The University of Maryland – Baltimore County (often referred to as UMBC) is an American public research university, located in Baltimore County, Maryland
University of Maryland – Baltimore County had a fall 2014 enrollment of about 14,000 students, over 50 undergraduate majors, over 60 graduate programs, and the first university research park in Maryland, UMBC has been named the #1 Up-and-Coming University for six years in a row, since 2009, by US News & World Report. In addition, US News & World Report has placed UMBC in the top ten for best undergraduate teaching six years in a row, being placed at #5, the second highest-ranked public university.
Established as a part of the University System of Maryland in 1966, the university specializes in the natural sciences and engineering, while also offering programs in the liberal arts, and social sciences. Athletically, the UMBC Retrievers have 19 NCAA Division I teams that participate in the America East Conference.
UMBC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of areas of study. There are 44 majors, 41 minors, 20 certificate and 13 pre-professional program offerings in its undergraduate program. UMBC’s Graduate School offers 37 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 21 graduate certificate programs. The university is divided into three colleges, two schools, as well as its graduate school. Alumni students are allowed to readmit to undergraduate programs and only need to satisfy core classes in order to obtain a second bachelor’s degree. However not all programs and departments are applicable in readmitting as their course work can require lengthy prerequisites.