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UMGC Recognized as a Minority Serving Institution

Liz Connolly-Bauman
By Liz Connolly-Bauman

Adelphi, Md. (Feb. 9, 2023)--University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has been  designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-Secondary Education.

“Each year, UMGC brings quality higher education within reach for thousands of students of color, many of whom come from low-income backgrounds and are the first in their families to attend college,” said UMGC President Gregory Fowler. “This designation acknowledges that critical component of our mission and allows us to pursue new grants and other opportunities that will fund further innovation and research into the technology, support, and resources needed for us to best serve minority students and position them for success.

“The designation also enhances a historic legacy at UMGC, where classes were integrated long before segregation was outlawed by the Supreme Court,” added Fowler.

The University currently enrolls some 24,000 African American students, 13,000 Latino students, 5,000 Asian students, and 15,000 students who self-identify as Native American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, multiracial or other.

In 2020, more than 50 percent of all UMGC degrees and certificates were granted to minority students, who comprise more than 50 percent of the university’s enrollment. The institution has focused on serving nontraditional learners for more than 75 years and remains committed to serving populations that have previously been underserved in higher education.

For more information about the Department of Education’s Office of Post-Secondary Education, please visit

About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 135 fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face programs and specializations. 

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education.

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 175 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and/or veterans.