University of Maryland in Adelphi, MD

Learn about the University of Maryland. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Maryland in Adelphi, MD

As one of 11 universities that make up the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is the largest public university in the U.S. today. Originally founded in 1947, UMUC had an active enrollment of over 42,000 students in the 2011-2012 school year.

While the school is headquartered in Adelphi, UMUC also provides educational offerings via classroom locations in Washington, D.C., Europe and Asia. In the 1990s, UMUC pioneered the use of the Internet for higher education when it became the first university in the U.S. to offer online degrees. Today, the school facilitates distance learning and education to students and military members in more than 150 locations throughout the world.


The University of Maryland offers over 100 academic programs through its two academic schools. At the undergraduate level, students may choose among a variety of degree options ranging from business administration and management to information science and psychology. Additional learning opportunities include teacher certification, weekend and evening college, and distance learning options.

The school offers students ways to earn college credits beyond the classroom as well. For instance, credit may be earned for prior learning. Credit for new learning in the workplace may also be granted to students who acquire new skills while on the job. Finally, students may receive credit for industry-standard certifications they have earned through organizations, such as Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.


Over 42,700 students were enrolled in UMUC in the fall of 2011. Prospective freshmen seeking admission are required to have completed high school or a GED with qualifying scores that are dependent upon when the test was originally taken. The school requires that transfer students have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for all academic work completed at other regionally accredited colleges.

There is an application fee, which may be submitted online. Prior graduates of other U.S. colleges or universities automatically qualify for admission to UMUC. The undergraduate class that entered UMUC in the fall of 2011 consisted of 53% females and about 82% of all undergraduates were 25 years of age or older. Around 80% of undergraduate students attended the university part-time as of fall 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

UMUC's undergraduate tuition for students residing in Maryland was $6,168 for tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year, while non-resident tuition was $12,288 for the same period. Books and supplies were not included in these tuition figures and were estimated to cost about $1,000 per year. The average net price for in-state full-time beginning students for the 2010-2011 academic year was $12,699.

The University of Maryland University College offers federal financial aid programs such as loans, grants, and work-study opportunities to students. The average grant or scholarship aid awarded to undergraduate recipients during the 2010-2011 school year was $4,141 while the average student loan was $7,047 during the same period. About 79% of all university undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2010-2011. Students planning to apply for financial aid must apply no later than June 1 for fall admission.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees; certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Suburb, large**
Student Body 28,119 undergraduates and 14,594 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Not available*
Schools and Programs Two schools offering over 100 academic programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management, general (817)
Master's: Business administration and management, general (1,876)
Doctorate: Business commerce, general (55)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 cohort 6% in four years
10% in six years
13% in eight years**
Admission Rate Not available
Entering Class Size Not available
First-Year Retention Rates About 40% (full-time students)
40% (part-time students) in 2010-2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Not available
Undergraduate Application Due Date Open admissions policy*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 were roughly $6,168 for in-state residents and $12,288 for non-residents (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (56%), state/local grant aid (16%), institutional grant aid (8%), loans (61%)**
Percentage of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Maryland University College; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 3501 University Blvd East, Adelphi, MD 20783-8010
  • Phone: (800) 888-8682
  • Website: www.umuc.edu

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