University of MarylandThe University of Maryland College Park (UMD), was founded in 1856. The suburban campus, located on 1,250 acres, caters to about 30,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate students. The school is well-known for its graduate programs in education, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The school is affiliated with several US agencies, including the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, NASA, and the FDA. This provides UMD students the opportunity to conduct research in partnership with these organizations. The university also offers a Federal Semester program where students can participate in internships with government policy-makers.

Maryland College ParkUndergraduates can select from over 90 majors in 12 different colleges. The most popular areas of concentration are criminology; accounting; economics; psychology; and speech communication and rhetoric. The student to faculty ratio is around 18 to 1, and about 45% of UMD classes have less than 20 students.

UMD also offers 19 unique programs called Living and Learning, where students can live in the same residential buildings as individuals who are studying similar majors. One of the programs is called Digital Cultures and Creativity (DCC); students live in one hall and take a two-year interdisciplinary curriculum on thinking in the digital world. Another program is Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) for UMD students who wish to focus their studies on biological research and biomedicine. The Gemstone Program is a four-year research program for undergrad honors students with a focus on science and technology. Students more interested in liberal arts can take part in the Honors Humanities program.

University of Maryland College ParkOutside of the classroom, there are many social opportunities for undergraduates. The campus offers over 800 clubs and organizations, as well as 56 Greek groups. The Greek organizations are run by one of four groups: the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association, the Panhellenic Council, and the United Greek Council. In order to remain active, the fraternities and sororities must meet all requirements, including performing a certain amount of community service and conducting alumni or faculty outreach. UMD students can also get involved with the student newspaper, The Diamondback, which was originally founded in 1910.

The University of Maryland sports teams compete as the Terrapins (a type of Diamondback turtle, which is also the state reptile). The teams play in the NCAA Division I B1G. Students who wish to be exposed to a variety of academic challenges should investigate the University of Maryland’s programs.


Acceptance Rate

University of Maryland acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

UMD average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UMCP SAT scores

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UMCP ACT scores

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 32,987
Enrolled: 4,285
Yield: 29.4%
Acceptance rate: 44.1%

Transfer Admissions
Transfer applicants: 5,512
Transfer applicants admitted: 3,402
Transfer acceptance rate: 61.7%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.32
Top 10% of High School: 69%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1290-1460
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 630-720
SAT Math: 650-760

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 29-33
ACT English: 28-35
ACT Math: 27-33

Standardized Test Requirements

U Maryland does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

UMD does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UMD does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Maryland College Park graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

UMD score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 69.5%
5 years: 85.1%
6 years: 87.1%

Transferred to another school: 8%

Loan default rate: 2.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 2

Salary after attending: $62,900

R&D Expenditures: $548.9 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 33
Robberies: 3
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 13
Car thefts: 6

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UMCP financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $23,652

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $27,424
Out-of-state: $53,563

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $17,723

By income
$0 to $30,000: $8,054
$30,001 to $48,000: $12,128
$48,001 to $75,000: $18,418
$75,001 to $110,000: $22,710
$110,001 and more: $25,151

Graduates with student debt: 39%

Average student debt at graduation: $29,133

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UMD undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

University of Maryland student faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17.9 to 1

Women: 48%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 45%
20 to 39: 32%
40 to 99: 16%
100+: 7%

Student Population
Total: 40,743
Undergraduate: 30,511

Student Residence
In State: 64%
Out of State: 33%
International: 3%

U MD student population

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This page was last updated in August 2020.