UMBC provides a unique environment for students to earn a degree in Montgomery County at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Students transferring from regional community colleges or four year institutions will have access to UMBC’s best faculty, dynamic learning environment, and individualized advising without commuting to Baltimore. At USG, UMBC offers you the best of both worlds by providing our reputation in your backyard. A dynamic mix of talented, engaged and experienced professors teach students in small classroom sized-settings. Students complete their lower-level courses, including prerequisites and general education requirements and electives at a Maryland community college and their upper level requirements with UMBC-Shady Grove. Classes are taught by UMBC professors, and students receive a UMBC degree upon graduation.