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University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD
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.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

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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