Universities in Maryland
The state of Maryland hosts a unique college and university environment. Currently some 55 colleges and universities define the Maryland educational system with over 300,000 students enrolled. This collection of colleges and universities comprises the University System of Maryland (USM) and provides advancements to the State of Maryland that benefits all society by way of higher education and much needed vocational skills and training.
A brief history
Maryland's collegiate system began in 1807 when the College of Medicine was founded in Baltimore. In 1812 the College of Medicine was restructured as the University of Maryland. In 1840 Maryland chartered the College of Dental Surgery, the first official dental college in the world and continued in 1856 chartering the Maryland Agricultural College. In 1865 the Baltimore Normal School was founded and served as a training school for African-American teachers. Throughout the rest of the 1800s Maryland schools continued to make advancements including additional agricultural schools and teacher-training schools.
In 1920 the school systems merged in Baltimore combining Maryland State College, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
What USM offers
The University System of Maryland offers students an opportunity to pursue their secondary education. Utilizing over 55 different colleges USM affords students the ability to establish and complete core foundational classes to transfer to the larger university system or students can complete vital vocational training and certification.
USM is designed to be affordable and accessible allowing students access to more than 1,000 bachelor's master's, and doctoral degrees. USM offers a diverse program of degrees. Technology, business, and health disciplines can be studied through the USM system. Forbes magazine recognized USM as one of America's top colleges citing student success and the faculty's passion for teaching.
USM strives to maintain student access and works to keep costs affordable. Incoming students are encouraged to meet with a financial advisor that can better offer financial counseling to mitigate college costs and tuition. Full time in-state students can anticipate tuition to cost approximately $7,000 per year with additional fees and costs for supplies to be added to this number. It cannot be stressed enough these numbers are approximate and may not accurately represent true costs and totals. Speaking with a financial counselor is the most reliable source for an accurate financial assessment.
With a dedicated staff and a prestigious ranking, USM schools are an excellent choice for students pursuing advanced degrees and studies.