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Career Preparation B+
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A-
Activities and Groups A-
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University of Maryland-College Park is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 38,140 students and offering 391 degrees in College Park, MD.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of Maryland-College Park.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Business
2,421 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
325
159
Business Administration and Management
85
372
Commerce
1
0
16
Economics
388
15
12
Finance
319
157
International Business
60
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
140
79
Management Science
42
Marketing
35
Marketing/marketing Management
216
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Human and Social Sciences
2,005 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
7
9
American/united States Studies/civilization
37
4
3
Anthropology
43
12
9
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
8
3
Comparative Literature
0
2
Demography and Population Studies
4
East Asian Studies
12
Educational Psychology
8
0
6
Family and Community Services
181
2
4
Gay/lesbian Studies
8
History
154
15
12
Jewish/judaic Studies
12
2
0
Latin American Studies
11
Library and Information Science
110
1
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
0
0
3
Linguistics
29
0
8
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling
10
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
21
78
62
0
Museology/museum Studies
1
Philosophy
40
2
4
Political Science
291
5
18
Psychology
363
13
10
Public Policy Analysis
131
6
10
Russian Studies
1
Science, Technology and Society
2
Social Sciences
16
Sociology
126
11
8
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
0
1
Urban Studies/affairs
20
Women's Studies
13
4
19
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Engineering
1,618 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
82
40
21
Architecture
47
24
4
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
3
8
Chemical Engineering
66
6
5
Civil Engineering
118
41
23
Computer Engineering
52
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
120
41
28
Engineering
36
5
Engineering
177
29
Environmental Science
60
13
5
Land Use Planning and Management/development
30
Landscape Architecture
12
4
Materials Engineering
33
5
11
Mechanical Engineering
296
29
25
Nuclear Engineering
0
1
Telecommunications Engineering
118
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Education and Liberal Arts
1,563 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
4
0
19
Arabic Language and Literature
23
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
22
3
6
Art Teacher Education
10
Chinese Language and Literature
16
Communication Sciences and Disorders
71
2
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
16
1
9
Creative Writing
13
Curriculum and Instruction
154
0
15
Educational Leadership and Administration
30
0
36
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
4
7
2
Elementary Education and Teaching
64
0
0
English Language and Literature
183
4
6
French Language and Literature
20
5
2
German Language and Literature
11
3
3
Health Teacher Education
189
0
6
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
9
Italian Language and Literature
5
Japanese Language and Literature
18
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
11
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching
21
Music Teacher Education
9
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
2
Russian Language and Literature
7
0
Secondary Education and Teaching
29
0
0
Spanish Language and Literature
51
1
1
Special Education and Teaching
23
59
0
6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
317
5
7
Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
23
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Mathematics and Science
1,288 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
15
5
6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
5
6
4
Biochemistry
59
2
9
Biological and Physical Sciences
15
14
Biology
548
37
12
Biophysics
0
2
Cellular and Molecular Biology
0
8
Chemical Physics
1
6
Chemistry
47
6
24
Conservation Biology
14
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology
0
1
Entomology
0
3
3
Epidemiology
1
Geography
79
1
8
Geology/earth Science
7
3
1
Mathematics
148
4
15
Molecular Biology
7
Neuroscience
3
0
7
Physical Sciences
22
Physics
66
7
37
Statistics
9
3
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Computer Technology
602 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
289
25
25
Human Computer Interaction
3
Information Science/studies
121
81
Information Technology
50
Systems Engineering
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
425 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Criminology
385
25
14
Pre-Law Studies
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Agriculture
405 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Economics
27
8
14
Agricultural Engineering
85
0
0
Agriculture
30
6
1
1
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
0
7
Animal Sciences
56
2
4
Ecology
83
Food Science
67
4
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Healthcare
397 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Audiology/audiologist
8
Gerontology
2
Health Services Administration
13
0
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
245
5
4
Maternal and Child Health
2
Public Health
48
Public Health
31
5
Veterinary Medicine
31
Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences
0
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Art and Design
265 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dance
12
3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
33
Film/cinema/video Studies
16
Fine Arts
80
2
Music
11
47
18
Music Performance
35
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
1
2
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Communication and Media
173 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
146
22
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Hospitality
0 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Trades and Careers
0 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Private Loan Options
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of Maryland-College Park.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biology
Business Administration and Management
Engineering
Gay/lesbian Studies
Human Computer Interaction
Information Science/studies
Information Technology
Library and Information Science
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Museology/museum Studies
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Specialized institution accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (University Counseling Center)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language (Maryland English Institute) Council on Education for Public Health Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
B+ Great
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology , Class of 1997
I don't recall. It has been a long time since I was affiliated with the University.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Law enforcemeny, dpanish, theatre , Class of 1982
No idea. Counseling career office
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Theatre , Class of 1973
great extracurricular theater activities, great hands-on classes
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1978
Masters of Applied Biology, which requires a certain skill set in biotechnology. Student pre-professional clubs which network with local physicians, dentists etc.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
History , Class of 1973
Networks with various federal Gvt. programs. Maintains college course program for servicemen stationed overseas
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Family Science , Class of 2011
Taking the Intern seriously to find what is really out there.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
PhD , Class of 2010
Can't explain this in a survey, that would be too long
Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology , Class of 1997
I felt like U of MD was full of rich kids. I was NOT wealthy and didn't exactly match the other kids.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Criminology , Class of 1983
Long time ago but friendly. Large school.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS in Human Resources , Class of 1997
It was a great college. I felt like the students were happy and I made friends easily
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Law enforcemeny, dpanish, theatre , Class of 1982
Very mixed. Mostly commuter campus
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1978
Typical state school population. The overarching culture is heading toward one which is actually inhibitory of free speech and civil dialogue.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Information Systems Management , Class of 2010
Online, some interaction in chat rooms
Rated January 2016
Alumni
History , Class of 1973
At the time I graduated students were mostly white, middle class, possibly 20% black and Asian. Mostly conservative American culture
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters of Science Civil Engineering , Class of 2013
lots of international students, favoritism towards Americans
Rated January 2016
Alumni
ECONOMICS , Class of 1999
GOOD MIX OF CULTURES/RACES. VERY SAFE AND FUN.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Family Science , Class of 2011
Variety, I was over 21 and had classes with younger and older students.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
PhD , Class of 2010
Fraternity. Terps rule. Very big on Physic and Ingeniery
Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology , Class of 1997
I always felt like we were on the cutting edge.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Criminology , Class of 1983
1980s. Computer took up half a room and required punch cards. Had older dorms and newer high rise voed. This was before apartment style dorms. Dining hall large went with 4 highrises
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Law enforcemeny, dpanish, theatre , Class of 1982
Ok. Haven't been there in a long time. State school so budget tends to go toward sports
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Theatre , Class of 1973
Labs, classrooms, dorms,dining halls
Rated January 2016
Alumni
History , Class of 1997
it's been over 15 years, I don't know. They were adequate when I was there.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology , Class of 1978
MOSTLY average, but with 3 new buildings on campus upon which no expense was spared. No faculty raises for years, but 3 gorgeous buildings!
Rated January 2016
Alumni
History , Class of 1973
Classrooms roomy and well equipped as are lecture halls. Computer labs were basic at that time(1970-73) and PC's were not yet common
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Family Science , Class of 2011
The classrooms were a little outdated but the school is continuously updating and renovating.
Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
History , Class of 1992
Provocative guest speakers, lots of sports options, theater and cultural events
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Theatre , Class of 1973
Frats and Sororities, huge arena
Rated January 2016
Alumni
History , Class of 1973
At the time, the basketball program was top of the line and supported extremely well by student body.
Rated January 2016
Alumni
Masters of Science Civil Engineering , Class of 2013
I don't know, I was a grad student
Rated January 2016
Alumni
PhD , Class of 2010
football games (like a lot of universities)
Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
University of Maryland-College Park Healthcare Program
UDC Contributor

Thinking about a career in public health? At the University of Maryland learning goes beyond the classroom on a daily basis. Just four miles from Washington and its own Metro stop,UMD uses its location to its advantage to focus on today’s issues. The school of public health (SPH) receives faculty research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Public health majors who love kids can volunteer with the Children’s Developmental Clinic to give one-on-one support to youngsters with developmental delays. Students have worked with Text4baby to help develop educational texts for pregnant women and new mothers to improve everyone’s health. There’s even an SPH monthly forum on campus where students exchange ideas about race, racism, ethnicity, gender, class, and discrimination on health and wellness. Does a trip to Europe figure into your plans? You can spend 10-12 days in Germany comparing the individual and community health needs between the countries. The International Public Health program partners the UMD SPH with the University of Cologne to compare research programs, environmental protection and social approaches to public health here and abroad.

Featured Alumni Review
Brooks
Bachelor's in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Class of 2015

U University of Maryland, particularly the Global Public Health (GPH) Scholars Program, Kinesiology Department, and the Kinesiology Honors Program, have provided invaluable knowledge and insight. I began research in Dr. Carson Smith's Exercise for Brain Health Laboratory my freshman year as a young student without any certainty of what I wanted to do with my college career, and came out 3.5 years later with a research background that I cannot compare to any of my peers'. Dr. Smith gave me immense responsibility right away (I guess my enthusiasm was sufficient!) and I got very involved in several of our projects, leading to first authorship on several posters, where I was able to present at national and international meetings. The GPH Scholars Program mentors I had encouraged me and recommended me for my only two ever international experiences-- study abroad in India and presentation at an international meeting in Shanghai, China. With this immense global experience and the need to learn my research well enough to present at national and international platforms, I felt well prepared to begin a post-graduate research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. I feel that UMD has given me a strong background in the sciences, a drive to succeed, and an enormous set of research skills that have set me up in which I could not be happier. Not to mention, social skills in the sciences are invaluable traits I have brought with me that are helping lead collaborations within my lab group and even across disciplines here at the NIH.

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Stephen
Physics and Mathematics, Class of 2015

U One of the things that everyone says is a benefit of attending a large public research institution is that there’s no shortage of professors looking for students to help them with their work. I have found this to be largely true and students who can code are even more likely to find work. I began research during my first semester at UMD, working for the professor of my first physics class, Dr. Douglas Hamilton. We studied the magnetosphere of Saturn using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, and I was responsible for doing a lot of the data analysis. I worked for him for about a year until starting a project with Dr. S. James Gates Jr., under whom I worked for a couple years conducting research in theoretical physics (in particular, relating to supersymmetry and superspace) before writing my senior thesis on a similar topic with Dr. William D. Linch III. All of these professors were happy to work with undergraduates and seemed to have no shortage of interesting, tractable research problems. Drs. Gates and Linch both became valuable mentors and wrote letters of recommendation for my application to graduate school. My time at UMD definitely prepared me for Berkeley; it’s hard to overstate just how well all those years of research helped get me ready for the next level of study where research is the primary focus. Additionally, working closely and publishing papers with actual professional physicists was a great way to reaffirm that physics is really what I want to spend my life studying. All of these opportunities were available to me because of UMD, and I’m happy I made the most of them while they were there.

Featured Alumni Review
Jessica
Neurobiology and Physiology, Class of 2014

U As part of the Gemstone Research Program at the University of Maryland, I worked with a group of students on a large scale research project concerning sustainable agriculture. In four years, I gained the skills to critically develop, troubleshoot, execute, and analyze a research project addressing an overarching societal issue. I also learned how to collaborate on ideas, negotiate conflicts, and confront obstacles as a member of a larger collective. As a current medical student, I am applying these skills to my own independent research project. I now feel more confident navigating the research process, from developing an initial proposal, to collecting and analyzing data, to writing and defending a final thesis. By introducing me to the entire research process, start to finish, Gemstone gave me a strong foundation for a future career in medical research.

Questions and Answers about University of Maryland-College Park

Do you have questions about furthering your education with University of Maryland-College Park? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

Popular Questions
Who are the notable alumni?
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Those who shouted “Go Terps” during their undergrad and graduate days continued into a wide range of careers. They include academics such as Nobel Laureates Raymond Davis Jr. (Physics – 2002) and Herbert Hauptman (Chemistry – 1985) and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina took the technology route. Actor/writer/producer Larry David, Muppets creator Jim Henson, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney went into the entertainment/educational fields. Super Bowl winning quarterback Boomer Esiason and ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian found their futures in sports. In the government sector, UMD graduated U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Executive Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Jeff Trandahl, U.S. Congressman (California) Eric Swalwell retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Norris.

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What is the campus setting like?
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If you’ve seen “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” then you are already somewhat-familiar with the UMD grounds. Yes, the movie was filmed on campus, Nicholas Cage and all. Founded in 1856 and burned to the ground (except for Morrill Hall) in 1912, the campus is noted for the red-brick Georgian buildings surrounding McKlendin Mall, the large central lawn. Stroll among the 7,500 documented trees and garden plantings and you’ll quickly realize why the campus has been designated as the UMD Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Walk near Stamp Student Union on Campus Drive to find Jim Henson (class of 1960) and Kermit the Frog seated on a park bench. The street crosses Regents Drive at M Circle, where the letter is always in bloom with red flowers.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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If you have a computer with high-speed Internet access and the skills to navigate it, you can take courses taught by university professors who divide their time between in-class and online instruction. UMD offers an online learning environment that allows you to engage with faculty and fellow students using the latest eLearning technology. The nice thing is you won’t be going it alone. ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) provides access to syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes as well as facilitating discussion groups and live chats. “Keep Learning,” the buzzwords of OES (Office of Extended Studies) allows you to take free non-credit interactive courses taught by UMD faculty in a variety of areas such as entrepreneurship, understanding terrorism, programming mobile apps, and software/hardware security.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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UMD is a member of the Big 10, which includes schools such as Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers. Maryland sponsors 20 men’s and women’s varsity teams. No wonder men’s basketball is one of the most popular – the team has made two Final Four appearances and won it all in 2002. Not to be outdone, the Lady Terps took their first NCAA national title four years later. If you attend a game played on Williams Court at XFINITY Center, be sure to dress in the school colors of red, white, black, and gold to match those on the state flag. You’ll be led in a cheer by Testudo, the diamondback terrapin mascot. That’s right, a ferocious turtle. Those who can’t imagine an autumn Saturday without football will be led by the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band, which deliveres pre-game performances, then converts to the UMD Pep Band for basketball season.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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Maryland is tied for 57th in the 2016 “US News & World Report” rankings of national universities and 13 areas of study are among the magazine’s top 100, including geoscience (14th), physics (18th), economics and business (22nd) and space science (23rd). The university offers its 90 undergraduate majors, where students can pick one of two areas or create their own individual studies program, and 106 masters and 83 doctoral degree programs across 14 colleges. You can even explore a new interest with a minor or certificate, participate in a pre-professional program, or be among the approximately 1,000 undergraduates invited each year into the highly-selective honors college. When fully built, M Square, the state’s largest research park, will encompass two million square feet in a public-private partnership. Its physical and programmatic location links students, staff, and researchers with federal laboratories and private sector companies to explore environmental and earth sciences, food safety and agricultural police, and language and national security. The university congratulates its own with the UMD Invention of the Year awards. The winners for 2013, for example, developed a better material for the 3D printing of vascular implants, a new technology that makes cloud storage more secure and efficient, and a low-cost, high-energy solid state lithium-ion battery.

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