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Top Colleges in Maryland

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: February 27th, 2024

Whether you’re drawn to the bustling urban environment of Baltimore or the historic charm of Annapolis, Maryland has a college for you. If that’s not enough, Maryland’s Educational Assistance Grant and 2+2 Programs make college an affordable reality for thousands of students every year. Check out our list of Maryland colleges to find your perfect fit.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Baltimore, MD

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

8% acceptance rate
5,727 undergraduate students
95% graduation rate
$14,254 average per year after aid
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University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD • Public, Suburb

College Park, MD

Public, Suburb

52% acceptance rate
30,368 undergraduate students
88% graduation rate
$17,500 average per year after aid
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University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD • Public, Suburb

Baltimore, MD

Public, Suburb

81% acceptance rate
10,747 undergraduate students
71% graduation rate
$9,262 average per year after aid
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Towson University

Towson, MD • Public, City

Towson, MD

Public, City

88% acceptance rate
17,817 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$12,621 average per year after aid
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Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City

Baltimore, MD

Private, Non-Profit, City

84% acceptance rate
3,768 undergraduate students
81% graduation rate
$30,217 average per year after aid
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St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD • Public, Suburb

St. Mary's City, MD

Public, Suburb

77% acceptance rate
1,507 undergraduate students
73% graduation rate
$20,512 average per year after aid
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Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD • Public, Suburb

Salisbury, MD

Public, Suburb

86% acceptance rate
6,455 undergraduate students
72% graduation rate
$18,706 average per year after aid
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McDaniel College

Westminster, MD • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Westminster, MD

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

87% acceptance rate
1,741 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$20,379 average per year after aid
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St. John's College

Annapolis, MD • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Annapolis, MD

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

53% acceptance rate
473 undergraduate students
75% graduation rate
$29,233 average per year after aid
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Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City

Baltimore, MD

Private, Non-Profit, City

86% acceptance rate
1,539 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$27,421 average per year after aid
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Stevenson University

Owings Mills, MD • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

Owings Mills, MD

Private, Non-Profit, Rural

91% acceptance rate
2,959 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$23,428 average per year after aid
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Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD • Public, City

Baltimore, MD

Public, City

87% acceptance rate
7,027 undergraduate students
44% graduation rate
$16,645 average per year after aid
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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD • Public, Town

Princess Anne, MD

Public, Town

82% acceptance rate
1,758 undergraduate students
33% graduation rate
$11,662 average per year after aid
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Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD • Public, City

Baltimore, MD

Public, City

48% acceptance rate
1,785 undergraduate students
26% graduation rate
$6,010 average per year after aid
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University of Maryland Global Campus

Adelphi, MD • Public, Suburb

Adelphi, MD

Public, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
42,992 undergraduate students
21% graduation rate
$15,635 average per year after aid
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Goucher College

Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City

Baltimore, MD

Private, Non-Profit, City

82% acceptance rate
1,054 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$19,781 average per year after aid
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About the Data

We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Maryland

Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant:

The Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant is a need-based grant for Maryland students attending eligible 2-year or 4-year institutions. Another important factor is that applications must be attending college within six years of graduating high school. The grant award is based on the students financial need, but can be upwards of $20,000. 

Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance (EA) Grant:

The Educational Assistance (EA) Grant is a renewable grant for Maryland residents attending eligible 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities. The award cap for each year is set at $3,000. It is only applicable to those receiving in-state tuition, except in the case of students who are deaf or hearing impaired. 

Community College Promise Scholarship:

The Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar scholarship for Maryland students attending a community college. The award is up to $5,000 and to apply students must complete the FAFSA

Maryland tuition reciprocity agreements

If you are looking at a certain program that’s not available in Maryland, but is available in partner states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market (ACM), you may be eligible for tuition discounts that allow you to study out of state at in-state tuition rates. 

Here are the states in the Southern Regional Education Board ACM: 

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Part Time Grant:

If you are a Maryland highschool student wanting to get a jump start on your college education, the Part Time Grant might be a great fit for you! This grant is for students who are dual-enrolled at both a Maryland high school and a high educational institution. You must submit the FAFSA to apply, and both you and your parents (if you’re a dependent student) must be Maryland Residents. 

Frequently asked questions about colleges in Maryland:

The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Maryland is John Hopkins University, with only 8% of applicants being admitted. A low acceptance rate like this may be intimidating, but it’s important to not be discouraged from applying all together. Every student’s application is slightly different, and you never know what might catch an admissions officer’s eye!

Yes! Maryland is one of the states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market (ACM), so if you’re a resident of a SREB state, you have the opportunity to go out of state for college and pay discounted tuition.

Maryland has both urban and more relaxed environments, which gives students a wide range of places to study and visit. Whether you are exploring the streets of Baltimore or taking time for yourself on Maryland’s scenic coast, this state has a lot to offer. Maryland also checks a lot of students’ boxes when it comes to diversity, proximity to larger cities, and opportunities.

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