Aug 20, 2017


Maryland is a state in the eastern part of the United Sates, in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. The state shares borders with Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. The total population of Maryland is 5,928,814 (according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates).

MarylandThe state's capital is Annapolis and the largest city is Baltimore. Other cities include Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf and Rockville.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission coordinates the growth and development of post-secondary education in Maryland. The Commission establishes statewide policies for public and private colleges and universities, and for private career schools.

Top Reasons to Study in Maryland

  • Quality of Life: Along with its proximity to Washington, DC, Maryland boasts a rich variety of attractions and facilities, including mountains, streams, and several public parks. The Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean shores offer excellent beaches and plenty of opportunities for fishing, sailing and other recreation activities. Maryland ranks among the top three states in the nation in the economic mobility of its workers, according to a 2012 study by the Pew Center.
  • Employment Prospects: Maryland’s central location, right next to Washington, DC and just hours away from New York makes the state an ideal location to tap into two of the strongest and most diverse job markets nationally. Many of the state’s residents tend to work for the federal government and its related contractors within the state and across the Washington, DC Metro area. Key industries in the state range from chemicals manufacturing, food processing and transportation to electronics and computer equipment manufacturing. Maryland is also home to highly developed research cluster, anchored by world-class private and government facilities. These include several biotech companies and government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Mental Health, United States Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and Fort Meade, which is home to the Defense Information Systems Agency. Five Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Maryland, namely Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Discovery Communications, and Host Hotels & Resorts (2014 rankings).
  • Quality of Education: Maryland ranks consistently among the top states in terms of education achievement. The University of Maryland, College Park and John Hopkins University are ranked among the nation’s top 50 national universities (2014 US News and World Report Survey).

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Maryland, contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Howard Community College Education,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Maryland: Baltimore County Business,Education,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Towson University Business,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Maryland: College Park Biological/Life Sciences,Computer Science,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Univesity of Maryland: University College Business,Health,Visual/ Performing Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Maryland Institute College of Art Business,Education,Liberal Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
Coppin State University Education,Health,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Maryland: Eastern Shore Criminology/Criminal Justice,Economics,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
John Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering,International Studies,Public Health Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
Morgan State University Health,Interdisciplinary Studies,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info

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