UB By the Numbers
After only 301 days of construction, the Varsity—a luxury, all-student housing facility at the corner of Biddle Street and Maryland Avenue—opened in time for the fall semester. Of its 301 residents (a pure numerical coincidence), 85 percent are UB students (the Varsity is available to any student from any institution), and 77 percent of these UB residents are new to the University this year.
When the British burned Washington, D.C., in 1814 (during the War of 1812), then-President James Madison fled the capital and sought shelter for his government. He was welcomed in the Quaker town of Brookeville, Md., where students in the accelerated course HIST 383: Community History conducted original research this past summer. They developed mini-histories about the town as they worked in archives, met and collaborated with historians, and contributed to a public-history project.
Marking the fifth time since the Corporation for National and Community Service launched its list of exemplary institutions in 2006, UB has been included on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. According to the corporation’s website, the list annually recognizes “institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.”
UB’s done it again: This year, we welcomed 6,569 students to campus, marking an increase of 121 students from fall 2011 and setting a new enrollment record for the University. This headcount includes 3,426 undergraduates, 2,031 graduate students and 1,112 law students. UB’s newest population, its ever-expanding freshman class, grew 38 percent from fall 2011 to a total of 264 students.
Between this fall and next, UB will introduce three new degree programs: an M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security (launched fall 2012), a B.A. in Digital Communication and an M.S. in Innovation Management and Technology Commercialization (both to come). In addition, UB’s M.S. in Human Services Administration is now offered at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.
When UB alumni give back to the University, they offer their time, energy and passion in addition to providing financial support. During Fiscal Year 2012, 170 alumni volunteered to help out with initiatives like Backpack to Briefcase, provided career mentorship through programs like Savor UB and offered leadership to various boards and advisory councils. Interested in getting involved? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 410.837.6131.
Through a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Retirement Transitions, UB has received $100,000 to help retired faculty members travel to conferences and receive assistance from human resources professionals. UB was one of 15 institutions nationwide recognized by the American Council on Education and the Sloan Foundation.
Requests for membership in UB’s Professional Development Institute have been overwhelming. The newest element of the recently renamed Career and Professional Development Center, the institute matches students with faculty, staff and alumni mentors to discuss career goals and develop professional plans. For the fall semester, the institute received 130 applications from prospective mentees for 80 slots. (The institute accommodated 93 students.)
To help meet demand, the institute is recruiting alumni mentors. To learn more about participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410.837.5440.
In its new 2013 America’s Best Colleges guide, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Baltimore among the top 25 (at No. 23, if you’re counting) public universities in the northern region. Ranking criteria include student retention and graduation, faculty resources, peer assessment and financial resources.