Baltimore Colleges and Schools

Baltimore is often described as a big city with a small-town feel. The 20-plus technical schools, colleges and universities in Baltimore drive the local economy, as do sports, hospitals and financial services. College students who live in Baltimore's metro area can enjoy a lively restaurant, bar, and impressive craft beer scene. Washington, D.C., alive with history and modern-day politics, is only a short trip away.

High school students can begin to earn college credits through Baltimore's dual enrollment program. Courses taken can count toward a degree at the University of Baltimore, or as transfer credits for Baltimore City Community College, or any University System of Maryland institution.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Baltimore

Baltimore's two community colleges and many private vocational schools offer a wide range of programs.

Aspiring cosmetologists have several options, while future massage therapists might consider the Holistic Massage Training Institute. North American Trade Schools focuses on training students to become commercial truck drivers and for trade careers in building construction, welding, diesel technology, electrical technology, and HVAC. And those seeking entry-level health care careers can consider medical or dental assisting, medical bill and coding, or pharmacy technology programs offered by All-State Careers or Fortis Institute.

Fun Facts about Baltimore Colleges and Universities

More than a dozen colleges in Baltimore offer four-year degree programs, including several faith-based institutions, such as Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Faith Theological Seminary.

Especially notable universities in Baltimore are the world-famous Johns Hopkins University, which has campuses on three continents and students from 120 countries. Loyola University Maryland, founded by Jesuits in 1852, has Baltimore's largest collection of Gothic buildings. Other highly ranked institutions include Notre Dame of Maryland University, which has acclaimed programs in nursing and pharmacy, and University of Maryland Baltimore County, named one of the world's top young universities by Times Higher Education.

Graduate Schools in Baltimore

There are 12 institutions in Baltimore that offer master's and/or doctoral degree programs, including all of the Baltimore colleges listed above. About half of these schools are public institutions.

Johns Hopkins University was the first research university in the United States. Its most popular graduate degree programs are in biotechnology, finance, education, public health, and international relations.

The most popular graduate degree program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is in computer information science.

Students looking for other higher education opportunities in the state can see our extensive list of Maryland Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Baltimore
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Baltimore
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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