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2021 Best Schools in Maryland

30 Schools Ranked
$44,140 Average Earnings
$27,777 Avg Student Debt

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools and bootcamp that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Schools in Maryland ranking. Our analysis looked at 30 schools in Maryland to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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Top Schools in Maryland

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#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
$66,904 Average Earnings
$32,332 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Johns Hopkins University the best school in Maryland for students working on their degree.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $32,332 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $374, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Johns Hopkins, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $66,904 during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
$81,273 Average Earnings
$85,427 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Maryland - Baltimore. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $85,427 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $923.After graduating from University of Maryland - Baltimore, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $81,273 during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
$48,842 Average Earnings
$26,752 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Maryland - College Park is a great place for students.

Degree recipients from UMCP accumulate an average of $26,752 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $270, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UMCP graduates make an average of $48,842 annually.

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#4

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
$45,469 Average Earnings
$34,978 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Loyola University Maryland. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $34,978 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $390, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Loyola Maryland graduates make an average of $45,469 annually.

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#5

McDaniel College

Westminster, Maryland
$36,850 Average Earnings
$25,935 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend McDaniel College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

Degree recipients from McDaniel accumulate an average of $25,935 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $289.After graduating from McDaniel, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $36,850 during the early years of their career.

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$51,433 Average Earnings
$10,983 Avg Student Debt

Prince George’s Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $10,983 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $86 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, PGCC graduates make an average of $51,433 annually.

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#7

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
$43,925 Average Earnings
$23,266 Avg Student Debt

Towson University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Maryland ranking.

Degree recipients from Towson accumulate an average of $23,266 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $236. During the early years of their career, Towson graduates make an average of $43,925 annually.

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$56,282 Average Earnings
$37,705 Avg Student Debt

University of Maryland - University College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $37,705 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $360, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from University of Maryland - University College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $56,282 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland
$39,107 Average Earnings
$21,740 Avg Student Debt

Salisbury University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $21,740 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $226.After graduating from Salisbury, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $39,107 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Stevenson University

Stevenson, Maryland
$43,642 Average Earnings
$28,936 Avg Student Debt

Stevenson University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,936 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $304. During the early years of their career, Stevenson graduates make an average of $43,642 annually.

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#11

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, Maryland
$43,300 Average Earnings
$23,738 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #11, Mount St Mary’s University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

Degree recipients from Mount St Mary’s University accumulate an average of $23,738 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $265, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Mount St Mary’s University graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $43,300 during the early year of their career.

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#12

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, Maryland
$39,420 Average Earnings
$12,734 Avg Student Debt

Anne Arundel Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

Degree recipients from AACC accumulate an average of $12,734 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $112. Once they receive their degree, AACC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $39,420 during the early year of their career.

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$46,475 Average Earnings
$24,807 Avg Student Debt

University of Maryland - Baltimore County ranked #13 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $24,807 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $247. Once they receive their degree, UMBC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $46,475 during the early year of their career.

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Community College of Baltimore County did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #14 on the list.

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#15

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland
$42,411 Average Earnings
$23,553 Avg Student Debt

Frostburg State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $23,553 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $234 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Frostburg State, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $42,411 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
$42,875 Average Earnings
$15,082 Avg Student Debt

Montgomery College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Maryland ranking.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $15,082 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $119 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Montgomery College - Rockville, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $42,875 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland
$47,073 Average Earnings
$33,348 Avg Student Debt

Bowie State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #17 on the list.

On average, students take out $33,348 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $326, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Bowie State University, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $47,073 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, Maryland
$61,457 Average Earnings
$47,110 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Notre Dame of Maryland University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

Degree recipients from NDMU accumulate an average of $47,110 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $618 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, NDMU graduates make an average of $61,457 annually.

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#19

College of Southern Maryland

La Plata, Maryland
$35,067 Average Earnings
$12,519 Avg Student Debt

College of Southern Maryland ranked #19 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $12,519 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $106, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, CSM graduates make an average of $35,067 annually.

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#20

Hood College

Frederick, Maryland
$40,486 Average Earnings
$25,235 Avg Student Debt

Hood College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,235 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $272, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Hood graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $40,486 during the early year of their career.

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#21

Howard Community College

Columbia, Maryland
$44,433 Average Earnings
$14,355 Avg Student Debt

Howard Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $14,355 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $118. During the early years of their career, HCC graduates make an average of $44,433 annually.

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#22

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
$32,100 Average Earnings
$45,281 Avg Student Debt

Maryland Institute College of Art ranked #22 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

Degree recipients from MICA accumulate an average of $45,281 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $442. Once they receive their degree, MICA graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $32,100 during the early year of their career.

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#23

Strayer University - Maryland

Suitland, Maryland
$47,343 Average Earnings
$51,359 Avg Student Debt

Strayer University - Maryland landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $51,359 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $609.After graduating from Strayer University - Maryland, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $47,343 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Wor-Wic Community College

Salisbury, Maryland
$42,400 Average Earnings
$11,411 Avg Student Debt

Wor-Wic Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Maryland ranking.

On average, students take out $11,411 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $92.After graduating from Wor-Wic Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $42,400 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Frederick Community College

Frederick, Maryland
$40,675 Average Earnings
$10,885 Avg Student Debt

Frederick Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Schools in Maryland list.

On average, students take out $10,885 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $110, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Frederick Community College, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $40,675 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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