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University of Maryland - Baltimore County Overview

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, University of Maryland - Baltimore County is a public institution. UMBC is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is University of Maryland - Baltimore County Known For?

2,821 Undergraduate Awards
$35,073 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UMBC have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UMBC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UMBC bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $55,000 a year. That's about 35% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore County Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UMBC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#200 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#213 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMBC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Multicultural & Diversity Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best East Asian Languages Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Romance Languages Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Public Administration Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMBC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Teaching Degree Search
#4 Best Value Colleges for Information Science College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Information Science College Factual
#36 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#42 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is University of Maryland - Baltimore County?

Location of University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Contact details for UMBC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: 410-455-1000
Website: umbc.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umbcpage
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umbc

How Do I Get Into UMBC?

You can apply to UMBC online at: undergraduate.umbc.edu/apply/index.php

Admission Requirements for UMBC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMBC?

60% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
81% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UMBC is 60%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 58%.

Average Test Scores

About 81% of students accepted to UMBC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 550 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 590 to 690 )
200
800
UMBC received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 29. Math scores were between 23 and 30. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 23 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 23 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Maryland - Baltimore County?

$35,073 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMBC is $35,073. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMBC, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $6,446 a year. That adds up to $25,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMBC is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,436 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,060 undergraduate students at UMBC, with 9,436 being full-time and 1,624 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMBC

There are also 2,542 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,436 full-time undergraduates at UMBC, 55% are male and 45% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMBC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Maryland - Baltimore County students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMBC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,125
Black or African American 1,818
Hispanic or Latino 737
White 3,643
International Students 393
Other Races/Ethnicities 720

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at University of Maryland - Baltimore County. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 93 countries are represented at UMBC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of Maryland - Baltimore County

412 Took All Classes Online
1,234 Took At Least One Class Online
1.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,234 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMBC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 20th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UMBC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Maryland - Baltimore County was 1.8%. This is the #1,916 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMBC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMBC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 12%
Health Professions 2%
Information Science 8%
Instructional Media Design 2%
Teaching English or French 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMBC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMBC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Science #49
Teaching English or French #49
Allied Health Professions #89
Curriculum & Instruction #120
Computer & Information Sciences #363

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Information Science 29 265 0 124 9 427
General Biology 0 344 0 2 5 351
General Psychology 0 316 0 0 0 316
Computer Science 0 202 0 62 9 273
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 16 44 143 0 203
Mechanical Engineering 0 143 4 7 8 162
Economics 0 153 0 4 0 157
Social Work 0 113 0 0 0 113
Information Technology 9 93 0 0 0 102
Other Health Professions 0 99 0 0 0 99
Mathematics 0 91 0 0 0 91
Political Science & Government 0 85 0 0 0 85
Natural Resources Conservation 0 78 0 0 0 78
Chemical Engineering 0 64 0 6 3 73
Computer Engineering 0 56 0 12 1 69
History 0 58 0 10 0 68
Communication & Media Studies 1 65 0 0 0 66
Fine & Studio Arts 0 61 0 0 0 61
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 45 0 9 0 54
General English Literature 0 50 0 0 0 50
General Education 0 0 0 48 0 48
Sociology 0 37 0 8 0 45
Instructional Media Design 0 0 26 17 0 43
Design & Applied Arts 0 32 0 5 0 37
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1 35 0 0 0 36
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 3 32 0 35
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 31 0 31
International Studies 0 27 0 0 0 27
Chemistry 0 17 0 3 6 26
Physics 0 12 0 10 4 26
Music 0 25 1 0 0 26
Public Policy 0 0 0 17 8 25
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 24 0 0 24
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 15 9 24
Geography & Cartography 14 4 0 5 1 24
Area Studies 0 22 0 0 0 22
Business Administration & Management 2 6 0 13 0 21
Statistics 0 15 0 2 3 20
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0 0 20
Allied Health Professions 0 12 2 5 0 19
Philosophy 2 16 0 0 0 18
Accounting 17 0 0 0 0 17
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 8 5 13
Anthropology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Systems Engineering 0 0 4 7 0 11
Ethnic Studies 0 9 1 0 0 10
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 9 0 0 0 9
Biotechnology 0 0 9 0 0 9
Romance Languages 9 0 0 0 0 9
Dance 0 9 0 0 0 9
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 0 6 0 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 7 0 7
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 1 5 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Human Resource Management 5 0 0 0 0 5
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 5 0 5
Germanic Languages 5 0 0 0 0 5
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Other Social Sciences 0 0 4 0 0 4
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 1 2 3
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 1 1 2
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 2 2
East Asian Languages 1 0 0 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 0 0 0 0 1
Public Administration 1 0 0 0 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 99 2,722 128 624 81 3,654

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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