University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2016)

Brief Description:

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a leading public research university known for innovative teaching, relevant research across disciplines, and a supportive community that empowers and inspires inquisitive minds. UMBC serves 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and combines the learning opportunities of a liberal arts college with the creative intensity of a leading research university. At the same time, UMBC is one of the country’s most inclusive education communities. UMBC also contributes to Maryland through strong government and industry partnerships that advance K–16 education, entrepreneurship, workforce training, and technology commercialization.

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Mission Statement:


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UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.

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President's Quote:

"UMBC’s 50th anniversary is an important time to celebrate our success. It also represents a vital strategic opportunity. As the campus completes a new strategic plan and prepares for a comprehensive fundraising campaign, anniversary events and communications will build pride in the campus and its extraordinary impact in just 50 years. The celebration also provides a significant opportunity to renew and deepen relationships with our more than 65,000 alumni. During the past 10 years, 20,000 alumni have been event participants, volunteers, or donors. Alumni engagement is a central focus of 50th anniversary planning, with the aim of increasing the number of active alumni by 10,000, or 50 percent. Change at this scale depends on a campus-wide effort.

We deeply appreciate the ideas, energy, and resources so many members of our community are bringing to this once-in-a-generation opportunity. Our alumni are the best advocates for our endeavors and aspirations, and we are confident that the campus celebration of the 50th will benefit UMBC for decades to come." — President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous


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Major Accomplishments:

  • The National Institutes of Health awarded UMBC over $18 million to create STEM BUIILD@UMBC as a national model
    to broaden the range of students who successfully complete STEM degrees.
  • UMBC opened a new $160 million, LEED Gold-certified Performing Arts and Humanities Building, which features innovative learning and performance spaces such as an archaeology lab, concert hall, dance technology studio, and proscenium theatre.
  • The bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park houses Maryland’s first cyber incubator and 120 technology, bioscience and research companies and organizations. The park generated $500 million in income and business sales in 2014 and contributes more than 2,500 jobs to Maryland.
  • UMBC’s BreakingGround initiative has been recognized nationally for its contributions to the higher education civic engagement movement by the American Democracy Project and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. BreakingGround has supported the redesign and launch of dozens of courses and community projects, including an American studies course that culminated in students producing a week-long documentary series in deindustrialization in Baltimore that aired on the Marc Steiner Show.


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Fun Facts:

  • Student Enrollment (Fall 2014): 13,979 (11,379 undergraduate, 2,600 graduate)
  • Freshman Class Profile (Fall 2014): First-time freshmen: 1,629; Living on campus: 72%; Average GPA: 3.78; Average SAT: 121 (two-part), 1801 (three-part)
  • The Final Four of Game Design: A UMBC video game development team is among the final four student groups competing to represent the U.S. in the Microsoft Imagine World Cup competition. The group of computer science and visual arts majors were invited to present their original game, HueBots, at the April 2015 national finals. They include (l. to r.) Jasmine Martin, Erika Shumacher, Tad Cordle, and Michael Leung. Their faculty mentor, Marc Olano, computer science, recently completed a sabbatical assessing new game technologies at Firaxsis Games.
  • The Princeton Review,Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Fiske Guide to Colleges have named UMBC a “Best Value” university.
  • UMBC students regularly receive highly prestigious, nationally and internationally competitive awards, including the Goldwater Scholarship, Fulbright Award, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, and Frank Karel Fellowship.
  • UMBC graduate students have received numerous research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, GEM, and Fulbright

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Notable Alumni:

  • Mario Armstrong, Emmy Award-winning radio and television talk show host, appears as a digital lifestyle expert on The Today Show, CNN and HLN
  • Duff Goldman, chef, owner of Charm City Cakes, star of the show Ace of Cakes on Food Network
  • James P. Clements, 15th president of Clemson University and 23rd president of West Virginia University
  • Adrienne A. Jones, first African-American female to serve as Speaker Pro Tem in the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Dan Patrick, radio talk show host, politician, and current Lieutenant Governor of Texas
  • J. Thomas Sadowski, vice chancellor of economic development for the University System of Maryland
  • Kathleen Turner, Academy Award-nominated actress, starred in Hollywood movies Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Gail H. Bates, member of the Maryland House of Delegates

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Testimonials:

"UMBC is an institution that fosters academic excellence, inspires creative thinking, and nurtures character in every student. The size of the university is nearly perfect for students, like me, to develop lasting relationships with students, faculty and alumni. There are opportunities for students to achieve their highest academic potential at UMBC no matter what their goals are in life." — Markus Proctor, Interdisciplinary Studies - Technology Entrepreneurship and Organization Management, Class of 2016

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