Maryland is a state defined by waterways and coastlines, a Mid-Atlantic state that sits near the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The largest city in the state, Baltimore, has a long history as a major seaport for America today one of the most influential cities in America that draws in quite the crowd due to attractions such as the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and Fort McHenry. It also gets quite a draw for its academic offerings, as does the entire state of Maryland in general.
There are several top-ranked universities within the state, most of them a part of the Maryland University System. Below we have listed some of the most popular school choices in the state, their national rankings, undergraduate enrollment, notable alumni, and more!
*All Ranking and Undergrad Statistic Information from U.S News and World Report - Rankings and Reviews
- Johns Hopkins University
#9 Ranked National University - 6,256 Undergrad
Johns Hopkins University, a private research university originally based in Baltimore, is a wonderfully famous and historic institution of higher learning. Founded in 1876 under the motto "The Truth Will Set You Free," Johns Hopkins has continued to be an endless seeker of knowledge and growth in all areas. Johns Hopkins University is divided into 9 different schools, 5 of which are undergrad/grad driven. Avenues of academic education include the top-ranked School of Public Health, School of Education, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Peabody Institute for Music and Dance, and more.
Noted Alumni: Mike Bloomberg, Woodrow Wilson, Gertrude Stein
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- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Maryland
#58 Ranked National University - 30,511 Undergrad
The University of Maryland is a global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation, supporting highly ranked graduate programs in education, business, and engineering. The school is a public land grant university as well as a member of the NCAA Division 1 Big Ten athletic system. There are over 800 clubs and organizations here at the U of M, including 60 fraternities and sororities, all of which just about 40,700 students take part in each year. The suburban, 1335 acre campus will welcome your group warmly as you participate in information sessions, teacher/advisor meetings, student interactions, and walking tours. Make sure you stop by one of any of the many Testudo sculptures on campus and rub its nose for good luck (Testudo is the school mascot, a terrapin who is the state reptile).
Noted Alumni: Charles Bennet, Jim Henson, Connie Chung
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- Towson University
#196 Ranked National University - 19,619 Undergrad
Welcome to Towson University, the public university located just about 20 minutes from Baltimore in the town of Towson. This school was founded in 1866 as Maryland's first training school for teachers, a key part of the University System of Maryland since its founding. Towson University has evolved into 8 subsidiary colleges since opening, receiving several awards and rankings in occupational therapy, cybersecurity degree programs, exercise science, and more. The campus itself is a beautiful 329-acre sub-campus, the second largest in the University System of Maryland, which is the 12th largest university system in the United States.
Noted Alumni: Amy Schumer, Gary Neal, Mike Rowe
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- Bowie State University
#136 Ranked Regional Universities North - 5,227 Undergrad
Bowie State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865, the oldest Historically Black University in the state and one of the ten oldest in the entire country. The school provides both high-quality and affordable educational opportunities with 23 undergrad majors, 20 master's programs, 16 specialty certificates, and 2 doctoral programs. The academic focus is on science, technology, business, and education, with an additional center dedicated to natural sciences, mathematics, and nursing. The school sits on a suburban 339-acre campus close to both Washington DC and Baltimore.
Noted Alumni: Wale, Toni Braxton, Joann C. Benson
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- Morgan State University
#298 Ranked National University - 6,461 Undergrad
The school was first founded in 1867 and has built itself into a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institute that provides excellent instruction to a "multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body". Morgan State University features over 125 degree programs from baccalaureate to doctorate level. The quality of the programs and instruction together make the school the state's preeminent public urban research university. Its mission is to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions, as you will learn about during your campus visit. During your visit, you will also be able to explore the charming residential area of northeast Baltimore near Morgan and Wilson Parks.
Noted Alumni: Rosey Brown, Earl G. Graves Sr, Willie Lanier
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- Salisbury University
#67 Ranked Regional Universities North- 7,686 Undergrad
Located in the town of Salisbury, near the Delaware border. This public institution was first founded in 1925 and offers 40 undergraduate degree programs. The school utilizes a 4-1-4 academic calendar year, making it unique in that sense. There are several clubs and organizations on campus, as well as athletics in the NCAA Division III Capital Conference. The campus is 201 acres and rather rural, located 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington. The University is also home to the Perdue School of Business.
Noted Alumni: Jim Perdue, Steve Bisciotti, Scott Krinsky
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- Frostburg State University
#113 Ranked Regional Universities North- 4,119 Undergrad
First founded in 1898, Frostburg State University is a public institution in Western Maryland. The university is actually the only four-year institution of the University System of Maryland in the state's Appalachian highlands! The school is a 'comprehensive, student-centered institution dedicated to providing quality education', putting an academic focus on business, biology, computer science, counseling psychology, and recreation. There are additional programs in Hagerstown, Anne Arundel, and Garrett County as well.
Noted Alumni: Beverly D. Mackereth, John Ellinger, Greg Garcia
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- University of Maryland
Must Mentions to Consider: Loyola University Maryland (#4 in Regional Universities North), St. Mary's College of Maryland (#80 in National Liberal Arts Colleges)