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Facts at a Glance

View at-a-glance facts on UMGC, including number of students, locations, degree programs, and more.

Last updated October 7, 2022.

University System of Maryland Institution with Global Reach

  • In FY 2021, UMGC enrolled more students worldwide than any other four-year, degree-granting public university in the United States. (Calculated by comparing UMGC FY 2021 worldwide unduplicated headcount number with headcounts of all other public four-year degree-granting institutions, as reported by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, known as IPEDS.)
  • In FY 2022, UMGC's overseas divisions offered on-site classes in more than 20 countries and territories throughout the world, enrolling more than 21,000 individual students in undergraduate and graduate programs in Asia and Europe.

Leader in Online Education

  • In FY 2022, UMGC had more than 305,000 worldwide online course enrollments.
  • Currently, UMGC offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, most of which can be completed entirely online.
  • In FY 2022, UMGC offered 926 distinct courses online.

Academic Affiliations and Designations

  • UMGC is approved and validated by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Program Management Office as a Center for Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in cybersecurity education. This recognition exhibits UMGC’s ability to meet the increasing demands of  contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. Additionally, UMGC has been designated a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) based on a well-rounded digital forensics curriculum, offering knowledge domains in legal and ethics, investigative processes, network forensics, program and software forensics, quality assurance, and more.

EC-Council Academic Partner of the Year

  • UMGC was selected for the "2021 Academic Partner of the Year" Award by EC-Council. The Academic Partner of the Year Award is a very high honor within the EC-Council and cybersecurity communities, which has over 1,000 academic partners.

Technical Competition Teams

  • In 2022, UMGC’s new e-sports varsity team began competing in 2x2 tournaments like Rocket League, Apex Legends, and Warzone. Since forming in 2005, the UMGC Cyber Competition team  is one of the longest running teams at the university and placed first in the 2021 capture the flag (CTF) tournament. Additionally, since 2017 UMGC’s Data Competition Team has competed internationally since 2017, and has consistently earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their competitions.

Maryland Institution Addressing Maryland's Needs

  • UMGC has alliance agreements with all 16 Maryland community colleges that include more than 223 program articulations.
  • UMGC is the largest recipient of Maryland community college transfer students among other USM institutions.
  • In FY 2022, UMGC served more than 32,000 Marylanders.
  • In FY 2022, UMGC offered on-site instruction at more than 20 locations in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.
  • Maryland residents represented 40 percent of UMGC's fall 2022 enrolled students.

Minority Student Access Provider

  • UMGC enrolls more African American students than any of the four Maryland historically black colleges and universities. In fall 2021, 28 percent of UMGC's students were African American; minority students constituted 54 percent of the total enrollment.
  • In FY 2022, 36 percent of the master's degrees UMGC conferred were awarded to African American students; 29 percent of all degrees and certificates at UMGC were awarded to African American students.

Working Adult Education Provider

  • In fall 2021, approximately 79 percent of undergraduate students enrolled in UMGC's programs were working full-time.
  • About 35 percent of UMGC students are employed and have children.
  • In fall 2021, the average age for students enrolled in UMGC's undergraduate programs was 31.

History of Educating the Military

  • In 1949, UMGC answered the U.S. Department of Defense call to teach American troops stationed in post WWII Europe; in 1956, in Asia; in 2005, in the Middle East.
  • UMGC faculty have taught in war zones including Vietnam, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
  • UMGC operates on U.S. military installations in 20+ countries and territories under three contracts: Europe, Asia, and Middle East.
  • In FY 2022, UMGC enrolled over 53,000 active-duty military, reservist, dependent, and veteran students.
  • Currently, UMGC offers courses and/or services at more than 175 worldwide locations..
  • UMGC has once again been recognized as first among online universities in the 2022 Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges survey.  In addition, UMGC placed fourth among public universities and fifth overall among the 300 universities that participated in the rankings.