Best colleges in Maryland

Think Big in This Small State

There’s plenty of room for you in Maryland

As one of the smaller states in the country, Maryland is also one of the most populated. Nicknamed “Little America”, its long history makes the state a hub of renowned, historical colleges and universities. Public and private campuses in Baltimore, College Park, Towson, Annapolis and across the state make up 55 colleges in total, including some of the oldest schools in the country and one of the most prominent military academies in the U.S.* Maryland not only nabbed a top spot as one of the “greenest states” in the country but also one of the wealthiest.* With bustling city centers in Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. areas, Maryland also has the lowest poverty rate, 7.8%, in the country, and an unemployment rate close to the national average.*

Maryland’s close proximity to Washington D.C. makes it a major hub for government and military opportunities, including technical and admin positions, defense and aerospace industries and bio-research firms. However, it also gives you close access to all the historical, and mostly free, attractions in our nation’s capital. If history isn’t your thing, touch into your outdoorsy side with a hike at Oregon Ridge Park or spend some time at the beach at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Or continue learning at the National Aquarium in Baltimore or the Maryland Science Center. And when you feel like being loud, go cheer on the 2013 Superbowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Join the other 5.9 million Marylanders and see what’s so great about Little America.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “Maryland”, “List of colleges and universities in Maryland” *www.proximityone.com/stmhi0910.htm *www.forbes.com

Best Four Year Universities in Maryland

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University offers 438 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 9,481 students graduated with students earning 6,601 Master's degrees, 1,381 Bachelor's degrees, 816 Certificates, and 683 Doctoral degrees.

United States Naval Academy offers 27 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,066 students graduated with students earning 1,066 Bachelor's degrees.

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The University of Maryland is a public university founded in 1856 and is the largest university in the state with over 40,000 students. Located in suburban College Park just south of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, this school has over 120 departments and 112 different graduate programs with an emphasis on research activity and community-based learning. The University of Maryland is known for its red-brick Georgian campus architecture and the iconic McKeldin Mall reflection pool.

The University of Maryland has a range of reputable academic programs in fields such as public policy, engineering, and business, and Maryland residents receive in-state tuition at a much lower rate than applicants from out-of-state. On-campus, the University of Maryland Office of Sustainability operates The Chesapeake Project, a program that encourages the integration of sustainability education into existing curriculums across disciplines. This project has led University of Maryland students to participate in environmentally-conscious competitions such as the Solar Decathlon and to inform the university’s Climate Action Plan. 

Outside of academics, the University of Maryland athletic teams, represented by their campus mascot Testudo the Terrapin, compete in the ACC with an annual football rivalry with the University of Virginia at XFINITY Center. Notable alumni include former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, U.S. Men’s National Team keeper Zack Steffen, and comedian Larry David.

St. John's College
Annapolis, MD

St. John's College offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 107 students graduated with students earning 81 Bachelor's degrees, and 26 Master's degrees.

University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers 176 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,468 students graduated with students earning 2,540 Bachelor's degrees, 624 Master's degrees, 223 Certificates, and 81 Doctoral degrees.

St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD

St. Mary's College of Maryland offers 28 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 421 students graduated with students earning 392 Bachelor's degrees, and 29 Master's degrees.

Loyola University Maryland offers 82 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,706 students graduated with students earning 882 Bachelor's degrees, 802 Master's degrees, 21 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Maryland Institute College of Art offers 44 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 608 students graduated with students earning 393 Bachelor's degrees, 213 Master's degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Notre Dame of Maryland University offers 63 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 601 students graduated with students earning 323 Master's degrees, 201 Bachelor's degrees, 58 Doctoral degrees, and 19 Certificates.

Towson University
Towson, MD

Towson University offers 156 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 5,685 students graduated with students earning 4,608 Bachelor's degrees, 887 Master's degrees, 167 Certificates, and 23 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Maryland

Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 358 students graduated with students earning 333 Certificates, and 25 Associate's degrees.

College of Southern Maryland offers 93 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 1,684 students graduated with students earning 1,002 Associate's degrees, and 682 Certificates.

Montgomery College
Rockville, MD

Montgomery College offers 170 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 3,011 students graduated with students earning 2,713 Associate's degrees, and 298 Certificates.

Allegany College of Maryland offers 69 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 536 students graduated with students earning 445 Associate's degrees, and 91 Certificates.

Harford Community College offers 77 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 954 students graduated with students earning 881 Associate's degrees, and 73 Certificates.

Anne Arundel Community College offers 134 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,342 students graduated with students earning 1,719 Associate's degrees, and 623 Certificates.

Hagerstown Community College offers 77 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 737 students graduated with students earning 543 Associate's degrees, and 194 Certificates.

Prince George's Community College offers 140 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,050 students graduated with students earning 964 Associate's degrees, and 86 Certificates.

Carroll Community College
Westminster, MD

Carroll Community College offers 60 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 520 students graduated with students earning 499 Associate's degrees, and 21 Certificates.

Howard Community College offers 96 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 1,325 students graduated with students earning 1,229 Associate's degrees, and 96 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Maryland

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Johns Hopkins University Logo Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
5/5
18 : 1 27,079
United States Naval Academy Logo United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD   14 : 1 4,538
University of Maryland-College Park Logo University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD
3/5
22 : 1 40,743
St. John's College Logo St. John's College Annapolis, MD
5/5
10 : 1 542
University of Maryland-Baltimore County Logo University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
3/5
24 : 1 13,602
St. Mary's College of Maryland Logo St. Mary's College of Maryland St. Mary's City, MD
4/5
11 : 1 1,513
Loyola University Maryland Logo Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
5/5
16 : 1 5,473
Maryland Institute College of Art Logo Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
5/5
15 : 1 2,227
Notre Dame of Maryland University Logo Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
5/5
21 : 1 2,277
Towson University Logo Towson University Towson, MD
3/5
24 : 1 22,709
Washington College Logo Washington College Chestertown, MD
5/5
12 : 1 1,288
Mount St. Mary's University Logo Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, MD
5/5
18 : 1 2,362
Salisbury University Logo Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
3/5
19 : 1 8,617
Hood College Logo Hood College Frederick, MD
5/5
20 : 1 2,002
Goucher College Logo Goucher College Baltimore, MD
5/5
19 : 1 2,168
Morgan State University Logo Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
3/5
17 : 1 7,763
University of Baltimore Logo University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
3/5
24 : 1 4,476
Ner Israel Rabbinical College Logo Ner Israel Rabbinical College Baltimore, MD
3/5
37 : 1 443
Coppin State University Logo Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
3/5
22 : 1 2,724
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Logo University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD
3/5
14 : 1 2,886

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