University of Maryland, College Park


The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university founded in 1856. It is a part of the University System of Maryland's flagship institute.

With an endowment of $1.1 billion, it is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. In total, there are around 200 degree-granting programs. The quality of education is high enough to have the university be considered a ‘Public Ivy’.

It is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities- Very high research activity. It also competes in sports as part of the Big Ten Conference.

The university also has several partnerships with the government, including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security. It also has a highly-ranked criminology and criminal justice department.

This institute is spread over 1,250 acres, with McKeldin Mall at the heart of the campus.


The university has around 41,200 students. There are 30,762 are undergraduates, and around 10,438 are postgraduates.

There are several student activities and organisations on campus. The Diamondback is an independent student newspaper which received a Mark of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The university has a radio station, WMUC-FM. It also has a separate division for sports known as WMUC Sports.

There are also a number of fraternities and sororities on campus, managed by the United Greek Council with help from the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life (DFSL). Several a cappella groups are also active on campus, with many competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).

The university has 20 varsity teams in men and women's sports. Their official name is the 'Terrapins', and they have won a total of 44 national championships. The Princeton Review named the institute's athletic facilities the best in the nation in 2008 and 2010.


Student residences are situated in the North and South Campus, which are further divided into different halls.

The North Campus includes Cambridge Community with five residence halls, Denton Community with four halls, Ellicott Community with three halls, Heritage Community with two halls and the Courtyards with seven garden-style apartment buildings.

The South Campus includes the North Hill Community with ten residence halls, South Hill Community with 14 small halls, Leonardtown Community with twelve halls (divided into Old Leonardtown and New Leonardtown), and the South Campus Commons Community with seven apartment-style buildings.


  • Rank #91 internationally by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • Rank #152 internationally by QS World University Rankings.
  • Rank #53 internationally by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
  • Rank #31 nationally by ARWU.
  • Rank #42 nationally by Forbes.
  • Rank #58 nationally by the US News and World Report (USNWR).


University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742, United States

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