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5 College Junior

Academics: Up and Coming for sure, the Academics provided here will get you somewhere if you pay it mind.

3 College Senior

Academics: it like any other college, you have to be very active and do every thing by yourself.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great. Course expectations are high, especially in the sciences, but it leads to students having a great academic experience.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The academics are very serious and there are great professors. The workload can be pretty high though.

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5 College Junior

Academics: wide variety of courses offered and every professor I have had was great.

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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: 4%
  • Computer Science: 2%
  • Information Science/Studies: 5%
  • Psychology: 4%
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)
  • Weekend/evening college
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 116 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 61 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 61 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 25% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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