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.

Rankings

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.

Accreditation

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.

Athletics

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
[email protected]
Contact: Barbara Gill
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
College Park, MD 20742-5235
(301) 405-1000
www.maryland.edu
Size
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First Professional

Setting

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
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
Biophysics
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 6
Conservation Biology 18
Ecology 79
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 8
Entomology 1 4
Microbiology
Molecular Biology 1
Neuroscience 7 2
Toxicology
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
Education
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

Education
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

Engineering
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
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Pre-law B

Mathematics
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
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 officer.


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