University of Maryland – Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-1000
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The University of Maryland – Baltimore County is a four-year, public institution located in the state’s largest city. The school was established in 1963 as a part of the University System of Maryland. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Maryland – Baltimore County number 160 among National Universities in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. UMBC has a student population of 13,199 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Programs Offered

UMBC offers 42 majors, 41 minors, and 17 certificate programs. Available areas of study include Africana studies, aging studies, American studies, biological sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering, economics, emergency health services, English, environmental studies, gerontology, management science, astronomy, psychology, cultural anthropology, visual arts, and design. UMBC also offers 37 masters’, 24 doctoral ,and 21 graduate certificate programs. Graduate degrees are available in biological sciences, civil engineering, chemistry, computer engineering, electrical engineering, instructional systems development, cybersecurity, industrial/organizational psychology, education, teaching, engineering management, geography and environmental systems, and several other areas. Online master’s and graduate certificate programs are also offered through UMBC in emergency health services and emergency management, information systems, and instructional systems development.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited the University of Maryland – Baltimore County since 1966.


Freshman applicants to the University of Maryland – Baltimore County must pay a $50 fee and submit the common application along with the UMBC’S common application supplement. Prospective students must also send their high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, and two letters of recommendations from high school teachers. Students must meet the requirements for the minimum high school program of study: four years of English, four years of mathematics, three years of social sciences, three years of science, and two years of foreign language. UMBC sets an application deadline of February 1. According to U.S. News & World Report, UMBC had a fall acceptance rate of 60.8% in fall 2011.

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