The University of Baltimore is a public institution of higher education located in Baltimore, Maryland. The University traces its roots back to 1925 when it began as a private night School of Law and College of Business Administration. In 1937 a junior college was added to the school and in 1975 the college became a public institution under the Board of Trustees of State Universities and College and the structure of the college shifted to that of an upper-division undergraduate and master’s-level institution, in which only third and fourth year undergraduate students and students pursuing post-graduate course work could enroll. 1988 saw the University of Baltimore joined to the University System of Maryland (formerly called the University of Maryland System) and in 2007 the University’s focus shifted as it returned to offering four-year undergraduate education due to the increase in demand for an accessible, high-quality public education opportunity.
Academic ProgramsThe mission of the University of Baltimore is to provide an “innovative education in business, public affairs, the applied liberal arts and sciences, and law to serve the needs of a diverse population in an urban setting.” The University’s mission statement continues, “the University of Baltimore offers excellent teaching and a supportive community for undergraduate, graduate and professional students in an environment distinguished by academic research and public service.” The University of Baltimore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1971.
The University of Baltimore offers both undergraduate and graduate-level programs which are made available through the University’s four colleges and schools: the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the School of Law, and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences. The University offers a flexible schedule plan which includes day, evening, weekend, and online classes, making education highly accessible to its students.
Student LifeThe University of Baltimore has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including nearly 3,500 undergraduate students. The University of Baltimore’s campus is located one mile away from Baltimore’s downtown area and right in the middle of the city’s vibrant cultural district which features theatres, museums, an opera house, and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Penn Station is located right across the street from the University of Baltimore’s campus, providing students with a convenient form of transportation and easy access to the surrounding areas.
Diversity is a major focus of the University of Baltimore and the University holds a commitment to “maintaining an inclusive community in which diversity – in all forms – is respected and embraced.” More than 90 student-led clubs and organizations are recognized on the University’s campus and opportunities exist for students in recreation and competitive sports, in the performing arts, as well as community engagement. The University of Baltimore’s campus is home to a high percentage of students and several on-campus apartments provide students with a variety of housing options.