Known as the Free State and the Old Line state, Maryland was the 7th state admitted to the United States Union in 1788. Though it is among the smallest states, it is the 5th most densely populated, and it is also dense with history dating back long before the beginning of the United States. Maryland is home to the Antietam National Battlefield, where the bloodiest single-day battle in American history occurred. Maryland is also home to many famous historical museums, but even if you’re not a history buff, Maryland has great academics and fun activities in store for the students at its universities.

University of Maryland at College Park

The University of Maryland at College Park is a top-ranked public research university located in College Park, Maryland. It was recently ranked 12th among all public research universities in the nation and 38th internationally in a public poll. The university’s faculty members include Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Laureates. Currently serving over 37,000 students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the University of Maryland offers over 100 majors for students to choose from, and also the option to design their own majors, like famous alumnus and Muppet-inventor Jim Henson. In the past ten years UMD student athletes have won 14 NCAA championships. UMD has a student to faculty ratio of 18:1 and almost 85% of all classes had fewer than 50 students. Overall UMD is one of the best, well-rounded public universities in the nation with both outstanding academics and excellent student life opportunities. Go to to learn how to apply.

University of Maryland Baltimore County

The University of Maryland at Baltimore County, often just UMBC, is a public research university located in Baltimore County, Maryland and is part of the University of Maryland system. UMBC’s school mascot, and the face that represents their sports teams, is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, so what’s not to love? UMBC’s graduate and undergraduate enrollment totals about 13,000 students. Over 42 undergraduate majors are available to bachelor’s-degree seeking students in a variety of areas of study, including education, engineering, life sciences, aging services, psychology, and more. More than 35 master’s programs, 24 doctorate programs, and 14 graduate certificates are available to UMBC graduate students. UMBC has a number of student clubs and sports available on campus, so check them out if you’re considering become a UMBC Retriever:

University of Maryland University College

The University of Maryland University College is a public university located in Adelphi, Maryland and is part of the University of Maryland system. It is one of the largest distance-learning university systems, serving over 90,000 students throughout the United States and the world with classroom locations in metropolitan areas of Maryland, Washington D.C., and in parts of Europe and Asia.  Many of UMUC’s distinct 836 online courses are award-winning, allowing students to choose from more than 100 majors at the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2011, more than 35,000 Marylanders were UMUC students. UMUC serves thousands of working students, and more than 55,000 active military servicemembers, veterans, and their family members. If you need a top-ranked university with distance-learning options, definitely head to

Townson University

Founded in 1866, Townson University, located in Townson, Maryland, is a public university and part of the University of Maryland system. TU, or more commonly just Townson, serves over 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students annually with more than 100 different bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree program options on the beautiful 300+-acre campus, only 8 miles from Balitmore, MD. At Townson you will find a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, and more than 20 Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams fighting under the name of the Townson Tigers. If you want to know more about this excellent school, go to

Salisbury University

Salisbury University is a public university located just 30 miles from Atlantic beaches, and a few hours from Washington D.C. in Salisbury, Maryland. Nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate programs are available to approximately 8,600 Salisbury students each year. For more than 10 consecutive years, Salisbury University has been ranked as one of America’s top universities and colleges, and has been called one of the best universities in the region for more than a decade. The Princeton Review also named Salisbury one of the nation’s “best value” public colleges and universities. Salisbury students can participate in several sports programs, including men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, as the Salisbury Seagulls. Interested? Go to

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