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"UMBC's national ranking and reputation reflect the quality of our faculty and the excellent opportunities we provide our students. To be recognized among the country's leading research universities is a significant achievement."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Earns High Marks in National Rankings

December 11, 2000-The Carnegie Foundation's new classification of American colleges and universities, issued this month, places UMBC in the top tier of America's research universities. Of the nearly 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, UMBC is one of only 152--the top 3.8 percent--to be included in the elite category, "Doctoral-Research Universities/Extensive."

UMBC also is among the top 100 national public universities ranked in the 2001 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. U.S. News ranked UMBC 14th nationwide in its listing of national universities graduating students with the least amount of debt; UMBC was the only Maryland institution represented in this category, which also includes the California Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 2001 edition of the Kaplan Newsweek College Catalog rated UMBC a "best value," based on a national survey of guidance counselors, who cited UMBC's strong professional, computer-technology, and arts programs. UMBC is Maryland's only university named in this category, which also includes William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and the University of California at Berkeley.

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