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University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland
University College
Seal of University of Maryland University College
Established 1947
Type Public university
President Javier Miyares
Provost Marie Cini
Academic staff
Undergraduates 68,996[1]
Postgraduates 17,475[1]
Location Adelphi, Maryland, United States
Campus 53 locations[2]
Colors Navy and Goldenrod          
Website .edu.umucwww

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an American public Maryland in the United States. UMUC offers classes and programs on campus in its Academic Center in Largo, and at satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

UMUC serves over 90,000 students worldwide and is one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world.[3] UMUC is open to all applicants with a 100 percent acceptance rate for undergraduate programs.[4] The university offers 120 academic programs in instructor-led and online classes, including bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.[5] UMUC is a member of the University System of Maryland, which includes eleven separate public universities in Maryland.[5]


  • History 1
    • University name 1.1
  • Academic and degree programs 2
    • Colleges and schools 2.1
      • Undergraduate 2.1.1
      • Graduate 2.1.2
  • Deployed Locations 3
    • Afghanistan 3.1
    • Djibouti 3.2
  • Campus and facilities 4
    • Headquarters/main campus 4.1
    • Academic buildings 4.2
    • Satellite campuses 4.3
      • Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area 4.3.1
      • Global locations 4.3.2
  • Student profile 5
  • Awards 6
  • Notable alumni 7
    • Academia 7.1
    • Arts and entertainment 7.2
    • Business 7.3
    • Government and public policy 7.4
    • Literature 7.5
    • Sports 7.6
    • Notable students 7.7
  • Notable faculty 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Inn & Conference Center

UMUC is an outgrowth of the evening program for adults at the University of Maryland that began in the 1920s. In 1947, the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) was established.[6] In 1959, The CSCS became the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). In 1970, UMUC became an independent institution, and it became a member of the University System of Maryland in 1988.[6]

UMUC formerly had an international campus in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany (near Stuttgart) until 2001. It also ran a 2-year residential campus in Munich, Germany from 1950 to 1992, which then moved to Augsburg, Germany from 1993 to 1994, and then to Mannheim, Germany in 1995 until it finally closed in 2005.[7] The residential campus offered a two-year Associate degree and mainly served high school graduate children of U.S. military and government personnel stationed in Europe.

UMUC offers courses on over 130 military installations at locations throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as in Asia.[6] In 2004, UMUC shared the ICDE Prize of Excellence from the International Council for Open and Distance Education.[8] In FY 2007, UMUC offered onsite classes in 22 countries throughout the world, enrolling 16,908 and 21,554 individual students, respectively, through its Asia and Europe divisions, including the Middle East.[9]

University name

UMUC is a college in the traditional American sense of the word, albeit one associated with a university—hence, "University College." The "University of Maryland" prefix indicates the historical entity to which the college belonged originally. In the university's name, "University College" represents "the specialized concentration on professional development," while "University of Maryland" represents the affiliation of the university with the University System of Maryland.[10] To American ears, the words "university" and "college" may sound synonymous, and "University College" would be redundant in its name. Among the collegiate universities of Europe, however, the practice of giving one college in the university the name "University College" is not uncommon. In England, for example, one of the 39 colleges of the University of Oxford is called University College, Oxford as well as University College London (UCL), part of the University of London.

When UMUC first opened in 1947, the school was named College of Special and Continuation Studies to distinguish it as an institution independent from the University of Maryland, College Park.[10] In 1953, Raymond Ehrensberger, chancellor of the institution at that time, wanted to change the name to something more meaningful and less cumbersome for people to say and remember. Early suggestions for the name included College of General Studies, College of Adult Education and University College.[10]

In 1959, Chancellor Ehrensberger persuaded the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents to change the name to University of Maryland University College. The name "University College" was adopted from the British university system to depict an educational institution offering "courses and programs from all academic departments outside the university's walls and normal class times."[10] Therefore, UMUC is not a division of the University of Maryland, College Park, but rather a separate institution within the University System of Maryland.

Academic and degree programs

UMUC is one of the largest providers of distance education in the United States.[3][11] Courses are delivered in traditional classroom settings, as well as online. Even before the advent of online education by way of the World Wide Web, UMUC was a distance education pioneer and offered distance learning using its WebTycho interface by way of dial-up access. UMUC later adopted the use of the Web for connectivity to its online classrooms, as well as using television and correspondence courses to deliver course content.

Colleges and schools

Student and Faculty Services Center
  • Undergraduate School
  • Graduate School


The Undergraduate School offers 32 bachelor's degree programs and 48 undergraduate certificates,[12] which are awarded in business management, computers/information technology, communications, criminal justice/legal studies, and social sciences.[13] Undergraduate students can earn credit through classroom-based and online courses or through the Cooperative Education and Prior Learning programs. The Undergraduate program serves as a continuation of the Community Colleges of Maryland and elsewhere. The Cooperative Education and Prior Learning programs offer an escalated degree option for education and training completed in the workplace or military. This program provides general education credits that can be applied towards a degree at UMUC.


The Graduate School offers 18 master's degree programs, 38 graduate certificates, and a Doctor of Management.[14] Most graduate programs are available in both classroom and online formats. Several master's degrees are available in an accelerated Executive format.

Deployed Locations

UMUC offers face-to-face courses and support in Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa. UMUC deploys both faculty members and staff members to bases throughout Afghanistan and at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti to support military personnel on those bases. UMUC has accompanied military personnel in downrange locations since the Army gave them clearance in 2005.


Currently, UMUC offers courses and services at the four main Army Education Centers, located in Bagram Air Field, Kabul (Camp Phoenix), Salerno and Kandahar. Bagram Air Field is the largest site in Afghanistan, with about 275 active enrollments each session, and up to twenty face-to-face courses. All four sites have collegiate professors and Field Representatives stationed on them to assist soldiers, airmen, Marines, and sailors with UMUC's programs and courses.

Field Representatives, commonly referred to as Field Reps, deploy with faculty members to help promote and facilitate UMUC's program at each site. Field Reps assist students with enrollment, tuition assistance, and textbook sales, as well as guidance and assistance with academic goals and careers. The Field Rep is also responsible for the local program, to include marketing and maintaining relationships with military personnel.

Faculty members assigned to a downrange location teach service members wherever they may be. Classroom space is limited in Afghanistan, and faculty members teach their classes anywhere they can, to include hangars, unit conference rooms, dining facilities, even chapels and picnic benches. Faculty members, known and referred to as instructors, also assist the Field Rep located where they are in assisting students and promoting classes and programs.


Classes are held at Camp Lemonnier on the Naval base in Djibouti City. Classes are taught by on site faculty members and can also be taught by military personnel who hold Master's or Doctoral degrees and have prior teaching experience. A full-time UMUC faculty member also serves as a counselor for students already enrolled in UMUC programs, and to those military members who would like to take classes. Most students at Lemonnier receive tuition assistance through military programs to support higher education for its members.

Campus and facilities

Headquarters/main campus

The headquarters for UMUC is located in Adelphi, Maryland near the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Until late 2000, the UMUC headquarters was listed in College Park, Maryland. In an attempt to establish its own identity as an independent university, UMUC changed its postal address to Adelphi, an unincorporated community that borders College Park. The address change with the U.S. Postal Service involved no physical move of people and facilities. The marketing decision to change its postal address was one of many undertaken by UMUC to distinguish the university as one of the largest distance-education centers, with over 90,000 students enrolled worldwide.

UMUC Inn & Conference Center by Marriott in Adelphi, Maryland

Academic buildings

  • Academic Center at Largo
  • Student & Faculty Services Center (SFSC) (Headquarters)
  • College Park Marriott

UMUC purchased for $38 million its new headquarters building in Largo, Maryland, which was once the headquarters site for Hechinger and corporate offices of Raytheon.[15] UMUC retrofitted its new headquarters to meet "green" building requirements for LEED certification.[15] UMUC followed the same process as it did to achieve LEED certification in 2005 for its Inn & Conference Center, which became the first hotel complex in the United States to achieve certification as a green building.[15][16]

UMUC began relocating its academic departments and offices to its new Academic Center at Largo in September 2009, and completed the process in 2010.[17] UMUC began offering on campus classes at its new Academic Center in the Spring 2010 semester.[17]

Satellite campuses

UMUC operates satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area

In the greater Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, daytime, evening and weekend classes are held at 21 locations, including holding many of its classes at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.[2] The satellite campuses offer varying academic services, including advising, computing, and library facilities (extensive library services are available to distance education students via the University's Information and Library Services department).

UMUC operates a facility in Dorsey, Maryland adjacent to the Dorsey MARC Train Station.[18] In partnership with Maryland community colleges and other University System of Maryland institutions, UMUC offers courses and degree programs at several higher education centers throughout the state. In conjunction with the College of Southern Maryland, it operates the Waldorf Center for Higher Education in Waldorf, Maryland.[19] A consortium of universities led by Anne Arundel Community College, including UMUC, operates a higher education center adjacent to Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, Maryland.[20] In addition, the University offers courses at the Universities at Shady Grove and University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, which are part of the University System of Maryland.

Global locations

In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, UMUC offers courses on military bases for service members, contractors, Federal employees, and their families.[21] In addition to distance learning via the Web, the university offers on-site, instructor-led classes at 130 overseas US military bases in 22 countries throughout the world.[6] Overseas instruction is coordinated through its European Division,[22] which covers USCENTCOM installations in the Middle East, and Asian[23] Divisions. UMUC divisional headquarters are located in Kaiserslautern, Germany (following the closure of United States Army Garrison Heidelberg) and on Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, respectively.[24][25]

Student profile

UMUC specializes in distance learning for adult, non-traditional students in Maryland, across the country, and around the world by operating satellite campuses and offering online instruction.[26] The university educates 50,000[2] active-duty service members at over 130 military installations.[27] In FY 2009, more than 30,000 Marylanders attended UMUC.[2] The USM Board of Regents predicts UMUC's enrollment will increase 48% by 2018.[2]

About three quarters of the undergraduate students attend part-time.[28] Over ninety-two percent of UMUC students are employed full-time.[29] The majority of undergraduate students are female.[28] The median age of stateside undergraduate students is 31.[2] Almost two-thirds of the graduate MBA students are married, half are female, and over a third are minorities.[30] Over a third of UMUC's stateside students were African-American, and this minority group earned over a third of the degrees awarded by the university.[2]


UMUC was ranked #1 in The Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list of top online and nontraditional schools. Military Times “Best for Vets” is one of the most respected and comprehensive rankings for veterans who are considering higher education. The publication looked at U.S. Department of Education statistics on student success and academic quality, as well as areas such as university culture, student support, and academic policies in evaluating hundreds of schools.

In 2011, UMUC received the Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), a not-for-profit organization founded to promote, encourage and deliver quality education to servicemembers and their families in all branches of the U.S. armed services. The Institution Award is given to a college or university that supplies quality education programs to the armed services. CCME selected UMUC due to its dedication, leadership and numerous accomplishments in providing quality, voluntary off-duty education programs.[31]

Notable alumni


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Rhonda Buckley Associate Dean at Michigan State University
Scheherazade Forman Dean of Student Development Services at [32]
James V. Green Director of the Hinman CEOs program at the University of Maryland, College Park [33]
Emmett Paige 1972 2002 Governor appointee to the Maryland Higher Education Commission [34]
Arthur Quinn Tyler Jr. 1978 Former president of Sacramento City College [35]

Arts and entertainment

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dale Dye United States Marine Corps retired captain and actor, most recently appearing in Larry Crowne [36]
Deanna McCray-James 2011, 2008, 2005 Mrs. District of Columbia America 2009, Mrs. Maryland United States 2005 [34]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Richard F. Blewitt Co-founder of public relations firm Rowan & Blewitt and Chief Executive Officer of The Blewitt Foundation [37][38]
Edward J. Blum Vice president of development and acquisitions for Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Robert Hastings Senior vice president of communications for Bell Helicopter [39][40]
Mark P. Huston Chief Operating Officer of Constellation Energy
Edward de Leon, MBA Director of Product Development for Discovery Education and Executive Producer of the children's television series, Assignment Discovery [41]
Kenneth Silva Senior Vice President for cyber strategy of ManTech International [42][43]
Robert Turner Vice President of Business Development Initiatives for Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions, a subsidiary of Spacenet [44]

Government and public policy

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Michael Tamburri 2015 Current member of the National Security Council - White House Situation Room
Jose Alvarado 1986 Educator and runner-up in the 2002 election for the 6th U.S. Congressional District of Texas [34]
Elizabeth Bobo Current member of the Maryland House of Delegates
Frank D. Boston Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates
David B. Buckley Inspector General for the Central Intelligence Agency [45]
Donald L. Carter Finance commissioner for the city of Frostburg [46]
Hakan Fidan Turkish National Intelligence Organization [47][48]
(in Turkish)
Dean Fujita 2010 Engineer of Engineering, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
Thomas E. Hutchins Former Maryland State Delegate for District 28 and former Secretary of the Maryland State Police
Vivek Kundra 2001 (MS) First Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States [49]
David Mitchell Current University of Maryland, College Park chief of police and former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security [50]
Robert R. Neall Former Maryland State Senator and State Delegate
Edward J. Perkins 19th United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Director of the Diplomatic Corps for the United States Department of State
James N. Robey 1979 State Senator, 13th District of Maryland [51]
Rory Respicio Democratic Majority Leader for the Legislature of Guam [52]
Peggy Sherry Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security [53][54]
Mary Rakow Tanner 1978 Former Deputy Director of the National Zoological Park [55]
Thom Tillis 1997 Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and United States Senator-Elect [56]
Joseph Tydings Former United States Attorney for Maryland
John William Vessey, Jr. 1963 Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired Army general [57]
Lee Whitnum Former candidate for the United States Senate, author [58]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ann Mohin 1976 Author of The Farm She Was [59]
Stephen Moore 1990 Music writer/critic, co-author of Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock and Hoop Tales: Maryland Terrapins Men's Basketball [35]
Stephen J. Walker 1999 Author of A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators [60]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ray Lewis 2004 former NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens [61]
Jalen Rose 2005 former NBA player [62]

Notable students

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Frederick H. Bealefeld III Former Baltimore police commissioner [63]
Barbara A. Frush Current Maryland State Delegate for District 21 [64]
George Wasson President of Meramec Community College [65]

Notable faculty

Name Department Notability Reference
Betsy Boze Senior Fellow at the AASCU
Jiří Březina Current geology professor
Barrie Ciliberti Former Maryland Delegate and dean at Bowie State University [66]
Eric B. Dent Mathematics Complexity theory expert
David Gaines American composer and advocate of Esperanto
Donald L. Graham District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Sharon G. Hadary Founding executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research and adjunct professor [67][68]
J. Greg Hanson Computer Science and Information Technology First Assistant Sergeant at Arms and Chief Information Officer of the United States Senate
Kalani Kirk Hausman Computer Science and Information Technology ISO, Senior Research Scientist for Cyberterrorism, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity; author of more than 25 books, including IT Architecture for Dummies [69]
Richard D. Kemp English / Creative Writing James A. Michener Fellow
Donna Leon Author of the Brunetti series, including Death at La Fenice [70]
Craig McNeil Criminal Justice Criminal justice lecturer and judge advocate
Patrick Mendis Public Policy & Trade Author of Trade for Peace and Commercial Providence [71]
Charlene R. Nunley Former president of Montgomery College, former member of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, and current professor [72]
Arnold Resnicoff Former U.S. Navy Chaplain and National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee
David P. Weber Accounting Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellow and former Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, and whistleblower, concerning the Bernard Madoff, Allen Stanford, and Cyber-compromise matters. [73][74]
Christopher Yavelow Composer


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External links

  • Official Website
  • UMUC Profile
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