The 9th annual FORBES Top Colleges list recognizes UMBC as one of the nation’s top 100 public colleges and universities.
UMBC ranks #6 among mid-sized public colleges in the northeast, a list led by the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, and #126 of all leading northeast colleges, including both public and private institutions. FORBES has also named UMBC #134 on its list of top research universities nationwide.
The Top Colleges ranking “is our answer to the debate over whether higher education is worth it,” writes Caroline Howard for FORBES. She says, “For these outstanding institutions, we give a resounding yes.”
This ranking includes 660 top U.S. colleges and universities, and focuses specifically on what students are getting out of college. It includes measures of post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success.
Several prominent rankings have featured UMBC in 2016, including Time Higher Education naming UMBC one of the world’s top universities for the fifth time in April 2016.
UMBC has also been featured this year in Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges that Pay You Back” and the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Describing what makes UMBC distinctive, the Fiske Guide notes: “Students here are given access to academic and social resources usually reserved for those attending mammoth public institutions or pricey private colleges.”
Image: View of UMBC campus by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.