Maryland’s Most Affordable Colleges and Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Maryland. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Maryland’s Most Affordable Colleges and Universities of 2021

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.

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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?

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We’ve identified 12 affordable colleges and universities in Maryland with stated tuitions and fees below the national average of $16,000/year.

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. It must have stated tuition and fees must be under $16,000/year.

How do we determine Maryland's most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Maryland

  1. #2444 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    35K

    What is University of Maryland Global Campus known for?

    University of Maryland Global Campus’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Morgan State University

    Baltimore , MD
    #1103 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1063 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    705/18

    What is Morgan State University known for?

    Morgan State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
  3. #1891 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #341 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    945/18

    What is Bowie State University known for?

    Bowie State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #2871 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1214 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    940/17

    What is University of Maryland Eastern Shore known for?

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #5

    Coppin State University

    Baltimore , MD
    #1359 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1199 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    40%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    895/18

    What is Coppin State University known for?

    Coppin State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    University of Baltimore

    Baltimore , MD
    #1108 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1281 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1052/20

    What is University of Baltimore known for?

    University of Baltimore’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
  7. #2138 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1286 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    What is Frostburg State University known for?

    Frostburg State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Social Work
  8. #8

    Salisbury University

    Salisbury , MD
    #2299 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1005 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Salisbury University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
  9. #9

    Towson University

    Towson , MD
    #1074 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1075 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    What is Towson University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #81 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #214 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    37K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1375/31

    What is University of Maryland, College Park known for?

    University of Maryland, College Park’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #1151 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #1334 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/26

    What is University of Maryland, Baltimore County known for?

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    St. Mary's College of Maryland

    St. Mary's City , MD
    #2289 of 3,439 Influence
    Rank
    #900 of 3,439 Desirability
    Rank

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/25

    What is St. Mary's College of Maryland known for?

    St. Mary's College of Maryland’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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