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University of Maryland - Baltimore County Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Maryland - Baltimore County? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UMBC offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Maryland - Baltimore County Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County was awarded 431 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is geography and environmental studies.

Overall Quality

UMBC landed the #330 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UMBC held the #335 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UMBC also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UMBC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Maryland - Baltimore County is a competitive 69%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to UMBC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 570 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 580 to 670 )
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SAT Math Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 570 to 680 )
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UMBC received ACT scores from 15% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Maryland - Baltimore County  ( 24 to 30 )
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University of Maryland - Baltimore County Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of Maryland - Baltimore County is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Maryland - Baltimore County is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Maryland - Baltimore County enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UMBC the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 44%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  44 out of 100
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University of Maryland - Baltimore County Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,932 undergraduates at UMBC with 9,220 being full-time and 1,712 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Maryland - Baltimore County Cost?

The overall average net price of UMBC is $19,082. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMBC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,820 $12,605 $20,614 $23,922 $24,529

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UMBC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UMBC, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $6,902 a year. That adds up to $27,608 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMBC is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UMBC Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UMBC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $55,000 in their early years. This is good news for future UMBC graduates since it is 38% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of University of Maryland - Baltimore County

University of Maryland - Baltimore County is a public institution situated in Baltimore, Maryland. UMBC is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for UMBC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: 410-455-1000
Website: umbc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umbcpage
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umbc

University of Maryland - Baltimore County Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from University of Maryland - Baltimore County. Of these students, 2,642 received undergraduate degrees and 711 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 342 $24,267
General Psychology 320 $33,651
Computer Science 249 $70,705
Information Science 248 $63,997
Economics 129 $49,570
Mechanical Engineering 120 $62,129
Social Work 112 $37,980
Information Technology 94 $47,846
Mathematics 94 $51,106
Political Science & Government 81 $38,829

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Maryland - Baltimore County along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UMBC

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 13,407 students took at least one online class at University of Maryland - Baltimore County. This is an increase from the 1,602 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 13,407 11,233
2018-2019 1,602 439
2017-2018 1,234 412
2016-2017 1,128 406
2015-2016 1,132 400

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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