UMBC is located in suburban Baltimore County, on the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The campus is surrounded by one of the greatest concentrationsof commercial, cultural and scientific activity in the nation. The location is a strength that gives UMBC a high profile in the metropolitanarea and attracts new entrepreneurial partnerships.
The site is located at the juncture between Maryland’s rocky piedmont and coastal plane. The campus’ rolling topography and landscape are characteristic of this location’s unique geology, and the University is adjacent to a rich network of green spaces along rivers leading to the Chesapeake Bay.
In 1963, the original campus was formed on 432 acres of mostly former farmland. Subsequent land acquisitions have increased the University’s holdings on its main campus to 482 acres. Within the main campus are a 41 acre research and technology park (bwtech@UMBC North) and a 67 acre Conservation and Environmental Research Area (CERA). The greater campus includes a nearby 30 acre complex on a site overlooking I-95 on which the University has developed the bwtech@UMBC South: Incubator and Accelerator. Together, these properties form the 512 acre UMBC campus.
The campus has excellent access to both I-95 via I-195 and the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) via Wilkens Avenue. The impact of the proximity of these major roadways is not felt on campus due to the heavily wooded periphery of the campus site. The forested edges, sloping topography with views to the east and the low density of surrounding residential development all work to define the pastoral setting for the campus.