UMUC Opens New Academic Center at Quantico
UMUC at Quantico opened this week, bringing the nation’s largest public university even closer for northern Virginia residents.
The new academic center, located in the Quantico Corporate Center, will begin offering on-site classes in January 2013, focusing on in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology, security, criminal justice and management.
Conveniently located in North Stafford, one mile from Quantico Marine Corps Base and near I-95, UMUC at Quantico will offer students the benefits of a full-service academic center combined with UMUC's digital resources and online course catalog.
UMUC at Quantico builds on UMUC's rich history of serving military students that began in 1947 when UMUC began offering classes at the Pentagon. Today, more than half of the institutions' 92,000 worldwide students are active-duty servicemembers, reservists, veterans or their family members.
"UMUC at Quantico is yet another outstanding example of our profound commitment to military students," UMUC Acting President Javier Miyares said.
But UMUC at Quantico isn't just for members of the military. The off-base location welcomes civilians, working professionals and adult students from the surrounding community. UMUC has also streamlined the transfer process for students studying at nearby Germanna Community College and Northern Virginia Community College.
As a university designed for working professionals and busy adults, UMUC brings together students with experience and faculty practicing in the fields they teach. The curriculum is designed to be applicable in the real world, with programs tailored to the latest workplace trends, best practices and opportunities.
To meet the needs of the local workforce, UMUC at Quantico will offer undergraduate courses in cybersecurity, homeland security and criminal justice, as well as graduate courses in business administration, management and information technology.
UMUC offers student support services, such as advising, financial aid counseling and testing, at 150 locations, including more than 30 in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
The new academic center near Quantico encompasses three classrooms, a computer lab with 30 stations, a conference space for special events, a student lounge with a kitchen and a lobby with two additional computer stations and a reception area. Classes will be offered weekday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.
Students can tour the facility and meet with education coordinators to learn more about UMUC and get prepared for the spring semester.
"Our education coordinators are super advisors," said Kevin Holmes, the academic center's director. "They're versed in counseling a vast variety of students, both military and non-military, on topics from admissions to transferring credits, registering and exploring financial aid options."
Make an appointment to speak with an education coordinator today.