University of Maryland--College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park, the state's flagship university, inspires students' ideas and sparks their passions while bringing them deeply into the life-changing process of discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. Living-learning environments, hands-on research and experiential learning expand on classroom study. Collaborations across disciplines enable the understanding of complex national and global problems like cybersecurity and climate change. International study and diversity help our graduates become global citizens. As the only public research university inside Washington, D.C.'s beltway, UMD gives students unparalleled opportunities to work with nearby federal agencies and labs, such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Collaborations with the University of Maryland, Baltimore also boost educational opportunities, research, and combined degree programs. In 2016, UMD launched the $75 million public-private Do Good Initiative, an effort to engage the entire student body in initiatives designed to ensure that every student who graduates from UMD will do so informed and motivated to Do Good in their communities and around the world. As part of the Do Good Initiative, UMD hosted its 6th annual "Do Good Challenge," which inspires students from across campus to take a cause or issue they are passionate about and create the greatest social impact possible, locally and globally. In 2016, Technica, UMD's first all-female hackathon, brought together more than 400 women and girls from across the country to take part in a two-day event to design and build projects related to computer science, engineering and virtual reality. UMD's faculty includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and members of the National Academies. Students learn from world-class experts and share classes with exceptionally motivated, high-achieving students. Undergraduates select from nearly 100 majors and 25 living-learning programs with 30 areas of focus. UMD helped pioneer living-learning programs, including launching the nation's first program devoted to entrepreneurship in 2001 and the first focused on cybersecurity in 2013. Half of UMD's fall freshmen enroll in these and other honors or scholars programs. UMD's Honors College challenges the most talented students in small seminars with like-minded classmates. College Park Scholars, an innovative living-learning program, engages students and faculty in learning beyond the classroom around a variety of topic areas. UMD's entrepreneurial faculty provide leadership in pivotal fields, such as climate change, national security, foreign languages, nanotechnology, energy storage, health care IT, food safety, and quantum science. Since the 1960s, researchers at UMD have partnered with NASA to conduct space missions, including Voyagers I and II and the more recent pioneering Deep Impact missions to nearby comets. UMD researchers are heavily involved in trans-disciplinary environmental research, including work to restore and protect the nearby Chesapeake Bay. Focused on a student-centered approach to learning and teaching, the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center opened in May 2017, featuring labs, informal study spaces, group study rooms, and technology-enhanced classrooms with flexible seating that helps encourage active learning and collaboration. Only nine miles from the White House, the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives, and near the metropolitan and educational attractions of Baltimore, the lush 1,335-acre campus mixes advanced labs and educational facilities with state-of-the-art recreational opportunities. UMD and its 14,000 trees are designated as an arboretum and botanical garden. The U.S. EPA has recognized UMD as one of the nation's most sustainable campuses.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1856 N/A Semester $493.3 million + College Park, MD 20742 (301) 405-1000
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60 100.0 Maryland College Park 967 43 14