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Maryland Schools

There are over 100 colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions within Maryland. See how four of these schools stack up against each other to find the school for you.

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School Ranking Overview

The state of Maryland is home to many public and private institutions offering postsecondary education. The majority are private for-profit schools, but collectively, there are more than 50 public and private non-profit options as well. These include four-year universities, colleges and seminaries, as well as several two-year schools. To help students find the right institution for their academic needs, this article focuses on four of the largest Maryland schools and ranks them in these categories:

  • Program Variety
  • Net Price
  • Graduation Rate
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Program Variety

Colleges and universities that offer a large number of academic programs are more likely to also offer a more varied range of fields and areas of specialization. Having the ability to take classes in multiple subjects provides a more well-rounded education and also helps undecided students find the field of study that suits them. The three institutions below have the most programs among the four compared.

1. University of Maryland - College Park

The University of Maryland in College Park (UMD), a four-year public school, offers 151 programs to its undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the majors and fields of study available at the university include agriculture, landscape architecture, theatre, veterinary medicine, ecology, management, education, computer science, engineering and literature. UMD awards certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorates.

2. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University ranks second with 140 program options. Students at this private non-profit institution can earn bachelor's degrees, certificates, master's degrees and doctorates. Some of the areas of study on offer include medicine, environmental health, nursing, music, psychology, biology, real estate, finance, teacher education and computer science. Several engineering and engineering technology programs are also available at Johns Hopkins.

3. University of Maryland - University College

Headquartered in Adelphi, the University of Maryland - University College (UMUC) offers degrees from the associate's to doctoral levels as well as certificates. Students choosing from the public school's 85 programs can study subjects like computer science, business, systems engineering, health care management, history, criminal justice, legal assisting, gerontology and conservation. UMUC offers a large number of its academic programs online, but it also has physical locations throughout the state of Maryland.

Net Price

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) determines schools' net prices by finding the difference between the total cost of attendance and the average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates. A school's total cost of attendance is based on several educational expenses, including undergraduate tuition rates, fees, textbooks, housing and more. According to the NCES, the institutions that follow had the lowest 2012-2013 net prices for in-state undergrads among the compared schools.

1. Montgomery College

Based out of Rockville, Montgomery College is a two-year public school that offers undergraduate degree and certificate programs. It holds the number one position in this category due to its low average net price of $7,485.

2. University of Maryland - University College

In-state undergraduates at UMUC paid an average net price of $9,489. Students here and at other accredited institutions can apply for financial aid programs that may offer some relief from out-of-pocket educational costs.

3. University of Maryland - College Park

UMD ranks third for its net price. Undergrads here paid $14,941 on average for a year of enrollment.

Graduation Rate

A comparatively high graduation rate may indicate that one school offers a higher-quality academic experience than another school. The institutions below have the highest graduation rates among those profiled; the percentages are based on full-time undergrads who completed degree or certificate programs within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree), per NCES data.

1. Johns Hopkins University

The top school in this category is Johns Hopkins University; it has an overall graduation rate of 93% for students who began programs in fall 2007. Of the full-time students who enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in fall 2012, 97% continued on there the next fall.

2. University of Maryland - College Park

Based on students who started programs in the fall of 2007, UMD's graduation rate stands at 84%. Its fall 2012 to fall 2013 retention rate for full-time bachelor's-level students was 95%.

3. Montgomery College

Finishing at a distant third is Montgomery College with a graduation rate of 16%. Because Montgomery is a two-year institution, its rate is based on undergraduate students who entered programs in the fall of 2010. According to the NCES, 68% of full-time students who enrolled in programs in fall 2012 stayed on at the college one year later.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Student-to-faculty ratios are useful stats when researching colleges and universities. Lower ratios suggest that a school provides more personal attention to its students and maintains smaller class sizes. According to the NCES, the following universities have the lowest student-to-faculty ratios of the group.

1. Johns Hopkins University

With a ratio of ten students for every one faculty member, Johns Hopkins University claims the number one spot. In 2013, the institution employed 4,211 full-time and 341 part-time faculty members; of those, around 84% had instructional positions. There were also 2,300 graduate assistants on hand that year.

2. University of Maryland - University College

UMUC has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, which places the university in second place in the category. In 2013, UMUC's faculty included 2,607 educators; about 92% worked on a part-time basis.

3. University of Maryland - College Park

The third lowest student-to-faculty ratio belongs to UMD; there are 18 students for every one faculty member. The institution employed 3,196 full-time and 1,021 adjunct faculty members in 2013; roughly 2,400 held instructional roles. Nearly 4,000 graduate assistants were also working on campus at the time.

Maryland Schools: At a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Private non-profit Undergraduate and graduate certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #2 in Program Variety, #1 in Graduation Rate, #1 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Montgomery College Rockville, MD Public Undergraduate certificates and associate's degrees #1 in Net Price, #3 in Graduation Rate
University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD Public Undergraduate and graduate certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #1 in Program Variety, #3 in Net Price, #2 in Graduation Rate, #3 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD Public Undergraduate and graduate certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #3 in Program Variety, #2 in Net Price, #2 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
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