Welcome to UMBC

UMBC campus image from drone 2020 series

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.

Fast Facts

2021-22 CostsIn-state tuition/fees: $12,280, out-of-state tuition/fees: $28,470, room and board: $12,600
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 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings name UMBC a leading U.S. university: the #6 most innovative university and #6 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 public 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.

UMBC is #9 Most Innovative at US News and World Report Rankings

UMBC is #11 for Undergraduate Teaching at US News and World Report Rankings

2021 First-Year Class Profile

  • Total First-Year Enrollment: 2,052
  • Average GPA: 3.97
  • Average SAT Score: 1277 (2-part)
  • Average ACT Composite Score: 27.5
  • Gender: 56% men; 44% women
  • Racial/Ethnic Diversity:
    • White: 28.5%
    • Asian American: 28%
    • African American: 23.5%
    • Hispanic: 8%
    • Other/unknown: 7%
    • International: 5%

Overall Student Body

Fall 2021 Enrollment 13,638

  • Undergraduate: 10,835, graduate: 2,803
  • Full-time: 10,683, part-time: 2,955
  • Men: 7,342, women: 6,296

Minority Enrollment: 52%

  • African American: 19%
  • Asian American: 20%
  • Hispanic: 8.1%
  • Other: 4.9%

Instructional Faculty

  • 564 Full-time, 355 Part-time (Fall 2020)

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.

Land Acknowledgement

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.