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University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Narrative Description


1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Tel: (410)455-1000
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 530-acre suburban campus with easy access to Washington, D.C. Endowment: $25.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $42.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7467 per student. Total enrollment: 11,852. Faculty: 731 (456 full-time, 275 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,446 applied, 70% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 86% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 8,162 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 1,506 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 91 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 15% black, 20% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 16% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: computer/information sciences; social sciences and history; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Johns Hopkins University, University System of Maryland. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $6120 full-time, $255 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,720 full-time, $571 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1900 full-time, $80 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $7620. College room only: $4650. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 180 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 3% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Events Board, Retriever Weekly, Resident Student Association, Black Student Union. Major annual events: Quadmania, Fall Frenzy, Homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,780 college housing spaces available; 3,183 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery plus 1 other with 766,261 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 4,170 serials, 35,659 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.5 million. 762 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The ultramodern 500-acre campus is in an open-country setting in Catonsville, only minutes from the heart of Baltimore and less than an hour from the nation's capital. Baltimore, just six miles from the campus, is a rich resource for university students. Opportunities for musical, athletic, theatrical, and cultural events abound. The dynamic and dramatic Inner Harbor area features a convention center, the Maryland Science Center, Pier 7 Performing Arts Pavilion, the National Aquarium, and the lively collection of shops and restaurants called Harborplace. The Morris Mechanic Theatre brings Broadway to Baltimore, while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed artists perform in the striking Meyerhoff Concert Hall. The Walters Art Gallery, the Enoch Pratt Library, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are also part of the city's rich tradition. Washington, only 32 miles from the campus, offers the student a wealth of academic, cultural, political, and leisure activities.

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