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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

COVID-19 has changed and challenged the world, and we hope that you are staying healthy and safe. UMBC is open, with employees working remotely to support you. Campus facilities remain closed, so all in-person events and tours are canceled for the foreseeable future, but you can still explore campus virtually. We are also adopting a test-optional policy for Fall 2021 applicants. Learn More

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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
UMBC is a highly rated public university located in Catonsville, Maryland in the Baltimore Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,623 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UMBC acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and Information Science. Graduating 68% of students, UMBC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,800.
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
America East Conference

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UMBC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1190-1360
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,141/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,789/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.145 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.146 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    6%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,623Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,637
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Hardworking
    33%
  • Nerdy achievers
    23%
  • Mix of Nerds and Lazy.
    16%
  • Cool socially awkwards
    10%
  • Introverted
    7%
  • Brilliant
    6%
  • Continuing education, mid-career
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.162 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.193 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 responses
Report
  • School-focused, but know how to have fun
    42%
  • Nerdy and loving it... but can we party sometimes?
    21%
  • Nerdy and loving it
    13%
  • Nerdy, don't party
    13%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Nerdy, party sometimes
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.76 responses
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UMBC so far has been an excellent learning experience for me. The faculty is incredibly helpful and always willing to point you in the right direction, as well as having an entire space dedicated to career success once you graduate college, or if you're trying to look for an internship during the summer. The quality of education is astounding, and you will have multiple sources to go to if you ever get stuck on anything. All the professors have office hours outside of class as well!
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We had to take a short detour into distance learning via online during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2020. Our classes (which were structured to be in-person) had to be quickly attuned to the current circumstances, so classes were rather difficult to keep up with and keep organized. Getting help for assignments was difficult too, but not impossible!
My time at UMBC so far has been wonderful! The people are very friendly and although it is a quiet campus where many people keep to themselves, once you start mingling with classmates it’s quite easy to make friends. I have had some horrible professors and some amazing ones. I can say that most of the professors truly care about each individual student’s success.