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University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MDhttps://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 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 30,500 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). 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Undergraduate instruction is online for the first two weeks of the semester. The university plans to begin some in-person instruction in mid-September. Everyone returning to campus is required to take a coronavirus test.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$27,700
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,500
Average price for low-income students
$8,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
47%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/31
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
30,180
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
77%
% of need met
60%
% of students who get merit* grants
15%
Average merit grant
$5,940
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 5 years
$59,500
% earning more than $28,000
87%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Undergraduate instruction is online for the first two weeks of the semester. The university plans to begin some in-person instruction in mid-September. Everyone returning to campus is required to take a coronavirus test.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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