University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Library at University of Maryland Baltimore County
Library at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Tim Menzies / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is a comprehensive public university located just 15 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. The college offers undergraduates 42 majors and 41 minors.

UMBC has been recognized for the quality of its teaching, and in 2010 it was ranked as the #1 "up-and-coming" national university by U.S. News & World Report. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, UMBC was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

In athletics, the UMBC Retrievers compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,640 (11,142 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55 percent male / 45 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,264 (in-state); $24,492 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,568
  • Other Expenses: $2,862
  • Total Cost: $26,894 (in-state); $40,122 (out-of-state)

UMBC Financial Aid (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 73 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54 percent
    • Loans: 42 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,043
    • Loans: $6,916

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: 

    Biology, Computer Science, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Information Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 22 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball

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UMBC Mission Statement:

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"UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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