Maryland Colleges Summary

Students in Maryland have many different options when it comes to higher education.

The University System of Maryland is the public system for higher education in the state. It's comprised of 12 institutions and two regional education centers. In the fall of 2016, more than 304,000 students were enrolled in the statewide system. The state also has 16 open-admissions community colleges that operate jointly under the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

There are 22 accredited private four-year colleges and universities in Maryland, as well as more than 150 private career and technical schools.

Maryland also is home to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Each year, more than 4,000 midshipmen enroll in the academy to pursue Bachelor of Science degrees before beginning five years of military service.

Online Education in Maryland

Maryland students whose busy lives prevent them from getting to campus regularly still can get access to Maryland colleges through the wide range of online certificate and degree programs offered through Maryland Online, a 20-institution consortium of Maryland colleges and universities. The program, launched in fall of 1999, includes both community colleges and four-year state universities.

Improving Access to Higher Education for Maryland Students

Maryland is a member of the Academic Common Market, which offers students in-state tuition rates for out-of-state programs in 15 states. Students must be pursuing bachelor's degree programs that are not offered at colleges in their home state.

Students interested in learning more about postsecondary education in Maryland can visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission web page.


  • Maryland at a Glance,, Accessed March 2018,
  • Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Accessed March 2018,
  • University System of Maryland, Accessed March 2018,

Education Institutes in Maryland
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 Maryland
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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Colleges and Universities in Maryland
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Maryland-University CollegeAdelphi60,603Four or more years$7,41686
University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park41,200Four or more years$10,595429
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore26,152Four or more years$53,740355
Towson UniversityTowson22,923Four or more years$9,940139
Montgomery CollegeRockville21,720At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,966162
Community College of Baltimore CountyBaltimore18,830At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,110115
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyBaltimore13,767Four or more years$11,778167
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnold12,886At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,880103
Prince George's Community CollegeLargo11,885At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,050131
Howard Community CollegeColumbia9,211At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,04896
Salisbury UniversitySalisbury8,567Four or more years$9,82471
Morgan State UniversityBaltimore7,712Four or more years$7,900137
College of Southern MarylandLa Plata6,882At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,66077
University of Maryland, BaltimoreBaltimore6,777Four or more yearsN/A79
Bowie State UniversityBowie6,320Four or more years$8,23469

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