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University of Maryland Baltimore County

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, also known as UMBC, is a mid-sized public research university that was founded in 1966. UMBC is located on 500 acres in Catonsville, Md. - about 20 minutes away from Baltimore - and is a separate campus from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. The school is one of 11 University System of Maryland schools, and it is an "honors university" that offers an Honors College program and many research opportunities. UMBC offers 43 majors, 41 minors and 20 certificate programs.

The university also offers 36 master's degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 17 graduate certificate programs. Notable UMBC landmarks include the Joseph B...
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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, also known as UMBC, is a mid-sized public research university that was founded in 1966. UMBC is located on 500 acres in Catonsville, Md. - about 20 minutes away from Baltimore - and is a separate campus from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. The school is one of 11 University System of Maryland schools, and it is an "honors university" that offers an Honors College program and many research opportunities. UMBC offers 43 majors, 41 minors and 20 certificate programs.

The university also offers 36 master's degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 17 graduate certificate programs. Notable UMBC landmarks include the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park; Pig Pen Pond, which is part of the campus and used as a teaching aid; the Commons campus center; and the Retriever Activities Center. The school's mascot is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the school has 19 Division I sports.

Student organizations include the Retriever Weekly newspaper, Bartleby literary magazine, WMBC radio station, Greek organizations, cultural associations, academic and honor societies, sports clubs, activist organizations, graduate student groups and service clubs. Famous UMBC alumni include CNN anchor Tony Harris, Charm City Cakes owner Duff Goldman and actress Kathleen Turner.
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  • 50 years in American education [Commentary]

    50 years in American education  [Commentary]
    Even as a child, I loved math. As a 12-year-old in a Birmingham church in 1963, I found myself much more interested in the math problems in my lap than the speaker at the pulpit. Suddenly, though, he got my attention. If the children march, the Rev....
  • Mandela inspired, in Maryland and beyond

    Mandela inspired, in Maryland and beyond
    Kweisi Mfume was a Baltimore city councilman when he received what would be the first of many words of wisdom from Nelson Mandela. "Do not give up," Mfume said Mandela wrote him from prison, where he had somehow read about the councilman's efforts in...
  • Baltimore through student eyes [Commentary]

    Baltimore through student eyes [Commentary]
    When my family and I moved to this region in the late 1970s, we were struck by how many people made a sharp distinction between "the City" and surrounding counties. In today's global society, the boundaries blur. I hear UMBC students from Moscow to...
  • Peaceful snow, hectic holidays

    Peaceful snow, hectic holidays
    Those sappy carols have it all wrong. "Let it Snow" and "White Christmas" and all the rest lead us to think snow makes this time of year more magical. But in reality, nothing messes up holiday plans in Baltimore like a good snowfall. Churches and...
  • Nonprofit helps Owings Mills High students flex science muscles

    Nonprofit helps Owings Mills High students flex science muscles
    One course uses three-dimensional software. Another involves hands-on projects. A third requires documenting work in an engineer's notebook. Next year, an innovative, award-winning science program is coming to Owings Mills High School and Abbey...
  • Glenelg's Asher scores way into field hockey record books

    Glenelg's Asher scores way into field hockey record books
    As Stephanie Asher sees it, she was just doing her job. The 36 goals she scored this year — and the 101 in her career — are the result of doing what she's supposed to do. "My job on the field is to score goals," said the Columbia Flier/...
  • Mark calendars now to enjoy sights and sounds of the season [Loch Raven]

    National Chemistry Week did not slip by unnoticed at Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary School. Thanks to the Department of Defense STEM Initiative and American Chemical Society, with the help of Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame and UMBC, students...
  • Colleges prepare people for life [Commentary]

    Colleges prepare people for life [Commentary]
    A recent New York Times illustration read, "COLLEGE IS FOR SUCKERS." The words were emblazoned across the sweatshirts of four students, and the accompanying article made essentially that point. It echoed an increasingly common refrain that college is...
  • Maryland universities joins others in the U.S. protesting Israel boycott

    Maryland universities joins others in the U.S. protesting Israel boycott
    The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, joined a group of other U.S. universities in opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions announced by the American Studies Association this...
  • River Hill girls soccer stuns Damascus to return to state title game

    River Hill girls soccer stuns Damascus to return to state title game
    With only a month left in her time as a River Hill High School student, senior Sheridan Street wants to make sure she fits as many memories as possible in before graduating early and departing for Syracuse — where she has a scholarship to play...
  • Former MIAA soccer stars shine as UMBC ousts Navy in college soccer thriller

    Former MIAA soccer stars shine as UMBC ousts Navy in college soccer thriller
    Fans of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer couldn’t have been happier to see the performance turned in by several of its former athletes Tuesday night at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, when the...
  • Mold closes UMBC child care center, UMD library floor

    Mold closes UMBC child care center, UMD library floor
    Mold has closed a child care center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a floor of the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, College Park. The UMBC child care facility, operated by the Y of Central Maryland, shuttered...