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The University of Maryland, located in College Park, MD is just outside of Washington, DC and is a renowned research university. With an enrollment of just over 41,000 and 14,000 faculty members, the university provides students with a vast array of academic and athletic opportunities. Of the 41,000 students, nearly 30,000 are enrolled in an undergraduate program, though the school offers degrees from the associate level up to the doctoral level.

Overview of University of Maryland-College Park (UMD)

Almost 93% of the undergraduate students attend school full-time, while the other 7% attend only part-time. Most freshmen live on campus while older students live off-campus. The college is relatively diverse, with white students making up 50% of the population and the other 50% consisting of Black, Asian, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups. The school is also almost equal in regard to male and female students with males slightly outnumbering females. The faculty is also diverse, with an ethnic makeup that resembles the student body. If you are seeking an education at a large diverse university with robust learning opportunities, the University of Maryland at College Park could be the school for you.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 86%
Year Founded 1856

Student Enrollment

Total Students41,200


Undergraduate Student

Male 16,304
Female 14,458

Graduate Student

Male 5,532
Female 4,906

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UMD Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 16,325
Female 17,172


Male 7,510
Female 8,242

Acceptance Rate47%

Male 46%
Female 48%

Enrollment 4,723

Male 1,558
Female 1,322
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 20
Common Application Accepted No

UMD-College Park Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

UMCP has an in-state and out-of-state tuition platform. For in-state students, tuition and fees were $10,595 for the 2017-2018 academic year. For out-of-state students, the tuition and fee costs were $35,216. This does not include room and board, which varies depending on whether or not the student living on or off-campus. For in-state students, the net price per year was $16,790. This is the amount students needed to pay after grants and scholarships were applied to the total amount due. Tuition was paid in several ways. Seventy-four percent of students received some sort of financial aid. Financial aid in the form of federal and private grants or scholarships from either the school or private organizations made up 61% of the student’s financial need, while 31% of the students took out student loans to pay their share of the tuition costs.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $16,790
Average Total Aid 3869
Students Receiving Financial Aid 61%
Room & Board $12,809

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,595
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $35,216
  • Books and Supplies - $1,250
  • Room & Board - $12,809
  • Other - $2,492


University of Maryland-College Park has decent to excellent ratings for retention and matriculation. On average, a freshman class retains 96% of its student body the following year. So, for every 100 freshman, 96 return to start their second year. The graduation rate, though not as impressive, is still a positive attribute, with 86% of students graduating within six years. These metrics are important because of what they can tell you about your possible student experience should you choose to attend the University of Maryland. Very low rates could indicate deeper problems, but slightly lowered rates don’t put up the same red flags. The student to faculty ratio is on the higher end at 18:1, but that means larger classes have more people with whom to share ideas and glean knowledge. Students might not get a lot of one-on-one attention from instructors, but there is still room for interaction and intervention when needed. For students who are equipped to work independently, the situation is ideal.

Student Population Total

Student Population 41,200

Evening Classes : -
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 891 Total Graduates / 12%
Accounting 234 Graduates
Marketing/Management, General 148 Graduates
Finance 316 Graduates
Business Administration and Management 62 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 1101 Total Graduates / 14%
Aerospace 95 Graduates
Chemical 95 Graduates
Mechanical 350 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 1339 Total Graduates / 18%
Economics, General 509 Graduates
Political Science and Government 260 Graduates
Sociology 85 Graduates
Anthropology 27 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 576 Total Graduates / 8%
Exercise Physiology N/A Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences 443 Graduates
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology N/A Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 460 Total Graduates / 6%
Radio and Television N/A Graduates
Advertising N/A Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management N/A Graduates
All Other Diplomas 42%

Outcome & Salary

Salary data based on the most recent statistical data set is not available. However, UMCP students have a low loan default rate of 2.4%. This indicates that students with a degree from this university are attaining employment that is paying a living wage and allowing them to repay their loans. This bodes well for anyone looking to get a degree in accounting or another field from here.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $61,300
College Grads Average Salary $76,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $113,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $760,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,894,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $67,040
10 Year Projected ROI $692,960
20 Year Projected ROI $1,826,960
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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