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"This recognition by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide tells prospective students and their parents that UMBC is highly regarded in the national academic community."

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Among Top Five Schools to Watch in U.S. News & World Report

September 15, 2008 - UMBC is among the top five national universities recognized as innovative schools to watch in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 Best Colleges Guide. The University's selection is based on survey responses by presidents and provosts across the U.S. The U.S. News rankings recognize "schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities." Other schools in the top five are George Mason, Clemson, University of Southern California and Arizona State University.

"UMBC is pursuing an innovative path, reflecting a strong commitment to undergraduate education while continuing to develop as a research university," said President Hrabowski. "We stand out by providing a distinctive undergraduate experience as well as strong graduate education and research programs, and by engaging students of all backgrounds."

Among the innovative academic programs at UMBC gaining national notice are initiatives to increase STEM education at all levels; a Center for History Education; the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, which stimulates entrepreneurship education across the curriculum; and the Erickson School, the first professional school to integrate the study of human aging with public policy and business management. UMBC is also nationally recognized as an outstanding partner. Major university-government-industry partnerships include three major NASA collaborative research centers - UMBC is the second most frequent NASA partner in the nation. The University also works with IBM on a supercomputing research center, and has joined with Princeton to create an Engineering Research Center expected to revolutionize optics.

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