UMBC is a public research university, emphasizing graduate programs in the sciences, engineering, public policy, information technology, and human services and building on a strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences core. Established in 1966, UMBC is one of thirteen institutions and research centers that together constitute the University System of Maryland.
UMBC’s rapid development as a major research university is reflected by its recognition and classification by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (High Research Activity), which constitutes one of the top tiers of American research universities. Among the nation’s research universities, UMBC is distinctive because of its emphasis on integrating research into undergraduate education. UMBC is also recognized increasingly as a major resource for building the State’s economy and addressing its social concerns.
UMBC’s more than 12,800 students come from nearly all 50 states and more than 80 other nations, creating a richly diverse student body and an exciting atmosphere for learning and teaching. More than 80% of UMBC’s approximately 55,000 alumni live and work in Maryland, contributing significantly to the State’s economic and social vitality.