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 39,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 300 academic programs across 12 schools and colleges. Our students are innovators, entrepreneurs, creators and doers. Our faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 60 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars, making Maryland 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 2016 undergraduate enrollment: 28,472
76.6% Maryland residents
23.4% Non-Maryland residents
44% students of color
118 countries represented
For the Fall 2017 freshmen class, we received nearly 33,000 applications for a class of 4,075. For students admitted for the Fall 2017 semester, the middle 50% of SAT scores ranged from 1330 to 1440, and 30-33 on the ACT. Admitted freshmen also earned an average weighted GPA of 4.30.
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.
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.
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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About the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
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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