the university of maryland: a quick and easy guide

The University of Maryland (commonly referred to as UMD, or just Maryland) is one of the most frequently searched universities in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

UMD is a public research university whose main campus is located in College Park, approximately four miles from Washington DC. 

Founded in 1856, UMD currently maintains an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students each semester. Roughly three out of four UMD students are studying at the undergraduate level.

UMD offers nearly 100 undergraduate majors, as well as just as many more graduate degrees and professional certificate programs. 

The undergraduate acceptance rate for Maryland is about 45%. The average student faculty ratio is about 17 to 1.

For the past three years, the Princeton Review has ranked UMD among the top 10 universities in America for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Notable graduates of the University of Maryland include many dozen political figures and a number of Nobel laureates, as well as basketball star Len Bias, TV personality Connie Chung, Seinfeld creator Larry David, and many others.   

This university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Shown above: An aerial view of the UMD campus in College Park.

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University of maryland Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the University of Maryland.

1. Where is the University of Maryland?

The main campus of UMD is located in College Park, Maryland, although UMD has additional locations in Baltimore County. 

Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus of UMD: 

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland


Here are the official mailing and visiting addresses of UMD's other locations: 

UMD - Eastern Shore

11868 College Backbone Road

Princess Anne, Maryland


UMD - Baltimore County

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, Maryland


Above: The Eastern Shore campus of UMD.


2. What is the organizational structure of the University of Maryland?

UMD is academically organized into the following 12 schools: 

  1. A. James Clark School of Engineering 
  2. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. College of Arts and Humanities 
  4. College of Behavioral andS Social Sciences
  5. College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences  
  6. College of Education
  7. College of Information Studies  
  8. Philip Merrill College of Journalism 
  9. Robert H. Smith School of Business 
  10. School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 
  11. School of Public Health
  12. School of Public Policy 

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at the University of Maryland?

Undergraduate course offerings at UMD cover a wide range of topics.

Here is a list of the undergraduate areas of study available:

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Science and Technology 
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology 
  • Arabic Studies
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Science 
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences 
  • Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies 
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Community Health 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education 
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Policy 
  • Environmental Science and Technology 
  • Family Science 
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fire Protection Engineering 
  • French
  • Geographical Sciences 
  • Geology 
  • Germanic Studies
  • Government and Politics
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences 
  • History 
  • Information Science 
  • Information Systems 
  • International Business 
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese 
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism 
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Linguistics 
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle School Education 
  • Music
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Operations Management & Business Analytics 
  • Persian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Sciences 
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Romance Languages 
  • Russian Language and Literature 
  • Secondary Education 
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language, Literatures, and Culture 
  • Special Education 
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts
  • Women's Studies 

Above: Students bask near a peaceful waterfall in front of the McKeldin Library. 


4. What graduate programs are available at the University of Maryland?

Graduate students at UMD can take courses and earn degrees in any of the following fields: 

  • Aerospace Engineering 
  • African American Studies 
  • Asian American Studies
  • Agricultural and Natural Resources 
  • Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation 
  • American Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology 
  • Arabic
  • Architecture
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Arts and Humanities 
  • Army 
  • Air Science 
  • Art History
  • Art (Studio)
  • Archeology
  • Astronomy 
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Science
  • Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences  
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Resources Engineering 
  • Biology
  • Biometrics
  • Biophysics
  • Business and Management 
  • Business, Ethics, Regulation, and Crime 
  • Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics 
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemical Physics 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Chemical and Life Sciences 
  • Communication 
  • Comparative Literature 
  • Computer Science 
  • Conservation and Sustainable Development 
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Dance 
  • Decision and Information Technologies 
  • Economics
  • Education 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Engineering Science 
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Health 
  • Family Science 
  • Film Studies 
  • Finance 
  • Fire Protection Engineering 
  • Foreign Language 
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics 
  • Greek
  • Health and Human Performance 
  • Health Services Administration 
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences  
  • Hebrew
  • Historic Preservation 
  • History 
  • Immigration Studies
  • Information Management 
  • Israel Studies 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Jewish Studies 
  • Kinesiology
  • Korean
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Latin American Studies
  • LGBT Studies 
  • Library Science 
  • Linguistics 
  • Logistics, Business, and Public Policy 
  • Management and Organization 
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering 
  • Mathematics 
  • Marine Environmental Sciences 
  • Molecular and Cell Biology 
  • Music 
  • Natural Resources Management 
  • Navy
  • Neuroscience 
  • Nuclear Engineering 
  • Nutrition and Food Science 
  • Persian
  • Philosophy
  • Physics 
  • Plant Sciences 
  • Portuguese 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Health 
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate Development 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Russian 
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Slavic 
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics and Probability 
  • Survey Methodology  
  • Systems Engineering
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Terrorism Studies 
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies  
  • Toxicology 
  • Urban Studies
  • Veterinary Medical Sciences
  • Women's Studies 

Click here to see a Complete List of PhD Programs at UMD

Above: The UMD campus in Baltimore. 


5. How much does it cost to attend the University of Maryland?

According to the school website, the cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses for admission to the college in the upcoming school year is:

For Undergraduate admissions:

  • $10,594 per year for residents of the state of Maryland
  • $35,216 per year for enrollments from out of state. 

The above cost is for tuition only, and does not include room & board, books & supplies, personal expenses, and mandatory fees. 

For Graduate school admissions: 

  • $717 per credit hour for residents of the state of Maryland
  • $1,548 per credit hour for enrollments from out of state. 

The above costs do not include room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, or mandatory fees. 

Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, parking fees, technology fees, health fees, insurance fees, registration fees, exam prep fees, and others. 

Financial aid is available to many incoming and continuing students who fill out the FAFSA form. Aid may come in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, or private donations. 

Above: Fans gather to watch the Terrapins play at Maryland Stadium.


Above: The UMD School of Nursing.


6. What is the University of Maryland campus like?

The main campus of UMD spans about 1,250 acres in College Park, with a 400-acre "urban forest" right next to the campus. College Park is conveniently located just about ten miles northeast of Washington DC. 

The central lawn of the College Park campus (known as McKeldin Mall) is surrounded by stunning, white-columned buildings of red brick Georgian architecture. The campus has so many trees (7,500+), that the American Public Gardens Association has officially designated the College Park campus of UMD as an "arboretum and botanical garden." 

Campus landmarks and attractions include the McKeldin Library, the UMD Art Gallery, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, among others. 

Just east of the campus is Baltimore Avenue, featuring many conveniences and affordable eateries. The campus is bordered on the west by University Boulevard. 

Student housing is available at UMD, both on and off campus. 

The Baltimore campus of UMD consists of 58 buildings, and is located very near Baltimore's famous Lexington Market. 

The 114,000-square-foot campus center features dining facilities, recreational facilities, meeting rooms, and more. 

Public transportation is made easy, by way of the Baltimore Light Rail System. The University Street station is conveniently situated at the eastern edge of the UMD campus. 

The school colors are red, gold, white, and black. The varsity athletes at UMD are called the Terrapins. They play for the NCAA Division 1 - Big Ten Conference.

UMD also features an award winning dance team. 

Intercollegiate sports for men and women at UMD include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country 
  • Field Hockey 
  • Football
  • Golf 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis 
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling 

Also available on campus are more than a few club and intramural sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as aerobics, badminton, dance, figure skating, and ice hockey, among others.  

Aside form athletics, UMD also offers numerous on-campus student organizations, in a broad range of interests. Student activity groups include an African Languages association, a campus magazine, a campus ministry, a cooking club, a karate club, a theater group, a film society, and an ROTC club, to name only a few. 

Above: The dance team from UMD at the 2014 National Championship, where they took 1st place.


7. What are the distance learning options at the University of Maryland?

Here is a sample of some of the recent and upcoming online courses offered at UMD:  

  • Advanced Project Scheduling
  • Communications for Project Managers
  • Cost Engineering and Control
  • Fundamentals of Project Management 
  • Legal Aspects of Engineering Design and Construction
  • Managing Project Teams  
  • Mastering Agile Project Management 
  • Project Administration 
  • Project Cost Accounting and Economics 
  • Project Procurement Management 
  • Project Risk Management 
  • Sustainability Fundamentals for Project Managers  

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8. What is the contact information for the University of Maryland?

To reach the main campus of UMD, or for general information, call 301-405-1000

To reach the office of Undergraduate Admissions at UMD, call 301-314-8377. 

For the Graduate Admissions office of UMD, call 301-405-3644. 

To reach UMD toll free, call 800-422-5867. 

To contact the Eastern Shore campus of UMD, call 410-651-2200. 

To reach the Baltimore County facility of UMD, call 410-455-1000. 

Above: Recent U.S. and World ranking reports for UMD

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