University of maryland  college park  maryland   united states
US News Ranking 22
Qsranking 166
Timesranking 81

Brief background:

The University of Maryland was started in 1856 as a public institution. It is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which has only 61 members. Today, its engineering school, A. James Clark School of Engineering is ranked 22nd by U.S. News. Its business school, Robert H. Smith School of Business, is also well-known.


University of Maryland ranking is #152 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The institute is ranked 90th in the World University Rankings 2021 and 77th in the US College Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. 

Known for taking up sustainable and clean energy initiatives, the university had 79 programs (undergraduate and graduate) featuring in the magazine's Top 25 rankings. 32 of its programs ranked in the top 10 while 51 ranked in the top 15 and 67 in the top 20.

Acceptance Rate

University of Maryland acceptance rate is usually around 47% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 50% historically.


The University campus, spread over 1250 acres, is popular for Georgian buildings made from Red-brick. The campus has 7,500 trees and has a Testudo statue placed just in front of the library. The main library is the McKeldin Library. Basketball aficionados have the XFINITY Center – where basketball games are held. The campus also has an older stadium, called Capitol One filed Stadium. There is also a beautiful auditorium, called Clarice Smith Performing Center, on the campus.

Residing Options:

The University of Maryland College Park offers on-campus housing to 40% of its students. Students are charged approximately $12,000 a year for on-campus housing. 60% of students live in off-campus housing in areas such as Seven Springs, Graduate Hills and Paint Branch Trail. Students living off-campus end up paying between $7,50 and $1,100 every month.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The faculty at this university is quite knowledgeable. In fact, 4 of its professors have been Nobel Prize winners. Every professor here is passionate about his subject. The total number of faculty here is 900 and the student-faculty ratio is 17:1.


University of Maryland tuition fees for Indian students is around $28,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6,000.

Financial aid:

The university awards merit-based scholarships for academic excellence such as All STAR Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Assistantship Award, and Phi Delta Gamma Fellowship. Students can also apply for recruitment fellowships such as Flagship Fellowship, University, Ronald McNair Graduate Fellowship, and Dean's & Merit Fellowship.

Jobs and placements:

As per the 2018 Graduation Survey Report of bachelor's level graduates conducted by the university, 93.5% were reported to have been placed, meaning about a sum total of 4958 graduates were either engaged in full-time/part-time/military/volunteering jobs or were pursuing further education. Out of this pool, 67.8% were employed in full-time jobs. The top recruiters for these graduates were reported to be the University of Maryland, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Accenture. 

Following is the college-wise breakdown of the percentage of graduates who got employed in full-time positions: 

  • College Of Agriculture And Natural Resources  - 52%
  • School Of Architecture, Planning and Preservation - 60%
  • College Of Computer, Mathematical And Natural Sciences -61%
  • The A. James Clark School Of Engineering  -79%

As far as internships go, 84% of the survey respondents reported having had at least one internship during their stay in the university with the majority boasting of completing two to three internships.
Moreover, the university’s location inside the capitol beltway acts a gateway for students to a number of exciting and rewarding professional opportunities. To bridge the gap between engineering students and professional opportunities, the Clark School’s Engineering Career Services Office offers career development programs to both students and employers and provides opportunities related to cooperative education, post-graduation engineering positions, and internships.


Famous alumni from the university include names such as NASA Scientist Charles Bennett, CEO of CNN Jim Walton, CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas R Norris.


This is a good school, especially for those who want to University of Maryland admissions in its management courses as it provides the best return on investment. However, the other courses are good as well and the University is worth consideration.


The University of Maryland is situated within Prince George's County in College Park, MD. Many good restaurants, retail shopping regions, the university, the College Park Airport (the oldest continually operating airport in the world), the National Archives II (the biggest archival facility in the world), NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center), and the National Wildlife Visitor Center are located within the county boundaries. Located 10 miles from the White House, the campus is within a ride from the metro (subway). The College Park Metro Station is less than a mile from the campus and connects to the heart of D.C. and suburbs of Maryland and Northern Virginia. The campus provides three main airports of comfort: Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Dulles (IAD), and Reagan National (DCA).
The University of Maryland offers a range of sporting and art facilities and hosts a plethora of cultural events. The University also offers two housing options for all graduates (Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens). All the four seasons of the year can be enjoyed in the nearby outdoor recreation trails and parks. The attractions in the surrounding area and further afield include hiking and rock climbing, white water rafting, skiing, the Chesapeake Bay, the Outer Banks and the Atlantic Ocean.
College Park is not a typical college town. Its location in the dynamic capital region of the nation provides Maryland graduate students from around the world with countless opportunities for culture, dining, recreation, and entertainment.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 50%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 266
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 74
TA Appointments 134
RA appointments 608
Research funding $153,254,369
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The Department of Aerospace Engineering is a student-centered department committed to providing engineering and aviation science programs with world-class education and research. The department offers comprehensive programmes in both undergraduate and graduate studies. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering as well as a combined B.S./M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. For graduate studies, the department offers a Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis), M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering. After completing 30 credit hours, the Master of Science degree is awarded. Specific requirements may differ depending on whether a student is pursuing a thesis or non-thesis option, but all learners are required to take a final comprehensive examination. If a student is interested in Ph.D., then he/she should complete a Ph.D. dissertation and get it approved by the committee.
Areas of Expertise: Rotorcraft/Micro Hovering UAV's; Hypersonics; Flight dynamics/control; Space systems; Structural mechanics/composites; Aerodynamics and propulsion

Chemical Engineering Department

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering. The Bachelor of Science program in Chemical Engineering combined B.S./M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and integrated Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program are the programs offered by the department. The department is well-equipped to conduct graduate studies in aerosol science, fluid mechanics, molecular modeling, polymer reaction engineering, protein engineering, system research, and thermodynamics. It offers graduate programs like Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering, M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Chemical engineering. Its Ph.D. program combines basic and advanced training, original research, and professional training. Research and teaching in the department are deeply interdisciplinary and focused on solving some of the most challenging issues in the world. Students admitted to Ph.D. receive full financial support (stipend, remission of tuition) and subsidized health benefits. The Master's degree program gives students the opportunity to not only learn from professors who are world-renowned leaders and innovators in their areas, but also to work side by side with them, building expertise, and developing their management abilities through cooperative investigation. The department’s research interests include Aerosol Technology, Biophysics, Colloid Science, Catalysis, Molecular Modelling, Nanotechnology, Thermodynamics, Systems Engineering, and so on. 
Areas of Expertise: Process Systems and Control; Biomolecular Engineering; Nanostructural materials; Complex Fluids/Particle Science; Energy Storage; Metabolic Engineering; Polymer Science; Thermodynamics/Transport Phenomena

Civil and Environmental Engineering 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was  founded in 1908. The main objective of the department is to give rise to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and also foster advanced research which improves the quality of life and environment. The department has incurred more than $24.8 million in research expenditures in 2016. It also boasts of 27.5 tenure-track faculty,  eight-core research areas, eight leading research institutes and centers, two National Academies members. The programs offered by the department are Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, combined B.S./M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Minor in Construction Project Management, Minor in Project Management, Combined BS/MS program, MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS in Project Management, MS in Transportation Systems, MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MEng in Project Management, MEng in Transportation Systems, PhD in Civil Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Bridge Design, project management; Geotechnical Centrifuge Modeling; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Risk and Reliability; Rational Pavement Design; Geographic Information  Systems for Hydrology

Computer Science Department

At the University of Maryland, College Park, the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (CMNS) offers graduate, Master's degree (with or without thesis) and doctoral degrees. The master's degree without a thesis requires students to prepare a scholarly paper, while the thesis program requires students to complete a set of credit hours along with a presentation on their independent accomplishment. The department also offers students chances to pursue a research career at Maryland University. Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Systems, Database Systems, Software Engineering / Programming Languages / HCI, Scientific Computing, Algorithms and Computation Theory, and Visual and Geometric Computing are the specialized areas in which the students work. Almost all full-time students studying in the department receives some kind of financial aid.

Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence; Computer vision and computational geometry; Human-Computer Interaction; Computer Systems; Software engineering; Scientific computing
List of labs: UMIACS, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Electrical / Electronic Department

In James Clark School of Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers Bachelors, Masters degree (with or without a thesis), Ph.D. programmes in Electrical Engineering. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering offers the following subdisciplines for specialization - Computer Engineering, Communications and Signal Processing, Electrophysics, Power Systems, Microelectronics, and Controls along with the core electrical engineering curriculum. M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering also offer the same specializations excluding Power Systems. Numerous state-of-the-art study laboratories that support operations in communication networks, robotics, control technologies, VLSI design, and testing, and semiconductor devices support the study program in Masters. The ECE graduate program focuses on interdisciplinary research and maintains associations within the departments under the Clark School of Engineering. Opportunities also exist for studying programs in conjunction with many national and international laboratories and technical facilities.

Areas of Expertise: Computer Engineering; Microelectronics and Bioelectronics; Control and Dynamics of Nonlinear Systems; Electrophysics; MEMS, Nanotechnology; Communication & Signal Processing

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering is a part of the University of Maryland's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department, led by an expert faculty and with affiliations to leading companies, utilities, and agencies, offers interdisciplinary graduate programs. MS, M.Eng., and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering are the graduate courses offered by the department. Concentration areas in master’s, and Ph.D. level programs in Environmental Engineering include transport engineering, environmental engineering, water resource engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil structures, and project management. Students who are accepted into the Master of  Science program may choose either the thesis or non-thesis tracks. The thesis should be appropriate for publication in an archival journal at least as a technical note. Those who do not pursue the option of a thesis are required to complete a paper and a thorough examination work carried out for the M.S. A study dissertation which contributes to the development of civil and environmental engineering studies is the focus of the CEE doctoral program.

Material Science

The Department of Material Science and Engineering of A James Clark School of Engineering offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. It incorporates engineering, physics, and chemistry and utilizes these disciplines in nanotechnology, biotechnology, data technology, power and production to address real world issues. The undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering provides engineering education with a strong emphasis on the fundamental properties and structure of materials. The graduate programmes - M.S., M.Eng. and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.) in Material Sciences and Engineering - offer opportunities to work with faculty and industry on complex issues through projects, internships, and research. Research possibilities include the development of new power application components (fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and sophisticated batteries), new medically implanted device biomaterials, nanocomposites, shape memory metals, thermoelectric device components, and nanomaterials.

Areas of Expertise: Electronic Materials and Packaging; Magnetic Materials; Materials synthesis and materials processing; Semiconductors; Functional and Device Materials; Ceramics; Metal and structural materials; Polymers, organic and biomaterials


Mechanical engineering programs offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering provide students with the tools to broaden their understanding of the basics of this growing field while introducing them to modern technologies. Leaders in robotic control, advanced vehicle technologies, energy systems form a part of the faculty. Also, students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities. The department offers a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a combined B.S./M.S. programme in Mechanical Engineering. For graduate programmes, the department offers M.S., M.Eng. and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.) programmes in Mechanical Engineering. Students selecting the master's programmes need to be skilled in traditional mechanical engineering fundamentals such as solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, transfer procedures, materials engineering, electronic instrumentation and measurements, controls, and layout. Furthermore, through a multitude of electives such as intelligent constructions, electronic packaging, data systems, Lean Six Sigma, reliability, and nanoelectromechanical systems, they will also investigate new/emerging regions in the field. In addition to the requirements of coursework, Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying examination and present a research proposal. In defense of their dissertation, all Ph.D. students must pass an oral examination administered by a committee of graduate faculty members.
Areas of Expertise: Manufacturing, Virtual Manufacturing; Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and controls; Risk and Reliability, Physics of Failure, Life-Cycle Enginee; Energy Systems, Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Sci, Reacting Flows; Design / Information Sciences, Electronic Packaging; MEMS / NEMS, Nanoenergetics

Pure Science

The University of Maryland's Department of Mathematics, College Park, offers outstanding opportunities for undergraduate-level study and research in mathematics, graduate-level studies in applied mathematics and statistics, and professional research. The department runs two graduate programs: the Mathematics Program (MATH) and the Mathematical Statistics Program (STAT) and is a major participant in the Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation Program (AMSC). It offers an M.A. in Statistics, M.S. in AMSC, and Ph.D. for all three programs. The Department of Physics offers undergraduate and graduate courses and a PhD programme with a major focus on areas like Biophysics and Chemical Physics. The University of Maryland's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers undergraduate, graduate courses, and a Ph.D. programme in Biochemistry and Chemistry. Faculty, graduates, and undergraduates collaborate on initiatives in interdisciplinary fields such as nanofabrication, bio-organic chemistry, environmental and atmospheric chemistry, and fuel cell research. These emerging areas are based on traditional physical, organic, inorganic, analytical, and theoretical chemistry disciplines.
List of Labs: IREAP, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics


Annual fees for Indians $28,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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