Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 75.01

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD http://www.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 two Nobel laureates, a handful of Pulitzer Prize winners and, due to the university’s 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 30,500 undergraduates can take advantage of its 12 colleges, about 100 undergraduate majors and more than 800 clubs (which include an Irish dance club, the Gamer Symphony Orchestra – the first collegiate ensemble that performs video game music – and Maryland Quidditch). Students can also try out for one of the university's 20 intercollegiate sports teams, including soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. 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 2022-2023
$28,600
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,600
Average price for low-income students
$6,070

Admissions

Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/32
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
29,910

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
62%
% of students who get merit grants
17%
Average merit grant
$5,840

Student Success

Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$19,500
Early career earnings
$71,840
% earning more than a high school grad
83%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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