2017 Best Colleges in Maryland

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    Johns Hopkins University

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 1,167 reviews
    Alum:Attending Johns Hopkins University was a great college for my undergraduate degree. It was by far the most academically challenging experience I have ever had. The campus is beautiful and very safe for students studying there. There are many extracurriculars available and research opportunities for all students. It was definitely worth the money spent on tuition and the hours and hours of studying!
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    University of Maryland - College Park

    • College Park, MD
    • 4,660 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the professors! Everyone I've had so far has been so passionate about their subjects, and led the class in such an interesting way that I never once got bored! Professors at UMD make you care about what they are teaching, make you ask questions and even consider majoring in that field. The general education classes are huge, with 150 people of more, but as one goes in their higher years of education, that student number goes down to about 20. Honestly though, for me, the classroom size has not made a difference. Even in the huge classes teachers try to include their students in discussions through various ways such as pointing at a student, letting students vote or raise a hand.
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    Loyola University Maryland

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 928 reviews
    Freshman:I loved the size and academic opportunities, as well as the extracurriculars. The size was perfect because it is nearly impossible to walk across campus without seeing someone you know and saying "hi"; however, I meet new people all the time! Loyola has really strong academics, with professors who take the time to get to know each individual student and are constantly available for extra help. The school also hosts activity fairs each semester, and it's really easy and fun to get involved in whatever you want!
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    Washington College

    • Chestertown, MD
    • 627 reviews
    College Sophomore:My experiences with professors and courses have been great. I have immensely enjoyed almost every class I've taken at WAC, and the professors are the biggest influence in making the academic environment as good as it is. My professors, save maybe 1 or 2, have all been VERY competent, very articulate, prepared, and insightful. Classes are very small, so attendance is fairly strict; you can't skip without the professor noticing. Classes are usually discussion based with heavy amounts of writing. WAC prides itself on the competency its students as writers, so you will be exercised thoroughly in writing during your time there. For a small school, they offer a wide variety of majors. However, not as many classes are offered in less popular majors, so you don't have much wiggle room when it comes to selecting classes to meet your requirements.
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    Alum:UMBC is situated in a small, quiet pocket of Arbutus, Catonsville, and Halethorpe, MD. This institution is located within a short 10 minute drive of Baltimore city. The proximity to Baltimore allows for a unique and beneficial partnership between UMBC and Baltimore organizations that range from the art museums to community service organizations. Students can enjoy the ease and access to Baltimore internships and nightlife from public buses stops on campus.

    UMBC has a lot to offer students in terms of education, research opportunities, and student life. But what makes UMBC special is its diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. This allows UMBC to create a more open-minded, and forward thinking space. Nearly all cultures and religions are represented by its students, faculty, and staff. This diverse background allows its members to learn more from one another, and different ways of solving problems.

    Go Retrievers!
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    Towson University

    • Towson, MD
    • 2,720 reviews
    Junior:I absolutely love Towson University. I was accepted to both University of Maryland and Towson. I chose Towson because the size is absolutely perfect. Students are able to personally connect with professors and make new friends without getting lost in a sea of people like at UMD. There are also tons of events, volunteering opportunities, career development and student organizations that can help a student become well rounded and more ready for the career life!
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    University of Baltimore

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 475 reviews
    College Sophomore:It is a great school for students not interested in dormitory living. The academics are outstanding, most notably the nationally recognized law program. All the students and staff are down to earth and genuine, there is a lot of diversity, and the classes are so engaging that it is impossible not to know your whole class personally. The campus is in the middle of downtown Baltimore with many sights and activities. This school is awesome and very rewarding.
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    Salisbury University

    • Salisbury, MD
    • 1,293 reviews
    Sophomore:I love it here. I am currently a sophomore and this school gets such bad credit from other students from other Maryland schools. The school is great, there are some very influential professors here and the school just keeps improving every year. The academic programs keep getting better every year, and the social scene is great. It's easy to make a lot of friends very quickly. I would highly recommend applying or transferring here, especially if you're out-of-state. It accommodates out-of-state students very well and everybody here wants to meet you. Go gulls!
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    Notre Dame of Maryland University

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 410 reviews
    College Sophomore:Notre Dame is a wonderful school. It's a very green, woodsy campus, despite its proximity to Baltimore proper. The students and staff are overall extremely outgoing and friendly. The campus mentality is that of a family, tight knit, but inclusive. The academic workload here varies greatly between majors. Notre Dame students are very active in the collegetown community; we have especially good ties with Hopkins and Towson (IMHO). The food is terrible; luckily, there are grocery stores close enough to walk, or bike, to, as a friend does. I am totally biased, but I love this school! Please come here, we'd love to have you. :)
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    McDaniel College

    • Westminster, MD
    • 580 reviews
    College Junior:Though it isn't the best, attending McDaniel College has been one of the best experiences of my life so far. My time here has allowed me to make valuable connections with my peers and many of the faculty and staff members that work at the school. Securing a job at the school's Information Technology department has landed me several opportunities throughout my two academic school years and one summer of full-time work. Furthermore, I have gained valuable experience that may soon guarantee me a job right out of college by working either at the school or a private company. My choice to attend McDaniel has given me many gifts including the motivation to move forward in life and achieve personal goals.
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    Goucher College

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 808 reviews
    Sophomore:I am originally from Rwanda. I came to the United States for secondary and post- secondary education. For the past year and half, my daily experience at Goucher (in terms of Academics and social life) has been proof of how worth it was to leave home (my family and my culture) for the sake of knowledge. I am much more eloquent, critical, and knowledgable regarding various subject matters-- For instance the condition of the global economy (as an economics major) and the vitality of efficient political institutions ( as an International Relations minor). I am immensely grateful to have been chosen to be part of such an intellectual community. Another thing I like about Goucher-- in addition to its remarkable academic programs is its diversity rate-- people like me are welcomed and easily integrated into the community.
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    St. Mary's College of Maryland

    • St. Mary's City, MD
    • 583 reviews
    Alum:I loved my time at St. Mary's. I can't imagine having spent my four years anywhere else.

    Tons of student employment opportunities. I didnt get financial aid but I had three part time, on campus jobs which helped a lot.

    Professors were always incredibly helpful. Some of the courses are definitely tough academically, but its the honors college of Maryland. Thats what you signed up for. You'll never be taught by a TA or graduate student, always the professor.

    Almost everyone lives on campus because housing is really great. All the dorms have WiFi and AC now. Upperclassman housing is super nice.

    Campus is BEAUTIFUL!!! Crime is non existent and people feel comfortable reporting sexual assault when it does happen. Never once felt unwelcome. People throw parties in their houses and just open the doors for anyone to come in.

    TL;DR Best decision I ever made. Never regretted it for a second.
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    Frostburg State University

    • Frostburg, MD
    • 842 reviews
    College Freshman:Frostburg is perfect for me! With small class sizes, low costs, a wide range of majors, a field hokey team, and a compact campus, FSU meets all of my college needs. Orientation provided students with a good understanding of what was in store for them and gave us freshmen a chance to explore the campus and meet new people before the fall semester began. I was recruited to play field hockey so I had to move in a few weeks earlier than other students for preseason training and I was able to get a better understanding of the campus. Over the course of the fall semester was supplied with the resources needed to succeed (labs, study groups, tutors, teacher help, etc) and I had a wonderful time getting to meet new people and learn new things.
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    Stevenson University

    • Stevenson, MD
    • 1,125 reviews
    Freshman:My first semester at Stevenson University has met my expectations. The University is known for its professional, career-oriented majors, academics, and professors. All professors are more than qualified to teach their given subjects and the faculty work tirelessly to ensure that the students are preparing for their career after college - starting in the first semester of the freshman year! I am confident that the education that I will receive at Stevenson University will be the best for me and prepare me greatly for my intended career.
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    Hood College

    • Frederick, MD
    • 448 reviews
    Freshman:I love Hood College! There is always something to do so you are never stuck in your room bored. Some classes are challenging, butI would rather this than a school that doesn't teach well. Hood College may be small, but there are so many different things here, like clubs, activities, and even a few parties. This is a great school for many who don't like to be around too many people. As a proud Hood student, I can say that this is a great school.
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    Mount St. Mary's University

    • Emmitsburg, MD
    • 684 reviews
    College Freshman:My experiences with my professors and courses have been nothing short of great so far at the Mount. I haven't met any professor that doesn't clearly have a passion for what they're doing and are often vocal about what else they do in their field other than teach. A lot of my professors share their experiences that are applicable to our future careers and are more than willing to foster relationships with their students. Courses have always been interesting and have almost always contained information that I have a real interest in understanding; it helps that it's very obvious our professors love teaching just as much as we want to learn!
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    Maryland Institute College of Art

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 477 reviews
    College Senior:MICA has a lot to offer. Every major is very specialized and different. As a sculpture major, I have access to successful artist that commute from NYC. The teachers will challenge your preconceived notions of art. This can be a laborious and emotional process, but it is necessary to understand the current art world. There is a great D-Fab lab that allows students to integrate 3-D printing and lazor cutting into their artistic practice. The only problem is that there is too much to explore in 4 years!

    I would recommend new students to carefully pick their academic teachers. Some academic teachers are great and actively publish in their field, and other teachers are a bit boring. Make sure to talk to your advisor before signing up for academic classes to ensure that you avoid the less interesting classes.

    Students can also take courses at John Hopkins if they want more rigorous academic courses.
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    Morgan State University

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 2,244 reviews
    Junior:Morgan State University is an Institution with many careers to succeed in. It holds hundreds of programs for students to join and allows them to create countless opportunities within. As a student for 3 years already, I have found ways to network and work with others that have the same interest as me. As well as working alongside with them to help me get further into reaching my goals as a Physical Therapy major. The professors and advisors are more than willing to work overtime to help you succeed in any field you may find difficulty in. The campus is also found as a 'National Treasure' as it creates a beautiful landmark that is well known within the city of Baltimore, Maryland. As it is also well known as an Historically Black College/University, it is more than welcoming to those of other ethnicities as it only focuses on the education of others rather than race or culture. Morgan State is a school that will help students succeed in their goals they set for the future!
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    Sophomore:My over all experience with the University of Maryland University College as been exceptional, especially when compared to other online colleges that I have attended. Their flexibility with ensuring that you are not dropped from your courses while awaiting financial aid or other tuition reimbursement is outstanding! Their professors not only care about their non-traditional students but they go out of their way to ensure that all of their students have a firm understanding of the material at all times. As a student who currently works full time in the career field for which they are studying, it is refreshing to see first hand that the professors at UMUC have not only a firm understanding of their course materials but also are up to date on current trends within their fields.
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    Bowie State University

    • Bowie, MD
    • 992 reviews
    Niche User:From attending Bowie State University, I can honestly say the environment is great for anyone who wants to have fun inside and outside of the classroom. While in my communications class last semester, I truly enjoy7ed learning about communications because of how the discussions we had really challenged my thoughts. Also outside of the classroom the school had many different activities going on everyday which made it fun. I remember one day they even had a movie out on the lawn. So much fun!
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    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    • Princess Anne, MD
    • 1,138 reviews
    Freshman:Driving into University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus for move in day was a bittersweet moment. As I became more open minded about the campus and what it has to offer me, I became more of a member of the school. UMES is an overall well rounded school and is all of what you make it while your are there. I plan on making the best out of my experience there. HAWK PRIDE...CATCH IT!
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    Washington Adventist University

    • Takoma Park, MD
    • 253 reviews
    Graduate Student:My experience was great! Professors were challenging but were always there to help you reach your goals.
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    Coppin State University

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 538 reviews
    Freshman:I am truly blessed and grateful to be apart of such an extraordinary HBCU. My experience here has been nothing short of amazing. The students and staff here do everything in their power so that as a whole , the entire university can be successful. I have grew a bond with several staff and students here at Coppin State University that I would have never expected. The teachers are wonderful and humble, and the classes aren't packed where as though it makes it difficult to get the best learning experience there is for yourself. In my opinion Coppin State University is the best HBCU hands down! We know our history, are true to our legacy, and we are moving nowhere but forward. So in closing, my experience here at Coppin State University has filled me with unexplainable joy and undefining hope for the future.
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