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Welcome to UMBC

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

2019-20 Costs: Resident tuition: $12,028, non-resident tuition: $27,662, room and board: $12,350
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 world’s top universities. In a new THE impact ranking, UMBC is #3 in the U.S. and #62 worldwide 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 African American undergraduates who go on to complete an M.D./Ph.D. and #2 nationally for African American undergraduates who complete a science or engineering Ph.D.
  • According to NSF, UMBC ranks in the country’s top 150 universities in federal research and development expenditures, and #12 in NASA funding.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best colleges to work for for ten years running.
  • Learn more about the latest UMBC rankings news.

2019 First-Year Class Profile

  • Total First-Year Enrollment: 1,701
  • Average GPA: 3.89
  • Average SAT Score: 1290 (2 part)
  • Gender: 57.7% men; 42.3% women
  • Living on campus: 71%
  • Racial/Ethnic Diversity:
    • White: 39%
    • Asian American: 26%
    • African American: 18%
    • Hispanic: 7%
    • Other/unknown: 7%
    • International: 3%

Overall Student Body

Fall 2019 Enrollment 13,602

  • Undergraduate 11,060, graduate 2,542
  • Full-time 10,693, part-time 2,909
  • Male 7,399, female 6,203

Minority Enrollment: 49.8%

  • African American: 17.8%
  • Asian American: 19.4%
  • Hispanic: 7.6%
  • Other: 5.0%

Instructional Faculty

  • 538 Full-time, 292 Part-time (fall 2018)

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 is a member of the University System of Maryland.