University of Maryland at College Park
College Park: No Better Place To Be
There is no better place to be than the University of Maryland at College Park. With its top-ranked academic programs, nationally recognized faculty, diverse population, and lush 1,580-acre campus located between Washington, D.C. , Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD, it's no wonder the University of Maryland is a sought-after destination for some of the state's -- and the country's -- best and brightest students.
Attracting them are more than 100 undergraduate majors, 88 master's programs and 69 doctoral programs. As of 2002, 65 undergraduate and graduate programs rank among the Top 25 nationally for their academic quality.
Maryland is one of only 30 public research universities that are members of the prestigious 58-member Association of American Universities. It is classified as a Research-I university by the Carnegie Foundation by virtue of the range of its baccalaureate programs, the amount of federal support received and the number of doctoral degrees awarded each year, sharing that honor with the top research universities in the country.
High-tech, engineering, and service industries thrive in close proximity to campus, offering a wide spectrum of internships, work-study opportunities and career choices for students. And, the campus is surrounded by the dynamic cultural opportunities that only a major metropolitan area can provide.
Whether your focus is the sciences or the humanities, a small-town atmosphere or a metropolitan feel, Maryland offers a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities. There truly is no better place to be than the University of Maryland at College Park.
"Strive for clarity, but accept and understand ambiguity."
Undergraduate education at Maryland "aims to provide students with a sense of identity and purpose, a concern for others, a sense of responsibility for the quality of life around them, a continuing eagerness for knowledge and understanding, and a foundation for a lifetime of personal enrichment."
As we learn with and from one another, we try to "develop human values," "celebrate tolerance and fairness," "contribute to the social conscience," "monitor and assess private and collective assumptions," and "recognize the glory, tragedy and humor of the human condition." Your years at the University of Maryland can provide you with all the tools you need to accomplish these goals. Students here are "educated to be able to read with perception and pleasure, write and speak with clarity and verve, handle numbers and computation proficiently, reason mathematically, generate clear questions and find probable arguments, reach substantiated conclusions, and accept ambiguity."
These libraries constitute the largest university research library institution in the Washington metropolitan area, providing vital resources to researchers, visiting scholars, and businesses througout the region. The libraries’ holdings include more than 2.5 million volumes, 24,000 subscriptions to periodicals and nearly 5 million items available in microfilm format.
The university’s enviable location — just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and approximately 30 miles from both Baltimore and Annapolis — enhances the research of its faculty and students by providing access to some of the finest libraries and research centers in the country.
With more than 90 high technology firms in the three-county area of Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties, the university has found abundant opportunity to extend its business and technology outreach programs to the region.
Many of these programs are part of the Engineering Research Center, which operates the Technology Advancement Program and the Maryland Industrial Partnerships, programs designed to provide Maryland entrepreneurs and small businesses with research facilities, technical assistance, administrative support, and access to technology that will advance their economic base.
The Institute for Systems Research has formed partnerships with major corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse, BF Goodrich, Hughes Aircraft and Dupont to apply advanced systems research to solving industry problems in the fields of communications, manufacturing, controls and robotics.
The University of Maryland features a diversity of cultural and recreational activities. Four art galleries, more than 200 annual musical performances and countless dance and theater productions, expose audiences to the broadest range of programs in the arts. Additionally intercollegiate, club and intramural sports provide students of all levels an opportunity to participate as spectators or athletes.
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Colleges & Schools
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
School of Architecture
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Robert H. Smith School of Business
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
College of Education
A. James Clark School of Engineering
College of Health and Human Performance
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
College of Information Studies
College of Life Sciences
School of Public Affairs
There is no place better to be than the University of Maryland. As university President C.D. Mote Jr. noted in a Baltimore Sun front-page story on March 28, "This place is clearly on a tear."
With top-ranked academic programs (60 in the top 25, according to U.S. News and World Report), an honors program that competes with the Ivy League for top students, a prize-winning faculty (topped by a Nobel and five Pulitzers, among others), a highly diverse population, and a beautiful 1,580-acre campus located between the cultural and population centers of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., it’s little wonder that more of Maryland’s top high school graduates choose the University of Maryland over all other Maryland colleges, public and private, combined.
In the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, Maryland was 24th nationally among all public universities. The colleges of engineering, education, computer, mathematical and physical sciences, and information sciences are all ranked in the top 25 nationally. So are many of the individual programs in those schools and others, including criminology, journalism, public relations, counseling and others. The Robert H. Smith School of Business has been ranked among the top business schools in the world by the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London.
More than 40 percent of all entering freshmen at Maryland are now enrolled in high-achieving programs like the Honors Program, Honors Humanities, College Park Scholars, Gemstone and a growing roster of living-learning communities where students with common interests in such topics as civil society and entrepreneurship can live and study together. With their wide variety of subject areas and top faculty from throughout the university, these programs compete for students with the best public and private universities in the country. Supporting the research needs of students and faculty are some of the country’s best research facilities.
The University of Maryland has boasted its best freshman class ever for each of the last 10 years, and the entering freshmen for 2001 are no exception. The academic credentials – high school grades and SAT scores – are again the best ever. And more of those accepted by Maryland are now choosing to enroll here.
The average GPA for freshmen planning to enroll in fall 2001 is 3.72, compared with 3.0 in 1990. SAT scores of the middle 50 percent are 1180 to 1330, up from 980-1150 in 1990.
What is more remarkable this year is how the university’s successes in establishing quality programs – academic and athletic – and cementing a major role in the community, have attracted more of the best students than ever. Of those who were admitted to Maryland this year, nearly 43 percent confirmed their plans to attend, compared with less than 40 percent the previous year.
In its survey of the colleges of choice of top graduates in Maryland high schools last year, the Washington Post found that more than half picked the University of Maryland. No other single school was even close. The most technically advanced research archives in the world — National Archives II — moved to College Park. In addition, just outside of College Park are the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Libraries of Agriculture and Medicine, among others. The university itself has the most comprehensive library system in the area. High tech, engineering and service industries thrive in proximity to the campus, offering a wide spectrum of internship and work-study opportunities that only a major metropolitan area can provide.
Whether your focus is the sciences or the humanities, a small town atmosphere or a metropolitan feel, the University of Maryland, College Park offers a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities. There is no better place to be than the University of Maryland, College Park.
Did You Know?
The University of Maryland has produced scores of distinguished alumni that have excelled on and off the playing field.
In 1991, Maryland had one program listed among Top 25 entrants in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. Maryland now has 60 programs ranked among the nation’s elite.
A report card published in Technology Review rated the top U.S. universities in their quest for intellectual property, commercial partners and profits. Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland (28th) were the Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia) schools to make the "campus patenting" top 50 list.
Black Issues In Higher Education ranked the university 12th in graduating black males with baccalaureate degrees in all disciplines. (Maryland is second among non-historically black schools.) Maryland is 23rd in black male undergraduate enrollment figures among all schools.
The Wall Street Journal ranked the Robert H. Smith School of Business No. 13 among the world’s business schools. Maryland is the top-ranked school in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia). The Financial Times of London ranked the Robert H. Smith School of Business No. 4 in information technology, No. 6 in faculty research and No. 7 in entrepreneurship.
In the only undergraduate program rankings released by U.S. News & World Report–business and engineering–both the Robert H. Smith School of Business (No. 21) and A. James Clark School of Engineering (No. 22) were ranked among the top 25. In business, the management information systems specialty was No. 7; entrepreneurship No. 12; general management specialty No. 21; e-commerce No. 8; human resources specialty No. 10. In engineering, the aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical specialty was No. 11.
An economic impact study conducted by the economists with the Jacob France Center, an applied economics analysis center at the University of Baltimore, concluded that the University of Maryland generates $5.93 of economic activity for every dollar appropriated by the General Assembly, for a total statewide effect of nearly $1.8 billion.
Maryland appointed William Phillips, a Nobel laureate, in physics to its faculty during the spring.
Phillips will establish a world-class atomic, molecular and optical physics group on campus. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism now has five Pulitzer Prize winners on its faculty. A sixth faculty member, Eugene Roberts, directed the Philadelphia Inquirer to multiple Pulitzer’s as managing editor.