University of Maryland-Baltimore County Admissions Statistics

Learn About UMBC and the GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores You'll Need

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

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County has moderately selective admissions. In 2017, 60 percent of applicants were admitted. Students who get in tend to have grades and SAT/ACT scores that are above average. UMBC uses the Common Application, and applicants are required to submit a personal essay. Letters of recommendation are optional.

Why You Might Choose UMBC

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. The university's many strengths earned it a spot among the top Maryland colleges and universities.

In athletics, the UMBC Retrievers compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. The university surprised the world in the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament when they beat the University of Virginia to became the first #16 seed to defeat a #1 seed. 


UMBC, University of Mariland Baltimore County GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore County GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of UMBC's Admissions Standards:

Over a third of applicants to the University of Maryland Baltimore County don't get in. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see a pretty clear division at an SAT score of about 1150 (RW+M) and an ACT score of 23. Most students above these scores got in, and most below it did not. You'll also notice that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or higher. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and almost no students with "A" averages and above average SAT scores were rejected.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for UMBC did not get accepted. Note also that several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because UMBC uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. UMBC takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and optional letters of recommendation. Strengths in these application components can help make up for grades or test scores that are slightly less than ideal.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • UMBC Acceptance Rate: 60 percent
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 670
    • SAT Math: 590 / 690
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 29
    • ACT English: 23 / 29
    • ACT Math: 23 / 30

More University of Maryland-Baltimore County Information

UMBC generally scores high marks for its value, especially for in-state applicants. That said, be sure to take into consideration the relatively low four-year graduation rate (39%) when calculating the likely cost of earning a degree.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,662 (11,234 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55 percent male / 45 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,518 (in-state); $25,654 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,836
  • Other Expenses: $2,984
  • Total Cost: $27,538 (in-state); $41,674 (out-of-state)

UMBC Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 75 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55 percent
    • Loans: 42 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,402
    • Loans: $7,348

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63 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

If You Like UMBC, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County tend to be interested in public universities in the mid-Atlantic states. Students frequently consider schools such as the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland-College Park, Frostburg State University, and Towson University. Keep in mind that the University of Maryland main campus in College Park is significantly more selective than the Baltimore County campus.

For students who are also considering private universities, popular options include Loyola University Maryland, Howard University, and Stevenson University. These schools all have a higher sticker price than UMBC, but students who qualify for financial aid may find little different in the actual cost of attending.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.