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University of Maryland

The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellence in teaching, research, and service. The University educates students and advances knowledge in areas of importance to the State, the nation, and the world. 

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The University of Maryland is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. It is one of 63 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada.


Colleges and Schools

  • 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
  • The Graduate School
  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • College of Information Studies
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Public Policy
  • Office of Undergraduate Studies


Driven by the pursuit of excellence, the University of Maryland has enjoyed a remarkable rise in accomplishment and reputation over the past two decades. By any measure, Maryland is now one of the nation's preeminent public research universities and on a path to become one of the world's best. To fulfill this promise, we must capitalize on our momentum, fully exploit our competitive advantages, and pursue ambitious goals with great discipline and entrepreneurial spirit. This promise is within reach. This strategic plan is our working agenda.


Deciding on a career may seem daunting, but it’s easier if you think of it as a process. Choosing your career involves looking at your unique qualities, increasing your awareness of career options, gaining experience and involvement within your interest areas and then solidifying your plans for life after Maryland. You’re not alone in this process. Center staff have your back each step of the way. As a Terp, there’s no better time than NOW to get started with firming up your career plans.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Memorial Chapel is a multi-faceted campus facility serving numerous on-and off- campus populations and is home to a diverse range of events and personnel. Dedicated in 1952 as a living memorial to members of the University community that gave their lives in times of war, the Memorial Chapel is the center of religious life on campus and supports all fourteen university recognized chaplaincies and their programs. In addition, it is the site for weddings, concerts, lectures, convocations, commencements and other special events throughout the year.

Housing services

The University of Maryland is committed to creating and maintaining an educational, working and living environment that is free from discrimination. The Department of Resident Life therefore strives to provide accommodated housing to qualified individuals. Students who need housing accommodations must submit medical documentation from a licensed clinical professional or health care provider to the Department of Resident Life.

Library services


  • General Collections - About 1.2 million books, plus more
  • Government Information, Maps, and GIS Services - Federal and state documents since 1925 and the latest in GIS
  • East Asia Collections - Chinese, Japanese and Korean materials
  • Periodicals and Microforms - Find it the old-fashioned way
  • Popular Reading - Just-for-fun books and audiobooks in a variety of genres

Medical services

Our vision is to be the provider of choice for health care and health information for UMCP students, to be recognized as a leader in collegiate health care, to be an important source of services for faculty and staff, and to be an integral part of the University’s educational mission.

Student Life

Campus life

There are about 8,900 beds in 37 residence halls and the 625-bed Leonardtown apartment community. Most students live in double rooms and have one roommate. About 13% of all beds are in triple or quad rooms, where students have two or three roommates. Single rooms (no roommate) are assigned solely to returning residence hall students through a seniority system; there is no access to single rooms for new-to-housing students, including for reasons of a medical condition or disability. New-to-housing students may request assignments in traditional "dormitory-style" residence halls (most without air conditioning) or in furnished, carpeted and air-conditioned apartments or suites.

Sports facilities

Now is the time to find a way to make regular physical exercise part of your weekly routine. Our fitness programs and services are designed to help you get fit and stay fit. Currently registered students and University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) members, at least 18 years of age, are invited to take advantage of the following programs and services.

Student clubs

Every fraternity and sorority at the University of Maryland, while social in nature, was established by their founders based on a commitment to certain values: brotherhood and sisterhood, service, scholarship, philanthropy and more. They believed that united rather than apart, they could make men better men, and women better women. Our vision is of a community that lives by the values upon which fraternities and sororities were founded.


The University of Maryland College of Education was re-accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in November 2012, and its certification programs were granted continuing state approval by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in January 2013. The NCATE accreditation of the College of Education and MSDE program approval extend through Fall 2020.

College Park, Maryland, United States

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