"It is a guiding principle at UMBC that living, studying and interacting with diverse groups strengthen us as people. We challenge our students to reach beyond their comfort zones and connect with others different from themselves."
President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Named One of Nation's Most Diverse Universities
August 8, 2008 - In recognition of its multicultural campus and academically exceptional students from all backgrounds, UMBC has been ranked second on The Princeton Review "Most Diverse Student Population" list.
UMBC's student body is among the most diverse nationally (37 percent minority, including 18 percent Asian, 15 percent African American and 4 percent Native American).
The "Most Diverse Student Population" ranking lists 20 leading institutions. UMBC placed second behind City University of New York-Baruch College. Other prominent schools on the list include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Temple University and State University of New York-Stonybrook University.
The Princeton Review recognized UMBC in its newly released rankings of U.S. colleges, The Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition. The annual publication offers updated reviews of each institution and separate rankings about student life, based on responses from administrators and student surveys.
"In our opinion, each school in this book is first-rate academically," said Robert Franek, publisher of The Princeton Review. "But their campus cultures and offerings differ greatly. Instead of ranking schools academically, 1 to 368, we tally ranking lists in 62 categories based on what students at the schools (their customers) report to us about them."