University of Maryland
#79 Overall Influence#214 Desirability Rank

University of Maryland

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


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How much does it cost to attend?

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What's it like to attend this school?

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The Campus

Where will you be attending?


, College Park MD 20742

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

13k per 100k

Violent Crime

0k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#18 World Rank #16 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#25 World Rank #23 USA Rank
#44 World Rank #29 USA Rank
Computer Science
#47 World Rank #28 USA Rank
#49 World Rank #42 USA Rank
#54 World Rank #27 USA Rank
#63 World Rank #46 USA Rank
#76 World Rank #26 USA Rank
#80 World Rank #56 USA Rank
Political Science
#81 World Rank #27 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#90 World Rank #67 USA Rank
Social Work
#95 World Rank #66 USA Rank
#108 World Rank #81 USA Rank
#110 World Rank #39 USA Rank
#112 World Rank #59 USA Rank
#116 World Rank #64 USA Rank
#120 World Rank #71 USA Rank
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#180 World Rank #96 USA Rank
#183 World Rank #67 USA Rank
#219 World Rank #92 USA Rank
#243 World Rank #92 USA Rank
#283 World Rank #129 USA Rank

Influential People

Who are University of Maryland's Most influential alumni?

University of Maryland's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Communications, and Computer Science. University of Maryland’s most academically influential people include Sergey Brin, Carl Bernstein, and Jim Henson.

Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin

Russian-American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur

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Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein

American journalist

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Jim Henson
Jim Henson

American puppeteer, filmmaker, and businessman

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A. James Clark
A. James Clark

American business executive and philanthropist

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James R. Clapper
James R. Clapper

US government official

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Larry David
Larry David

American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer

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David Simon
David Simon

American writer

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Robert L. Forward
Robert L. Forward

American physicist, science fiction writer

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Daniel Snyder
Daniel Snyder

American football owner

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Aryeh Kaplan

American rabbi and physicist

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Connie Chung
Connie Chung

Journalist from the United States

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Jayson Blair


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About This School

How does this school stack up?

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