Best Colleges in Baltimore

Crabcakes, Football, and College Students

“STEM” student meeting at the Waterfront

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, with its amazing views, fine dining and cultural experiences is enough to make you wish your vacation was a few days longer. And this isn’t even half of what the city has to offer. Baltimore is known for its education in the health and science field and is home to some of the nation’s top schools.* Additionally, the Baltimore region has the 8th highest percentage of job openings in "STEM" fields among large metro areas, which equates to some very high-paying job openings for qualified students.* With their 15 4-year institutions and 10 community colleges and trade schools, Baltimore is headed in the right direction for the future working class.*

Along with Venice, Hong Kong, and Rio De Janeiro, Baltimore was voted one of the world’s best waterfront cities.* It is the largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic and offers a plethora of popular attractions when the Harbor no longer excites you: an internationally renowned orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a five-day international film festival, Walters Art Museum, Maryland Science Center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Baltimore Museum of Industry, just to name a few.* When all is said and done, studying for your exams while watching the boats unload at the docks and the seagulls fly over the high-rises seem like a perfect way to spend your college years.

*U.S. Census Online *National Center for Education Statistics *baltimorecity.gov *www.baltimoresun.com *www.greaterbaltimore.org

Best Four Year Universities in Baltimore

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University offers 403 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 9,893 students graduated with students earning 5,948 Master's degrees, 2,301 Bachelor's degrees, 854 Certificates degrees, and 790 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
2 University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers 182 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,713 students graduated with students earning 2,647 Bachelor's degrees, 699 Master's degrees, 266 Certificates degrees, and 101 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
3 Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD

Notre Dame of Maryland University offers 93 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 752 students graduated with students earning 365 Master's degrees, 309 Bachelor's degrees, 66 Doctoral degrees, and 12 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Towson University Towson, MD

Towson University offers 188 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 6,133 students graduated with students earning 4,752 Bachelor's degrees, 1,097 Master's degrees, 259 Certificates degrees, and 25 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
5 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD

United States Naval Academy offers 40 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,153 students graduated with students earning 1,153 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
6 McDaniel College Westminster, MD

McDaniel College offers 88 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small suburb. In 2015, 807 students graduated with students earning 417 Bachelor's degrees, 340 Master's degrees, and 50 Certificates degrees.

7 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD

Stevenson University offers 41 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,133 students graduated with students earning 954 Bachelor's degrees, and 179 Master's degrees.

8 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD

Loyola University Maryland offers 106 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,793 students graduated with students earning 957 Bachelor's degrees, 811 Master's degrees, 25 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
9 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art offers 63 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 630 students graduated with students earning 432 Bachelor's degrees, 173 Master's degrees, and 25 Certificates degrees.

10 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University offers 150 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,234 students graduated with students earning 931 Bachelor's degrees, 236 Master's degrees, 67 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Baltimore

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD

Harford Community College offers 69 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,062 students graduated with students earning 999 Associate's degrees, and 63 Certificates degrees.

2 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD

Anne Arundel Community College offers 155 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,135 students graduated with students earning 1,895 Associate's degrees, and 1,240 Certificates degrees.

3 Howard Community College Columbia, MD

Howard Community College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,333 students graduated with students earning 1,187 Associate's degrees, and 146 Certificates degrees.

4 The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD

The Community College of Baltimore County offers 243 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,377 students graduated with students earning 2,268 Associate's degrees, and 1,109 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Carroll Community College Westminster, MD

Carroll Community College offers 35 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 667 students graduated with students earning 631 Associate's degrees, and 36 Certificates degrees.

6 Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD

Chesapeake College offers 55 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 370 students graduated with students earning 275 Associate's degrees, and 95 Certificates degrees.

7 Baltimore City Community College Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Community College offers 50 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 568 students graduated with students earning 463 Associate's degrees, and 105 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
5/5
6 : 1 22,686
University of Maryland-Baltimore County University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
3/5
23 : 1 13,839
Notre Dame of Maryland University Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, MD
5/5
17 : 1 2,612
Towson University Towson University Towson, MD
3/5
20 : 1 22,284
United States Naval Academy United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 13 : 1 4,525
McDaniel College McDaniel College Westminster, MD
5/5
11 : 1 3,003
Stevenson University Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
5/5
17 : 1 4,185
Loyola University Maryland Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
5/5
14 : 1 6,050
Maryland Institute College of Art Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
5/5
8 : 1 2,197
Morgan State University Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
2/5
18 : 1 7,725
University of Baltimore University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
3/5
23 : 1 6,229
Goucher College Goucher College Baltimore, MD
5/5
14 : 1 2,141
Coppin State University Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
2/5
19 : 1 3,108
St John's College St John's College Annapolis, MD
5/5
8 : 1 451
Harford Community College Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
2/5
36 : 1 6,520
Anne Arundel Community College Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
2/5
32 : 1 14,689
Howard Community College Howard Community College Columbia, MD
2/5
25 : 1 9,632
University of Maryland, Baltimore University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD 4 : 1 6,329
The Community College of Baltimore County The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
2/5
31 : 1 22,179
Carroll Community College Carroll Community College Westminster, MD
2/5
26 : 1 3,542
Chesapeake College Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD
2/5
30 : 1 2,264
Baltimore City Community College Baltimore City Community College Baltimore, MD
2/5
20 : 1 4,060
University Logo Institute of Health Sciences Hunt Valley, MD
3/5
20 : 1 60
University Logo Maryland Beauty Academy of Essex Baltimore, MD 33 : 1 97
University Logo Faith Theological Seminary Baltimore, MD
2/5
19 : 1 150

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Questions About Going to College in Baltimore

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

The ability to select from a highly-educated applicant pool attracts everything from biotechnology industries to financial service firms to Baltimore. The city ranks third nationally in the concentration of health-care service employees and is also a hub of medical research and discovery. Many federal agencies – especially ones related to IT and defense -- make their home in Baltimore because of its proximity to the nation’s capital. In fact, Baltimore places second only to D.C. in federal government civilian employment concentration.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Baltimore?

The prestigious Johns Hopkins University ranks as the city’s largest employer, and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions places a close second. The Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland and its medical system likewise hire a large number of people. Banking and financial services grads may find jobs at Bank of America Corp, Legg Mason, and T. Rowe Price Group. Telecommunications giant Verizon Inc. and energy products and services provider Constellation Energy Group also reign as major hirers.

Is Baltimore more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

More than 66,000 students pursue higher education at one of Baltimore’s 12 accredited institutions. The red-brick buildings and tree-lined pathways at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University certainly give the place a traditional collegiate feel. And it’s easy to forget that Baltimore has a population of 600,000-plus when hanging out between classes in the Academic Quad of Goucher College. Students who fall in love with the city appreciate its abundance of post-collegiate opportunities. In fact, Forbes placed Baltimore ninth on its 2015 list of the best cities for new college grads based on such factors as affordable housing, job openings per 1,000 residents, and the availability of recreational opportunities. Whether you settle in Canton for its nightlife and restaurants, in Federal Hill for its proximity to Inner Harbor and downtown, or in Charles Village for its energizing diversity, Charm City has a neighborhood bound to suit your style.

What do the locals in Baltimore like to do for fun?

Baltimore’s many distinct neighborhoods provide plenty of community events. Summer in Bolton Hill brings Artscape, the largest free crafts festival in America. Wintertime in Hampden wouldn’t be the same without the spectacular “Miracle on 34th Street” lights display. For many Baltimore residents, Sundays mean a trip to the farmers’ market and bazaar held below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets. Take home fresh ingredients to whip up a fantastic spread to eat while cheering on football’s Ravens.

What's the dating scene like in Baltimore? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Rent.com ranked Baltimore among the top five best cities for single men. You might encounter your lifelong love in Mount Vernon while looking at Ancient Greek artifacts at the Walters Art Museum. Or maybe you’ll both reach for a foul ball at an Orioles game at Camden Yards. You might even discover your “matey” at the annual Privateer Festival in Fell’s Point. (Who can resist an awesome pirate’s costume?)

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