“We are delighted to be one of ‘America’s Hot Schools’! Everyone connected to UMBC — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — can take real pride in this special recognition.”
— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Newsweek Picks UMBC as a “Hot School”
August 27, 2002 - The 2003 Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get Into College guide has hit the newsstands featuring UMBC as one of “America’s Hot Schools.” This exclusive list of a dozen schools that are among students’ top picks is “dominated by some of the country’s top public universities,” the editors write.
In addition to UMBC, Newsweek’s list also includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University, along with Boston College, George Washington University, Kenyon College, and McGill University.
“In his decade at the helm, President Freeman Hrabowski has nurtured a school where, he says, ‘it’s cool to be smart,’ ” the editors note. “But UMBC students have a life outside the lab…. ‘The smartest students are often torn because they’re good at so many things,’ says Hrabowski…. ‘This is a place where you’ll find students thinking about the hard questions of society.’ ”
Freshman applications to UMBC have risen steadily over the past decade, as have students’ academic credentials. The top quartile of the incoming freshman class has combined SAT scores of 1370, and the average SAT score for new students in the Honors College is 1400, making UMBC very competitive with other top-rated schools. A boom in campus housing construction, done in partnership with the Erickson Foundation, has brought a new vitality to campus life. This fall, 75 percent of the freshman class will live on campus.
This is not UMBC’s first appearance in the Kaplan/Newsweek college guide. The 1999 edition called UMBC “a powerhouse in Baltimore…offering a topnotch, rigorous education to scholars who don't want to pay for an Ivy.”