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University of Maryland--Baltimore County is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,953, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 530 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of Maryland--Baltimore County's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 158. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,068 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,642 (2013-14).
University of Maryland—Baltimore County is located about 45 minutes from Washington. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate programs, including those in the engineering, science and public policy fields. UMBC bills itself as an honors university, and as such, hosts a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society and awards research grants to promising undergraduates, who then present what they've studied.
Students can have fun outside the academic world by participating in about 250 student organizations, pledging one of the nearly 20 fraternities and sororities or attending any of the annual campus events, such as the spring carnival and concert called "Quad Mania." Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for the nearly 20 UMBC Retrievers varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference. Notable UMBC alumni include actress Kathleen Turner, who starred in the movies "Romancing the Stone," "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "The War of the Roses."
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UMBC is a distinguished public research university that combines the traditions of the liberal arts academy, the creative intensity of the research university and the social responsibility of the public university. As an Honors University in Maryland, UMBC attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who have access to professors working on the cutting edge of their disciplines. With recent national recognition for its diversity, affordability and student mentoring, UMBC has been cited as the #1 up-and-coming "school to watch" and #4 in undergraduate teaching at national universities. UMBC also has been recognized nationally for providing students with outstanding opportunities for undergraduate research and creative projects. The nationally acclaimed Meyerhoff Scholars science program and other outstanding scholars programs in public affairs, arts, humanities, education, and information systems contribute to a community of learners, while the many clubs, arts events, lectures and Division I sports create a lively campus. UMBC is well-known for its undergraduate research initiatives, including financial support for undergraduate research; publication in the UMBC Review; and opportunities to work alongside world-class faculty. With 14,000 students from more than 100 countries, the residential campus is in the heart of the nation's political center, 10 minutes from Baltimore and 30 minutes from Washington, DC. The location offers excellent access to cultural venues as well as internships in federal labs and the public and private sectors. UMBC graduates attend the nation's finest graduate and professional schools and are leaders in the arts, humanities, science, engineering, information technology, human services, and government both regionally and nationally
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of Maryland--Baltimore County, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of Maryland--Baltimore County is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 53.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||60.4%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Maryland--Baltimore County is 20:1, and the school has 37.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Maryland--Baltimore County include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||37%|
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University of Maryland--Baltimore County has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,953, with a gender distribution of 54.8 percent male students and 45.2 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. University of Maryland--Baltimore County is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Maryland--Baltimore County offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Maryland--Baltimore County also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Maryland--Baltimore County, 72 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Maryland--Baltimore County.
|Students who have cars on campus||72%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Maryland--Baltimore County, 49 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,396.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$10,068 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$21,642 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$10,716 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data