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“UMBC provides a distinctive undergraduate education to outstanding students, many of whom go on to prestigious graduate schools and professional opportunities. We’re delighted to be recognized by The Princeton Review’s list of ‘Best Value Colleges.’”

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC is Named One of the Nation’s “Best Value” Public Universities

April 25, 2011 - UMBC is one of 50 public institutions in the United States recognized by The Princeton Review as a “Best Value College” offering a combination of educational excellence and affordability.

The honor is the third major national distinction UMBC has received from leading higher-education rankings publications this academic year. For the second year in a row, UMBC was named America’s #1 “Up-and-Coming” national university by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide. The University was also included on Kiplinger’s “Best Value Public Colleges” list.

The Princeton Review recognizes UMBC, a research university with nearly 13,000 students, for attracting serious students and supporting them with undergraduate research opportunities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region and beyond. The campus location near BWI-Marshall Airport gives students access to internships with government agencies, nonprofits and leading private-sector companies. Approximately 77 percent of students at UMBC receive some financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans and grants.

Schools were selected to the “Best Value Colleges” list based on institutional data and student opinion surveys. The Princeton Review examined factors covering undergraduate academics, costs and financial aid.

“Being named to the ‘Best Value Colleges’ list once again is something that we are proud of as it reaffirms our commitment to attracting a highly diverse community of high-achieving students,” said Dale Bittinger, director of undergraduate admissions and orientation.

UMBC was also named a “Best Value College” in 2009 and in 2008 was ranked the second “Most Diverse Student Body” in The Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges: 2009 Edition.


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