cultural / Ethnic
  • Gobernance
  • Graduate Student Organizations
  • Greek
  • Hobbies
  • Honor Societies
  • Intellectual Sports
  • Media
  • Political
  • Religion / Spirituality
  • Service / Social Action
  • Sports / Recreation

More information can be found at the Office of Student Life, part of the Division of Student Affairs. The variety of student clubs and organizations allow students to find at least one place to connect with peers outside of the academic day. Students are able to find leadership opportunities and immerse themselves in issues that they are passionate about.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Maryland – Baltimore County Retrievers play in the NCAA Division I circuit. The men at UMBC participate in basketball, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, and track and field. The women compete in basketball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, cross country, swimming/diving, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. In 2008, both the men’s lacrosse and basketball teams brought home conference titles. In addition to these teams, students at UMBC can also participate in recreational sports that are part of the clubs and organizations available on campus. Intramural leagues are offered throughout the year for those who want to compete and play at a less intensive level. There is also 18,000 square feet of fitness space, including an indoor pool, tennis courts, fitness studio, weight room, and gymnasium.


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Information Summary

Ranks 6th in Maryland and 256th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maryland and 303rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.05
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 7 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 17 0.13

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,891 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 196 0.03
Forcible Rape 341 0.05
Robbery 3,457 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,615 1.37
Larceny 17,010 2.71
Vehicle theft 4,199 0.67

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2407

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 848th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,298 $7,298 $18,872
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,770 $2,770 $2,770
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $304 $304 $784
FT Graduate Tuition $9,540 $9,540 $15,804
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,142 $2,142 $2,142
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $530 $530 $878
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,762 $24,762 $36,336
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,350 $27,350 $38,924
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,804 $14,804 $26,378

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,467 $9,764 $9,467 $9,764 $19,870 $20,825
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,287 $10,866
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,320(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,290(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,220(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,220(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,755 (4,734 male / 5,021 female)
Admitted 6,160 (3,142 male / 3,018 female)
Admission rate 63%
First-time Enrollment 1,657 (953 male / 704 female)
FT Enrollment 1,653 (949 male / 704 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (4 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment13,908

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Baseball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

201st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

192nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1110 / 1310

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,855
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,250
Board Fee$4,116

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 489th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,257 ($95,539 male / $70,546 female)
Number of FT Faculty 505 (280 male / 225 female)
Number of PT Faculty 775
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $21,371,881

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