University Of Maryland- Baltimore County
UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university. You'll find students--inspired by and often… learn more
UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university. You'll find students--inspired by and often… learn more
"University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a public school "strategically located" in suburbia between Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. Here, students have the big time resources of a state university and the "friendly atmosphere" of a small college. UMBC claims "an impressive track record placing students in leading graduate programs and promising careers."
Attracts motivated, research-minded students.Unigo
UMBC is an Honors College within the University of Maryland system.The Princeton Review - The Best 373 Colleges
UMBC has a large contingent of commuters and one ancient studies major says, There are a lot of activities held by student organizations on campus during the week and on the weekends, but many students live close to campus and choose to go home for the weekend. While some may see this as a downside others say, The location of UMBC is true brilliance so close to Baltimore. We hop over there on the weekdays even to go shopping or go out to eat. Most lament the absence of a football team and say, The only real issue with UMBC is the lack of visible school spirit...People have made efforts to try and pump up the school, but nothing's come to fruition yet. In fact, students give the administration poor marks, saying, Students are not given adequate attention on the matters of housing, financial aid, and advising, and there are complaints about the parking facilities, as well as a desire for better buildings and food options. Despite these criticisms, a sociology major says, Everyone on campus is nice and helpful to other students. People will always hold a door for you, help you pick up a dropped folder, or offer to share their notes with a student who missed class.Princeton Review
UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university. You'll find students--inspired by and often working alongside faculty who are leaders in their fields--thinking about the hard questions of society, science and creative expression, and then moving beyond the classroom to make a difference. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity. UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has a great regional reputation as a quiet academic school where students take education seriously. Undergraduates are enthusiastic about the academic opportunities and scholarship programs available, and say, UMBC wants to see every student succeed they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life. The university is particularly known for its strong science and mathematics programs and a commitment to the performing arts. Some students grumble, The school needs to serve those with different majors apart from the sciences, but others are quick to point out that UMBC is changing a bit to offer more to the fine arts students, including construction of a new technologically advanced fine arts building. Most agree the university has extremely intelligent professors that have a knack for inspiring the students, and say, UMBC is a place where professors aren't just talking heads. Although some complain about dull lectures, a common consensus is that this is a university where teaching comes first, followed by research, and it shows, and say, Most of the professors are so helpful, you can find most of them sitting in their office and they don't mind if you come and ask them questions.The Princeton Review
|Student : Teacher Ratio||19 : 1|
|Faculty Gender||56.4% female|
|Faculty Tenure||Tenured/Tenure-Track: 732 (75.9%)|
|Non-Tenured: 232 (24.1%)|
|International faculty||113 (11.7%)|
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
32% of bachelor's students graduated on time
59% of bachelor's students graduated in six years
84% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year
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More than one student says, UMBC is a place where it is cool to be smart, and everything about the campus, including the students, exudes 'nerd-chic.' In fact, an English major says that even our president likes to say that it's cool to be smart at UMBC. This mentality is captured by a student who remarks, Life at UMBC, aside from special events, revolves around classes and learning, and most undergrads agree, The typical student at UMBC is interested in doing well academically and not just here to party until graduation. However, despite their dedication to hard work, UMBC students call themselves enthusiastic and bright and say that almost every student at UMBC is involved with at least a couple of extracurricular activities, which connect them to the campus. The school has a strong reputation for diversity and students feel it enriches our school and everyone gets to know everyone despite culture or ethnicity. A mechanical engineering student says, This is even reflected in the high number of interracial couples I see on campus. Overall, it seems, People fit in by being intellectually creative and finding a community with which to discuss important issues.The Princeton Review
|Socio-economic diversity||26% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.|
|Fraternities and Sororities||3% of male undergrads participate in Greek life|
|3% of female undergrads participate in Greek life|
Campus housing is available for undergraduates and is not mandatory.
33.2% of undergraduates can be accomodated by school housing.
37% percent of students live on-campus.
63% percent of students live off-campus.
|On-Campus||Off-Campus||Living at Home|
|Total (before financial aid)||$12,987||$14,887||$14,887|
|On-Campus||Off-Campus||Living at Home|
|Total (before financial aid)||$23,390||$25,290||$25,290|
70% Undergraduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)
|Undergrads Receiving Aid||Average Aid Amount|
|Other Federal Grants||18%||$1,060|
Learn more about financial aid at www.umbc.edu/financialaid/.
|Household Income||Real Cost|
Selectivity: 60.8% accepted of 8,099 regular decision applications
University of Maryland- Baltimore County's freshman class of 2011 enrolled having these high school transcripts:
|25th-75th Percentile||25th-75th Percentile|
|SAT Math||570 - 670||ACT Math||N/A|
|SAT Critical Reading||540 - 640||ACT Verbal||N/A|
|SAT Writing||530 - 630||ACT Writing||N/A|
University of Maryland- Baltimore County's admissions officers give these level of importance to each part of a student's submission:
|Considered||Standardized Test Scores|
|Very Important||High School Rigor|
25% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.
52% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
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|#84||Best Values in Public Colleges (In-State)|
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|#257||National University Rankings: Social Mobility|
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