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University of Maryland - College Park Overview

Located in College Park, Maryland, University of Maryland - College Park is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of College Park makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is University of Maryland - College Park Known For?

8,436 Undergraduate Awards
$43,570 Avg Cost After Aid
45% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UMCP is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UMCP.
  • In 2017-2018, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UMCP with a bachelor's degree make about $62,900 a year. That's 54% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average UMCP student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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University of Maryland - College Park Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, UMCP is ranked #145 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 30 colleges in Maryland, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UMCP has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMCP.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Iranian & Persian Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Library Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMCP has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#27 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree

Where Is University of Maryland - College Park?

Location of University of Maryland - College Park

Contact details for UMCP are given below.

Contact Details
Address: College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-1000
Website: www.umd.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnivofMaryland
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UofMaryland

How Do I Get Into UMCP?

You can apply to UMCP online at: www.admissions.umd.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UMCP

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMCP?

45% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
UMCP has a fairly low acceptance rate of 45%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 45%, and the acceptance rate for women is 44%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% of students accepted to UMCP submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 720. Math scores were between 650 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Maryland - College Park  ( 630 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Maryland - College Park  ( 650 to 750 )
200
800
UMCP received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 29 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of Maryland - College Park  ( 29 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Maryland - College Park  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Maryland - College Park  ( 29 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Maryland - College Park?

$43,570 Net Price
31% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMCP is $43,570. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMCP, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $8,322 a year. That adds up to $33,288 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMCP is 2.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Maryland - College Park Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,390 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,511 undergraduate students at UMCP, with 28,390 being full-time and 2,121 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMCP

There are also 10,232 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,390 full-time undergraduates at UMCP, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMCP

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Maryland - College Park students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMCP Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5,166
Black or African American 3,188
Hispanic or Latino 2,598
White 13,882
International Students 1,416
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,140

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at University of Maryland - College Park. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 124 countries are represented at UMCP. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Maryland - College Park

949 Took All Classes Online
5,087 Took At Least One Class Online
16.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 5,087 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMCP has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UMCP

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Maryland - College Park was 16.6%. This is the #1,015 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMCP regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMCP majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 6%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
General Biology 11%
General Engineering 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMCP ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMCP.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Human Computer Interaction #2
Museum Studies #3
Statistics #3
Public Policy #6
General Engineering #8
Ethnic Studies #9
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #10
General Biology #12
Mathematics & Statistics #14
Information Science #15
General Social Sciences #16
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #23
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #25
Public Health #34
Engineering #35
Social Sciences #59
Computer Information Systems #60
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #60
Public Administration & Social Service #78
Computer & Information Sciences #129
Business Administration & Management #299
Health Professions #336
Business, Management & Marketing #378

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Maryland - College Park Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 0 670 0 32 35 737
Business Administration & Management 0 255 0 442 0 697
General Biology 0 502 0 22 18 542
Economics 0 491 0 11 15 517
Public Health 0 372 12 106 9 499
Information Science 0 416 0 34 2 452
Finance & Financial Management 0 356 0 75 0 431
Accounting 0 268 0 127 0 395
Mechanical Engineering 0 312 0 25 50 387
General Engineering 0 0 56 319 0 375
General Psychology 0 314 0 10 17 341
Criminology 0 296 0 33 8 337
Electrical Engineering 0 158 0 132 44 334
Political Science & Government 0 310 0 4 20 334
Communication & Media Studies 0 304 0 4 10 318
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4 21 70 215 0 310
Health & Physical Education 0 275 0 3 4 282
Mathematics 0 206 0 1 9 216
Marketing 0 214 0 0 0 214
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 91 0 107 0 198
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 18 165 8 191
Civil Engineering 0 130 0 30 17 177
General English Literature 0 152 0 17 7 176
Public Policy 0 19 22 112 5 158
Human Development & Family Studies 0 149 0 0 5 154
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 104 0 30 15 149
Journalism 0 122 0 8 3 133
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 129 0 129
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 109 0 0 0 109
General Architecture 0 78 3 25 0 106
Fine & Studio Arts 0 95 0 6 4 105
Physics 0 77 0 5 22 104
Chemical Engineering 0 87 0 9 6 102
Sociology 0 81 0 12 8 101
Applied Mathematics 0 0 1 90 9 100
Communication Sciences 0 70 0 20 9 99
Agricultural Engineering 0 92 0 0 0 92
History 0 71 0 11 4 86
Computer Engineering 0 85 0 0 0 85
Animal Science 0 72 0 5 7 84
Natural Resources Conservation 0 74 0 7 3 84
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 81 0 0 1 82
Geography & Cartography 0 69 0 4 9 82
Music 0 28 0 28 25 81
Romance Languages 0 55 0 2 6 63
Other Engineering 0 43 0 14 5 62
Food Science Technology 0 49 0 4 8 61
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 51 0 1 9 61
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 59 2 61
International Business 0 58 0 0 0 58
Special Education 0 18 1 36 2 57
Ethnic Studies 20 24 4 4 4 56
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 45 0 1 8 54
Area Studies 14 30 0 1 7 52
Chemistry 0 31 0 2 18 51
Anthropology 0 38 0 8 2 48
Educational Administration 0 0 0 24 19 43
Materials Engineering 0 22 0 6 13 41
Drama & Theater Arts 0 27 0 9 3 39
Philosophy 0 31 0 0 2 33
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 20 0 3 8 31
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 20 0 5 5 30
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 12 16 28
Student Counseling 0 0 5 18 5 28
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 28 28
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 6 0 11 10 27
Plant Sciences 0 21 0 3 2 26
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 0 26 0 26
East Asian Languages 0 24 0 0 0 24
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 22 0 22
Urban Studies 0 0 0 19 0 19
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 8 10 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 13 5 18
Landscape Architecture 0 13 0 4 0 17
Educational Assessment 0 0 5 7 5 17
General Agriculture 0 16 0 0 0 16
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 1 14 15
Statistics 0 0 3 6 6 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 11 0 2 2 15
General Social Sciences 0 0 15 0 0 15
Dance 0 9 0 4 0 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 13 0 0 0 13
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 12 0 0 0 12
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 4 0 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 9 0 0 0 9
Other Agriculture 8 0 0 0 0 8
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 8 0 0 8
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 8 0 8
Classical Languages & Literature 0 3 0 5 0 8
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 3 0 3 6
Writing Studies 0 0 0 6 0 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 5 0 0 0 5
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 5 5
Zoology 0 0 0 3 1 4
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 0 2 0 2 0 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 2 2
Iranian & Persian Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Museum Studies 0 0 2 0 0 2
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 1 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0 0
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interior Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 46 8,390 228 2,782 647 12,093

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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