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Welcome to UMBC

UMBC is defined by makers, explorers, doers and dreamers. Whatever your passion, at UMBC you’ll find a program to truly challenge and excite you, while working side by side with phenomenal professors, accomplished mentors, and leading researchers. Ours is an incredible and diverse community, but what makes it unique is the way everyone comes together to learn, solve problems, and just have fun. Because no matter who you are, we are all Retrievers.



UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.


Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.

Fast Facts

2018-19 Tuition, Fees, Room and Board

  • Resident Tuition $11,778, Non-Resident Tuition $26,872, Room & Board $12,046

Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, certificate
Mascot: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
Spirit Colors: Black and Gold
Calendar: 2 semesters, winter session, 2 summer sessions
Recent UMBC Achievements (pdf)

2018 Freshman Class Profile

  • Total Freshman Enrollment: 1,794
  • Average GPA: 3.86
  • Average SAT Score: 1278 (2 part)
  • Gender: 58.4% men; 41.6% women
  • Living on campus: 69%
  • Racial/Ethnic Diversity:
    • White: 40%
    • Asian American: 25%
    • African American: 16.5%
    • Hispanic: 7.7%
    • Other/unknown: 7%
    • International: 3.4%

Student Body

Fall 2018 Enrollment 13,767

  • Undergraduate 11,260, graduate 2,507
  • Full-time 10,828, part-time 2,939
  • Male 7,536, female 6,231

Minority Enrollment: 48.6%

  • African American: 17.2%
  • Asian American: 19.6%
  • Hispanic: 7.1%
  • Other: 4.7%


  • 546 Full-time, 292 Part-time

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 minority participation and performance. Learn more.

UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland.