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1 Bowie State University

Bowie State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,456, and the campus size is 339 acres. It utilizes a semester- based academic calendar. The University excels in teacher education and will become the premier teacher of teachers. Through the integration of internal business processes, technology, and the teamwork of administrators, faculty, and staff, the University will be recognized Statewide as a model of excellence in higher education for the effective and efficient use of human, fiscal, and physical resources.

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2 College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Notre Dame of Maryland University (changed from College of Notre Dame of Maryland) educates women leaders to transform the world. Established in 1897, Notre Dame was the first Catholic women's college in the country to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. The School of Pharmacy, established in fall 2009, was the first Pharmacy program in the country offered at a women's college/university. The undergraduate women's college remains the core of the institution with distinctive Ph.D., master and bachelor programs for women and men extending the reach of the College. All programs at the University embrace the pioneering spirit of its founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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3 Coppin State University

Coppin State University is an urban, comprehensive, and Historically Black Institution. The university offers quality undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, liberal arts, health professions, technology and STEM disciplines. Coppin as an anchor institution, is committed to providing educational access and diverse opportunities for all students while emphasizing its unique role in educating residents of Metropolitan Baltimore and first-generation college students.

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4 Frostburg University

Founded in 1898 to prepare teachers, the institution today is a public, comprehensive, largely residential regional university offering a wide array of affordable programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University is distinguished by a scenic campus encircled by mountains, its excellent academic programs, its nationally acclaimed community service programs, and its vital role in regional economic development initiatives. Major areas of specialization are offered in education, business, science and technology, the creative and performing arts, and selected programs in the humanities and social sciences. The University provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in community service, leadership development activities, undergraduate research, and internships. Graduate programs provide specialized instruction for students involved in or preparing for professional careers.

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5 Goucher College

Goucher College is a private liberal arts college located on a 287-acre campus in Towson.  Founded in 1885 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as "Women's College of Baltimore City".  It was renamed in 1910, and became co-educational in the 1980s. The college offers 31 undergraduate majors; strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The Goucher College Gophers compete in the NCAA Division III, within the Landmark Conference. Popular sports include lacrosse, soccer, basketball, swimming, and equestrian events.

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6 Hood College

Founded as a women's college in 1893, Hood College today is a co-educational masters-level institution. The school occupies a 50-acre campus in Frederick. The college offers 28 bachelor's degree programs and 14 master's programs; Business is the most popular undergraduate major.  In athletics, the Hood College Blazers compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference; the school fields 8 men's and 10 women's Division III teams.

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7 Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins has multiple campuses in the Baltimore area, but the majority of undergraduate programs are housed in the Homewood Campus in the northern part of the city. Johns Hopkins is best-known for its professional programs in the health sciences, international relations and engineering. However, prospective students shouldn't underestimate the quality of the liberal arts and sciences. With a multi-billion dollar endowment, it’s a teaching and research powerhouse. On the athletic front, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The university fields twelve men's and ten women's varsity sports.

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8 Johns Hopkins, School of Medicine

Students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine learn through the Genes to Society Curriculum, which pairs academics with concurrent clinical experience. Every few months, classes break for Intersessions, weeklong special courses focused on simulation and advanced skills. All students are divided into one of four colleges, Nathans, Sabin, Taussig, and Thomas, which are meant to foster a community feel among students from all four years of medical training.

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9 Loyola College of Maryland

Loyola is a private, Jesuit university located on a 79-acre campus in Baltimore. Among all the undergraduate majors, the preprofessional programs in business and communication studies are by far the most popular. In athletics, the Loyola Greyhounds compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League, with women's lacrosse competing as an associate member of the Big East Conference.

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10 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Founded in 1826, MICA is one of the top-ranked studio art colleges and oldest continuously operating degree-granting college of art in the United States. It has the most Presidential Scholars in the visual arts of any college, and it produces more Fulbright Scholars than any other college with a specialized mission. Many of MICA's programs are ranked among the best in the nation.

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11 McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college located in Westminster. The college offers 60 programs of study, plus students can design their own majors. In athletics, the McDaniel Green Terror compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields twelve men's and twelve women's intercollegiate sports.

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12 Morgan State University

Morgan has a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with more specialized offerings at the master's and doctoral levels. Morgan traditionally has placed strong emphasis on the arts and sciences at the undergraduate level and on the preparation of students for advanced study. In addition, it offers a variety of programs in professional fields, including engineering, business, teacher education, architecture, hospitality management and social work. While Morgan is a historically black institution, it has served students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Its mission today is to enroll a student body that is diverse in its socioeconomic and academic status and to provide the full-range of experiences and services that permits it to successfully serve students with a wide variety of goals and needs. The University awards more bachelor's degrees to African-American students than any campus in Maryland. Historically, the University has ranked among the top public campuses nationally in the number of black graduates receiving doctorates.

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13 Mount St. Mary's College & Seminary

Mount St. Mary's University, often referred to simply as "The Mount"; is a private Catholic university located in Emmitsburg. The school builds its identity on four pillars -- faith, discovery, leadership, and community. The curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts, and business is the most popular undergraduate major. The university has a high four-year graduation rate for its student profile. On the athletic front, the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. The university fields 19 Division I teams -- an impressive
accomplishment for such a small school.

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14 Peabody Institute

One of America's first and most prestigious conservatories of music, Peabody aims to educate the finest musicians from around the world. The faculty are among the most distinguished, the curriculum is among the most rigorous, and the environment is among the most supportive of any music conservatory. Peabody has tremendous success in training leading performers, composers and teachers throughout its 150 years. We work constantly to update our curriculum to ensure today's graduates have the skills they need to achieve success in the music profession.

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15 Salisbury University

Founded in 1925, Salisbury is a public master's-level university. Salisbury undergraduates can choose from 42 bachelor's degree programs; professional fields in business, communications, education and nursing are the most popular. On the athletic front, the Salisbury University Seagulls compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 (football) and Capital Athletic Conferences.

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16 St. John's College

Founded in 1696 and chartered in 1784, St. John's College in Annapolis has a rich and distinct history. Despite what the college's name might suggest, St. John's has no religious affiliation.  The college's 36-acre campus sits along the water in the center of historic Annapolis. The heart of a St. John's education is reading and discussion focused on mathematics, languages, science and music. All students will graduate with an in-depth understanding of important works of Western civilization. All students have the same curriculum, and all graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the liberal arts and sciences. Grades are not emphasized at St. John's, and while students will read many books, they will never use a textbook. The great majority of St. John's graduates go on to law school, medical school, or graduate school.

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17 St. Mary's College of Maryland

Located on an attractive 319 acre water-front campus, St. Mary's College stands on a historic piece of land first settled in 1634. As Maryland's only Public Honors College, students receive the benefits of a small, liberal arts college with the lower cost of state tuition. St. Mary's many strengths earned it a place on my list of top public liberal arts colleges and top Maryland
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18 Stevenson College

Stevenson is located about 10 miles northwest of Baltimore. Students can choose from 30 undergraduate areas of study, and the school offers master's programs in business, nursing, forensic science and more. Students can also get involved in more than 30 organizations and play for the Stevenson Mustangs varsity sports teams, which mainly compete in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Conference.

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19 Towson University

Towson University's 328-acre campus is the second largest public university in Maryland, and the school often does well in rankings of regional public universities. The university offers over 100 degree programs, and among undergraduates profession fields such as business, education, nursing and communications are extremely popular. On the athletic front, the Towson University Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

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20 University of Baltimore

The University of Baltimore provides innovative education in law, business, the liberal arts and sciences and public policy to serve the needs of a diverse population. A public university located in the vibrant center of the city, they offer a supportive academic community for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, with an emphasis on experiential learning, public service and research.

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21 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

UMBC is a comprehensive public university, offers undergraduates 42 majors and 41 minors. UMBC has been recognized for the quality of its teaching, and in 2010 it was ranked as the #1 "up-and- coming" national university by U.S. News & World Report. In athletics, the UMBC Retrievers compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference.

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22 University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES)

UMES, the State Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment, particularly from among ethnic minorities. With 38 undergraduate, 15 master’s and eight doctoral programs, UMES’ commitment to core values emphasizing arts and sciences form a foundation for instruction in agriculture, business, computer science, criminal justice, educator training and health care. Twenty-eight academic units boast peer-review accreditation.  Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy.

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23 US Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy, is one of the most selective colleges in the country. All costs are covered, and students receive benefits and a modest monthly salary. Applicants must seek a nomination, usually from a member of congress. Upon graduation, all students have a five-year active duty obligation. Some officers pursuing aviation will have longer requirements.

Located in Maryland, the Annapolis campus is an active naval base. Athletics are important at the Naval Academy, and the school competes in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. Popular sports include football, basketball, rowing, and lacrosse.

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24 Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College has a long and rich history. The college was recently awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its many strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Popular majors include Business Administration, Economics, English, Biology, and Psychology. On the athletic front, the Washington College Shoremen and Shorewomen compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields seven men's and nine women's varsity sports. Popular sports include basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and rowing. The college also has a co-ed sailing team.

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