Guest Editorial: The University of Baltimore Peels “Traditional” Label off a University
By Jacqueline Prasai
March 13, 2017
The University of Baltimore (UB) was founded in 1925 as a private institution for business and law students. Over the years, UB transitioned into a four-year public undergraduate, graduate, and professional university. In 2014, Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore City and dean of Howard University School of Law, began as the 8th president of our institution. It is located in the center of Maryland’s Charm City, just across the street from Penn Station.
Unlike other big universities, UB is a close-knit school with a total enrollment of 5,600+ students and a student-faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The faculty members are mostly adjunct professors who are experts in their fields of teaching and provide students with not only textual knowledge but also real life practical experiences. Almost 80% of the students receive financial assistance making it affordable to the mass. At UB, our average age of students range as undergraduate-27, graduate-32, and law-28. We are proud to embrace the diversity that is critical to its role as an urban anchor institution. “UB students are the most hardworking people I have ever seen as some of them have a family, work full time jobs, and still dedicate time to earn a degree,” said Professor L. James, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Science.
Our campus is adjacent to Charles street which is considered Baltimore’s historic “main street.” We are surrounded by some of the best eateries in town eliminating the need for an on-campus dining hall. Students get to submerge themselves in numerous mid-town activities with attractions such as Druid Hill Park, The Lyric, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Artscape festival, and the inner harbor just minutes away from campus. Apart from the train station, commuting is easy with other forms of transportation like the light rail, MTA busses, Charm City Circulator, and the Metro Subway.
With the slogan, “Knowledge that Works,” UB allows students to have a flexible schedule providing both day and night classes. The University establishes a foundation for lifelong learning, personal development, and social responsibility. Max Lent, a junior studying Criminal Justice said: “I really like the fact that we have a career coaching service and various on-campus job interviews that boost my professionalism.”
Visit the University of Baltimore and submerge yourself in a unique urban vibe of receiving education. The Offices of Admission (Academic Center Room 177, 1420 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201) hosts campus tours every day except Sundays at 10:00am and 1:00pm. You can even contact (410.837.4777) them and schedule a tour at your convenience.
Jacqueline Prasai (firstname.lastname@example.org) received her undergraduate degree in Digital Communications from the University of Baltimore and currently works there as a PR specialist at the Office of University Relations.