The University of Maryland was founded in 1856 as a large public research university. After its founding, the Public Ivy became a land-grant institution with “very high research activity.” The school is rated as having “more selective” admissions and Forbes called UMD the #13 Public College in the nation. College Park, which borders Washington, DC, is the flagship location for this “commuter school.”
Located only a few miles outside of Washington D.C., and home to one of the best academic programs in the world, UMD has something for everyone. Many people don't think of Maryland as a prestigious university, however nothing could be further from the truth. You will love every minute you spend on campus and will make your friends feel bad for looking down on such a great school.
Oleksiy from Gaithersburg, MD
UMD, College Park is a school full of opportunities and great education. It has a campus feel, but is large enough to feel like it's own town and easy access to Washington, D.C. and other commercial areas, providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment and enrichment. Even though the campus is huge and there is an enormous amount of students, individual colleges and departments help break UMD down into smaller communities.