University of Maryland – University College
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783
(800) 888-8682
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The University of Maryland – University College is a four-year, public institution in Adelphi, Md. The school was founded in 1947 as an educational institution for returning World War II GIs, and became the first institution to send teachers overseas to instruct active-duty service members in 1949. UMUC was also the first university in the nation to offer online degree programs, according to the UMUC website. The school has a student population of 42,713 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Programs Offered

UMUC offers bachelor’s degree programs in several areas, including communication studies, East Asian studies, English, graphic communication, history, humanities, accounting, business administration, computer and information science, computer networks and security, digital media and web technology, gerontology and aging services, homeland security, forensics, journalism, and legal studies. Master’s degree programs are available in areas including accounting and finance, acquisition and supply chain management, biotechnology, finance, business administration, health care, human resource management, education, nonprofit and association management, public relations, and technology management. Doctoral degree programs are available in management. In addition, UMUC offers online bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as accounting, business administration, communication studies, criminal justice, English, finance, history, homeland security, legal studies, marketing, psychology, and social science. Most of UMUC’s graduate programs are available online.


The University of Maryland-University Park has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1946.


Freshman applicants to UMUC must submit an online application and a $50 fee. Official high school transcripts are not required for admission, but official documents of educational background must be filed with UMUC within the first semester, indicating graduation and grade-point average. UMUC accepts applications on a rolling deadline. SAT and ACT scores are not required. According to U.S. News & World Report, UMUC had a fall acceptance rate of 100% in 2011.

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