Overview of Maryland Colleges & Schools

The state of Maryland is home to a large number of colleges and universities for a state its size. The state is home to both public and private schools, with the University System of Maryland encompassing most of the public institutions. The state is bordered by Virginia and Washington D.C. to the south, West Virginia to the West, Pennsylvania to the north, and Delaware to the East. The largest urban center in the state is Baltimore and the state capitol is Annapolis.

The University System of Maryland is comprised of twelve institutions, which combine for nearly 170,000 enrolled students. The system was formed from the merger of the University of Maryland Colleges and the State University and College System of Maryland in 1997. It is the twelfth largest state college and university system in the United States.

Schools in the University System of Maryland include:

In addition, there are three public institutions in Maryland that are not part of the USM. Two opted out of the USM system, choosing alternate funding plans, and one is a federal academy.

Public non-USM schools:

Private institutions are typically liberal arts colleges that may or may not have been founded within the framework of a Christian denomination. Private institutions These schools typically cost more than public schools and have a lower student population and an excellent student to teacher ratio. Private liberal arts colleges tend to offer a well rounded education that prepares individuals with skills that can be useful in the workplace or in seeking graduate level educations. Additionally, such schools tend to have more opportunities in areas such as internships and study abroad programs.

Some of the better known private institutions in Maryland include:

Maryland is also home to a large number of community colleges and career schools. Community colleges offer vocational and career training as well as transfer programs to four year institutions, offering freshman and sophomore years at a lower cost. Career schools provide short term training in high demand fields, after the completion of which students will be prepared for entry level positions in their field of study.

The most populous city in Maryland is Baltimore, followed by Columbia and Germantown.  While the most populous county in Maryland is Montgomery County with Prince George’s County and Baltimore County close behind.   If you are interested in visiting the state of Maryland, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are twelve public 4-year state universities and colleges in Maryland. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Maryland.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In Maryland there are eighteen accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Maryland.

Community Colleges

Community College in Maryland

Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Maryland" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Maryland.

Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges

Maryland has five accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Maryland.

Bible & Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges

Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately six such colleges in Maryland located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Maryland along with program and tuition information.

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