University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, Maryland
4-year Public university


The University of Maryland is a public institution established in 1856 with a suburban setting located at College Park. It is ranked 46 among National Universities in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. There are more than 800 student clubs. The university regularly earns accolades for its sustainable and clean energy initiatives, such as its plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and campus-wide efforts to compost dining hall waste.

#46 in National Universities
Location College Park, Maryland
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1856
Selectivity Moderate
Size Large
30,353 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $11,505
Outstate Tuition Fee $40,306
Room and Board Fees $15,417
$52,665 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


44% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$75 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement --
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Does not accept CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

95 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

1) Four years at a U.S. high school or U.S. accredited high school without English as a Second Language (ESL, ESOL, ELL)
2) Associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
3) 55+ credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with coursework equivalent to English Compositions 1 and 2

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$13,412 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$12,559 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $57,873
38% Students with need received Financial Aid
18.5% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

President's Scholarship
Total Worth $2,000 to $12,500 per year
Eligibility exceptional entering freshmen from Maryland and across the nation
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Dean's Scholarship
Total Worth $1,500 for one year , or $4,500 for each of the first two years
Eligibility outstanding entering freshmen from Maryland
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance A minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA; successfully complete 30 credits per academic year
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Banneker/Key Scholarship
Total Worth up to the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, housing and food, a book allowance, and includes admission to the Honors College.
Details The Banneker/Key Scholarship is the most prestigious merit scholarship offered to incoming UMD freshmen. It can cover up to the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, housing and food, a book allowance, and includes admission to the Honors College. In selecting Banneker/Key Scholars, the selection committee seeks to identify potential academic leaders, who as individuals and as a group, will enrich and benefit from the campus learning environment.

All freshman applicants who are admitted to the Honors College are considered for the Banneker/Key Scholarship. No additional application materials are required. The selection committee carefully reviews the entire application of each early action deadline applicant, and semifinalists for the scholarship are invited to an interview in late February or early March as part of the final selection process.

Banneker/Key Semifinalists will receive their interview invitation by March 1 and they will be notified of their final scholarship amount by April 1.


30,353 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
96% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
74% Students graduate within 6 years