About Maryland

The University of Maryland has come a long way from its pre-Civil War roots as the first agricultural college in Maryland and one of the original land-grant institutions in America.

Founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, the University of Maryland is the state’s flagship and land-grant university. As a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Big Ten Conference, Maryland is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. The university is home to more than 37,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 300 academic programs across 13 schools and colleges. Our students are innovators, entrepreneurs, creators and doers. Our faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 52 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars, making Maryland a global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

About the University of Maryland

Location: College Park, Maryland
Nearest major city: Washington, D.C., eight miles/13 kilometers from campus
Colleges: 12 (enrolling undergraduates)
Majors: 90+
Student-to-teacher ratio: 16:1
Campus clubs and organizations: 800+
NCAA Division I teams: 20

Fall 2015 undergraduate enrollment: 27,443
76.9% Maryland residents
23.1% Non-Maryland residents
42.6% students of color
115 countries represented

Freshman Profile

For the Fall 2016 freshmen class, we received nearly 30,200 applications for a class of 4,075. For students admitted for the Fall 2016 semester, the middle 50% of SAT scores ranged from 1260 to 1420, and 29-33 on the ACT. As a result 25% of the admitted students scored below a 1260 on the SAT and 25% scored above a 1420. Admitted freshmen also earned an average weighted GPA of 4.21.

Transfer Profile

For the Fall 2016 transfer class, we received nearly 5,340 applications for a class of 1,777. Admitted transfer students earned an average weighted college GPA of 3.39. For students admitted to the Spring 2016 semester, the average weighted college GPA was 3.09. Our most successful students have completed an English composition course that satisfies the university’s fundamental studies academic writing requirement and a college-level math course that satisfies the university’s fundamental studies math requirement.

Rankings >

National publications have consistently ranked the University of Maryland as a leader in higher education quality, value and diversity. These are just a few of the ways we’ve been recognized, and you can view our complete list of rankings to see how the university’s reputation is growing.

  • No. 20 among public universities and No. 21 for most innovative schools by the U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 16 among public universities by Forbes
  • No. 7 and No. 11 "Best Value" for in-state students and out-of-state students, respectively, by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • No. 10 overall for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine
  • A top 25 university for diversity, inclusion and safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people by Campus Pride
  • A top 20 "Green College" by The Princeton Review


Notable Alumni

Terps are Terps for life. They graduate from Maryland more committed than ever to changing the world, whether by discovering technologies we rely on every day, tackling policy issues in our government, launching creative businesses and more. Meet just a few of them.

Notable Maryland Alumni
Robert Basham ’70, business administration
Co-founder, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Jim Henson ’60, home economics
Creator, the Muppets 
Joy Bauer ’86, kinesiological sciences
“Today” show nutrition expert
Steny Hoyer ’63, political science
House Minority Whip, U.S. Congress
Gail Berman ’78, theatre
Producer, “24,” “House,” “American Idol”
Gayle King ’76, psychology
Co-anchor, “CBS This Morning”
Sergey Brin ’93, computer science, math
Co-founder, Google
 Jeff Kinney ’93, criminal justice
Author, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series
Robert Briskman M.S. ’61, electrical engineering 
Co-founder, Sirius Satellite Radio
Vivek Kundra ’98, psychology
Former U.S. Federal Chief Information Officer
Al Carey ’78, urban studies
CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages
Liz Lerman ’70, dance
MacArthur Award winner, dance company founder
Connie Chung ’69, journalism
Emmy-winning journalist
Rob McGovern ’83, marketing
Founder, CareerBuilder.com
A. James Clark ’50, civil engineering
President, Clark Enterprises
Aaron McGruder ’98, African American studies
Creator, "The Boondocks"
Larry David ’70, history
Co-creator, “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Kevin Plank ’97, business administration
Founder & CEO, Under Armour
Boomer Esiason ’84, undergraduate studies
“The NFL Today” analyst, former NFL player
David Simon ’83, undergraduate studies
Creator, “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Wire”
Eddie Frederick ’03, computer science, math
Co-founder, LivingSocial 
Robert H. Smith ’50, accounting
Developer, Crystal City complex
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