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, Maryland.gov, Accessed March 2018, http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/edhigh.html
  • Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Accessed March 2018, https://mdacc.org/the-colleges/
  • University System of Maryland, Accessed March 2018, http://www.usmd.edu/

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
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Colleges and Universities in Maryland
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Aaron's Academy of BeautyWaldorf17Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Aesthetics Institute of CosmetologyGaithersburg61Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Allegany College of MarylandCumberland2,930At least 2 but less than 4 years6,75049
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnold13,904At least 2 but less than 4 years6,240145
Award Beauty SchoolHagerstown191Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Baltimore Studio of Hair DesignBaltimore60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Baltimore City Community CollegeBaltimore4,409At least 2 but less than 4 years2,29654
University of BaltimoreBaltimore5,983Four or more years6,61094
Bowie State UniversityBowie5,669Four or more years5,32169
Capitol Technology UniversityLaurel769Four or more years23,47237
Cecil CollegeNorth East2,612At least 2 but less than 4 years5,91082
College of Southern MarylandLa Plata7,679At least 2 but less than 4 years5,11278
Chesapeake CollegeWye Mills2,123At least 2 but less than 4 years4,51247
Washington Adventist UniversityTakoma Park1,090Four or more years21,80076
Coppin State UniversityBaltimore2,939Four or more years4,38059