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R1 Classification: The Region as a Research Powerhouse

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) joins two other Research 1 (R1) institutions driving research and innovation in the Greater Baltimore region: The Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland. This is the highest and most coveted ranking of higher education research institutions as classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Complimenting this month’s feature of UMBC in Greater Perspective, a snapshot of the Region’s other R1 institutions and their prioritization of research follows in this month’s Spotlight.

Johns Hopkins University

Founded in 1876, The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is the nation’s very first research university. Researchers within JHU’s nine academic divisions and their Applied Physics Laboratory have made the university number one in federal research and development funding every year since 1979. There are approximately 32k undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at JHU, and it is estimated that about two-thirds of undergraduate students engage in some form of research. 

The university’s faculty continue to be recognized for groundbreaking research with awards including the Nobel Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Medal of Science, Pulitzer Prize, and membership to prestigious organizations such as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Johns Hopkins University research programs and academics produce pioneering investigations and world-class results.

Explore research at JHU:

University of Maryland

University of Maryland (UM) research is driving groundbreaking discoveries that impact the lives of people in the Region, state and beyond. Key areas of research for the university include quantum science, AI and data science, climate change and health.

Faculty at UM schools and colleges develop innovative, research-driven solutions to critically important national and international challenges, and include among their ranks Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and membership in the National Academies. Nearly 40k undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park flagship institution, which currently ranks 10th among public institutions for research and development spending.

Learn more about key research initiatives and explore recent headline-making news from UM here:

Access the full EAGB February 2022 Region On Point newsletter here.


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