U of Maryland, Baltimore County: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is a public university with an acceptance rate of 58%. Located just 15 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., the university offers undergraduates 48 majors and 38 minors. For excellence 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.

Considering applying to UMBC? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County had an acceptance rate of 58%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 were admitted, making UMBC's admissions competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,720
Percent Admitted 58%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 91% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 670
Math 590 690
ERW-Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UMBC's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Maryland, Baltimore County scored between 600 and 670, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted student scored between 590 and 690, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UMBC.

Requirements

University of Maryland, Baltimore County does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UMBC participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 20% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 30
Math 23 28
Composite 24 29

This admissions data tells us that most of UMBC's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County received a composite ACT score between 24 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

UMBC does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for admitted UMBC students was 3.86. This data suggests that most successful applicants to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have primarily B/B+ grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. Most successful applicants have grades and test scores that are above average. However, UMBC has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule.

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 (ERW+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.