UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. The university enrolls approximately 10,600 students in 54 undergraduate majors and 2,700 students in 68 master’s and doctoral programs. In 2011, the university, for the third year in a row, was ranked the #1 among “Up and Coming” national universities by U.S. News and World Report. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the state and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community.
UMBC faculty attract nearly $180,000 in per-capita research funding and the university ranks second among U.S. universities in NASA funding, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Nearly 45% of UMBC’s undergraduate students major in the sciences or engineering, some of the most popular majors at the university. At the graduate level, UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services. cybersecurity and public policy. According to current National Science Foundation education data, UMBC ranks second in degrees awarded in the computing sciences among U.S. colleges that grant bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees. UMBC continues to be the largest producer of IT graduates in the Maryland area, according to the NSF.
The bwtech and UMBC Connection
UMBC is committed to research and innovation. Its strengths include the life sciences, environmental studies, astrophysics and engineering. bwtech@UMBC companies have the opportunity to collaborate with talented students and faculty in all disciplines and 81% of companies are actively involved with the university. Current companies have engaged in over 100 formal research collaborations with UMBC’s talented faculty and students. Seventy-five percent of Incubator and Accelerator companies have hired UMBC students as interns. Most of the students have come from the fields of chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, information systems and mechanical engineering.
Working near a major campus
With UMBC’s campus just down the street, companies at bwtech@UMBC have access to resources they could not find at any other incubator. Being near campus means access to: