University of Maryland Campus/DC Metropolitan Area

The University of Maryland at College Park, the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, originated in 1856.  The university's mission is to provide graduate and undergraduate education of the highest quality, to pursue advanced research, and to serve the needs of the State of Maryland.


The university is 19th in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of national public universities.  With the release of these new rankings, Maryland has 21 programs overall in the magazine's Top 10 rankings (undergraduate and graduate), and 43 programs in Top 25 rankings.

The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai) World's Top 100 Universities ranking list the University of Maryland at number 43 in the world and number 30 among United States schools.

The Peace Corps Rankings of Top Colleges and Universities list Maryland tied at 18th among large United States colleges and universities.

Kiplinger's 100 Best Values in Public Colleges ranked the University of Maryland at 9th on the best values in public education.  The university is 14th for best value when rated on out-of-state tuition fees.


In the 2007 annual Diverse: Issues in Higher Education report on graduate programs, the university ranked 16th in total number of doctoral degrees conferred to minorities.


The University f Maryland is honored to have been associated with a number of Nobel Laureates, including, UM Faculty Nobel Prize Winners, John C. Mather, Thomas C. Schelling, William Phillips, and Juan Ramon Jimenez; and Alumni Nobel Laureates, Raymond Davis, Jr., and Herbert Hauptman, Ph.D.


The university's location just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and approximately 30 miles from both Baltimore and Annapolis, provides access to some of the finest libraries, research centers, and professional opportunities in the country.

It's proximity to downtown Washington, DC makes the campus ideal for access to federal agencies and national associations via the subway.  The DC metro area, which comprises of the district, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland, is nationally regarded for its dense population of highly educated and trained professionals, diversity and travel offerings (3 airports, railway, and bus service).  There is much to be explored, so come and see it for yourself!