"UMBC attracts outstanding students who compete well for outstanding graduate schools and professional opportunities. We're delighted to see this recognized by The Princeton Review's list of 'Best Value Colleges.' "
President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Named One of Nation's "Best Value" Public Universities
January 19, 2009 – The Princeton Review has included UMBC in its "Best Value Colleges for 2009" list. UMBC is one of 50 public institutions in the United States recognized for offering a combination of educational excellence and affordability.
Other leading schools named to the list include University of California - San Diego, Georgia Institute of Technology, George Mason, University of Michigan, University of Virginia and University of Delaware.
The honor is the second major national distinction UMBC has received from leading higher-education rankings publications this academic year. In August, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide named UMBC one of five national "Up-and-Coming Universities" along with George Mason, Clemson, the University of Southern California and Arizona State University.
The Princeton Review recognized UMBC, a 12,000-student research university, for attracting serious students and supporting them with undergraduate research opportunities throughout the Baltimore region. The campus location near BWI-Marshall Airport gives students access to internships with government agencies, nonprofits and leading private-sector companies in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. markets.
Seventy-three percent of students at UMBC receive some financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans and grants. The average amount of debt for graduating students is $20,572.
The Princeton Review selected schools by using institutional data and student opinion surveys and examining factors covering undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid. Broadly speaking, it examined factors covering undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid.
In August 2008, The Princeton Review ranked UMBC second on its "Most Diverse Student Body" list in its annual college rankings book, The Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition.