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Rank: 28

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MDwww.umd.edu
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university, and with some all-star faculty power, it's also one of the nation's top public research universities. The faculty roster boasts three Nobel laureates, six Pulitzer Prize winners and, thanks to the campus's proximity to the District of Columbia, leaders in major positions at federal agencies such as NASA and the National Institutes of Health. Like most large public universities, Maryland's academic offerings and expertise are vast. The school's 27,000 undergraduates can take advantage of its 12 colleges, over 90 undergraduate majors and more than 800 clubs (which include Greek chapters and intramural sports teams). Its graduation rate is about 87%, and Terrapins leave school with the tools for success: They report early career earnings of about $57,600, according to PayScale. Notable alumni include writer-actor Larry David, onetime presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and Muppets creator Jim Henson. There's even a statue of Kermit on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,100
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
32,022
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit* grants
13%
Average merit grant
$6,671
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$57,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 20

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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