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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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  • The future of women in tech [Commentary]

    The future of women in tech [Commentary]
    This article has been updated to reflect the correct field for visual arts professor Eric Smallwood.  Thirty years ago, U.S. colleges and universities awarded 37 percent of computer science bachelor's degrees to women. Today, when that number should...
  • Prioritize university research [Commentary]

    Prioritize university research [Commentary]
    If you Googled something today, you experienced university research in action. In the mid-1990s, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, then doctoral students at Stanford, developed the algorithms that developed into their ubiquitous search engine. Likewise,...
  • Help American children value education as much as international students [Commentary]

    Help American children value education as much as international students [Commentary]
    UMBC is home to students from more than 100 countries and to thousands of students who are first- and second-generation Americans. I continually think about the experiences and perspectives these students bring to our campus and to Maryland. One...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Catonsville Fab Lab adds dimension to digital fabrication

    Catonsville Fab Lab adds dimension to digital fabrication
    The din coming from the high-tech Fab Lab in the HTEC building on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County was nearly deafening last week.   Under the watchful eyes of Jason Hughes protected by safety glasses, a silvery...
  • Trash becomes craft at Northfield Elementary School [Ellicott City]

    Trash becomes craft at Northfield Elementary School [Ellicott City]
    There was no shortage of trash or crafts at the recent Up-Cycle Kids Craft Day, a Family Fun Committee event hosted by the Northfield Elementary School PTA. The kids had their choice of almost 2,000 craft projects prepared by PTA volunteers. Almost...
  • Discovering the 'magic' of numbers at first Howard math festival

    Discovering the 'magic' of numbers at first Howard math festival
    Math isn't about solving for "X," but rather about searching for "why." That was the message David Gertler had for the hundreds gathered at the first annual Howard County Math Festival Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City....
  • Maryland men's lacrosse happy to get players into Saturday's rout of Mount St. Mary's

    Maryland men's lacrosse happy to get players into Saturday's rout of Mount St. Mary's
    The 16-3 score by which Maryland trounced Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday indicated the relative ease of the Terps’ effort in the season opener for both teams. In addition to the 10 starters, Maryland rotated 31 players into the game. To...
  • Lacrosse becoming cold-weather sport

    Lacrosse becoming cold-weather sport
    Winter is synonymous with snow, Christmas and … lacrosse? This year, perhaps more than any other, the coldest season and a sport which crowns a national champion on usually the hottest day in May have been linked arm-in-arm. Since Feb. 1,...
  • College lacrosse showdown brings Milani cousins together at UMBC

    College lacrosse showdown brings Milani cousins together at UMBC
    Standing on the sideline with a pair of crutches and her team trailing Maryland late in the second half by 11 goals, University of Maryland, Baltimore County sophomore defender Meghan Milani didn’t have lot to get excited about. But with just over...