UMBC ranked as one of the world’s top universities for geosciences

UMBC has been ranked one of the top universities in the world for geosciences in the 2015 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.

This recognition is released by the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU Ranking), based on the production and impact of scientific papers by faculty in specific disciplines.

Geosciences at UMBC made headlines recently when UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) partnership renewed its cooperative agreement with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, bringing up to $46 million to JCET and UMBC over the next five years.

LorraineRemerEarlier this summer, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced it would recognize Lorraine Remer, physics professor and JCET researcher, as an AGU fellow at their Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

This is a tremendously prestigious honor, as only 0.1% of members are elected as AGU fellows. Fellowships are given to AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences.

Upon receiving the honor, Remer said, “I am hoping that my election to AGU Fellow will help the broad scientific community become better aware of the excellent Earth science research taking place at UMBC.”

U.S. News names UMBC one of 2016’s “Best Global Universities”

UMBC spiritLess than a month after naming UMBC as the #4 “Most Innovative” university in the U.S. and #6 for commitment to undergraduate teaching (tied with Yale), U.S. News & World Report has included UMBC in its 2016 Best Global Universities ranking.

This is the second edition of the Best Global Universities rankings, which now includes the top 750 universities from 57 countries around the globe. Rankings are based on 12 indicators, in areas from research reputation to publications to PhDs awarded.

The 2016 Best Global Universities list includes 184 U.S. universities, featuring three USM institutions: UMBC; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Times Higher Education recognizes UMBC as a top world university in 2015-16 rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) has named UMBC one of world’s top universities for the fourth consecutive year.

THE World University Rankings “judge world class universities across all of their core missions—teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” utilizing metrics in 13 categories.

THE World University RankingsThe 2015-16 list of top 800 global universities includes 147 in the United States and highlights three in Maryland: UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland were also well represented in the 2015-16 list.

In addition to the World University Rankings, UMBC has appeared in Times Higher Education‘s “100 Under 50” ranking for four consecutive years — one of seven U.S. universities to be recognized this year.

THE’s “100 Under 50” ranks the top 100 universities worldwide under 50 years old. Editor Phil Baty has noted that universities on the list “are a truly exciting and dynamic group of institutions which should serve as a lesson to the rest of the world – that the traditional global world order is not unassailable and visionary young universities can break through.”

The Business Journals Ranks UMBC Among Top 100 Public Colleges

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zThe Business Journals released their 2015 list of top U.S. public colleges today, ranking UMBC at No. 78. The list identifies public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students.

Universities were ranked according to selectivity, retention and graduation rates, reputation, tuition and housing cost, and diversity. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the 2012 American Community Survey helped inform the rankings.

UMBC scored especially high marks in selectivity, advancement, diversity and community. Communications director Dinah Winnick shared, “UMBC’s distinctive combination of innovative teaching, leading-edge research, and supportive community empowers and inspires students. We are honored to be recognized for the strength of our programs, and we are proud of the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners who work together to make UMBC a community with such tremendous impact.”

Click here to see the complete list of The Business Journals‘ 2015 rankings of U.s. public colleges and here to read “These Maryland public colleges are among the top 100 in the U.S.” in the Baltimore Business Journal.

UMBC Ranked Among World’s Top Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has released its annual list of the top 500 universities in the world, including UMBC as one of 146 American universities recognized. The list features prominent universities from around the globe, including many in Great Britain, Germany and China.

The ARWU is produced by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. It is based on six indicators, including prestigious scholarships (number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals); influence and citations (number of highly cited researchers and number of articles indexed in Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index); and research publications (number of articles published in Nature and Science).

UMBC is one of three University System of Maryland institutions included in the rankings, in addition to the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Click here to see the full rankings.

This announcement follows UMBC’s recognition by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) in July.

UMBC Profiled in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Best Colleges” Book

Best379Cover_lgThe Princeton Review profiles UMBC in The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, published today. The book’s reviews are based on a survey of 130,000 students, measuring eight categories, such as academics, admissions selectivity, quality of life and financial aid. The colleges and universities in the book are not ranked overall, but are included based on outstanding academic programs.

The book highlights UMBC’s strengths in academics. One student quoted in the profile says, “UMBC is a place where it is cool to be smart, and everything about the campus, including the students, exudes ’nerd-chic.’” Undergraduates also expressed enthusiasm for the “academic opportunities and scholarship programs available,” and said, “UMBC wants to see every student succeed—they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life.”

Click here for more information on The Best 379 Colleges and here to read an article about the ranking.