Founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, the University of Maryland (UMD) is the state’s flagship university and one of the original land-grant institutions in America.
As a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten Conference and the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, UMD is consistently recognized as one of the preeminent public research universities in the United States. Our students are fearless innovators, entrepreneurs, creators and doers. Our faculty includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars, making UMD a global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Location: College Park, Maryland
Nearest major city: Washington, D.C., eight miles/13 kilometers from campus
Colleges: 12 (enrolling undergraduates)
Student-to-teacher ratio: 17:1
Campus clubs and organizations: 800+
NCAA Division I teams: 19
Fall 2017 undergraduate enrollment: 28,472
76.6% Maryland residents
23.4% Non-Maryland residents
44% students of color
118 countries represented
For the Fall 2018 freshman class, we received nearly 34,000 applications for a class of 4,075. For students admitted for the Fall 2018 semester, the middle 50% of SAT scores ranged from 1320 to 1470, and 30-33 on the ACT. Admitted freshmen also earned an average weighted GPA of 4.29.
For the Fall 2017 transfer class, we received nearly 5,243 applications for a class of 1,850. Admitted transfer students earned an average weighted college GPA of 3.47. 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.
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.
Terps love a challenge. A problem that needs a solution. A barrier that needs breaking down. You are smart, scrappy and determined. You value diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination. Ready to start your fearless journey?
Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years.
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College is a major investment for you and your family. The university is here to help. We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable.
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