University of Maryland--College Park

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College Park, MD 20742-5025

Phone: (301) 405-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 20
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#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Maryland--College Park is a public institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,487, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Maryland--College Park's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 62. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,162 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,348 (2013-14).

Located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the University of Maryland offers students a suburban lifestyle within easy reach of big-city experiences. The flagship campus in College Park, which has its own subway stop on the D.C.-area Metro transit system, is often considered a commuter school. Accordingly, freshmen do not have to live on campus. There are more than 800 clubs and organizations on campus, including about 35 fraternities and sororities that involve approximately 15 percent of the student population. Students looking for additional activities can visit the university's "Free Stuff @ Maryland" website, which offers a comprehensive listing of presentations, events and movie screenings with no admission charges. Sports also offer yearlong distractions. The Maryland Terrapins compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. The mascot, Testudo, is a Diamondback terrapin — a species of turtle that is the official state reptile. One of several Testudo sculptures on campus sits in front of McKeldin Library, and rubbing its nose is thought to bring good luck, particularly before exams.

The University of Maryland has a highly ranked graduate program in education and the noted A. James Clark School of Engineering, as well as well-regarded offerings through the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The university regularly earns accolades for its sustainable and clean energy initiatives, such as its plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and campus-wide efforts to compost dining hall waste. Famous Maryland alumni span the professional spectrum and include NASA scientist Charles Bennett, broadcast journalist Connie Chung and "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show" creator Jim Henson.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As the State's flagship, the University of Maryland (UMD) strives to bring students deeply into the process of discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. Whenever possible, hands-on research complements classroom instruction. Interdisciplinary collaborations facilitate the understanding of complex problems like cybersecurity and climate change, and international study and diversity help our graduates become global citizens. Its location inside Washington, D.C.'s Beltway, along with its own Metro stop, gives students numerous opportunities to work with neighboring federal agencies and labs, think tanks and foreign organizations.

The faculty includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and members of the National Academies. Students learn from world class experts and share classes with high-achieving students. In 2011, a team of students and faculty built the winning home in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, an elite international competition. In 2011, UMD students set a world record for human-powered helicopter flight. Student rotorcraft and robotics teams regularly take top national honors in competition.

Undergraduates select from more than 100 majors and 25 living-learning programs (an idea UMD helped pioneer). The Honors College challenges the most talented students in small seminars with like-minded classmates. The Federal Semester program combines targeted studies with internships that pair students and government policy-makers. Research partnerships with U.S. agencies, such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, NOAA, NASA, FDA and NIST, open additional internship opportunities. New strategic collaborations with the University of Maryland, Baltimore's five professional schools will boost educational opportunities, research and special combined degree programs.

UMD's entrepreneurial faculty provide leadership in pivotal fields such as climate change, national security, foreign languages, nanotechnology, advanced battery research, health care IT (a field that may revolutionize medical services), food safety and quantum physics (the lab, headed by a Nobel laureate, is one of the most advanced in the world). Since the 60's, researchers at UMD have partnered with NASA to conduct space missions, including Voyagers I and II and the recent pioneering Deep Impact missions to nearby comets. UMD researchers are heavily involved in the environmental and economic restoration of the nearby Chesapeake Bay.

Only nine miles (a short ride on Metro) from the White House, the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives, and near the metropolitan and educational attractions of Baltimore, the lush 1,250 acre campus mixes advanced labs and educational facilities with state-of-the-art recreational opportunities. With its 9,000 trees, UMD is designated an arboretum and botanical garden. The U.S. EPA has recognized UMD as one of the nation's most sustainable campuses.

For the past four years, UMD has been recognized for providing outstanding education at an affordable price. UMD's financial aid programs work overtime to maintain affordability: one provides a zero-debt-at-graduation opportunity for students from poverty-level circumstances, while another caps the accumulated debt at graduation for seniors from moderate income families.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $411,792,815


When applying to University of Maryland--College Park, it's important to note the application deadline is January 20, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due November 1. The application fee at University of Maryland--College Park is $65. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.8%
Application deadline January 20
SAT/ACT scores must be received by November 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Maryland--College Park is 18:1, and the school has 36.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Maryland--College Park include: Criminology; Accounting; Economics, General; Psychology, General; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminology 7%
Accounting 5%
Economics, General 5%
Psychology, General 5%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5%

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Student Life

University of Maryland--College Park has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,487, with a gender distribution of 52.9 percent male students and 47.1 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. University of Maryland--College Park is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 37,197
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Maryland--College Park offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. University of Maryland--College Park also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Maryland--College Park, 47 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Maryland--College Park.

Students who have cars on campus 47%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Maryland--College Park, 43.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,249.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,162 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,348 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,280 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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