Colleges in Baltimore, MD: Largest Public Colleges in Baltimore

The Baltimore, Maryland, area is home to eight public colleges and universities. See data pertaining to some of these institutions, such as graduation rates and population sizes, to determine which schools might be right for you.

There are multiple 2- and 4-year public institutions in and near Baltimore, Maryland. We'll categorize these schools on the basis of graduation rates, net prices, and school sizes, with all data culled from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Baltimore, Maryland

There are five public schools within a five-mile radius of downtown Baltimore. Two universities are located directly downtown. If you are interested in studying in or near the city, investigate further into these schools:

  • University of Baltimore (located downtown)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (located downtown)
  • Coppin State University (located 2.9 miles from downtown)
  • Morgan State University (located 3.9 miles from downtown)
  • Baltimore City Community College (located 4.6 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Baltimore, Maryland

The most populous educational institutions in the area are all found less than eight miles from downtown Maryland. These schools all had at least 3,000 undergraduates for the 2014-2015 year. For prospective students looking to study in a large school, look into these choices:

  • The Community College of Baltimore County (22,887 students, all undergraduates)
  • Towson University (22,285 students; 18,807 undergraduates)
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County (13,979 students; 11,379 undergraduates)
  • Morgan State University (7,698 students; 6,302 undergraduates)
  • University of Baltimore (6,422 students; 3,485 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Prices

The lowest net prices for 2014-2015 were found at two colleges and three universities in or near downtown. Three of these schools had net costs below $10,000. The NCES determines these prices by subtracting the average financial aid from the total attendance cost for full-time undergraduate students.

  • Baltimore City Community College ($5,951)
  • The Community College of Baltimore County ($8,376)
  • Coppin State University ($9,043)
  • University of Baltimore ($14,565)
  • Towson University ($14,696)

Highest Graduation Rates

Two institutions in the Baltimore area had graduation rates higher than 50% for 2015. The highest graduation rates are found within a seven-mile radius of downtown. These percentages are calculated by the NCES using full-time undergraduates who finish their studies in 150% or less of the typical time frame.

  • Towson University (70% graduation rate)
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County (63% graduation rate)
  • University of Baltimore (32% graduation rate)
  • Morgan State University (30% graduation rate)
  • Coppin State University (18% graduation rate)

If you are a prospective student looking for schools with many students, good graduation rates, and reasonable net costs, there are multiple options to consider in and around Baltimore, Maryland.


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