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About Maryland

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 College, 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)
Majors: 90+
Student-to-teacher ratio: 18:1
Campus clubs and organizations: 900+
NCAA Division I teams: 20
Alumni: 352,000+

Fall 2018 undergraduate enrollment: 30,762
64.3% Maryland residents
35.7% Non-Maryland residents
38.6% students of color
123 countries represented

For the Fall 2019 freshman class, we received nearly 32,000 applications for a class of 4,300. For students admitted for the Fall 2019 semester, the middle 50% of SAT scores ranged from 1320 to 1480, and 30-34 on the ACT. Admitted freshmen also earned an average weighted GPA of 4.33.

For the Fall 2019 transfer class, we received more than 2,600 applications for a class of 1,850. Admitted transfer students earned an average weighted college GPA of 3.49. Our most successful transfer students have a B average or better and 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.

No. 22

public research institution—U.S. News & World Report


No. 15

most innovative school—U.S. News & World Report


No. 10

best value college among public colleges—Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine


No. 10

best graduation rate among public institutions—The Chronicle of Higher Education


No. 8

entrepreneurship for undergraduates—The Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship magazine

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.

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


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?


You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

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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Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, you can rest assured that you will receive an affordable world-class education.

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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Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at Maryland. 

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