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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?

9,543 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,706 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 degree 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.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County Rankings

UMBC is ranked #335 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. UMBC also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UMBC has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UMBC

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 219
Best Colleges 335
Best Colleges for Diversity 421
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 560
Best Colleges for Veterans 575
Best Colleges for the Money 580

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 )
1
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?

$18,706 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMBC is $18,706. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMBC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,184 $13,532 $20,115 $23,400 $24,057

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

9,543 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,234 undergraduate students at UMBC, with 9,543 being full-time and 1,691 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,428 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,543 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 2,151
Black or African American 1,722
Hispanic or Latino 690
White 3,867
International Students 387
Other Races/Ethnicities 726

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Maryland - Baltimore County awarded 5,444 undergraduate degrees and 1,410 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Allied Health Professions 0 12 5 0
Anthropology 0 12 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 7 0
Area Studies 0 22 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 45 9 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 9 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 6 13 0
Chemical Engineering 0 64 6 3
Chemistry 0 17 3 6
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 1 2
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 15 9
Communication & Media Studies 0 65 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 56 12 1
Computer Science 0 202 62 9
Dance 0 9 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 32 5 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0
Economics 0 153 4 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 8 5
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 32 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 5 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 1 1
Ethnic Studies 0 9 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 61 0 0
General Biology 0 344 2 5
General Education 0 0 48 0
General English Literature 0 50 0 0
General Psychology 0 316 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 4 5 1
Gerontology 0 0 0 2
History 0 58 10 0
Information Science 0 265 124 9
Information Technology 0 93 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 17 0
International Studies 0 27 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 1 5
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 0 0
Mathematics 0 91 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 143 7 8
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 4 0
Music 0 25 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 78 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 99 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 16 143 0
Philosophy 0 16 0 0
Physics 0 12 10 4
Political Science & Government 0 85 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 17 8
Social Work 0 113 0 0
Sociology 0 37 8 0
Statistics 0 15 2 3
Systems Engineering 0 0 7 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 31 0
Total 0 5,444 1,248 162

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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