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 nearly 6,700 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 97 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 $663 million in Fiscal Year 2023, 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 nearly 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 6.3 million gross square feet of space in 57 buildings.

Degrees at UMB

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The University offers the following degrees:
  • 7 professional practice doctorate
  • 16 research and scholarship doctorate
  • 32 master's
  • 3 bachelor's
  • 29 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

68% In-State, 32% Out-of-State

72% Female, 28% Male

20% African American

49% Minorities

Enrollment by Program

85% Professional/Graduate, 15% Undergraduate

  # of students % of total
Nurses 931 14%
Medical and Research
24 0.4%
Dental Hygienists 23 0.3%
Undergraduate Total 978 15%
Biomedical 1,465 22%
Nurses 1,053 16%
Lawyers 767 12%
Social Workers 680 10%
Physicians 590 9%
Dentists 581 9%
Pharmacists 344 5%
Physical Therapists 209 3%
Prof./Graduate Total 5,689 85%
Total - Fall 2023 6,667 100%


National Rankings

Dentistry 9th* — National Institutes of Health Funding, FY 2023

4th — State and Local Clerkships, Princeton Review, 2023
6th — Health Care Law, U.S. News & World Report, 2023
9th — Dispute Resolution, U.S. News & World Report, 2023


9th* — American Association of American Medical Colleges, 2023
11th* — Research, U.S. News & World Report, 2023


1st* — Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Services Leadership and Management
T1st* — DNP Psychiatric Mental Health NP; MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
T3rd* — Bachelor of Science in Nursing
T7th*  — DNP Program; MSN Program

All U.S. News & World Report, 2023

Pharmacy 14thU.S. News & World Report, 2020
Social Work 21stU.S. News & World Report, 2022

* Ranking among public universities. For more information, contact the UMB Office of Government Affairs at 410-269-5087.

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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 at UMB contribute over 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 2023

Faculty 3,218
Executive/Professional 2,892
Support Personnel 1,301
Total Regular Employees 7,411
Student Employees 795
Total Employees 8,206
Employee Demographics

63% Female, 37% Male

24% African American

48% Minorities

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 2023: Awarded $663 million in grants and contracts
  • Yield: $1.5 million research dollars per core faculty
  • With combined research expenditures of $1.23 billion, UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park ranked No. 11 among public institutions in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey for FY22.

Return on Investment
  • Yields $13 in economic activity for each $1 of state general fund appropriation
  • Generates nearly 16,000 jobs
  • With UMB’s affiliated physician practices and the University of Maryland Medical Center, generates $8 billion in annual economic activity

An Entrepreneurial University

FY 2024 - Sources of Funds
Research Grants and Contracts 37%
Clinical (Patient) Care 26%
State Funds 23%
Tuition and Fees 11%
Auxiliary Fees 3%
Total: $1.595 billion 100%

See the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, and Assessment for more data.


Engagement in Baltimore

The Office of Community Engagement partners with community-based, local, state, and national organizations to improve health, education, economic, and social conditions in West Baltimore, with much of the support provided in direct services at the Community Engagement Center.

UMB contributes to community revitalization and stabilization through its Live Near Your Work Program, which helps students and employees buy homes in select Baltimore neighborhoods by providing money for the down payment and closing costs.

The CURE Scholars Program is a long-term mentoring initiative that is designed to excite West Baltimore middle and high school students about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects and begin preparing them for potential careers in research and health care.

The Center for Violence Prevention works to conduct community-based participatory research, provide creative and impactful education, and inform and advocate for impactful policies that will reduce violence and trauma in Baltimore.


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. 

Notable Number  
80,000: Patient visits recorded each year in UMSOD clinics, with more than 22,000 patients receiving treatment 

The Center for Dispute Resolution, Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice, Gibson-Banks Center for Race and the Law, and Legal Resource Center for Public Health Law Policy provide services and advocacy to improve laws and lives in Maryland and beyond.  

Notable Number  
75,000: Hours of free legal services provided by students annually through 17 legal clinics 

Faculty, staff, and students annually contribute hundreds of hours of community outreach in hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, and schools, while programs such as Mini-Med School, Mini-Med School for Kids, and the Seniors Medical Institute provide free faculty-led classes designed to improve health and well-being. 

Notable Number 
36: Countries in which UMSOM has facilities to provide patient care and conduct research 

The West Baltimore RICH Collaborative, a UMSON-led partnership of 15 community- and faith-based academic and health organizations, aims to address hypertension and social isolation in four ZIP codes selected due to race-based disparities in the represented areas.  

Notable Number  

700-plus: Community members enrolled in the RICH Collaborative project

UMSOP provides clinical service to about 50,000 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. 

Notable Number  

2.5 million: Marylanders helped since 1972 by the Maryland Poison Center, a free 24/7 phone service staffed by pharmacists and nurses who are certified as specialists in poison information  

The Center for Restorative Change brings together the resources of two longtime community outreach initiatives, Promise Heights and the Social Work Community Outreach Service, to further UMSSW’s mission to advance social justice and promote the well-being of individuals and communities. 

Notable Number  
500,000: Hours of care provided to Maryland citizens annually by UMSSW students   





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 2023. 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.