Students who want to attend a traditional college in the state of Maryland have roughly 50 traditional schools to choose from. A traditional college is one that is operated as a not-for-profit institution - either public or private - and provides a variety of subject areas. Below you'll find school data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).
Maryland Schools Near Large Cities
Baltimore is the major city in Maryland, and about 10 schools are located in it. The other schools on the list are found in comparatively small cities, like Columbia. The following schools near cities are 2-year and 4-year public schools, in addition to some private non-profits.
- Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore)
- Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)
- Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore)
- Frederick Community College (Frederick)
- Howard Community College (Columbia)
Largest Schools in Maryland
The largest schools in Maryland had student populations greater than 20,000 students, as of fall 2014. All of the schools listed below are public schools, a majority of which offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- University of Maryland-University College (47,906 students)
- University of Maryland-College Park (37,610 students)
- Montgomery College (25,517 students)
- The Community College of Baltimore County (22,887 students)
- Towson University (22,285 students)
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these three Maryland schools are based on data from the NCES, for full-time students during the 2014-2015 academic year. All of the schools below are community colleges, which frequently offer students the most affordable options for a postsecondary education.
- Harford Community College ($3,224)
- Chesapeake College ($4,784)
- Carroll Community College ($5,022)
- Frederick Community College ($5,381)
- Baltimore City Community College ($5,951)
Highest Graduation Rate
The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students, the following traditional 4-year Maryland schools had the highest graduation rates in 2015.
- Johns Hopkins University (94% graduation rate)
- University of Maryland-College Park (86% graduation rate)
- Loyola University Maryland (81% graduation rate)
- St. Mary's College of Maryland (78% graduation rate)
- Washington College (75% graduation rate)
This article covered the graduation rates, affordability, location, and student populations of various universities and colleges in Maryland.