UMBC is a dynamic public research university that redefines excellence in higher education.
UMBC offers an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. Whatever your passion, at UMBC you’ll find a program that challenges and excites you and a community that supports you.
2020-21 Costs: In-state tuition/fees: $9,420, out-of-state tuition/fees: $25,054, room and board: $12,616
Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, certificate
Mascot: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
Spirit Colors: Black and Gold
Calendar: two semesters (spring and fall), winter session, two summer sessions
Recent UMBC Achievements (pdf)
- The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: the #9 most innovative university and #11 top university for undergraduate teaching in the nation.
- Times Higher Education has recognized UMBC as one of the top universities in the U.S. and the world, as well as a leader in global social and economic impact.
- Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Money, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges have named UMBC a “Best Value” university.
- The latest U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings include several UMBC graduate programs as among the best in the nation.
- UMBC is the nation’s #1 producer of Black undergraduates who go on to complete a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering and #1 for Black undergraduates who complete an M.D./Ph.D.
- According to NSF, UMBC ranks among the country’s top 100 universities in federal research support, #15 in NASA funding and #30 in federal funding for the social sciences.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best colleges to work for for over a decade.
- Learn more about the latest UMBC rankings news.
2020 First-Year Class Profile
- Total First-Year Enrollment: 1,675
- Average GPA: 3.92
- Average SAT Score: 1251 (2-part)
- Gender: 58.4% men; 41.6% women
- Living on campus: 24%
- Racial/Ethnic Diversity:
- White: 34%
- Asian American: 28%
- African American: 20%
- Hispanic: 6%
- Other/unknown: 7%
- International: 5%
Overall Student Body
Fall 2020 Enrollment 13,497
- Undergraduate: 10,932, graduate: 2,565
- Full-time: 10,436, part-time: 3,061
- Men: 7,235, women: 6,262
Minority Enrollment: 52.1%
- African American: 19%
- Asian American: 20%
- Hispanic: 8.2%
- Other: 4.9%
- 555 Full-time, 376 Part-time (Fall 2019)
Meet Our President
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since May 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on engaging and supporting the success of students from underrepresented groups. Learn more.
UMBC was established upon the land of the Piscataway and Susquehannock peoples. Over time, citizens of many more Indigenous nations have come to reside in this region. We humbly offer our respects to all past, present, and future Indigenous people connected to this place. Learn more about this statement here.
UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland.