UMBC is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative universities and a leader in undergraduate teaching and research. The university is widely recognized as a national model for strengthening academic diversity and fostering student achievement. UMBC, a public doctoral research university, is a member of the University System of Maryland and is designated as one of the state’s Honors Universities.
UMBC has an annual operating budget of $355 million and is a rapidly growing Carnegie Research ranked university with $78 million in sponsored research, training contracts and grants. UMBC is highly selective and enrolls 11,000 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students. Overall, UMBC offers 42 majors and 41 minors, as well as 17 certificate programs, spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences, pre-professional studies, engineering, information technology and sciences. UMBC’s Graduate School offers 37 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 21 graduate certificates. Graduate programs include education, engineering, emergency health services, imaging and digital arts, information technology, aging services, life sciences, psychology and public policy.
UMBC values diversity and strives to recruit new faculty members who share this priority. As President Freeman Hrabowski has said, “We are proud to be one of the fastest-growing and most diverse public research universities in the nation. Our vibrant campus is regarded as a new model for American higher education, where talented faculty thrive in a culture that embraces new ideas.” We have recently expanded our Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity. This program supports promising scholars committed to diversity through funding, mentorship and professional development, preparing them for possible tenure-track appointments at UMBC. See our Faculty Diversity Initiatives website for details.
UMBC contributes to the economic development of Maryland and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community.
The university was founded in 1966 and is situated on 500 acres in suburban Baltimore along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. UMBC has consistently been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.