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 7,000 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 90 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 $654 million in Fiscal Year 2022, 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 6.3 million gross square feet of space in 57 buildings.

Degrees at UMB

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The University offers the following degrees:
  • 6 professional practice doctorate
  • 16 research and scholarship doctorate
  • 31 master's
  • 3 bachelor's
  • 24 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

67% In-State, 33% Out-of-State

73% Female, 27% Male

19% African American

47% Minorities

Enrollment by Program

86% Professional/Graduate, 14% Undergraduate

 # of students% of total
Nurses 920 13%
Dental Hygienists 27 0.4%
Medical and Research
16 0.2%
Undergraduate Total 963 14%
Biomedical 1,516 22%
Nurses 1,155 17%
Lawyers 779 11%
Social Workers 768 11%
Physicians 587 8%
Dentists 584 8%
Pharmacists 372 5%
Physical Therapists 207 3%
Prof./Graduate Total 5,968 86%
Total - Fall 2022 6,931 100%


National Rankings

Dentistry 9th NIH Funding (Publics) FY 2022

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


Research 10th (Publics) and Primary Care 13th (Publics), U.S. News & World Report (2022)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing 9th; Doctor of Nursing Practice 4th (Publics); Master of Science in Nursing 9th (Publics); two DNP specialties 1st (Publics) and three DNP specialties 2nd or 3rd (Publics), U.S. News & World Report (2022); MSN-Health Services Leadership and Management 2nd (Publics), U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs (2022).

Pharmacy 14th U.S. News & World Report (2020)
Social Work 21st U.S. News & World Report (2022)

For more information, contact the UMB Government Affairs Office 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 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 2022

Faculty 3,201
Executive/Professional 2,777
Support Personnel 1,266
Total Regular Employees 7,244
Student Employees 798
Total Employees 8,042
Employee Demographics

63% Female, 37% Male

23% African American

47% 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 2022: Awarded $654 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. 10 among public institutions in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey for FY20.

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 Campus

FY 2023 - Sources of Funds
Research Grants and Contracts 38%
Clinical (Patient) Care 26%
State Funds 22%
Tuition and Fees 12%
Auxiliary Fees 2%
Total: $1.33 Billion 100%

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


Engagement in Baltimore

  • The UMB Office of Community Engagement (OCE) partners with community-based, local, state, and national organizations to improve health, education, economic, and social conditions in West Baltimore neighborhoods.
  • The UMB Community Engagement Center (CEC), adjacent to campus and almost seven times larger than the original CEC, is a unit of OCE that 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. Fourteen students from its first cohort entered college in fall 2022.
  • 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.


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.


  • School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students annually commit hundreds of hours doing community outreach in hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, and schools.
  • UMSOM’s Mini-Med School, Mini-Med School for Kids, and Seniors Medical Symposium provide hundreds of adults and children with tuition-free, faculty-led classes to improve health and well-being.
  • More than 140 School of Medicine faculty members who are University of Maryland Medical Center physicians were recognized as “Top Doctors” by Baltimore magazine in 2022.


  • The nurse’s clinic at Paul’s Place, a community outreach center in Southwest Baltimore, provided nursing services to 411 community members in 2021. As a result, the clinic connected 79 percent of Paul’s Place guests to affordable and accessible medical care. The clinic serves as a clinical placement for nursing students at UMB.
  • The UMB Community Engagement Center’s Health Suite, led by a School of Nursing faculty member, provides interprofessional public health interventions to improve wellness through health literacy, care coordination, and addressing social determinants of health for West Baltimore residents. Since opening in fall 2021, the health suite team has conducted more than 300 neighbor visits and helped over 425 neighbors become vaccinated against COVID-19.


  • Faculty and staff provide 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.
  • The school offers 10 academic programs with more than 1,200 students and has a research portfolio of $38.5 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 2022, 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:

  • 60 new patents awarded
  • 36 new license agreements
  • 10 new startup companies
  • 3 products based on UMB technology made it to the market

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

  • Abiomed made its first commercial sale of the Breethe OXY-1 System. 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 received an Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a pediatric clinical trial for its PUMA-G System, which allows for ultrasound-based placement of percutaneous gastrostomy feeding tubes.
  • GEn1E Lifesciences successfully completed a Phase 1 clinical trial for its lead compound, Gen-1124, which addresses acute respiratory distress syndrome, a devastating lung condition with no FDA approved treatment. Gen1E, a startup led by a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, is developing therapeutics for inflammatory and age-related diseases and has successfully licensed multiple UMB technologies.

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 locate in Baltimore City. Highlights include:

  • The Maryland Momentum Fund (MMF) is a $16 million early-stage venture fund that invests in University System of Maryland (USM)-affiliated companies. Since 2018, MMF has invested $10.6 million in 28 startups, including $2.3 million in co-investment from USM institutions. These companies have raised $91.1 million in matching funds from more than 150 unique co-investors. Five UMB-affiliated companies have received investment: NextStep Robotics, Secretome Therapeutics (formerly NeoProgen), Veralox, KaloCyte, and ARMR Systems.
  • The Baltimore Fund has encouraged the expansion and location of 62 entities in qualifying areas, creating or retaining more than 640 jobs since the program was established.
  • The Life Sciences IP Fund has assisted 24 early-stage technologies, including 11 device and 13 therapeutic technologies, in moving toward commercialization. Four new UMB startups — Isoprene Pharmaceuticals, Protaryx, GEn1E Lifesciences, and RenuBioMed — have been formed as a result of the program.
  • UMB’s New Ventures equity investment program has invested $1.4 million in 11 UMB startups, helping these companies obtain an additional $86.8 million of co- and follow-on funding.

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, Pharmaron, and BD.




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 November 2022. 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.