University of Maryland – College Park
Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 314-8385
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The University of Maryland – College Park is a four-year, public institution in College Park, Md. The school was chartered in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College, and then Maryland State College when the state took full control in 1916. The University of Maryland was consolidated in 1920, linking the College Park and Baltimore campuses. In 1988, five University of Maryland campuses reorganized to form the University of Maryland System with College Park as the flagship institution. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Maryland – College Park 58 in the National Universities category of its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The university has a student population of 26,826 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Programs Offered

The University of Maryland comprises the colleges of agriculture and natural resources, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, computer, mathematical and natural sciences, education, journalism, and information studies, and the schools of architecture, planning, and preservation, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the Public Health, Public Policy, and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The University of Maryland offers several areas of study, including accounting, aerospace engineering, agricultural and resource economics, agricultural and veterinary medicine, animal sciences, art education, biological sciences, computer science, economics, finance, history, journalism, kinesiology, landscape management, logistics, mathematics, music, physics, and psychology. The University of Maryland also provides graduate degree programs in American studies, anthropology, architecture, astronomy, biophysics, business and management, creative writing, criminology, education, engineering, geology, history, linguistics, toxicology, and women’s studies. The Office of Extended Studies at the University of Maryland offers online programs and courses. Online graduate programs are available in chemical and life sciences and mental health. Online courses are available in several areas, including African American studies, American studies, anthropology, comparative literature, education, economics, English, family science, geography, government and policy, and kinesiology.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited the University of Maryland-College Park since 1921.


The University of Maryland sets a priority application deadline on November 1 — the date for best consideration for both admission and merit-based scholarships. The university has a regular application deadline of January 20 for the fall semester. The spring semester deadline is December 1; August 1 if the applicant has any non-U.S. academic records. Freshman applicants must submit a completed online application, a $65 fee, official high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT test scores. Students must also send in an activities and awards list or a resume. Official college transcripts may be submitted for transfer credit consideration as well. Additional prerequisites may be required by specific programs.

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