About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is one of the top-ranked public research institutions in the United States. We are the state’s flagship institution, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Big 10 Conference.

We have an unbeatable location just outside Washington, D.C., where you can take advantage of the vast cultural, internship and learning opportunities. The university is also just a short train or car ride to Baltimore or Annapolis.


Grab hold of your destiny. Work and study among visionaries, and Nobel Prize winners. Create the next world-changing technology or company. Tackle our society’s great issues. Learn from and among the fearless 29,000 undergraduate students who come from over 116 different countries.

Here are some helpful facts:

  • 92 bachelor degree programs
  • 12 colleges
  • 18:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 86% 6-year graduation rate
  • 20% are first generation
  • 43% are students of color
  • 19% are Pell recipients
  • $514 million in external research funding
  • 400 options to study abroad

Learn more about Academics at the University of Maryland here.

Resident Life

College is a big adjustment, and you will come to rely on the friendship and support you will find in your roommate or your suite- or floor-mates, or from your Resident Assistant (RA). Nine out of 10 Maryland freshmen live in the university’s residence halls. A full half of on-campus residents are in living and learning communities— providing a great chance to bond with students with similar interests.

Great experiences are the product of you applying your knowledge and skills and being open to learning life’s lessons. While living and learning together, we will help you shape the number of useful and positive experiences.

Get more information about Residence Life at the University of Maryland here.

Campus Life

Great experiences at great universities don’t just happen. Campus life extends beyond the classroom, labs or studios. You won’t only make your home at the University of Maryland, you’ll be part of a close-knit community.

You’ll find campus life in residence halls, on the intramural fields, in the pool, or on the rock-climbing wall. Attend a concert or movie screening on campus. Join one club—or 10!

Whatever your interest, the University of Maryland’s got a club for it. With more than 800 clubs and organizations, you can dip your toe in, or go all the way in. Make friends and be part of a community. Sharpen your leadership skills. Challenge yourself. And have fun.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Form your own group! All you need is eight people with a shared interest. And you can always have fun attending the hundreds of cultural events, movies, lectures and concerts held on campus each year.    

Admissions Website

To engage or find out more about the University of Maryland, you can follow us on Twitter @ApplyMaryland or visit our website – admissions.umd.edu

Deadline Information

The freshman priority deadline to apply is November 1. For additional deadlines and decision release dates, please visit go.umd.edu/appdeadline.

Required Application Materials

Our admission process has one mission: to identify applicants, who as individuals and as a group, will enrich and benefit from the campus learning environment and the entire student body. There are 26 factors that are considered during our holistic admissions review process for every applicant.

To view the required application materials applicable to you, please visit our website.

Financial Aid

College is a major investment for you and your family. The University of Maryland has a long history of providing financial support to students of all economic backgrounds. We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. To be considered for need-based aid, you must annually complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For priority consideration, the federal processor must receive your FAFSA by January 1. Students who demonstrate the most need are considered for the most gift aid. Need-based aid can also be combined with merit scholarships.

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