We're adopting a new name to better communicate our commitment to bringing higher education to working adults no matter where life takes them. And, if you ask us, the new name sounds a whole lot better, too. University of Maryland University College is now University of Maryland Global Campus.
"The name University of Maryland Global Campus affirms both our roots as a respected public institution in the state of Maryland and our global footprint," UMGC President Javier Miyares said.
What the Change Means
In April, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation approving the change, which officially went into effect on July 1, 2019. The university’s name change has no effect on its status as a respected state university and member of the University System of Maryland. This fall, you'll see the rollout of the new name in various university materials, including our website. Technical changes will continue into 2020.
Our History and Global Footprint
Our roots stretch back more than 70 years to a time when we were first established in 1947 and began making higher education more accessible for working adults, many of whom were servicemembers and veterans returning from World War II. In 1949, our global tradition began when we became the first university to send professors overseas to teach active-duty servicemembers stationed in Europe. Today, we continue that tradition with classes offered online and in more than 20 countries around the world.
"From its founding in 1947, UMUC has been a leader and pioneer in adult higher education and a particular source of pride to Marylanders for its history of service to the U.S. military around the world," Gov. Hogan said at the bill signing in April. "This new name reflects the institution's established standing as a global leader in adult higher education, its impact as an innovator and early adopter of online education, and its focus on helping Maryland build its highly skilled workforce through affordable, accessible, and career-relevant academic programs."
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