UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

UMBC, a selective public research university, combines the traditions of the liberal arts academy, the creative intensity of the research university, and the social responsibility of a public institution. We are known for integrating research, teaching and learning, and civic engagement so that each advances the others for the benefit of society. Located on 530 wooded acres in suburban Baltimore, UMBC has over 10,600 undergraduate and 3,300 graduate students, as well as an alumni network of over 90,000

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Create Your Own
  • Culture
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Language
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Center for Culture and Diversity
  • Center for Democracy and Civic Life
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Interfaith Center
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Night Class Offerings
  • Off-Campus Student Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Service Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Transfer Student Alliance
  • Transit Services
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Women's Center

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


The Admissions Committee weighs a number of factors in making its decision for First Year Applicants. In addition to grade point average and the strength of curriculum, we also review the high school profile and class rank, extracurricular involvement, and the Common App essay to determine admissibility.


Transfer applicants are considered to be students who have completed college-level coursework at an institution of higher education after receiving a high school diploma or a GED. The Admissions Committee reviews areas within the applicant’s academic record including grades in all college-level coursework (especially in intended major courses), overall GPA, strength of curriculum, and academic trend as well as extracurricular involvement, and the Common App essay to determine admissibility. 

Visit us

The best way to understand #RetrieverNation is to experience it for yourself! Throughout the year, UMBC offers several opportunities for prospective and admitted students and their guests to visit campus - both in-person and virtually. Explore options to connect with faculty, staff, and current students through campus tours, open house events, virtual student panels, and more at

“My favorite UMBC experience has been getting involved with research. I love being able to apply what I learn in the classroom to hands-on work. I’ve been lucky enough to network with accomplished scientists at conferences, have ownership over my own projects, and learn from great mentors and peers.”

Ellie Bare, '23, Biological Sciences
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School location

1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250, United States of America

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