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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 Tops U.S. News “Up-and-Coming” List For Second Year

August 17, 2010 - For the second year in a row, UMBC is the top national university on a list of innovative schools to watch in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide. The U.S. News rankings recognize “schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.”

UMBC is also on a list of the top 16 national universities “where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.” UMBC is ranked just after Yale and Stanford.

The University’s selection as the top “Up-and-Coming” school is based on survey responses from higher education leaders across the nation. Other schools on the list include Arizona State, Drexel, Emory, Rice, the University of California—San Diego, the University of Delaware, the University of Southern California, and Wake Forest.

UMBC’s continued recognition by U.S. News points to what makes it a national model in higher education: a deep commitment to undergraduate education combined with outstanding achievements in graduate education and research. This commitment has earned UMBC praise from other sources, as well.

“Of all the research universities we’ve visited, [UMBC] is the place that has most capably connected research with undergraduate education,” write Claudia Dreifus, New York Times writer and Columbia University professor, and Andrew Hacker, author and professor emeritus at Queens College, in their new book, Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—and What We Can Do About It. The book features UMBC as a school where students have access to a first-class undergraduate education at a reasonable price.

“UMBC is a place where research comes to life,” said President Freeman Hrabowski. ”Freshmen are learning from older students that it is the UMBC way to be seriously engaged in research early.”

“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,” Hrabowski added.

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