Rockville, Maryland (MD) Colleges and Universities

Many schools offering various degree programs can be found near Rockville, Maryland. Information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), showing important factors like proximity to downtown, size, cost of attendance, and graduation rate, can help students make decisions about their education.

Closest Schools to Rockville, Maryland

With two of the closest schools located downtown, the other three close schools aren't far off--the furthest of the five being only about 13 miles out. The majority of these schools are 4-year universities, with one being a 2-year college. The following schools are the five closest schools to Rockville:

  • Montgomery College (located downtown)
  • Strayer University-Rockville Campus (located downtown)
  • Washington Adventist University (11.4 miles from downtown)
  • University of Maryland-University College (12.7 miles from downtown)
  • University of Maryland-College Park (13.6 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Rockville, Maryland

Student population can be a factor when students are considering the size of a school. The five largest schools in the area are all public schools, three that are 4-year universities and two are 2-year colleges. The population of students varies greatly between the largest school of over 50,000 students and the fifth largest with close to 5,500. The five largest schools near Rockville are:

  • University of Maryland-University College (50,248 students)
  • University of Maryland-College Park (38,140 students)
  • Montgomery College (25,320 students)
  • Howard Community College (9,632 students)
  • Bowie State University (5,430 students)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is an important factor when selecting a school. The schools with the lowest net price in the Rockville area are all public schools. The net price of the following colleges and universities are the lowest in the area for full-time undergraduate students in 2014-2015:

  • Howard Community College ($7,239)
  • Montgomery College ($7,729)
  • Bowie State University ($12,248)
  • University of Maryland-University College ($12,429)
  • University of Maryland-College Park ($14,697)

Highest Graduation Rate

Success of a school can be shown in various ways, one of which is the graduation rate. This can show potential students how well a school helps students complete their degree program. The rate is calculated using the number of undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the normal time it takes. The graduation rate was calculated using the students who began their degree programs in 2009, with the exception of Fortis College-Landover which used 2012. The following five schools have the highest graduation rates in the Rockville area:

  • University of Maryland-College Park (86% graduation rate)
  • Fortis College-Landover (64% graduation rate)
  • Bowie State University (41% graduation rate)
  • Washington Adventist University (36% graduation rate)
  • Capitol Technology University (35% graduation rate)

As you can see, location, student population, cost, and graduation rate are important factors for students considering which school will be the best fit for them.

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