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“We are delighted to be recognized nationally as one of America’s most innovative universities and a national leader in higher education.”

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Named Number One Up-and-Coming School in U.S. News & World Report

August 20, 2009 – UMBC is the top national university in a list of innovative schools to watch in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 America’s Best Colleges Guide. The University’s selection is based on survey responses from higher education leaders across the nation. 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 on the list include Emory University, Rice University, Clemson University, University of California, San Diego and Ohio State University.

The Guide also ranks UMBC as the top national public university with an “unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.” The University tied with Stanford for fourth place on the list; heading the list are Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale.

UMBC also joined Cal Tech, Duke, Georgia Tech, MIT, University of California, Berkeley and others on an unranked list of 27 schools that give students outstanding opportunities for undergraduate research and creative projects.

“UMBC stands out by providing a distinctive undergraduate experience as well as strong graduate education and research programs, and by engaging students of all backgrounds,” said President Freeman Hrabowski. “Our faculty and students are active in learning communities on campus and connect to the many educational, business and cultural resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.”

UMBC was among the top five innovative schools to watch in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Guide.

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