UMBC Research & Creative Achievement Fast Facts

Established in 1966, UMBC is now among the fastest-growing research universities in the nation – designated a Doctoral University with High Research Activity in the most recent Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which places us among the top 6% of research universities in the nation. 

Rankings

#1 in the nation for producing the most African American graduates who have gone on to earn MD-PhD degrees, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

#1 baccalaureate origin institution in the nation for African American students between 2010 and 2019 who go on to earn Ph.D.s in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as doctorates in the life sciences, mathematics, and computer science, according to NSF-NCSES data.

#3 in the Nation in achieving social and economic impact, according to the 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact measures

#6 among the Nation’s “Most Innovative Schools” in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide, joining ASU, Georgia State, MIT, Georgia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon in the Top Tier

#6 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide of National Universities, joining Elon, Georgia State, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, and Rice in the Top Tier.

According to the current 2019 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, UMBC is ranked 

  • #15 among all US Colleges and Universities in annual NASA funding
  • #30 among all US Colleges and Universities in federal funding for Social Sciences
  • #39 among all US Colleges and Universities in federal funding for Geosciences, Atmospheric Sciences, and Ocean Sciences
  • #100 in federal research and development expenditures among public institutions
  • #122 in overall research and development expenditures among public institutions
  • #145 in federal research and development expenditures among all institutions
  • #169 in overall research and development expenditures among all institutions

More Research & Creative Achievement Facts

  • UMBC’s key research themes focus on Environmental Sciences, especially Atmospheric Physics & Remote Sensing, Earth & Space Sciences, and Ecology & Remediation; on Health & Life Sciences, including Marine Biotechnology and Health Sciences; on Data Sciences & National Security, with special focus on Cybersecurity and A, Cognitive Computing, Health IT, and Big Data Analytics; on Civic Engagement, including Health Equity and Policy Studies, as well as on Public Humanities and Arts.
  • UMBC is home to 564 full-time faculty and 355 part-time faculty; supporting 13,638 enrolled students, including 2,955 graduate students (Status Fall 2021).
  • UMBC is designated a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education; it first received MSI status in 2017.
  • UMBC’s faculty secured over $84 million in extramural awards in FY 2021.  In FY 2021, UMBC faculty submitted over 1/2 Billion in extramural funding applications. Campus-wide annual R&D expenditures reached $84 million in FY 2020. These overall expenditures include $59 million from federally funded sources.
  • UMBC’s NASA-funded collaborative centers with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR II) center, the Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST), the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), and the Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute (GPHI).
  • UMBC is ranked #100 in federal research and development expenditures in FY2019 among public institutions, and #122 in federal R&D expenditures among public institutions, according to the current 2019 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey.
  • UMBC is ranked #145 in federal research and development expenditures in FY2019 among all 639 US institutions surveyed, and #169 in overall R&D expenditures, according to the current 2019 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey.
  • UMBC is ranked #159 among National Universities in the 2018 rankings by US News & World Report.
  • UMBC junior faculty members have secured 40 NSF CAREER Awards since 1995, including nine during the past five years alone.  Recent recipients include: Dr. James Foulds in Information Systems in 2021; three recipients in 2020: Dr. Naghmeh Karimi and Dr. Ramana Vinjamuri in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and Dr. Jianwu Wang in Information Systems; Dr. Aaron Smith in Chemistry & Biochemistry in 2019, Dr. Nirmalya Roy in Information Systems in 2018; and again three recipients in 2017: Dr. Tinoosh Mohsenin and Dr. Ting Zhu in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and Dr. Lee Blaney in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering.
  • Two UMBC-affiliated researchers have received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) awards – one from NSF in 2005 and one from NSA in 2014.

  • UMBC’s Dr. Michael Summers, Robert E. Meyerhoff Chair of Excellence in Research and Mentoring, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and one of only two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators at a public university in Maryland, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.
  • UMBC is proud of its two Rhodes Scholars – Naomi Mburu in 2017 and Sam Patterson in 2020.
  • UMBC is listed among the nation’s “Top 100 Public Universities,” according to Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Public Colleges.
  • UMBC’s Research Park – bwtech@UMBC – comprises 525,000 square feet, operates three incubators – focused on cybersecurity and technology & life sciences – houses over 130 tenants providing over 1,600 direct jobs. About half of the companies at bwtech@UMBC are focused on the cybersecurity and IT domain.