Baltimore, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think that academics are very important at this school and we try our best to be innovative with teaching styles, however there are too many guinnea pig classes and I personally have been in some of them and they have turned out terribly. The teachers weren't helpful, students weren't doing well but then the curve didn't reflect how the class was doing. It messed up my GPA

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5 College Freshman

Academics: UMBC is initially a complex school with many different majors and opportunities. There are science majors, liberal arts majors, and many others. The registratioin process is pretty much hands on but only after seeing an academic advisor almost everyday for about a month. Therefore, it requires a lot of research. Nothing is answered unless the students asks.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors seem to heavily encourage discussion but they also assign a lot of work. When they assign all this work they seem to forget that we have other classes to think about as well. That being said the workload is manageable if you plan ahead and get ahead on class assignments (just look at the syllabus). Overall, the professors are nice, approachable and very knowledgeable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent professors, lots of undergraduate opportunities and very good classes in the STEM fields especially.

3 College Junior

Academics: Lots of lab classes are required and many o' student has dropped the major due to the pleathora of core curricular classes they failed relating to and secondary to the major (I'm talking about you Cell Biology and Orgo Chem). If you talk to them often and ace their class it's easy to get a professor to take you on in their lab but that whole aceing stuff part is the headache.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 168th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 187th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 346th
    Best Course Variety
  • 690th
    Best Registration Process
  • 747th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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UMBC was voted the No. 1 up-and-coming university in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and this reputation is justified. The University is especially strong in science and engineering, but it does not fall short in other departments, such as ancient students, linguistics, music, visual arts, or voice. Such strong academics also mean that the workload and curriculum are rigorous. Good grades do not fall easily into students’ laps—they need to work hard, which is why it is very common to find students studying in the library’s 24-hour atrium late into the night. The student-to-teacher ratio at UMBC gives students the opportunity to build and create good relationships with their professors, who are always willing to provide extra help, if needed.

One of the weakest points at UMBC is class scheduling. Certain courses are only offered in either in the spring or fall semester, not year-round, and others are only offered during the morning or afternoon, making it nearly impossible for students who work full time to attend. Your adviser at UMBC is there to double check that you’re on the right path—not to tell what classes you should pick. So, before meeting with your adviser to sign up for classes, make sure you have all the proper papers filled out and courses picked out. UMBC has its flaws, but it is the perfect school for students looking for good academics, a smaller student-to-teacher ratio, and an opportunity to be a student teacher.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 students: 47%
  • 50 or more students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Information Technology
  • College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • Erickson School
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Information Science/Studies: 6%
  • Psychology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Only partially online courses are offered at UMBC. This school is oriented more toward students fresh out of high school or community college transfers without full- or part-time jobs.
Best Places to Study
  • Albin O. Kuhn Library
  • Physics Building
  • Public Policy Building
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Get involved with extracurriculars-it's easy.
  • Go to events on campus.
  • Greek life is a great entrance to social life.
  • Study hard-classes at UMBC are not easy.
Did You Know?
  • The library atrium at UMBC is open 24 hours a day.
  • UMBC's student teaching program is comparable to those at Ivy League universities.
  • The Honors College is a program that gives talented students an intense approach to learning through small classes and interaction with the professors. This program offers scholarships and free perks, like exclusive events, a computer lounge, discounts to art performances, and exclusive trips.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 67 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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