The 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.
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.
The 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.