Opened in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service.

UMB enrolls over 7,200 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 86 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers most of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland.

UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research and exceptional patient care. UMB’s extramural funding totaled $682 million in Fiscal Year 2021, and each tenured/tenure-track faculty member brings $1.5 million in research grants, on average, into UMB every year.

UMB’s 14-acre BioPark is Baltimore’s biggest biotechnology cluster, with three dozen tenants and more than 1,000 employees. The research park fuels the commercialization of new drugs, treatments, and medical devices.


UMB's Core Values

Respect and Integrity  |  Well-Being and Sustainability
Equity and Justice       |  Innovation and Discovery


To improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at large through education, research, clinical care, and service.


The University will excel as a preeminent institution in its missions to educate professionals, conduct research that addresses real-world issues affecting the human condition, provide excellent clinical care and practice, and serve the public with dedication to improve health, justice, and the public good. The University will become a dominant economic leader of the region through innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork. The University will extend its reach with hallmark local and global initiatives that positively transform lives and our economy. The University will be a beacon to the world as an environment for learning and discovery that is rich in diversity and inclusion. The University’s pillars of professionalism are civility, accountability, transparency, and efficiency. The University will be a vibrant community where students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors are engaged intellectually, culturally, and socially. 


The Campus

Located in Baltimore, the campus consists of 65 acres with 6.5 million gross square feet of space in 55 buildings.


Degrees at UMB

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The University offers the following degrees:
  • 6 professional practice doctorate
  • 16 research and scholarship doctorate
  • 28 master's
  • 3 bachelor's
  • 23 postbaccalaureate certificate
  • 6 postdoctoral certificate
  • 4 certificate of advanced study

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Seven Schools, One University

SchoolYear Founded
School of Medicine 1807
Carey School of Law 1824
School of Dentistry 1840
School of Pharmacy 1841
School of Nursing 1889
Graduate School 1918
School of Social Work 1961


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Students - The Future of Care

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As the state’s only public health, law, and human services university, UMB confers the majority of professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland each year.

Student Demographics

66% In-State, 34% Out-of-State

73% Female, 27% Male

18% African American

45% Minorities

Enrollment by Program

87% Prof./Graduate, 13% Undergraduate

 # of students% of total
Nurses 886 12%
Dental Hygienists 27 0.4%
Medical and Research
17 0.2%
Undergraduate Total 930 13%
Biomedical 1,554 21%
Nurses 1,244 17%
Social Workers 877 12%
Lawyers 813 11%
Physicians 602 8%
Dentists 580 8%
Pharmacists 442 6%
Physical Therapists 202 3%
Prof./Graduate Total 6,314 87%
Total - Fall 2021 7,244 100%


National Rankings

Dentistry 9th NIH Funding (Publics) FY 2021
Medicine 9th

Research (Publics) U.S. News & World Report (2021)


Three specialties in top 10 in U.S. News & World Report (2022): Health Care Law 7th, Part-Time Law 8th, and Clinical Training 9th. 


Two specialties in top 10 in U.S. News & World Report (2022): DNP-Adult/Gerontology Primary Care 6th, and DNP-Nurse Practitioner, Family 8th. Two online specialties  in top 10 in U.S. News & World Report (2021): Nursing Administration/Leadership 7th, and Nursing Education 8th.

Pharmacy 14th U.S. News & World Report (2020)
Social Work 17th U.S. News & World Report (2019)

For more information, contact the UMB Government Affairs Office at 410-269-5087. 

 Foundations of Excellence



The Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Medicine in 1807; it is now the nation’s oldest public medical school.



In 1812, the Maryland General Assembly rechartered the College of Medicine as the University of Maryland and expanded its mission.



The forerunner of Maryland Carey Law, the Maryland Law Institute, was opened in 1824.



The world’s first dental college, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, was chartered in 1840.



The following year in 1841, the Maryland General Assembly chartered the College of Pharmacy, making it the fourth-oldest pharmacy school in the nation.



In 1889, Louisa Parsons, a colleague of Florence Nightingale, established the School of Nursing, one of the nation’s oldest formal nursing training programs, at the University of Maryland.



To promote and enhance research, scholarship, and advanced study, the Graduate School opened in 1918.



In response to growing social and cultural needs, the School of Social Work opened in 1961.


Community Service

Students, faculty, and staff contribute more than 2 million hours of service annually to citizens throughout Maryland, providing programming that improves health and wellness, advances justice, promotes economic development, and strengthens families and communities.

Employment - Fall 2021

Faculty 3,123
Executive/Professional 2,637
Support Personnel 1,302
Total Regular Employees 7,062
Student Employees 793
Total Employees 7,855


Join our diverse workforce and help us make a difference in our community and the world.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities.

Specifically, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in UMB’s programs and activities.

Driving the Economy

Dramatic Achievements
  • Fiscal Year 2021: Awarded $692 million in grants and contracts
  • Yield: $1.5 million research dollars per core faculty
  • With combined research expenditures of $1.1 billion, UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park ranked No. 8 among public institutions in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey for FY19.

Return on Investment
  • Yields $13 in economic activity for each $1 of state general fund appropriation
  • Generates more than 17,000 jobs
  • Together with the University of Maryland Medical Center and affiliated physician practices, generates $7.9 billion in annual economic activity

An Entrepreneurial Campus

FY 2021 - Sources of Funds
Research Grants and Contracts 43%
Clinical (Patient) Care 25%
State Funds 19%
Tuition and Fees 12%
Auxiliary Fees 1%
Total: $1.31 Billion 100%

See the Office of Institutional Research and Planning for more data.


Engagement in Baltimore

  • The new UMB Community Engagement Center (CEC), adjacent to campus and almost seven times larger than the original CEC, provides direct health, employment, legal, and social services to West Baltimore residents, and works with them on neighborhood-strengthening projects.
  • The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a long-term mentoring initiative designed to excite West Baltimore middle and high school students about science and begin preparing them for rewarding careers in research and health care.
  • The School of Social Work operates Promise Heights, a network of partnerships and services intended to stabilize and strengthen families in a high-need West Baltimore neighborhood and help children succeed in school.
  • The Partnership with West Baltimore is a collaboration between UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center designed to improve population health, stimulate economic and community development, boost academic achievement, and nurture community connections.


See the exciting progress we're making as a University – seven schools working to secure the health, well-being, and just treatment of people across the state and around the world.


Health Care/Legal and Social Justice Services


  • The only dental school in Maryland also is the largest provider of oral health services to Medicaid children and the largest provider of oral health care to people living with HIV disease who are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Nearly 19,000 patients and more than 76,000 patient visits are recorded each year.

 Francis King Carey School of Law

  • Each year, 150 Carey Law students provide nearly 75,000 hours of free legal services through 18 legal clinics, making the Clinical Law Program one of the region's largest public interest law firms.


  • Attending physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center are faculty members of the School of Medicine (UMSOM).
  • A record 163 UMSOM physicians were named “Top Docs” by Baltimore magazine in 2020.
  • Research funding in Fiscal Year 2021 totaled $555 million.


  • The nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place, a community outreach center in Southwest Baltimore, provided nursing services to 391 communities members in 2020. As a result, the clinic connected 83 percent of Paul’s Place guests to affordable and accessible medical care. The clinic serves as a clinical placement for nursing and medical students at UMB.


  • Faculty and staff provide clinical service to approximately 35,000 patients each year in more than 24 practice settings in specialties such as community pharmacy, cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, mental health, diabetes, geriatrics, and palliative care.
  • The school offers nine academic programs and has a research portfolio of more than $32 million in grants and contracts.

Social Work

  • More than 800 social work students provide over 500,000 hours of care to Maryland citizens annually.


Commercial Potential

In Fiscal Year 2021, UM Ventures — the joint technology transfer enterprise of UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park  — accelerated the translation of research into market-ready technologies and therapies that improve health, wellness, safety, and productivity.

Commercialization of technology at UMB alone was substantial with:

  • 122 new patents awarded
  • 46 new license agreements
  • 11 new startup companies
  • 4 products based on UMB technology made it to the market
  • 2 new UM Ventures investments in UMB startups

UMB technologies and startups are making significant strides in achieving regulatory approvals and raising funding. Recent successes include:

  • Isoprene Pharmaceuticals, a therapeutic startup developing novel small molecules for the treatment of cancer, received a $2 million, two-year Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute in support of ongoing advanced preclinical studies. Isoprene’s technology has received UM Ventures investment, and the company is managed by the New Ventures Initiative team.
  • The Breethe OXY-1 System received FDA 510(k) approval in October 2020, clearing it for use in patients. Invented at UMB and developed by UMB startup Breethe, the device is the world’s first portable artificial lung system. Breethe received early investment from UM Ventures and raised more than $16 million in funding before being acquired by Abiomed in April 2020.
  • CoapTech’s PUMA-G System, which enables ultrasound-based placement of percutaneous gastrostomy feeding tubes, received CE Mark approval, paving the way for the company to bring its device to the European market. The company also was awarded a two-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant to finalize development and trial of its Pediatric PUMA-G System.
  • Pumas-AI rolled out a significant update to its end-to-end pharmaceutical modeling and simulation platform for quantitative analysis across the drug development lifecycle. The platform provides pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and their investors usable quantitative metrics on technical, regulatory, and commercial success probabilities.

UM Ventures also provides tailored funding, educational programs, and other resources that strengthen the commercialization of high-potential University-based discoveries, with specific efforts to encourage UMB-created or -sponsored technology companies to located in Baltimore City. Highlights include:

  • The Maryland Momentum Fund (MMF), a $10 million early-stage investment program investing in University System of Maryland-affiliated companies, has invested $6.2 million in 23 companies with $57 million in matching funds from more than 150 co-investors. USM institutions co-invested an additional $2.2 million alongside MMF. Five UMB-affiliated companies have received investment: NextStep Robotics, NeoProgen, Veralox, KaloCyte, and ARMR Systems.
  • The Baltimore Fund has encouraged the expansion and location of 24 companies in qualifying areas, creating or retaining more than 500 jobs.
  • The Life Sciences IP Fund has assisted 24 early-stage technologies, including 10 device and 11 therapeutic technologies, in moving toward commercialization. Three new UMB startups — Isoprene Pharmaceuticals, Protaryx, and GEn1E Lifesciences — have been formed as a result of the program.

The 14-acre University of Maryland BioPark, home to more than 1,000 employees, provides sophisticated lab and office space for nearly three dozen early-stage life science companies, University-based startups, and sophisticated bioscience industry leaders such as Illumina, Catalent, and Pharmaron.




For more information, contact the University of Maryland, Baltimore Government Affairs Office at 410-269-5087.

Produced by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, updated December 2021. Download UMB Fast Facts as a PDF.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, protected veteran’s status, or age in its programs and activities. Specifically, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in UMB’s programs and activities.