University of Maryland in College Park, MD

About University of Maryland

The University of Maryland (UMD), founded in 1856, is located in College Park, Maryland. It is currently situated on 1,250 acres of suburban land located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. UMD is known for its commitment to sustainable and clean energy; the university composts all dining hall food waste and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. Famous graduates of UMD include Jim Henson, creator of Sesame Street, NASA scientist Charles Bennett and broadcast journalist Connie Chung.


There are 10 different schools and colleges at UMD, encompassing 90 different majors. General education requirements for all undergraduate students include arts or fine arts classes, science classes, humanities, history classes, mathematics, social science classes and English classes, including composition. The most popular majors at UMD include accounting, political science, government, psychology, economics and criminology. The student to faculty ratio at UMD is 18 to 1, and about 35% of all classes at UMD have fewer than 20 students.


The University of Maryland has an admission rate of about 45%, which classifies the university as selective. Students who wish to apply for regular decision admissions should send in their applications no later than January 20th. Early action applications are due by November 1st. Early action is a non-binding application that will allow the student to hear a decision from the university earlier than the regular decision notification date. In addition to SAT test scores, the university will review high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays and activities résumés. UMD considers a wide variety of factors when deciding which students will be admitted to the university, so students are encouraged to be thorough when submitting supplemental materials. Students will be notified of their acceptance on or before April 1st, and accepted students will have until May 1st to reply to the university.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The total cost to attend the University of Maryland, including tuition, room, board, fees and estimated expenses, is $22,632 for in-state students and $40,003 for out-of-state students. About 75% of all students at UMD are receiving some type of financial aid. Students have a few different payment options, including the Terp Payment Plan, which allows them to spread payments out over 8 or 10 months, or divide semester payments into 4 or 5 installments. Students do not pay interest to the university, but there is an enrollment fee in order to receive the benefit of these plans. Students who wish to be considered for any of the UMD merit scholarships must submit their application by the priority deadline of November 1st.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificate, bachelor's, master's, post-master's, doctoral***
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb***
Student Body 26,775 undergraduates, 10,805 graduates**
Schools 10 colleges, 90 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1***
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Social sciences (1,366), Business, management, marketing (1,022); Master's: Business, management, marketing (585), Engineering (389)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 82% in 4 years***
Admission Rate 45% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 3,992 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 95%**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Mid-range on a 1600 scale: 1190-1400**
Application Due Date Jan 20 for regular decision, Nov 1 for priority application**
Decision Notification Date Apr 1**
Tuition (2012) In state: $22,632, out of state: $40,003; including tuition, room, board and fees***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grant (15%), state grant or scholarship (21%), student loans (37%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75%**

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland, Mitchell Building, College Park, Maryland 20742
  • Phone: (301) 314-8385
  • Website:

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