Best Universities & Colleges in Maryland for 2024

These are the 24 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Maryland. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Maryland

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Maryland to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

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  • Bowie State University Seal

    Bowie State University

    Bowie, Maryland

    Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland
    • 5,430 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 39% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,671 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Bowie State is a Public university which had its beginnings in early 1865 as a school in Baltimore. It was a time when the colored people lacked educational opportunities and so a 46 member group called Baltimore Association for the Moral and Educational Improvement of the Colored People consisting of professionals and religious leaders was formed in 1864 and the first school was founded a year later. Later it was put under the authority of Board of Education and made into a Normal School. It was in 1988, after more than 100 years that the college transitioned into a university.

    At present, it is based in Bowie, Maryland and is part of the University System of Maryland, becoming the oldest historically black university in the city. For its endeavours to educate its people, the university has been recognised for its excellence in STEM disciplines and became one of the six national institutes to be honoured with an award.

    A complete campus life is provided to students at Bowie State University to extend their experience beyond the classrooms. There are 90 and above student clubs and organisations to choose from and pursue their interests. There are Greek societies as well. Students are well ensured of their safety, health, wellness and other matters pertaining to their time at the campus. Besides, the university provides highly advanced research facilities including FlexPod and a satellite operations control center co operated with NASA. There are similar facilities for those having interest in arts, Steinway Fine and Performing Arts Center equipped for music production and digital arts. There are athletic teams, which participate at the NCAA Division II.

    Bowie State’s academic programs consist of Bachelor’s programs with 22 majors, 19 Master’s programs and two Doctoral programs. It also offers 13 post baccalaureate certificate programs and one post-master’s certificate. Its notable facility is the Thurgood Marshall Library.

    Bowie State School Facts

    • Years Estd.January 9, 1865 (1865-01-09)
    • NicknameBulldogs and Lady Bulldogs
    • Motto"Prepare For Life"
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Bowie State Alumni

    • Joanne C Benson

      Politics & Law

      Maryland State Delegate

    • Gwendolyn T. Britt

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Maryland State Senate

    • Isaac Redman

      Professional Sports

      Former NFL running back for Pittsburgh Steelers

    • Henry Frazier, III

      Professional Sports

      Formerly served as the Head football coach at Bowie State University, Prairie View A&M University and North Carolina Central University

    • Towanda Braxton

      Entertainment & Arts

      Singer, Songwriter and member of the singing group 'The Braxtons'

  • Capitol Technology University Seal

    Capitol Technology University

    Laurel, Maryland

    • 804 Total Students
    • 97% Acceptance Rate
    • 24% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 358 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private and not for profit higher education institute, Capitol traces its journey to Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, which was founded by Eugene H. Rietzke in 1927. A radio operator himself and a Navy Veteran, Rietzke realised the need for formal education institute for radio and electronics technicians. With popularity in its programs and in post WWII era, the institute opted to expand its programs to include more applied engineering and electronics.

    Receiving accreditation for its programs, and expanding as per growth in its student population, the college made its settlement in Laurel, Maryland. It became a college as it added other academic discipline and with addition of Doctoral programs eventually became Capitol Technology University in 2014.

    With its focus on academic and equipping students with practical skill experience, the campus life is strictly dedicated to becoming an intellectual space for students through every opportunity. Students are introduced around the campus life through New Student Orientation. Further ahead there are student organisations and Honor Societies designed for social interactions but also learning different skills. Fun is added through intramural sports or events such as Casino nights, Spring Fling, barbecues and more. On the other hand, for a complete immersion in academic and career development, the institute has corporate partners bringing experts and professionals closer to students for enhanced student experience. There are also affiliations with organisations and affiliates such as Technology Council of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and more. The official colors are Red and Black.

    The academic offerings at Capitol cover 13 undergraduate areas of study, offers seven master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees. . It also offers Summer Camps for high schools students with opportunity to learn about cyber security or programming. Its notable facility is the John G. and Beverly A. Puente Library.

    Capitol School Facts

    • Years Estd.1927
    • MottoAut viam inveniam aut faciam.
    • Motto Eng."Either find a way or make one."
    • ColorsRed Black
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Coppin State University Seal

    Coppin State University

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 3,108 Total Students
    • 37% Acceptance Rate
    • 16% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,453 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    CSU is a public liberal arts university that began its journey as Colored High School in the year 1900 when it was founded.  Initially it was founded to provide one year elementary teacher training program for the African Americans by the Baltimore City School Board. However it quickly expanded to providing two year education and by 1938 was granting bachelor’s degree and offering four year education.

    It became part of the University System of Maryland in 1988 and adopted its university status and present name in 2004. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Coppin State University has continued to be the stepping stone for its students towards achieving success and excellence in their life. The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

    Offering an extensive campus life for the students, CSU has Office of Student Activities and Leadership which is responsible for every activity on campus. It operates Student Government Association, which is student body representation and works for student rights on campus. There is also Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) which sponsors and plans entertainment and events throughout the year. These events include Holiday Social and Grown & Sophisticated Social, Homecoming, I Love Coppin Week, Comedy Shows etc. Furthermore, there over 30 student-led clubs and organisations which further serve as social units and collaborative spaces. There is also Greek Life and the Royal Court on campus.  For students wishing to learn and acquire leadership skills and duties find these many organisations at CSU but are also provided with formal workshops, seminars, collaboration with community leaders through the Charles B. Wright Leadership Institute. There are university athletic teams, ‘Eagles’ which take part in NCAA Division I. The campus colors are Reflex Blue and Antique Gold, and the mascot is ‘Eagle’.

    Academic programs include over 30 Bachelors program, with 26 minors and three certificates. There are also 11 Master’s programs, and one Doctorate program. Its prominent facility is the Parlett L. Moore Library.

    CSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1900
    • NicknameEagles
    • MottoNurturing Potential... Transforming Lives
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous CSU Alumni

    • Damon Elliott

      Entertainment & Arts

      Music and film producer; also CEO of an independent record label

    • Jean Hill

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actress in Desperate Living, Polyester, and A Dirty Shame

    • Bishop L. Robinson

      Politics & Law

      Police Commissioner of Baltimore City, from 1984 to 1987, First African American to do so

    • Margaret "Peggy" Murphy

      Politics & Law

      First black woman to chair the Baltimore City Delegation

    • Verda Welcome

      Education & Advocacy

      Politician and educator from Maryland

    • Tywain McKee

      Professional Sports

      Professional basketball player in Australia for the Wollongong Hawks

    • Raheem DeVaughn

      Entertainment & Arts

      R&B and Neo-Soul artist

  • Frostburg State University Seal

    Frostburg State University

    Frostburg, Maryland

    Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland
    • 5,756 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 38% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,913 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Frostburg state university (FSU) is a public university located in the city of Frostburg, Maryland State. It is the only four-educational institute in the University System of Maryland. It was established by the Governor of Maryland Lloyed Lowends in 1898. The state board of education chose the location of the university because it was the best opportunity that did not cost the state. Construction of the first building for the university, old main, began in 1899. Initially, FSU aimed at training teachers for public schools in the state. The university started its first class with 57 students in 1902 and two years later, the first eight graduates completed their studies receiving a diploma and teaching certificate.  In 1935, the university expanded its program to four years granting Bachelor of Science in elementary education and was named Frostburg State Teachers College. Twenty five years later, FSU got approval to offer Master’s of education and Bachelor of Arts degrees. It was renamed three years later as Frostburg State College before getting its current name in 1987. The university offered its first doctoral degree in 2012.

    The university campus covers 260 acres providing prominent facilities for the students both for educational and extracurricular activities. This includes Harold J. Cordts physical education center that includes the Bobcat arena, the Bobcat Natatorium, Bob Wells field, the Cordts Tennis complex and The Bobcat Stadium. Music facilities include Pealer Recital Hall that can host 458 people. The university operates an associated campus and educational center in Hagerstown within University System of Maryland.

    FSU has three colleges offering 48 undergraduate programs, 14 master’s programs and a doctoral degree in education. Some of these programs are inter-college programs. Many programs offered by the university are nationally accredited. Among the most prominent programs are the Adventure Sports concentration offered in collaboration with Garrett College and the Ethnobotany program which is one of only two programs in US focusing on the traditional use of plants.

    FSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1898
    • NicknameBobcats
    • MascotBob Cat
    • Motto"One University. A World of Experiences."
    • ColorsRed, Black, and White
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III, CAC, Empire 8
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FSU Alumni

    • Richard Robert Arnold II

      Science & Medicine

      NASA astronaut

    • John N. Bambacus

      Politics & Law

      former state senator and mayor of Frostburg

    • James Wolcott

      Entertainment & Arts

      journalist and critic for Vanity Fair magazine

    • Gregory Thomas Garcia

      Entertainment & Arts

      writer, TV producer and Emmy award winner

    • Jim Riggleman

      Business & Industry

      former manager of Washington Nationals

  • Goucher College Seal

    Goucher College

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 2,141 Total Students
    • 77% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,576 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Goucher College is a private coeducational higher education institute of liberal arts found in Baltimore, Maryland. Establishment of the school dates back to 1881 when the Baltimore Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church agreed on establishing a conference seminary. However, in 1884, Bishop Andrews considered that establishing a seminary is not satisfactory and called for establishing a college instead. At a later conference, John Franklin Goucher and John B. Van Meter succeeded in getting approval to establish a college known as the Baltimore Female College. The school got its current name in 1910 in honor of its founder John Goucher. It was then one of only six class I colleges for women in U.S.

    The college campus covers 287-acre piece of land separated from downtown Towson by the surrounding woods owned by the college. The woods features hiking and riding tracks which was described by Newsweek magazine as “unusually bucolic”. The campus is roughly divided into two halves with the academic buildings in the northern half and the residential buildings in the southern part. The campus includes several distinctive buildings including Welsh residence hall and the Athenaeum which was built in 2009 containing a modern library. Most of the buildings are made of Butler stone which is tan colored. The athletic teams of the college compete in NCAA Division III and the Landmark Conference. Its official colors are blue and gold while its mascot is Gopher.

    The college offers 48 undergraduate programs, 10 master’s degree programs from Welch Center for graduate studies in addition to certificate programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and it has been ranked 105 among national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

    Goucher School Facts

    • Years Estd.1885
    • MascotGopher
    • MottoGratia et Veritas (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Grace and Truth
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationMaryland
    • Athletics17 varsity teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Goucher Alumni

    • Mildred Dunnock

      Entertainment & Arts

      actress nominated for Oscar

    • Helen C. Harrison

      Science & Medicine

      winner of the John Howland Award and the E. Mead Johnson Award

    • Karen S. Haynes

      Science & Medicine

      chairman of California State University

    • Elsie Shutt

      Business & Industry

      first woman to start software business

    • Lucé Vela

      Politics & Law

      first lady of Puerto Rico

  • Hood College Seal

    Hood College

    Frederick, Maryland

    • 2,289 Total Students
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,636 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Hood College is a co-educational liberal arts college located in Frederick, Maryland, which is northwest of Washington, DC and 50 miles west of Baltimore. The college was founded in 1893 by the Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church as the Women’s College of Frederick. The college was officially authorized in 1897, aiming at establishing a college for the promotion and development of women, cultivation and diffusion of Science, Arts and Literature. The college was established as all-women institute and on the other hand, the Potomac Synod made a decision to convert the coeducational Mercersburg College into the all-male Mercersburg Academy. The name of the college was changed in 1913 to Hood College in honor of its generous benefactor, Margaret Scholl Hood, who donated the land on which Hood’s campus was established in the northwest region of the city. Hood remained an all-female college to 1971, when it became a co-educational college.

    The college campus covers 50 acres in a rural area. Its official colors are blue and grey. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the Blazers. Hood became a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1984 and joined Division III Chesapeake Women’s Athletic Conference (CWAC). After banning the CWAC, Hood joined Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference in 1990. Sixteen years later, Hood joined the Capital Athletic Conference in 2006. There are several traditions characteristics to the college as Class banners, Columns So Fair, Dinks, The Pergola and Policies for Dollars.

    The education in Hood College depends on the belief that the successful career with purposeful lives comes from a balanced study between general liberal arts education and specialized careers preparation. Hood grants 33 undergraduate majors, 30 concentrations within the majors and 50 minors, and 17 master’s degrees. Hood was ranked 26th in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 edition of Best Colleges in the northern region.

    Hood School Facts

    • Years Estd.1893
    • NicknameBlazers
    • MascotBlaze
    • MottoCorde et Mente et Manu
    • Motto Eng.With Heart and Mind and Hand
    • ColorsBlue and Grey
    • LocationMaryland
    • Athletics21 Varsity TeamsMiddle Atlantic ConferencesNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Hood Alumni

    • Beverly Byron

      Politics & Law

      US congresswoman, 1964

    • David Gallaher

      Entertainment & Arts

      Graphic novelist and children's book author

    • Lois Jarman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Children's book author

    • Beryl Pfizer

      Entertainment & Arts

      Producer of NBC News

    • Laura Lee Miller

      Business & Industry

      President of Vera Wang Licensing

    • Sophie Kerr

      Entertainment & Arts

      Journalist, novelist, and playwright

  • Johns Hopkins University Seal

    Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 22,686 Total Students
    • 14% Acceptance Rate
    • 38% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 25,474 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    John Hopkins University is a private research university established in 1876. The university was named after the American philanthropist and entrepreneur Johns Hopkins who was the first benefactor to donate $7,000,000 which is currently equivalent to 140,000,000$, to the university to establish the John Hopkins Hospital. The University followed the model of the Heidelberg Ancient University in Germany. John Hopkins was the first research university to be established in the United States. In 1878, the university established its press which is currently the oldest continuously operating university press. The university established its hospital in 1889 and its medical school in 1893 which soon gained world reputation and attracted scholars from around the world. In 1909, the university started its continuing education program among the first colleges to take that decision in US. In 1915, the university started moving to its campus in Baltimore that was known as Homewood. In the following year, the university established the first school of public health.

    The University main campus occupies around 140 acres. The first building to be established on campus was Gilman Hall which is currently the flagship building. Other distinctive buildings and places include the public Wyman Park, Wyman Park Dell, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and Homewood House. The university has several other campuses in Maryland and Washington D.C. as the East Baltimore, Downtown Baltimore, and Columbia campuses. Hopkins also has several international centers as The SAIS Bologna Center in Italy, The SAIS Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in China and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. The official colors of the university are Hopkins blue, white and black while its mascot is called Blue Jay. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I.

    The University is divided into 10 schools and institutes including Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Carey Business School, Whiting School of Engineering and Peabody Institute. It offers around 240 programs. John Hopkins has been consistently ranked among top 20 university globally by ARWU, QS, Times and U.S. News & World Report.

    Johns Hopkins School Facts

    • Years Estd.1876 (1876)
    • NicknameBlue Jays
    • MascotBlue Jay
    • MottoVeritas vos liberabit (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.The Truth Shall Set You Free
    • ColorsHopkins Blue, White, and Black
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIICentennial ConferenceNCAA Division IBig Ten Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Johns Hopkins Alumni

    • Adam Riess

      Science & Medicine

      2011 Physics Nobel Prize Laureate

    • Richard Axel

      Science & Medicine

      2004 Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine

    • Michael Griffin

      Science & Medicine

      former NASA administrator

    • Michael E. Thomas

      Education & Advocacy

      former acting president of Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Sanju Bansal

      Business & Industry

      cofounder of MicroStrategy

    • Jeong H. Kim

      Business & Industry

      Former president of Bell Labs

  • Loyola University Maryland Seal

    Loyola University Maryland

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 6,050 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 12% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 13,867 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Loyola University Maryland is a Roman Catholic private Jesuit university located in Baltimore, Maryland within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The college was established in 1852 by John Early and eight other members of the Society of Jesus as an institute for males only. It was named in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The college originally operated in two large townhouses before moving three years later to a new building in the historic neighborhood of Mount Vernon-Belvedere. The college finally moved to its current campus in north Baltimore in 1922. Evening classes started twenty years later and graduate classes started in 1949. In 1950, the college received the Sidney Hollander Award for its contribution to the establishment of civil and political rights for African Americans in Maryland. Loyola became a coeducational institute in 1971 after it merged with the neighboring women institute, Mount Saint Agnes College. Loyola finally achieved the university status in 2009.

    Loyola Evergreen campus covers 79 acres with several distinctive buildings as the Tudor-style Humanities Center, Xavier Hall, the Donnelly Science Center, Beatty Hall, Jenkins Hall, Newman Towers, Campion Tower, and Seton Court. Loyola is also known for a number of unique traditions including Loyolapalooza, Bull & Oyster Roast, Midnight Breakfast, the Fall Football Classic and Fall Concert. The official colors of the campus are green and grey while its mascot is called Greyhound. Its athletic teams compete in the NCAA’s Division I.

    The University is divided into three schools including Loyola College and the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The school of business of the college has achieved several rankings. For example, it was ranked 2nd in the US for its undergraduate Business Law program according to Businessweek.

    Loyola School Facts

    • Years Estd.1852
    • NicknameGreyhounds
    • MascotGreyhound
    • MottoStrong Truths Well Lived
    • ColorsGreen & Gray
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IPatriot League
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • McDaniel College Seal

    McDaniel College

    Westminster, Maryland

    McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland
    • 3,003 Total Students
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,864 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    McDaniel College is a four year private college located in Westminster, Maryland. The college was founded in 1867 under the name of Western Maryland College after the Western Maryland Railroad whose president was also the chairman of the college. The college was among the first coeducational institute in the US following a non-discrimination policy accepting students regardless of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin. Since its establishment the college was voluntary affiliated to the Methodist Protestant which continued till 1974 when the affiliation was terminated as it contradicted with conditions for state funds. In 1994, the college established a branch campus called McDaniel College Budapest which was established with the support of College International Budapest. The name of the college was changed in 2002 to its current name in honor of an alumnus who dedicated his life to serve the college.

    The college campus covers 160 acres offering several distinctive buildings as Albert Norman Ward Hall, Blanche Ward Hall, Carroll Hall, Daniel MacLea Hall, Dean’s Cottage, Decker College Center, Eaton Hall, Elderdice Hall, Englar Dining Hall, Harlow Pool, Forlines House, Gill Center, Merritt Fitness, Klitzberg Pavilion, Gill Gymnasium, Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, Harrison House, Hill Hall, Hoover Library, Lewis Recitation Hall, Lewis Hall of Science and Decker Auditorium. In 1954, the college established Baker Memorial Chapel that was named in honor of W.G. Baker, Joseph D. Baker, Daniel Baker, and Sarah Baker. The official colors of the college are green and gold while its mascot is called Green Terror. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Centennial Conference.

    The college is divided into 25 departments offering around 70 programs in addition to around 20 graduate programs. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

    McDaniel School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867
    • MascotGreen Terror
    • MottoE Tenebris in Lucem Voco (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.I call you out of darkness into light
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III Centennial
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous McDaniel Alumni

    • Nick Campofreda

      Professional Sports

      NFL player

    • Whittaker Chambers

      Politics & Law

      Spy and central witness in the Alger Hiss Case

    • Alonzo G. Decker

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder of tool manufacturer Black and Decker

    • Stephen Spinelli

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Philadelphia University

    • Wendy Ruderman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist of the Philadelphia Daily News

  • Maryland Institute College of Art Seal

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 2,197 Total Students
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 9 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,818 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Maryland Institute College of Art is an art design college located in Baltimore, Maryland. The college was among the first colleges established in the U.S. as it started in 1826. It was initially named Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. In 1835, the college stopped operating as its properties were completely destroyed and the institute was almost dissolved. The college continued operating in 1848 in rented space over the downtown Baltimore branch of the U.S. Post Office Department in the “Merchants Exchange”. In 1870, the day school of the institute became coeducational. In 1852, the college hosted both of the National political party conventions to nominate presidential candidates of of the Whig Party and the Democratic Party. During the American Civil War, the institute participated as an armory for the Union and a hospital for soldiers wounded at the Battle of Antietam. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech entitled the “Baltimore Address” in the Great Hall. In 1904, the institute burned completely along with 1500 buildings in downtown Baltimore during the Great Baltimore Fire. The new buildings for the institute were opened 4 years later. In 1959, the name of the institute was changed officially to “Maryland Institute, College of Art”

    MICA campus offers several distinctive buildings as Mount Royal Station, Dolphin Building, Bunting Center, Fox Building, Bank Building and The Gateway. The official colors of the institute are green and brown.

    The college offers undergraduate programs in 18 majors and 7 minors. It also offers 21 graduate programs in addition to 2 certification programs. It is accredited by Middle States Association of College and School Commission on Higher Education.

    MICA School Facts

    • Years Estd.1826
    • ColorsBlue & Yellow (traditionally),Green & Brown (more recently)
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MICA Alumni

    • Nina Akamu

      Entertainment & Arts

      Japanese American artist

    • Richard Armiger

      Entertainment & Arts

      professional Architectural Model Maker and founder of Network Modelmakers

    • Carter

      Entertainment & Arts

      American artist and film director

    • Tamara Dobson

      Entertainment & Arts

      African-American actress and fashion model

    • Abbi Jacobson

      Entertainment & Arts

      American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator

  • Morgan State University Seal

    Morgan State University

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 7,725 Total Students
    • 67% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,090 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Morgan State University (MSU) is a public historically black institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. The university was established in 1872 as a private Methodist Episcopal seminary and was initially named the Centenary Biblical Institute. The institute was originally a female only institute for black students; however, it later became a coeducational institute. In 1890, the name of the college was changed to Morgan College in honor of Reverend Lyttleton Morgan who donated the land for establishing the college campus. The college granted the first baccalaureate degree in 1895. In 1915, the college received $50,000 from Andrew Carnegie to pay for its debts and purchase a location for a new campus. The college moved two years later to its current location in northeast Baltimore. In 1918, the college faced a challenge when the white community of Lauraville acted to prevent the establishment of the Negro college by filing a lawsuit against it. The case was rejected and the college was allowed to operate and expand at this location. In 1939, the college became a public institute when it was purchased by the state of Maryland. In 1975, the college started offering doctoral programs and applied a request to be granted the university status.

    Morgan State Campus covers 143 acres offering several distinctive buildings as the historic Holmes Hall, Truth Hall, Tubman House, Mckeldin Center, Mcmechen Building, Carniegie Hall, Calloway Hall and Spencer Hall. There are four residential halls which are Baldwin, Cummings, Harper-Tubman and O’Connell Hall. The university library, which is named the Earl S. Richardson Library, contains more than 660,000 volumes. The official colors of the university are blue and orange. Its athletic teams compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into 12 colleges and institutes including Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory and Dr. Clara Adams Honors College.

    MSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1867 (1867)
    • NicknameBears
    • MottoGrowing the Future, Leading the World
    • ColorsBlue and Orange
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MSU Alumni

    • Mo'Nique

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award winning actress

    • T. J. Bryan

      Education & Advocacy

      first female president of Fayetteville State University

    • Valerie Thomas

      Science & Medicine

      Scientist who invented the illusion transmitter

    • C. Anthony Muse

      Politics & Law

      Maryland State Senate

    • Catherine E. Pugh

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Baltimore

  • Mount St Mary’s University Seal

    Mount St Mary’s University

    Emmitsburg, Maryland

    Mount St Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland
    • 2,257 Total Students
    • 67% Acceptance Rate
    • 12% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,113 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Mount Saint Mary’s University (the Mount) is a private Roman Catholic higher education institute for liberal arts. The university was established in 1805 by French émigré Father John DuBois. Construction started for Saint-Mary’s-on-the-Hill church and a two room cabin for Father DuBois. The university initially started as a two year boarding school. It then expanded in 1808 when preparatory seminary of the Society of St. Sulpice moved from Pennsylvania to join the school campus and opened under the name of Mount St. Mary’s College. The college received its first charter as a male college under the name of Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary in 1830 however; it kept its boarding school programs till the 1900s.  The Mount participated in the V-12 Navy College Training program during the world war. It became coeducational in 1973 when it merged with Saint Joseph female College. In 2004, the college changed its name to the current one.

    The university has a rural mountain campus in the Catoctin Mountains near Emmitsburg, Maryland covering 1,400 acres. It has several distinctive buildings and facilities including the Knott Academic Center, the COAD Science Building, the Borders Learning Center, The ARCC athletic complex in addition to Bradley Hall which is the administration building. Other important buildings on campus include Powell Hall, Patriot Hall, Rooney Towers, Homing Towers and Keelty Towers. Additionally, the university has a branch campus in Frederick, Maryland which hosts evening classes for adult students. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Northeast Conference. Its mascot is called Emmit S. Burg.

    The university is divided into 4 schools including the Richard J. Bolte School of Business. It offers undergraduate programs in more than 40 majors, minors and concentrations in addition to 10 master’s programs. It also offers 4 adult undergraduate programs and 8 certificate programs.

    The Mount School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous The Mount Alumni

    • Fred Carter

      Professional Sports

      professional basketball player

    • Harry Hughes

      Politics & Law

      former governor of Maryland

    • Francisco I. Madero

      Politics & Law

      former President of Mexico who was assassinated in 1913

    • Edward Douglass White

      Politics & Law

      Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

    • Matthew F. McHugh

      Politics & Law

      former U.S. Congressman

  • Notre Dame of Maryland University Seal

    Notre Dame of Maryland University

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 2,612 Total Students
    • 52% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 834 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private Catholic university located in Baltimore, Maryland. The university was established in 1873 by the religious congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. It was one of the oldest female institutes to be established in the United States. It was an elementary, middle and high school named “Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School and Collegiate Institute”. It was recognized in 1895 as a four-year college for undergraduate students making it the first Catholic college for women in the United States. In 1960, the high school division was relocated to its current location at Baltimore County and is currently known as Notre Dame Preparatory School. In 2011, Notre Dame achieved the university status changing its name to the current one.

    Notre Dame states that its mission is to prepare students to become leaders capable of transforming the world. The university campus is located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore covering 58 acres. The Montrose House was the original building found on the campus when it was purchased by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Other important buildings include Gibbons Hall which was established in 1873 and became later the landmark symbol for the college. The university includes Marikle Chapel in addition to sharing a library with the neighboring Loyola University Maryland. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Gators, compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Their official colors are navy blue and white.

    The university is divided into 4 schools. It offers 42 undergraduate and 9 adult undergraduate programs. Additionally, it offers 48 professional certificates and graduate degree programs. The university was ranked as the 6th best college for women in the United States by The university appeared at several TV shows and movies including “Step Up” and “Clara’s Heart”.

    NDMU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1873/1895
    • NicknameGators
    • MottoVeritatem Prosequimur (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.We Pursue Truth
    • ColorsNavy blue and White
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – CSAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous NDMU Alumni

    • Marta Cunningham

      Entertainment & Arts

      singer and philanthropist

    • Shelley Puhak

      Entertainment & Arts


    • L. Paige Marvel

      Politics & Law

      senior judge of the United States Tax Court

    • Elizabeth P. Hoisington

      Politics & Law

      one of the first woman generals in the U.S. Army

    • Susan Love

      Science & Medicine

      world-renowned breast cancer surgeon and best-selling author of "Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book"

  • Towson University Seal

    Towson University

    Towson, Maryland

    Towson University in Towson, Maryland
    • 22,284 Total Students
    • 73% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,947 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Towson University (TU) is a public higher education institute located in Towson, Maryland. The university was established in 1866 by the General Assembly of Maryland. It initially started as a training school for teachers under the name of Maryland State Normal School. The first class was initially hosted at Red Man’s Hall on North Paca Street in Baltimore with 11 students and 3 staff members. In 1873, the college expanded by relocating to a larger campus on the northeast corner of North Charles and East Franklin Streets. The campus was initially used as William Howard Greek Revival mansion before being used in 1863 as the Union Club and the Athenaeum Club. In 1913, the school started building a new 80-acre campus in Towson. The new campus was opened in 1915 Stephens Hall, Newell Hall, and the power plant. In 1934, the school restructured its programs to offer bachelor degree programs. Accordingly, the name of the school was changed in the following year to Maryland State Teachers College at Towson. In 1946, the college established a 2-year junior college program. It started in 1958 offering graduate degree programs. Two years later, the college name was changed to Towson State College as it started offering 4-year bachelor art and science programs. In 1976, the name of the college was changed to Towson State University. In 1988, the university became member of the University System of Maryland. In 1997, the university finally got its current name.

    The university campus currently hosts 57 buildings including 20 residence buildings. Prominent buildings on campus include Auburn House, Burdick building, South Campus Pavilion, Prettyman building and Residence Tower. Towson athletic teams, who are known as Towson Tigers, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Colonial Athletic Association.

    The university is divided into 8 colleges including Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics. It offers 64 undergraduate, 37 master’s and 4 doctoral programs.

    TU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1866
    • NicknameTigers
    • MascotDoc the Tiger
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous TU Alumni

    • John Ferber

      Entertainment & Arts

      founder of and ABC's Secret Millionaire

    • Sean Landeta

      Professional Sports

      former NFL player for the New York Giants

    • Jack L. Chalker

      Entertainment & Arts

      author of over 50 science fiction novels

    • Mary Ellen Barbera

      Politics & Law

      Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland

    • Karen S. Montgomery

      Politics & Law

      former member of the Maryland Senate

  • University of Baltimore Seal

    University of Baltimore

    Baltimore, Maryland

    University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 6,229 Total Students
    • 53% Acceptance Rate
    • 40% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 674 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UB is a higher educational, public institute which was founded in 1925. Initially, it only offered night courses but by 1937 it added day programs and also made an addition of a junior college. Over the years, with many developments made, in the 1970s it faced mergers with colleges and institutes in the region and received its accreditation by 1971.

    The university is located in Baltimore, Maryland and became part of the University System of Maryland in 1988. The university aims to provide its students learning opportunities, an environment promoting advancement and growth, and to develop the ability to face challenges.

    At the campus of the University of Baltimore, the students find a number of opportunities for fun and extracurricular fun. To begin with, the campus has more than 90 student-run organizations offering different interests.  There is also the Student Government Association which besides serving student interests also serves as a platform for practical leadership demonstration. Further leadership development programs include the Habitudes Leadership Series, Women’s Initiative for Leadership Development (WILD). There is Center for Multicultural Affairs which promotes diversity and inclusion on campus and there are also opportunities for volunteering, service learning and more. The campus also has its own Student Center which offers a study area, recreation opportunity, game rooms, interfaith room etc. The university also has its annual traditional events called Welcome Week and Spirit Week. There is also the ‘Eubie Awards’ that highlights and celebrates achievements by presenting awards to the hardworking students as well as faculty. The campus also has its fair share of Performing arts consisting of theatre, readings, concerts and more. For physical fitness, students find a recreation center at the campus, but there are sports clubs as well as intramural sports. The university’s official mascot is ‘Eubie the Bee’ and the color is Blue.

    Academic programs offered at the university consist of 30+ undergraduate programs, 30+ graduate degree programs and 15+ certificate programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Merrick School of Business, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, Robert L. Bogomolny Library, Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement, Jacob France Institute and more.

    UB School Facts

    • Years Estd.1925
    • MascotEubie the Bee
    • MottoKnowledge That Works
    • ColorsBlue
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UB Alumni

    • Bob Parsons

      Founder of GoDaddy

    • Louis S. Diggs

      Education & Advocacy

      Baltimore County historian

    • Celeste Lyn Paul

      Science & Medicine

      User interface design expert, KDE Usability Project head, president of HacDC

    • William P. Bolton

      Politics & Law

      Congressman for Maryland 2nd District, 1949–1951

    • John F. Slade III

      Politics & Law

      Former member of Maryland House of Delegates

    • Red Holzman

      Professional Sports

      NBA – 1948–53; 2-time NBA All-Star guard, coach, Hall of Fame

    • Arrie Davis

      Politics & Law

      Former judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

    • Lieutenant General H Steven Blum

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Former Chief of the National Guard Bureau and Deputy Commander NORTHCOM

  • University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Seal

    University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

    Princess Anne, Maryland

    University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland
    • 4,465 Total Students
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,249 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UMES is a public land grant institute of higher education that saw its beginning in the year 1886 when it was founded by the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as the Delaware Conference Academy. It continued so until in 1926 it fell under the control of the state and University of Maryland. In 1948 it became a state college.

    Its transition as a university happened in the year 1970 as it became University of Maryland Eastern Shore. It is a historically black university, a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and is based in Princess Anne, Maryland.

    Not only is the university known for its unique academic environment and practical teaching methods, but also recognised for the engaging and healthy campus life it offers. For the students to be involved around the campus as well as outside the campus there are plenty of opportunities. There are more than 55 student run organisations ranging from governance, Fraternities and Sororities, fellowships, media and many more. The most prominent ones working to improve the campus life and regulate student activities are the Student Government Association which is the student representation and the Campus Activities Board which is the event management and organising committee. These all organisations also serve to provide the opportunities for leadership skill development and gaining real world experience. For students to be better leaders there are also opportunities for working outside of campus and gaining community engagement experience. Students put their time in volunteering and working for causes and local organisations such as Rural Development Center, Parents Association, Child and Family Development Center. Besides serious work, students also stay actively involved in sports and athletics as the teams ‘Hawks’ compete at NCAA Division I. The campus colors are Maroon and Gray and the mascot is ‘Harry the Hawk & HH3’.

    Academic programs offered at UMES are 41 undergraduate majors, 25 concentrations, three Masters degree and four Doctorate programs. Its notable facility is the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, Hazel Hall, Richard A. Henson Center, Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center, Frederick Douglass Library, Cappy Anderson Stadium and more.

    UMES School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886
    • NicknameHawks
    • MascotHarry the Hawk
    • MottoFacta, Non Verba
    • Motto Eng.Deeds, Not Words
    • ColorsMaroon and Gray
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – MEAC, ECAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UMES Alumni

    • Clarence Clemons

      Entertainment & Arts

      Professional saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    • Merrecia James

      Professional Sports

      Track and field middle distance runner from Jamaica, former member of UMES track team, and competed in North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC)

    • Earl S. Richardson

      Education & Advocacy

      Morgan State University President

    • Ira Smith

      Professional Sports

      Former minor league baseball player; also known for having highest batting average in Division I in 1989 and 1990

    • Charles Mays

      Politics & Law

      Olympic long jumper and New Jersey State Assemblyman

    • Roger Brown

      Professional Sports

      Former NFL player

  • University of Maryland-Baltimore Seal

    University of Maryland-Baltimore

    Baltimore, Maryland

    University of Maryland-Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 6,329 Total Students
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Present day UMB is part of the University System of Maryland since the year 2010, however it traces its roots to the founding of College of Medicine which was chartered in year 1807 by the Maryland General Assembly. This college established was transformed into University of Maryland in year 1812 and so started to expand its curriculum by adopting various other academic fields.

    Many schools and colleges were added to the university but came to be restructured by year 1920. It was in year 1970 that the system was established and the campuses including University of Maryland-Baltimore were established as a separate university.

    University of Maryland-Baltimore focuses on personal, professional and economic contribution towards its region and so integrates creativity, innovation and leadership through academics as well as extracurricular activities. The campus offers its Student Government Association working for improvement of student welfare as well as many other student led organisations, participation in which results in healthy socialising and, skill and leadership development. There is also the Campus Center which is the main center for student mobilisation and activity planning. It also serves as the place for food and dining, offers writing center, event planning, recreation and others. It also houses the wellness hub which covers overall student welfare from mental through Stressbusters activities and Study Break! Series to academic, through coaching. There is importance on physical fitness as well and the URecFit provides sports and fitness facilities. The university also provides opportunities for refocusing on sustainability and environmental friendly programs through education, awareness and the Steering Committee which serves as the leadership forum. The official campus colors are Red, Gold and Black.

    As for the academic programs, these include 12 Certificates, three bachelors, 17 master’s degrees and 20 Doctorate programs. Its notable departments/facilities are Carey School of Law, Davidge Hall, Howard Hall, Hilda Katz Blaustein Research Center, George Gray Hall, Bressler Research Building and Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

    UMB School Facts

    • Years Estd.1807
    • Motto"The Founding Campus"
    • ColorsRed, Gold and Black
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UMB Alumni

    • Martin O'Malley

      Politics & Law

      Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2006, and Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015

    • William Cabell Bruce

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Senator from Maryland from 1923 to 1929

    • Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.

      Politics & Law

      President of State Senate from 1987 till present

    • Lawrence F. Rodowsky

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Served as Judge at Maryland Court of Appeals from 1980 to 2000

    • Charles C. Byrne

      Social Advocacy & Service

      U.S. Army general

    • F. Mason Sones

      Science & Medicine

      Cardiologist; also inventor of coronary angiography

    • Enrique Pérez Santiago

      Science & Medicine

      First Puerto Rican hematologist

    • Theodore E. Woodward

      Science & Medicine

      Nobel Prize Nominee and renowned researcher in the field of Medicine

    • William C. Schmeisser

      Professional Sports

      National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee

    • Dr. Antonio Fernós-Isern

      Science & Medicine

      First Puerto Rican cardiologist and also its longest serving resident commissioner

  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County Seal

    University of Maryland-Baltimore County

    Baltimore, Maryland

    University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland
    • 13,839 Total Students
    • 59% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,629 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UMBC is a public institute and a research university that had been under discussion since 1950s realising the need to have higher education institutes in the region. The approval for these institutes took place in 1963 by the Maryland Legislature. With the land being secured and campuses being built, the first classes were held in 1966.

    The university is part of the University System of Maryland and became the first collegiate institute in the state to be embracing racial diversity. With its strong values and academic foundation, University of Maryland-Baltimore County has been at the forefront of development and service to students as well as economy.

    The campus life is just as diverse and open towards the ideas and knowledge opportunities. There is huge emphasis towards acceptance and so students find many support services which enable them to achieve their goals. There is Counselling center providing workshops, sessions, therapies, personal or group career counselling etc. There is also Women’s Center, Culture and Diversity Center and Interfaith Center for empowerment and development. Student involvement around the campus also happens through the student run clubs and groups, the Student Government Association and the Events Board, all of which provide real world opportunities to learn, grow, discuss ideas and learn leadership and service. There is community engagement through the student affairs department. There is also huge emphasis on arts and culture which is celebrated through the performances and events put up by the students which also serve as entertainment on campus. There is also the campus gallery which puts exhibits and student creativity on display. Students also take part in Fraternity and Sorority life and also community service through volunteering for local and global causes. Students also take part in athletics at NCAA Division I. The campus teams are called ‘Retrievers’, the mascot is ‘Chesapeake Bay Retrievers’ and the colors are Black and Gold

    The Academic programs consist of 60+ Bachelors degree, 55+ Masters programs and 29 Doctorate programs. Its notable facilities/departments are Albin O. Kuhn Library, Erickson School of Aging, Sondheim Hall, Shriver Living-Learning Center, Erickson Hall, Harbor Hall and others.

    UMBC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1966 (1966)
    • NicknameRetrievers
    • MascotTrue Grit the Retriever
    • MottoAn Honors University in Maryland
    • ColorsBlack, Gold, Red, White
    • LocationMaryland
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IAmerican East, MAISA
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UMBC Alumni

    • Mario Armstrong

      Entertainment & Arts

      Emmy Award-winning radio and television talk show host; also appears as a digital lifestyle expert on The Today Show, CNN and HLN

    • Steven Fischer

      Entertainment & Arts

      Filmmaker, two-time Emmy Award-nominated

    • Scott Liss

      Entertainment & Arts

      singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and frontman of the Asbury Park, New Jersey-based band the Sixty-Six

    • Serge Mayifuila

      Business & Industry

      Qwns and is also a member of Congolese NGOs Arche de L'Unite and APEMA

    • Tal Shaked

      Professional Sports

      Chess Grandmaster, best known for winning the World Junior Championship in 1997; presently working as software engineer for Google

    • Victoria L. Schade

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates

    • Dan Patrick

      Entertainment & Arts

      Radio talk show host, politician, and the current Lieutenant Governor of Texas

    • Blair Grubb

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of Medicine and noted researcher on Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

    • Sean Carton

      Education & Advocacy

      Head of the Center for Digital Communication, Culture, and Commerce at the University of Baltimore; also founder of the web development company Carton Donofrio

  • University of Maryland

    College Park, Maryland

    University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
    • 38,140 Total Students
    • 45% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 28,434 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UMD is a public research university which had its beginning as the Maryland Agricultural College when it was chartered in year 1856 and with the land being secured for the institute, it began later in the same year. The institute had difficulty in its early years, from going bankrupt to surviving a fire in year 1912 and by 1916 being made into a state institute.

    It became part of the University of Maryland in 1920 and was officially transformed into the flagship campus of the system in 1988. It is based in College Park, Maryland and has been designated as the land, sea and space grant institute for its contribution towards research and knowledge discovery.

    The campus life at the university is fun, engaging as well as providing opportunities for growth. The most dominant are the student run clubs and organisations of which more than 800 are present on campus. There is also the Fraternity and Sorority Life and along with the student groups serve as means to socialise and improve at academic, skills and also leadership development. One central activity hub at the campus is the Student Union where students find space for holding many of their activities or just be involved in learning and meeting people from around the campus. Some interesting activities found at the union are the MLead Conferences, Terrapin Leadership Institute and others such. There is also the Student Government Association, an independent student representation body working in student interests and also providing another real world experiential platform for leadership development. Students also actively involved in recreational activities through fitness training and adventure trips. There are campus athletic teams ‘Terrapins’ competing at NCAA Division I. The official colors are Red, Gold, White and Black and the mascot is ‘Testudo’.

    Academic programs at UMD consist of 92 Undergraduate Majors, 107 Master’s Programs and 83 Doctoral Programs. Its prominent departments/facilities are A. James Clark School of Engineering, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Hornbake Library and more.

    UMD School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UMD Alumni

    • Charles L. Bennett

      Education & Advocacy

      Astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University

    • Marc Melitz

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of economics at Harvard University

    • Herbert Hauptman

      Science & Medicine

      Mathematician and recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the only non-chemist to receive the award

    • Jim Henson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Creator of the Muppets

    • Ken Waissman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Tony Award-winning Broadway producer

    • Sergey Brin

      Science & Medicine

      Co-founder of Google

    • Robert H. Smith

      Business & Industry

      Real estate developer; the namesake of the Robert H. Smith School of Business

    • Marvin Mandel

      Politics & Law

      Governor of Maryland from 1969 to 1979

    • Joseph Tydings

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Senator from Maryland

    • Tom McMillen

      Politics & Law

      Former U.S. Congressman from Maryland and Rhodes Scholar

    • Robin Raphel

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia

    • Mark K. Updegrove

      Education & Advocacy

      Director of the LBJ Presidential Library

    • Jeff Kinney

      Education & Advocacy

      The New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

  • University of Maryland-University College Seal

    University of Maryland-University College

    Adelphi, Maryland

    University of Maryland-University College in Adelphi, Maryland
    • 50,248 Total Students
    • 22 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    UMUC is a present day public higher education institute that is also the member institute of the University System of Maryland. The institute had its founding as a College of Special and Continuation Studies, a branch to the College of Education at the University of Maryland in the year 1947. Starting small, the college expanded its program offerings to include online education.

    It was made into an independent by 1970 having its local presence in more than 20 locations throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia and more than 140 locations throughout the globe including the military bases. It is based in Adelphi, Maryland.

    University of Maryland-University College since its beginning has been on the mission to providing access to quality as well as affordable education and learning experience to a diverse set of individuals from all walks of life. From the very onset of their journeys, the students are provided with support in the form of advising from choosing the right academic field to realistically setting the goals and achieving them. Students also find tutoring in case of extra help in their academic development as well as the facilities for a writing center which helps them improve their work. Students are also assisted with their career planning for a successful career launch and achievement for professional goals. Understanding the importance of technology students are also provided with coding and software development activities through its Technology Talent Development program. Extracurricular activities also exist for the students in the form of more than 20 academic clubs and student organisations representing student interests and activities. To further encourage and empower students for academic as well as leadership development, there are also the Honor Societies at the campus. The official campus colors are Navy and Goldenrod.

    As for the academic offerings at UMUC these include 30 bachelor’s degrees and undergraduate certificates, 43 master’s degrees and specializations and two Doctorate programs.

    UMUC School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UMUC Alumni

    • Januarius Jingwa Asongu,

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Saint Monica University

    • Arthur Quinn Tyler Jr.

      Education & Advocacy

      Former president of Sacramento City College

    • Richard F. Blewitt

      Business & Industry

      Co-founder of public relations firm Rowan & Blewitt and Chief Executive Officer of The Blewitt Foundation

    • Mark P. Huston

      Business & Industry

      Chief Operating Officer of Constellation Energy

    • Robert Turner

      Business & Industry

      Vice President of Business Development Initiatives for Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions, a subsidiary of Spacenet

    • Michael Tamburri

      Politics & Law

      Current member of the National Security Council - White House Situation Room

    • Hakan Fidan

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Chief of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization

    • Ann Mohin

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author of The Farm She Was

    • Ray Lewis

      Professional Sports

      Former NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens

All Top Colleges in Maryland

  • Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore

    Baltimore, Maryland

    • 58 Total Students
    • 96% Acceptance Rate
    • 100% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 23 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore is an institute founded by Rabbi Zvi Dov Slanger in 1997. It was the vision of Rabbi Slanger for Jewish studies that led to the formation of the institute. His early years were spent in pre-war Europe and these laid the foundation for further studies and exploration which came through studying, reflection and interaction with some of the greatest leaders. This pool of knowledge was then transmitted to the Yeshiva which has emerged as an institute combining past and future perspectives.

    Situated in Baltimore, Maryland, the institute has grown from a small institute offering education to 9th grade students to a beautiful campus producing graduates. Its inception envisioned Rabbis, scholars and leaders in the making and the institute continues to make its efforts.

    Even though it’s a small school as yet, it offers a complete student life on campus. There are many student events held at the campus such as parties and dinners. It holds mesibos, thrice in a year which include dinner and dancing, and usually are part of celebration of Chanukkah, Purim and end of the year. It also holds a Maleva Malka dinner, which is accompanied by a guest speaker. A separate ballroom has been dedicated for all these funstions. Throughout the year, Shabbos Onegs are also held which are about singing and gaining wisdom while also getting a chance to interact with each other. A fundraising campaign is also part of the yearly events where students put in costumes and perform raising funds for the institute. Life at the Yeshiva is about living as a family and so it provides all three meals of the day for its students. Physical fitness which comes with healthy food, is also ensured at the campus through tennis and basketball courts present on the campus grounds.

    Ceneterd on Judaic studies, the Yeshiva offers program leading to Bachelor’s of Talmudic Law (BTL).

    Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Faith Theological Seminary

    Baltimore, Maryland

    • 150 Total Students
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 88% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 25 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Faith Theological Seminary (FTS) was founded in 1937 as an evangelical Christian, conservative and non-profit degree granting institute to follow Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy days that emerged from Princeton Theological Seminary. In summer 1937, the seminary was established by Rev. Carl McIntire (Board of Directors President), with the help of a committee consisting of 25 members. Dr. Allan A. MacRae was the first president of FTS till 1971 then Rev. Carl McIntire became the second president till 2002 when Dr. Norman Manohar turned out to be the third president till now. It was inaugurated first at Wilmington, Delaware in Maryland to grace the Lord, spread and emphasize impeccability of both old and new testaments, and then moved to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania in 1952 before returning back to Maryland again in 2004 where it is located now.

    FTS aims at raising a generation of highly qualified Christian leaders through providing them with the best academic standard and proficiency beside the best knowledge of the holy book. Its mission follows the Danvers Statement conducted by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

    FTS is unique in advocating God’s word and Jesus Christ witness. It highly contributed in theological schooling during the 21st century. It is considered to be a noble school in which students learn and are exposed to various denominational trends. FTS students learn how to reach the illuminating power of faith through the Holy Scripture and faith. In addition, its athletic teams have achieved several awards in football, basketball and volleyball.

    FTS offers one bachelor degree, one master degree and two doctoral degrees in different fields of religious and biblical studies in addition to music and English education.

    FTS School Facts

    • Years Estd.1937
    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationUndenominational

    Famous FTS Alumni

    • Vernon C. Grounds

      Education & Advocacy

      Chancellor and dean in Denver Seminary for more than 60 years.

    • Francis A. Schaeffer

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    Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary

    Capitol Heights, Maryland

    • 89 Total Students
    • 4 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary (MSBBC&S) is a higher education institute that is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools offering doctoral degrees. It was established in 1986 by Dr. C.A. McDonald, Sr., Pastor of the Maple Springs Baptist Church. The college follows the Baptist belief and practice. The college was authorized in 1989 by the Maryland State of Higher Education Commission to grant associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The first class from the college graduated in 1990. Three years later, the institute was divided into two separate divisions which are Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Maple Springs Baptist Bible Seminary and an adult education division. In 1994, Maple Springs changed from quarter to a semester system.

    MSBBC&S states its mission is to support and encourage emerging and existing Christ-centered leaders. MSBBC&S has a small campus covering 1.5 acres opposite to the Maple Springs Baptist Church.

    MSBBC&S School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

  • Ner Israel Rabbinical College Seal

    Ner Israel Rabbinical College

    Baltimore, Maryland

    • 515 Total Students
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 88% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 133 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Ner Israel Rabbinical College, shortly known as Ner Yisrael, is a Jewish religious higher education institute located in Pikesville, Baltimore County. It was established in 1933 by Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman. The college is named in honor of Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter who was the founder of the mussar movement and teacher of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel. In 1959, the institute established a branch campus in Toronto, Canada which is still operating till now but as an independent institute.

    Ner Yisrael has a rural campus located in Pikesville, Maryland covering 100 acres.  It has two main study halls, the high school building and the Beis Medrash building. The college students operate several projects off-campus including PROJECT YAHUD which is an annual fund raising campaign during the spring break and PROJECT SEED which seeks small communities both locally and internationally.

    The institute provides undergraduate and graduate programs in Talmudic studies for male students only. Politically, the college is affiliated with Agudath Israel of America. It offers a 4-year bachelor degree program, a 6-year master’s program and a 10-year doctoral degree program. Ner Yisrael has several partnership agreements with several institutes including Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Loyola College in Maryland and University of Baltimore. The agreements allow students to attend night courses at these institutes and to get credits for their religious studies at Ner Yisrael.

    Ner Yisrael School Facts

    • LocationMaryland
    • Religious AffiliationJewish

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