9 Largest Colleges in Maryland

With close proximity to the nation's capital, Maryland offers a number of excellent college options at affordable prices.

University of Maryland University College offers in-person classes to active duty military at four main army education centers in Afghanistan.

By Christopher Geno

There are a number of renowned small school college options in Maryland, however, these very large schools provide another option for Maryland students. Use the information below on tuition, enrollment and notable programs to decide what school could be right for you.

9. University of Maryland, Baltimore

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 13,199

Cost: In-state: $9,764, Out-of-state: $20,825

Best Programs: Natural Sciences, Engineering

Fun fact: University of Maryland at Baltimore has won nine of the past 13 Pan American Chess Championships.

8. Towson University

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 21,950

Cost: In-state: $246 per credit, Out-of-state: $723 per credit

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Social Sciences, Education

Fun fact: Towson University was the first four-year institution in Maryland to go completely smoke-free in August 2010.

7. College of Southern Maryland

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 24,358

Cost: In-county: $111 per credit, Out-of-county: $192 per credit, Out-of-state: $248 per credit.

Best Program: Liberal Arts, Business and Marketing, Computer Programming

Fun fact: The College of Southern Maryland sports teams are known as the Hawks and the school colors are black and gold.

6. University of Maryland, College Park

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 37,631

Cost: In-state: $8,909, Out-of-state: $27,288

Best Programs: Engineering, Business

Fun fact: Famous alumni of University of Maryland at College Park include Larry David, Jim Hensen and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

5. Prince George's Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 40,000

Cost: In-county: $98 per credit, Out-of-county: $172 per credit, Out-of-state: $265 per credit

Best Programs: Nursing, Health Professions

Fun fact: Prince George’s Community College is one of the most diverse community colleges in Maryland. Its students represent 128 countries.

4. Anne Arundel Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 53,476

Cost: In-county: $97 per credit, Out-of-county: $186 per credit, Out-of-state: $330 per credit

Best Programs: Liberal Arts, Business, Health Professions

Fun fact: Anne Arundel Community College has been honored by the NSA and US Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Excellence in Information Systems Security Education.

3. Montgomery College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 60,000

Cost: In-county: $110 per credit, Out-of-county: $225 per credit, Out-of-state: $308 per credit

Best Programs: Nursing, Health Science, Computer Science

Fun fact: Singer and songwriter Tori Amos, and the creators of The Blair Witch Project, graduated from Montgomery College.

2. University of Maryland University College

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 68,996

Cost: In-state: $251 per credit, Out-of-state: $499 per credit

Best Programs: Business Administration, Computer Technology, Communications, Criminal Justice

Fun fact: University of Maryland University College offers in-person classes to active duty military at four main army education centers in Afghanistan.

1. The Community College of Baltimore County, Cantonsville

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 70,000

Cost: In-county: $106 per credit, Out-of-county: $202 per credit, Out-of-state: $303 per credit

Best Programs: Criminal Justice, Nursing, Business Administration

Fun fact: Former alumni of Community College of Baltimore County include an All-Star MLB pitcher, a Harlem Globetrotter and Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel.

Quick Tips

  • The largest employers in Maryland are education, NASA and health care.
  • Maryland has the wealthiest median household income and fifth per capita income in the nation.
  • This state is a major hub for biotechnology with over 400 companies.

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