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Bethesda, Maryland (MD) Colleges and Universities

While there are no public or private not-for-profit schools in Bethesda, there are 12 schools located within a 25-mile radius that fall under one of these two categories. Read about the top schools in several categories, including graduation rates and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

There are many public or private not-for-profit schools located on the outskirts of Bethesda, though some of them are focused on specialty-subjects or programs. This article looks at the public or private schools that offer a broader range of subjects, comparing them according to statistics taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Bethesda, Maryland

Outside of Washington DC, the area surrounding Bethesda contains a couple of larger universities and smaller colleges for prospective students who live nearby. The NCES lists the following schools as the closest to Bethesda in the state of Maryland:

  • Washington Adventist University (5.4 miles)
  • Montgomery College (7.1 miles)
  • University of Maryland--University Campus (7.2 miles)
  • University of Maryland--College Park (8.2 miles)
  • Howard Community College (19.1 miles)

Largest Schools near Bethesda, Maryland

By far the largest school near Bethesda in terms of student population is the University of Maryland at University College, with a total enrollment of 50,248 students. Those who value larger schools also have several other colleges and universities near Bethesda with student bodies numbering in the several thousands, including:

  • University of Maryland-College Park (38,140 students)
  • Montgomery College (25,320 students)
  • Prince George's Community College (13,228 students)
  • Howard Community College (9,632 students)
  • Bowie State University (5,430 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates the net price for a particular school by taking the average cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by full-time undergrads. If you are looking for cheaper schools, these five in the Bethesda area had the lowest net prices in the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Howard Community College ($7,239)
  • Montgomery College ($7,729)
  • Prince George's Community College ($7,986)
  • Bowie State University ($12,248)
  • University of Maryland-University College ($12,429)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES arrives at a school's graduation rate by taking the percentage of full-time undergrads who finish their degree programs in at least 150% of the average length of time. The schools near Bethesda with the highest graduation rates in 2015 are:

  • University of Maryland-College Park (86% graduation rate)
  • Bowie State University (41% graduation rate)
  • Washington Adventist University (36% graduation rate)
  • Montgomery College (18% graduation rate)
  • Howard Community College (16% graduation rate)

If you are interested in applying to schools in the area of Bethesda, you should pay particular attention to factors like location, size, price and graduation rates to ensure that you have all relevant information before you submit your applications.


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