Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed name UMBC a top U.S. university, with focus on diverse learning community

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Times Higher Education (THE) have just released their popular college rankings for 2019, again naming UMBC one of the nation’s top universities.

The WSJ/THE rankings focus on student success and learning. They are based on both public data and input from around 200,000 students nationwide. Key factors include available teaching resources, student engagement, educational outcomes, and diversity and inclusion in the learning environment.

This year’s rankings specifically highlight the strength of UMBC’s diverse learning community, including student and faculty diversity and the representation of international students. UMBC also performs particularly well in educational outcomes, such as graduate salary.

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski reflects, “The world is increasingly recognizing UMBC as a place where excellence and inclusion go hand-in-hand, and as a model for the future of higher education.”

This WSJ/THE recognition is the latest in a busy rankings season. UMBC has also recently been featured in the Princeton Review‘s Best 384 Colleges, honored as a “best value” university by Forbes, and named one of the top 3.5 percent of 18,000 global higher education institutions by the Center for World University Rankings, which focuses on high-caliber research.

Photo: UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.