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Columbia, Maryland (MD) Colleges and Universities

Columbia, Maryland has 49 public and private/not-for-profit schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about these colleges and universities in several categories to find the right educational institution for you.

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Find which schools in Columbia, Maryland are closest to the city, have the largest student populations, have the lowest net prices and more based on data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Columbia, Maryland

If location is one of your concerns, you may choose from several public and private not-for-profit schools in or near downtown Columbia. While some of the colleges may only offer associate degree programs, the 4-year universities offer bachelor's to doctoral degrees to students. You may check these schools located within 15 miles of the downtown area:

  • Howard Community College (located downtown)
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County (9.6 miles from downtown)
  • Coppin State University (12.9 miles from downtown)
  • Baltimore City Community College (14 miles from downtown)
  • University of Baltimore (14.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Columbia, Maryland

Out of the 49 schools in Columbia, 40 of these are 4-year universities and are mostly private not-for-profit schools. The rest are 2-year community colleges which are majority public. The following schools are the largest based on student population in 2014-2015 according to NCES:

  • University of Maryland- University College (47,906 students)
  • University of Maryland- College Park (37,610 students)
  • George Washington University (25,613 students)
  • Montgomery College (25,517 students)
  • The Community College of Baltimore County (22,887 students)

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  • Computer Sciences
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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

It is definitely important to consider school fees and costs before choosing a school. NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid from total tuition. The net price applies to full-time, undergraduate students only. Here are five schools in Columbia with the lowest net price in 2014-2015 as reported by NCES:

  • Carroll Community College ($5,022)
  • Baltimore City Community College ($5,951)
  • Howard Community College ($7,239)
  • Montgomery College ($7,729)
  • Prince George's Community College ($7,986)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES provides graduation rates for colleges and universities, which are based on full-time undergraduates who earned their degrees or certificates within 150% of normal completion time. Greater percentages in this category are indicative of higher quality and more effective academic programs. You will find here five schools with the highest graduation rates as of 2015:

  • Georgetown University (94% graduation rate)
  • Johns Hopkins University (94% graduation rate)
  • University of Maryland- College Park (86% graduation rate)
  • George Washington University (83% graduation rate)
  • Loyola University Maryland (81% graduation rate)

Education costs, location and accessibility, graduation rates and school size are among the factors to consider when choosing a school near Columbia, Maryland.

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