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:
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (Baltimore)
- University of Maryland, College Park (College Park)
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne)
- Bowie State University (Bowie)
- Frostburg State University (Frostburg)
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:
- Morgan State University (Baltimore)
- St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s City)
- United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)
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:
- Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)
- Hood College (Frederick)
- Goucher College (Baltimore)
- Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore)
- McDaniel College (Westminster)
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.
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Maryland (M.D.) (2 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Maryland (Pharm. D.) (2 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Maryland (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Maryland (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (52 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Maryland (J.D.) (2 Schools)