Best Private Colleges in Maryland 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in Maryland.

Best Private Colleges in Maryland 2022

Colleges and Universities in Maryland

The Old Line State has 46 colleges and universities, 30 of which are public and 16 of which are private. The United States Naval Academy offers programs in physical sciences, aeronautical engineering, and naval architecture. The largest private institution, Johns Hopkins University, has just over 24,000 students and a tuition rate of $54,000. Located in Baltimore, this research university is known for its science and medical discoveries.

Find college admissions consultants in your state.

The University of Maryland in College Park boasts over 35,000 students with a price tag of $11,000. The school has 15 campuses, and students can choose from areas of study like criminal justice, communications, physics, and sociology. The most affordable school in the state, Baltimore City Community College comes in at $3,000 and has 37 associate degree programs to choose from. Maryland also provides loan forgiveness programs for its residents, including those for dentists and public servants. Students can also check out the Maryland SmartBuy Home Buyer Assistance and Forgiveness Program, where eligible applicants can receive up to 15% of the home purchase price toward outstanding student loan, to be paid off as part of closing.

Maryland is a state bursting with history, from its numerous museums to its historic battlegrounds. Students who attend school in Maryland can explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Park and walk the same streets as many influential Marylanders, including Francis Scott Key, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, and Thurgood Marshall.

Whether you’re looking to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, Maryland offers its students history, legacy, and numerous degree paths.


What are Maryland’s Colleges & Universities?

Maryland’s Best Overall

What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

Maryland's Best Private Colleges and Universities Badge
Download Badge

How do we determine Maryland's best private colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 11 private universities in Maryland. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in Maryland, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

Back to Top

Best Private Colleges in Maryland

  1. #1

    Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore , MD
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    What is Johns Hopkins University known for?

    Johns Hopkins University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

    REQUEST INFO
  2. #4

    Washington College

    Chestertown , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Washington College known for?

    Washington College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

    REQUEST INFO
  3. #5

    McDaniel College

    Westminster , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    What is McDaniel College known for?

    McDaniel College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Washington Adventist University

    Takoma Park , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    925/20

    What is Washington Adventist University known for?

    Washington Adventist University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    Hood College

    Frederick , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Hood College known for?

    Hood College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Economics
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #8

    Stevenson University

    Stevenson , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    What is Stevenson University known for?

    Stevenson University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

    REQUEST INFO
  7. #9

    Mount St. Mary's University

    Emmitsburg , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/21

    What is Mount St. Mary's University known for?

    Mount St. Mary's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/21

    What is Notre Dame of Maryland University known for?

    Notre Dame of Maryland University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #11

    St. John's College, Annapolis

    Annapolis , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1320/29

    What is St. John's College, Annapolis known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

Back to Top

Maryland’s Best Private Colleges in Your Area Interest

Resources for College-Bound Students

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Goucher College
  3. Washington College
  4. Loyola University Maryland
  5. Mount St. Mary's University
  6. McDaniel College
  7. Hood College
  8. Notre Dame of Maryland University
  9. St. John's College, Annapolis
  10. Stevenson University