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Rank: 43

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MDwww.umd.edu
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university, and thanks to some all-star faculty power, it's also one of the nation's top public research universities. The faculty roster boasts three Nobel laureates, a handful of Pulitzer Prize winners and, due to proximity to Washington D.C., leaders in major positions at federal agencies such as NASA and the National Institutes of Health. Like most large public universities, Maryland's academic offerings and expertise are vast. The school's more than 27,000 undergraduates can take advantage of its 12 colleges, over 90 undergraduate majors and more than 800 clubs (which include a board game group, a parkour and freerunning club, and the Maryland Magicians). Its graduation rate is about 85%, and Terrapins leave school with tools for success: They report early career earnings of about $60,000, according to PayScale. Notable alumni include writer-actor Larry David, journalist Gayle King, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and Muppets creator Jim Henson. There's even a statue of Kermit on campus. That's not the only light-hearted aspect of Maryland -- the school is also known as Flash Mob U, because students love a good dance break during basketball games.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$27,700
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,400
Average price for low-income students
$9,080
admissions
Acceptance rate
45%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
29,273
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
76%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit* grants
14%
Average merit grant
$6,919
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$60,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 20

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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