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The UMBC style guide and graphics manual is a collection of guidelines for correct use of the university name and visual identity, as well as punctuation and grammar, in print, electronic, and social media communications at UMBC.

Text Guide

The text style guide was developed by the Office of Institutional Advancement to promote consistency in text prepared by UMBC departments and offices. Sources include the Associated Press Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style, and the Purdue University Writing Lab.

Graphics Guide

Because no manual can address every communications question, please read our frequently asked questions or contact our creative services staff.

By downloading the letterhead template, UMBC faculty and staff can create correspondence that can be printed out or sent electronically as an attachment. The PowerPoint template provides a standardized presentation format. The UMBC logo downloads include several approved versions for other applications.

Social Media Guide

Following best practices can help social media users maintain a successful online presence and avoid potentially serious pitfalls. Visit the Social Media Guide for all you need to get started as a social media user, including best practices, rules for photography and fair use, and more.