University of Maryland, College Park
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University of Maryland, College Park

Public research university in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland

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By James Barham, PhD

The University of Maryland is a system comprising 15 campuses. The system has a rather complicated history.

The oldest component of the system is the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), which traces its roots to the Maryland College of Medicine, founded in 1807.

In 1812, the medical college was rechartered as the University of Maryland. In 1920, the University of Maryland System was created through a merger between the Baltimore school—renamed the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB)—with a pre-existing agricultural school that then became the flagship campus of the overall system under the name of the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP).

For its part, UMCP descends from Maryland Agricultural College, founded in 1856 in College Park. During the Civil War the school underwent severe financial difficulties, and for two years was obliged to retrench severely, transforming itself into a boys’ preparatory school. The college reopened in 1867 and its financial situation became stabilized as enrollment gradually increased over the following years.

In 1912, another disaster befell the agricultural college when most of its buildings were destroyed in a fire. Nevertheless, students and faculty continued classes under improvised conditions. In 1916 the state took over the still-struggling agricultural college, which was then renamed Maryland State College.

Only four years later, in 1920—as has already been mentioned—the now state-run agricultural college in College Park was merged with the already-existing University of Maryland in Baltimore to create the new University of Maryland System. UMB and UMCP both emerged out of this event in their present forms.

The system then underwent steady growth, with a major administrative reorganization in 1988. Today, the University of Maryland comprises 12 full-fledged universities and three regional education centers, with a total of more than 172,000 students. UMCP, with over 41,000 students, remains the flagship campus.

UMCP has been associated with nine Nobel laureates, namely:

  • Physicists, Raymond Davis, Jr., William D. Phillips, John C. Mather & Hannes Alfvén
  • Chemists, Herbert Hauptman & Jerome Karle
  • Biochemist, Marshall Nirenberg
  • Economist, Thomas Schelling
  • Poet, Juan Ramón Jiménez

Other distinguished UMCP-connected individuals include the following:

  • Children’s book authors, Jeff Kinney & Jason Reynolds
  • Cartoonist, Aaron McGruder
  • Comedian and screenwriter, Larry David
  • Actors, Dianne Wiest & Michael Ealy
  • Philosopher, Peter Carruthers
  • Mathematicians, George Dantzig, James Yorke & Charles Fefferman
  • Computer scientists, Sergei Brin, Keith Marzullo, Ashok Agrawala & Uzi Vishkin
  • Astronomers, Barbara A. Williams & Michael A’Hearn
  • Physicists, Michael Fisher, John Dawson, Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Christopher Jarzynski & Victor Galitski
  • Chemist, Tobin Marks
  • Microbiologist, Rita Colwell
  • Ecologist, Simon Levin
  • Electrical engineer and astronaut, Judith Resnik
  • Economist, Melissa Kearney
  • African American Studies pioneer, Manning Marable
  • Investigative journalist, Carl Bernstein
  • Radio personality, Robin Quivers
  • Puppeteer, Jim Henson
  • Comedian and podcaster, Ari Shaffir
  • TV journalists, Connie Chung and Gayle King
  • TV political analyst, Kirsten Powers
  • US Representative, Steny Hoyer

From Wikipedia

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public land-grant research university in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. It is also the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, and a global alumni network of over 360,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, and 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

32,147

Acceptance

51%

Graduation Rate

85%

Median SAT Score

1375

Median ACT Score

31

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$8,824

Fees (in-state)

$1,955

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$70,800

Employed

91%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

35K

Under-Grads

29K

Graduates

6K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

, College Park MD 20742

Influential People

Who are University of Maryland, College Park's Most influential alumni?

University of Maryland, College Park's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . University of Maryland, College Park’s most academically influential people include Steve DeAngelo, Jack Kelley , and C. V. Vishveshwara.

Steve DeAngelo
Steve DeAngelo

American cannibis rights activist

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Jack Kelley

American journalist

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C. V. Vishveshwara

Indian physicist

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James E. Hill
James E. Hill

United States general

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Byron Calame

American journalist

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Sean McCormack

American government official

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Jimmy Roberts

American sportscaster

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Joyce Hens Green
Joyce Hens Green

United States District Judge

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Donald A. Ritchie
Donald A. Ritchie

American historian

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Tim Brant

American sportscaster

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Ana Maria Rey

Colombian physicist

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Karen D. King

African-American mathematics educator

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