Maryland’s history of higher education dates back to 1696, when King William School – now known as St. John’s College – was founded as the third institution of higher learning in what would become the United States. Today there are dozens of higher education opportunities in the state, ranging from public research universities to community colleges and independent trade schools. To help aspiring students learn more, this guide explores the statistics and culture of the college scene in Maryland.

Best Maryland Colleges: 2017 Rankings

Maryland Maryland

Schools that rise to the top of rankings lists are ones that have consistently shown that they excel in the things that matter most to students, such as affordable tuition, better financial aid opportunities, and a low student-to-teacher ratio. Our rankings of the best Maryland colleges look at those factors and more, providing students with a barometer to gauge the quality of various schools during their search.

1
1 Prince George’s Community College
Score
99.81
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$40,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
6%
1Prince George’s Community College
Score
99.81
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $40,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    6%

  • Graduation Rate 6%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 6
  • # Total Programs 79
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
2
2 Howard Community College
Score
98.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
20%
2Howard Community College
Score
98.95
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    20%

  • Graduation Rate 15%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 78
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
3
3 Montgomery College
Score
98.10
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$40,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
21%
3Montgomery College
Score
98.10
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $40,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    21%

  • Graduation Rate 16%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 101
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
4
4 Cecil College
Score
97.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$31,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
15%
4Cecil College
Score
97.95
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $31,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    15%

  • Graduation Rate 11%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 68
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
5
5 Hagerstown Community College
Score
97.90
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$31,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
17%
5Hagerstown Community College
Score
97.90
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $31,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    17%

  • Graduation Rate 22%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 61
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
6
6 Carroll Community College
Score
97.73
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$35,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
9%
6Carroll Community College
Score
97.73
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $35,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    9%

  • Graduation Rate 26%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 32
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
7
7 The Community College of Baltimore County
Score
97.67
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$34,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
8%
7The Community College of Baltimore County
Score
97.67
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $34,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    8%

  • Graduation Rate 7%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 5
  • # Total Programs 125
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
8
8 Baltimore City Community College
Score
97.54
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$29,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
13%
8Baltimore City Community College
Score
97.54
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $29,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    17:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    13%

  • Graduation Rate 5%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 6
  • # Total Programs 36
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
9
9 Harford Community College
Score
97.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$34,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
14%
9Harford Community College
Score
97.35
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $34,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    20:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    14%

  • Graduation Rate 19%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 52
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
10
10 College of Southern Maryland
Score
97.33
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
7%
10College of Southern Maryland
Score
97.33
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    7%

  • Graduation Rate 14%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 9
  • # Total Programs 65
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
11
11 Frederick Community College
Score
97.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$32,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
16%
11Frederick Community College
Score
97.07
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $32,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    16%

  • Graduation Rate 21%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 61
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
12
12 Anne Arundel Community College
Score
96.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$38,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
4%
12Anne Arundel Community College
Score
96.95
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $38,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    4%

  • Graduation Rate 16%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 8
  • # Total Programs 135
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
13
13 Chesapeake College
Score
96.91
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
30%
13Chesapeake College
Score
96.91
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    19:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    30%

  • Graduation Rate 13%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 48
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
14
14 Allegany College of Maryland
Score
96.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$30,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
15%
14Allegany College of Maryland
Score
96.43
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $30,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    15%

  • Graduation Rate 18%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
15
15 Wor-Wic Community College
Score
96.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
10%
15Wor-Wic Community College
Score
96.40
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    10%

  • Graduation Rate 16%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 41
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
16
16 Garrett College
Score
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$27,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
39%
16Garrett College
Score
86.00
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $27,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    39%

  • Graduation Rate 26%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 21
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
1
1 Johns Hopkins University
Score
99.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$69,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
48%
1Johns Hopkins University
Score
99.70
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $69,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    9:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    48%

  • Graduation Rate 92%
  • Acceptance Rate 16%
  • # Online Programs 13
  • # Total Programs 171
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
2
2 Loyola University Maryland
Score
97.27
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$62,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
76%
2Loyola University Maryland
Score
97.27
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $62,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    76%

  • Graduation Rate 84%
  • Acceptance Rate 60%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 59
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
3
3 University of Maryland-College Park
Score
96.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$59,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
52%
3University of Maryland-College Park
Score
96.80
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $59,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    18:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    52%

  • Graduation Rate 82%
  • Acceptance Rate 48%
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 190
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
4
4 Notre Dame of Maryland University
Score
95.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$48,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
4Notre Dame of Maryland University
Score
95.31
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $48,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 48%
  • Acceptance Rate 49%
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 49
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
5
5 Mount St Mary’s University
Score
94.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$50,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
100%
5Mount St Mary’s University
Score
94.76
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $50,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    13:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    100%

  • Graduation Rate 67%
  • Acceptance Rate 67%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 45
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
6
6 St Mary’s College of Maryland
Score
93.24
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$48,200
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
63%
6St Mary’s College of Maryland
Score
93.24
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $48,200
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    63%

  • Graduation Rate 81%
  • Acceptance Rate 79%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 26
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
7
7 Stevenson University
Score
92.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$51,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
99%
7Stevenson University
Score
92.84
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $51,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    99%

  • Graduation Rate 64%
  • Acceptance Rate 62%
  • # Online Programs 6
  • # Total Programs 33
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
8
8 McDaniel College
Score
92.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$44,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
98%
8McDaniel College
Score
92.53
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $44,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    98%

  • Graduation Rate 73%
  • Acceptance Rate 76%
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
9
9 Goucher College
Score
92.29
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$45,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
98%
9Goucher College
Score
92.29
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $45,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    9:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    98%

  • Graduation Rate 66%
  • Acceptance Rate 76%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 43
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
10
10 Towson University
Score
92.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$49,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
36%
10Towson University
Score
92.25
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $49,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    36%

  • Graduation Rate 66%
  • Acceptance Rate 59%
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 98
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
11
11 University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Score
92.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$53,500
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
46%
11University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Score
92.22
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $53,500
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    19:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    46%

  • Graduation Rate 61%
  • Acceptance Rate 60%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 86
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
12
12 Washington Adventist University
Score
92.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$46,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
90%
12Washington Adventist University
Score
92.21
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $46,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    9:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    90%

  • Graduation Rate 31%
  • Acceptance Rate 45%
  • # Online Programs 1
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
13
13 Washington College
Score
92.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$48,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
94%
13Washington College
Score
92.07
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $48,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    94%

  • Graduation Rate 69%
  • Acceptance Rate 56%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 31
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
14
14 University of Maryland-Baltimore
Score
91.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$80,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
7:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
N/A
14University of Maryland-Baltimore
Score
91.84
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $80,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    7:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    N/A

  • Graduation Rate N/A
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 27
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
15
15 Salisbury University
Score
91.42
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$47,300
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
61%
15Salisbury University
Score
91.42
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $47,300
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    61%

  • Graduation Rate 67%
  • Acceptance Rate 55%
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 58
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
16
16 Capitol Technology University
Score
91.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$58,900
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
92%
16Capitol Technology University
Score
91.39
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $58,900
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    12:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    92%

  • Graduation Rate 29%
  • Acceptance Rate 70%
  • # Online Programs 8
  • # Total Programs 20
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
17
17 Hood College
Score
90.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$43,100
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
98%
17Hood College
Score
90.93
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $43,100
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    11:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    98%

  • Graduation Rate 60%
  • Acceptance Rate 81%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 44
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
18
18 University of Baltimore
Score
90.63
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$58,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
63%
18University of Baltimore
Score
90.63
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $58,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    63%

  • Graduation Rate N/A
  • Acceptance Rate 62%
  • # Online Programs 4
  • # Total Programs 42
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
19
19 Morgan State University
Score
90.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$39,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
38%
19Morgan State University
Score
90.14
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $39,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    38%

  • Graduation Rate 29%
  • Acceptance Rate 65%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 79
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
20
20 United States Naval Academy
Score
89.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
N/A
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
N/A
20United States Naval Academy
Score
89.86
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    N/A
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    9:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    N/A

  • Graduation Rate 87%
  • Acceptance Rate 8%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 23
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
21
21 Bowie State University
Score
89.28
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$47,000
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
51%
21Bowie State University
Score
89.28
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $47,000
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    16:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    51%

  • Graduation Rate 35%
  • Acceptance Rate 55%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 41
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes
22
22 Maryland Institute College of Art
Score
89.18
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$31,400
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
99%
22Maryland Institute College of Art
Score
89.18
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $31,400
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    10:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    99%

  • Graduation Rate 71%
  • Acceptance Rate 54%
  • # Online Programs 2
  • # Total Programs 33
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
23
23 University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
Score
88.45
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,800
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
37%
23University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
Score
88.45
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,800
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    37%

  • Graduation Rate 31%
  • Acceptance Rate 61%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience No
24
24 University of Maryland-University College
Score
87.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$50,700
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
3%
24University of Maryland-University College
Score
87.19
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $50,700
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    22:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    3%

  • Graduation Rate 4%
  • Acceptance Rate N/A
  • # Online Programs 46
  • # Total Programs 46
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience Yes
25
25 Frostburg State University
Score
87.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$43,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
45%
25Frostburg State University
Score
87.15
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $43,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    15:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    45%

  • Graduation Rate 44%
  • Acceptance Rate 59%
  • # Online Programs 3
  • # Total Programs 52
  • Placement Services No
  • Credit for Experience No
26
26 Coppin State University
Score
86.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
TUITION & FEES
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
ALUMNI EARNINGS
$37,600
STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
Gift Financial Aid
44%
26Coppin State University
Score
86.97
  • Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
    TUITION & FEES
  • Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
    ALUMNI EARNINGS
    $37,600
  • STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO
    14:1
  • First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
    Gift Financial Aid
    44%

  • Graduation Rate 17%
  • Acceptance Rate 43%
  • # Online Programs 0
  • # Total Programs 43
  • Placement Services Yes
  • Credit for Experience Yes

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Maryland College Planning, Assistance and Outreach Programs

Choosing a college is a tough task unto itself, but on top of that, students usually have a host of other questions: How do I plan for college? How much financial aid will I get? If I run into trouble, where can I get help? Between federal resources and state programs, Maryland students should have ample opportunity to find and attend a suitable college. The following initiatives are some ways the state is helping aspiring students.

MDgo4it

Hosted by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, this program offers numerous resources for parents and students, including information on state financial aid, 529 plans, finding the right college and major, and locating money for college. A net price calculator helps students see the real bottom line of their education. Not just for high school students, the site offers information to students as early as the elementary years, as well as preparing college students who are going into graduate school or the workforce.

Maryland Eligible Training Provider System

Students who want to learn more about skilled trades, find continuing education to help them improve their skills, or earn credentials that will bolster their employment options can look to the METPS. The system operates in conjunction with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which provides funding to assist individuals who want to enroll in postsecondary education. This state program allows students to search by a specific institution, location, length of training, in-demand professions, credential earned, and more.

Academic Common Market

Imagine choosing to attend college only to discover that no institution in your home state offers the particular major you need. The ACM is a partnership of several states (including Maryland) that recognize this problem and offer a solution: if a public institution in the home state does not offer the required major, students may attend a public college in a partner state and receive a tuition waiver that keeps their costs the same as attending an in-state school.

Evaluating the Cost of College in Maryland

When determining the cost of college, students should look not just at the posted tuition prices, but also at the dollar figures attached to financial aid packages. The following charts give a brief overview of what students at Maryland colleges can expect to pay in tuition, as well as what the average financial aid award is. We’ve also compared the numbers to the national average to show where the state stands overall.

Average Maryland Tuition & Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Maryland Students Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award for Maryland Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Most Affordable Colleges in Maryland

Take the costs of tuition and fees, subtract financial aid received, and the result is the net price of college. In ranking the most affordable colleges in Maryland, these six came out on top; the figures are also compared to the national average to give students a more comprehensive look at what to expect.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Maryland College Net Price vs. National Average
MARYLAND $19,238 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Maryland Colleges with Highest Alumni Salaries

After earning a degree, students usually enter the workforce with the hope of taking home a good paycheck. Of course earnings vary widely depending on the type of employment and location, but it’s also helpful to look at the salaries of a college’s alumni. We looked at which Maryland colleges had the highest-paid alumni ten years after they entered college, and compared those incomes to the national average.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Maryland Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
MARYLAND $48,757 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in Maryland with Least Alumni Debt

Finishing college with no debt is an admirable goal, but unfortunately, it’s one that many students can’t achieve. The good news is that there are many colleges and universities whose strong financial aid packages translate to a more manageable debt figure come graduation. These six schools in Maryland turned out alumni with the lowest student debt in the state. We’ve also compared those schools with the average student loan debt across the nation.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Maryland College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
MARYLAND $24,242 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Maryland Cost of Living: College Expenses Beyond Tuition

The cost of living in Maryland tends to be higher than that of that national average; if the national average is set at 100, Maryland comes in at about 116. Housing packs the biggest punch; the median value of owner-occupied homes in Maryland is over 63 percent more than the national average, and rents tends to be more expensive as well. The good news is that as of 2014, the state ranked first nationally in household income, so students may see some relief once they enter the workforce. The following chart offers cost-of-living information for the biggest metro areas in Maryland, as well as the state as a whole.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 120% 162% 114% 102% 105% 91% 100%
Baltimore 113% 144% 117% 96% 104% 89% 97%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick 130% 202% 110% 101% 111% 90% 99%
Charles County 115% 139% 114% 108% 101% 93% 106%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for Maryland Colleges

Students looking for the best education possible should always start with a college’s accreditation status. Those that have earned accreditation have been evaluated by an independent body and found to meet established standards for a quality education. Accreditation is more than just a seal of approval. Students attending accredited schools are more likely to receive financial aid, making their bottom line much cheaper-in fact, federal financial aid is not even available to students at unaccredited institutions. The advantage extends into the working world, where employers may reject degrees not issued by an accredited school. Students who want to transfer credits from one school to another should ensure that both are accredited; many colleges will not accept transfer credits from unaccredited institutions.

In Maryland, the main accrediting body is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to this regional accreditation, specific programs or schools may be recognized by other bodies. Here are some examples:

Popular Cities to Attend College in Maryland

Baltimore

Maryland's largest city is an economic hub for several industries, including healthcare, information technology and defense. Education is another key sector; information from the Maryland Independent College and University Association reports that the Baltimore-Towson metro area is home to almost 110,000 full-time students, and education accounts for nearly 85,000 jobs in the area. Following are a few of the colleges and universities that welcome students to the Baltimore area.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

BaltimoreJohns Hopkins University Private not-for-profit $26,596 $69,200
Well-known as a world leader in medicine and research, the college is made up of nine schools offering 240 different programs to a student population of about 21,000. Over the last 36 years, the school has devoted more money to research than any other U.S. academic institution, and the effort has paid off: the university has produced some 36 Nobel Prize winners.
BaltimoreUniversity of Baltimore Public $16,780 $58,000
Founded in 1925 as a private night school focusing on business administration and law, the university became a public institution 50 years later, and now offers dozens of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, both on campus and online. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the more than 6,000 students at University of Baltimore can enjoy one-on-one attention from accomplished professors, three-fourths of whom hold the highest degrees available in their fields.
BaltimoreCommunity College of Baltimore County Public $7,748 $34,200
More than half of Baltimore County residents enrolled in postsecondary undergraduate education attend CCBC, which was founded in 1957 and now serves almost 65,000 students annually at its three campuses. The student body is largely non-traditional, with more than half of students in their 20s and 30s, and another third in their 40s or older. The college serves this population specifically through its Continuing Education and Economic Development program, working with more than 100 employers to provide specific, customized training relevant to the area's industry demands.
College Park

Located between Bethesda and Annapolis, and just seven miles from Washington D.C., College Park is the state's epicenter of education and culture. Distinctive neighborhoods and convenient transportation make it an attractive place to live, and it's also home to the main campus of the University of Maryland.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

College ParkUniversity of Maryland - College Park Public $16,299 $59,100
Located about four miles from the northeast border of Washington D.C., the University of Maryland - College Park is a public research university that boasts high student success rates. The thousands of students enrolled each year can choose from 250 academic programs taught by over 9,000 faculty and staff who are experienced in their field which may ensure that students receive quality education to boost them towards their professional goals.

Source: College Scorecard

Maryland College Resources

College is a complex and time-consuming commitment, and students can benefit by seeking out the help they need. These state resources focus on helping students prepare for and complete college, and then transition into the workplace.

College Savings Plans of Maryland

Maryland offers two overarching programs for students: the College Investment Plan, and the Prepaid College Trust. The trust locks in tuition at current prices, while the investment plan offers several investment portfolio options.

Maryland College Aid Processing System

The MDCAPS system allows students to apply for scholarships and track the status of their financial aid awards, as well as check enrollment and housing status, arrange course credit transfers, and more.

Maryland Higher Education Commission

This website is designed to help students with preparing for college, enrolling, and securing financial aid.

Maryland Independent College and University Association

With 15 member schools across the state, the MICUA works collectively to address academic and financial issues in higher education.

Private Career Schools

This clearinghouse of the state’s private career schools offers information about available training programs, as well as advice for students on searching for and selecting a program.

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Created by the state’s General Assembly, this center brings together colleges from across the state to offer programs in education, management, engineering and applied sciences.