University of Maryland, College Park

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General Information

The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) is a public, liberal arts
university located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Maryland, but
within the capital beltway. It was established in 1856 as the Maryland
Agricultural College and became a university in 1920. It is regarded as
a “public ivy” due to its rigorous reputation that puts it on par
academically with Ivy League schools, but at a public school price. As
of Fall 2012, there were 26,538 undergraduates enrolled.

Admissions Information

Tuition for UMCP is $8,909 per year for in-state residents and $27,288
for out-of-state residents. Incoming freshmen are expected to have had
four years of English, three years of Math, three years of Social
Studies classes, three years of Science (at least two lab classes), and
two years of Foreign Language during their high school career. UMCP
recently admitted 39% of its applicants. They factor several items into
their selection process, with each receiving a varying degree of
importance, including but not limited to, high school achievement,
progression of performance, recognition of special achievements,
gender, race, ethnicity, community involvement and service,
extracurricular activities, an essay of written ideas, and breadth of
life experiences.

College Majors

UMCP offers 90 undergraduate majors with the potential for numerous minors. Some of the majors offered include:

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African-American Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Classical Language and Literatures
  • Communication
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Ecological Technology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Geology
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Theater
  • Women’s Studies

Undergraduate Programs

In addition to the college majors, UMCP also offers opportunities
through an Honors College in a variety of fields, the Jimenez-Porter
Writers’ House, the Language House, and College Park Scholars. UMCP is
always looking for new and exciting ways to link students up to
real-world and practical experiences, including opportunities to learn
in global communities.

Graduate Programs

UMCP offers certificate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a variety of
fields. These programs include American studies, anthropology,
architecture, biochemistry, business management, criminology and
criminal justice, education, engineering, geographical sciences,
hearing and speech sciences, historic preservation, mathematics, public
health, public policy, urban studies, and many other varieties of
degrees related to their undergraduate major.


UMCP ranks at number 19 nationally for public universities with 25
programs ranked in the top 10 and 72 programs ranked in the top 25,
according to US News and World Report. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
ranks UMCP at number five on its list of best values for in-state
students in public higher education and number ten for out-of-state
students. They are ranked number 38 overall in world rankings.


UMCP as a whole is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher
Education. Individual colleges within the university have received the
following accreditations:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education
Council on Education for Public Health
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Other accreditors include the Maryland State Department of Education,
American Library Association, Accrediting Council on Education in
Journalism and Mass Communications, and American Assembly of Collegiate
Schools of Business.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

UMCP has ten colleges for undergraduates. They are the College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources; School of Architecture, Planning,
and Preservation; College of Arts and Humanities; College of Behavioral
and Social Sciences; Robert H. Smith School of Business; College of
Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences; College of Education; A.
James Clark School of Engineering; School of Public Health; Philip
Merrill College of Journalism; and Letters and Sciences.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

UMCP offers scholarships on the basis of needs or merit. Needs based
scholarships include gift aids (grants) and self-help (which include
loans and Federal Work-Study). Students who wish to be considered for
financial aid must complete the FAFSA form by February 15. Merit based
scholarships must be applied for by November 1 of the prior school year
of enrollment. A variety of awards are given and no specific
application needs to be filled out. Students who receive aid will be
notified by April of the following year. The most prestigious award is
the Banneker/Key Scholarship which provides payment for tuition, room
and board, and other fees, as well as inclusion into the Honors
College. Students may also qualify for Pell grants and other Federal
grant programs.

Library System

UMCP offers eight libraries for student use. The main library is the
McKeldin Library, which holds the General Collection, as well as some
specialized collections including the East Asia Collection and U.S.
Government Information, Maps, and GIS Services. There are libraries for
Architecture, Art, Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the White
Memorial Chemistry Library. The Hornblake Library has the Special
Collections for archives of the University and the State of Maryland,
Broadcasting and Journalism, Culture and Literature, U.S. Social and
Economic Movements, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, and Non-print
Media Services. The final library is the Priddy Library, affiliated with
The Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland.


UMCP is the home of the Terrapins. UMCP was one of the charter members
of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), but will begin competing in the
Big Ten Conference in July of 2014. The following intercollegiate
sports are available for men: baseball, basketball, football, golf,
lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. The following
intercollegiate sports are available for women: basketball, cross
country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball,
tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Student Housing

There are 38 different residence halls covering seven different living
communities on campus. A variety of living arrangements and styles are
offered by the school and an emphasis is placed on helping students
feel comfortable in their surroundings. Housing costs are $5,918 per
year and the average meal plan is $3,975.

General Information

Admission Office

Mitchell Building

College Park, MD 20742-5235

(301) 314-8385

(800) 422-5867

Fax: (301) 314-9693

Contact: Barbara Gill

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

College Park, MD 20742-5235

(301) 405-1000




First Professional


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 39%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 94%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $7,969 $8,005 $8,053 $8,416 +4.51%
Books and Supplies $1,025 $1,025 $1,025 $1,025 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,854 $9,308 $9,575 $9,798 +2.33%
Other $3,024 $3,024 $3,024 $3,024 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,854 $9,306 $9,575 $9,798 +2.33%
Other $3,024 $3,024 $3,024 $3,024 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $20,872 $21,362 $21,677 $22,263 +2.70%
In-state Off Campus $20,872 $21,360 $21,677 $22,263 +2.70%
In-state with Family $8,994 $9,030 $9,078 $9,441 +4.00%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees

Tuition for In-state Students $9,000
In-state Student Fees $1,351
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $19,386
Out-of-state Fees $1,351

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,871 74%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,465 63% $15,163,225 $6,151
– Federal grants 445 11% $1,991,883 $4,476
– Pell grants 444 11% $1,562,572 $3,519
– Other federal grants 358 9% $429,311 $1,199
State/local government grant or scholarships 973 25% $3,212,482 $3,302
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,811 46% $9,958,860 $5,499
Student loan aid 1,374 35% $9,557,377 $6,956
– Federal student loans 1,345 34% $6,458,613 $4,802
– Other student loans 217 6% $3,098,764 $14,280

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 6468 2291 638 234
Agriculture 106 15 13 17
Agricultural Economics 48 10 10
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 17
Animal Sciences 50 3 3
Food Science 8 2
Architecture and Related Services 63 12 2
Architecture 45 12 2
Landscape Architecture 18
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 79 2 17 53
African-American/Black Studies 9 10
American/United States Studies/Civilization 62 1 16
Asian-American Studies
East Asian Studies 9
Gay/Lesbian Studies 9
Latin American Studies 9
Russian Studies 1
Women's Studies 7 1 1 16
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 607 62 34 2
Biochemistry 54 1 5
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 474 38 3
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 6
Conservation Biology 18
Ecology 79
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 8
Entomology 1 4
Molecular Biology 1
Neuroscience 7 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 965 642 13
Accounting 300
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 1
Business Administration and Management 574
Business/Commerce 58 68 13
Finance 272
International Business/Trade/Commerce 85
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 39
Management Science 39
Marketing/Marketing Management 171
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Communication and Journalism Programs 392 33 13
Journalism 117 26 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 275 7 8
Computing and Information Sciences 156 103 26
Computer and Information Sciences 118 33 26
Information Science/Studies 38 70
Education 306 318 72 68
Art Teacher Education 3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 38 15 6
Curriculum and Instruction 191 12 46
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 1 8 16
Educational Leadership and Administration 28 25
Elementary Education and Teaching 98
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 7
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education 116 4
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 25
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music Teacher Education 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 9
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 19
Special Education and Teaching 16 60 8
Engineering 595 349 112 30
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 54 17 6
Agricultural Engineering 38 2 3
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 3
Chemical Engineering 44 8 7
Civil Engineering 92 31 10
Computer Engineering 37
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 93 33 40
Engineering 130 30
Engineering, Other 32 23 7
Materials Engineering 13 4 10
Mechanical Engineering 192 26 24
Nuclear Engineering 5 2
Systems Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering 69
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 228 31 16
Creative Writing 7
English Language and Literature 228 24 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 186 22 13
Arabic Language and Literature 3
Chinese Language and Literature 17
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 14 4
French Language and Literature 23 8 2
German Language and Literature 7 1 1
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Italian Language and Literature 6
Japanese Language and Literature 19
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 4 1
Linguistics 26 1 6
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Russian Language and Literature 8
Spanish Language and Literature 54 4 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 71 51 42
Audiology/Audiologist 11
Communication Sciences and Disorders 43
Dietetics/Dietitian 27
Health Services Administration 3
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 10
Maternal and Child Health 1
Pre-dentistry Studies
Pre-veterinary Studies 1
Public Health 18
Public Health, Other
Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist 20
Veterinary Medicine 28
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 2
History 184 17 9
History 184 17 9
Human Services 114 5 20
Public Policy Analysis 114 5 20
Legal and Law Studies
Pre-law Studies
Library Science 116 4
Library and Information Science 116 4
Library Science, Other
Mathematics and Statistics 101 36 30 3
Analysis and Functional Analysis
Applied Mathematics 15 15 1
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics 101 6 11
Statistics 15 4 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 17 81 11 32
Biological and Physical Sciences 17 8
Human Computer Interaction
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 17 59 28
Museology/Museum Studies 4
Nutrition Sciences 5 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 14 33
Environmental Science 4
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 33
Natural Resources/Conservation 10
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 220 5 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 220 5 7
Physical Sciences 128 26 74
Astronomy 11 2 4
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 4 9
Chemical Physics 7
Chemistry 32 3 16
Geology and Earth Science 8 5 4
Physical Sciences 26
Physics 51 12 34
Psychology 313 24 27
Educational Psychology 16 9
Psychology 313 8 18
Psychology, Other
Social Sciences 1364 124 52 7
Anthropology 42 13
Criminology 470 44 4
Demography and Population Studies 2
Economics 375 14 18
Geography 38 12 9
Political Science and Government 293 18 12
Social Sciences 5
Sociology 146 8 9
Urban Studies/Affairs 15
Visual and Performing Arts 196 73 47
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 27 4 5
Dance 17 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 33
Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Fine/Studio Arts 89 4
Music Performance 16
Music 14 54 37
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 2 1
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 5
Theater Literature, History and Criticism 1 4
Work and Family Studies 177 2 1
Family and Community Services 168 2 1
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Economics B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Ecology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Fire protection Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Community Services B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Arabic B
Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Medical Dietetics B
Pre-dentistry B
Pre-veterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Pre-law B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions

University of Maryland-College Park Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (301) 405-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: , College Park, MD 20742
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 40,743
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 85%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 32,946 (81% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,779
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,891
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 66%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,388

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Maryland-College Park Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Maryland-College Park.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 31085
Architecture and Related Services 1421
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 8422
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 171112
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 31281
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1332
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 353
Education 2023148
Engineering 1101310
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 831
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11486
Health Professions and Related Programs 1877
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 121
Mathematics and Statistics 5143
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6163
Natural Resources and Conservation 321
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 321
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1221
Physical Sciences 666
Psychology 3132
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1111
Social Sciences 2887
Visual and Performing Arts 1094
Grand total 5914813290

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Maryland-College Park and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,779
Out-of-state $36,891
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $14,793
Out-of-state $30,885

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,971 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,928 48% $9,388
Student loan aid 1,808 30% $8,702

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 14,945 49% $10,020
Federal student loans 9,304 30% $6,353

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Maryland-College Park. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Maryland-College Park students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 33,012 16,027 16,985
Percent admitted 100% 42% 46%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 13% 13%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Maryland-College Park Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 40,743
Undergraduate enrollment 30,511
Graduate enrollment 10,232

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Maryland-College Park Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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