Our colleges are researching hot topics such as alternative energy, advising federal officials on homeland security, working with the state to reduce children’s obesity and investigating many other pressing issues. You can work side-by-side with faculty at the top of their fields: Pulitzer Prize recipients, Nobel laureates, and Emmy and Tony winners. Numbering more than 4,000, our faculty also include world-renowned performers, successful entrepreneurs and big-name journalists, all ready to share their experiences and expertise with you.
Our current featured college: College of Arts and Humanities.
We’re fighting world hunger. Building sustainable housing. Saving the Chesapeake Bay. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is at the heart of the University of Maryland’s original land-grant mission to serve the state and improve the quality of life in Maryland and beyond. You can choose from among seven academic departments, each with its own array of research and extension activities. Plus, it’s just a Metro ride from Washington, D.C., where you’ll see policy work in action. Intern locally at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center or National Zoo, or study abroad with South Africa’s Vets in the Wild, or in China, to see the environmental problems that follow rapid industrialization. Get your hands dirty, and get experience that can’t be beat.
Win an international competition by designing a beautiful and eco-friendly house. Work with local communities to redevelop historic areas. Intern with leading experts across the D.C. area. At the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, you can help build a sustainable future. The undergraduate architecture program, with its close-knit community and unparalleled location, will give you unique opportunities to explore a range of disciplines—including urban studies, real estate development and historic preservation—and to practice the craft. You’ll graduate ready to pursue your master’s degree at Maryland or another institution, earn your professional license and work at the nation’s most respected architecture firms.
Learn Arabic during a semester in Morocco. Perform in a Shakespeare play. Explore the digital humanities. Go on an archaeological dig in a lost city. In the College of Arts and Humanities, you’ll study past and present cultures, investigate the human experience and develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills. Our Emmy and Tony award-winning faculty will push you to explore your boundaries. And our prime location just outside the nation’s capital will make it easy for you to earn an internship at the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives or Library of Congress. Get out and discover countless museums, theaters and more! An ARHU education will prepare you to be a citizen of your local community and a global society.
Intern in a U.S. senator’s office, the Census Bureau or think tanks. Research homeland security threats. Or head to Brazil to study its indigenous peoples. Students and faculty in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) explore individual and group behavior as well as political, social, legal and economic institutions. Its nine departments---including the No. 1-ranked Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice---and six major research centers take on complex issues like the worldwide economic crisis; crime and terrorism; climate change; and transitions in populations and governments. The college draws on the resources of and its connections to Washington, D.C., and the world to offer you unique opportunities to become a global citizen.
Lead a company or build your own. At the Robert H. Smith School of Business, we’ll prepare you to succeed in a competitive global economy. Ranked among the nation’s top 20 undergraduate business schools, it’s home to outstanding faculty with real-world experience, cutting-edge research and lots of connections. The school will open the world for you through more than 30 study abroad programs, special Fellows programs and opportunities to join the Honor College’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program or the Hinman CEOs. Win an internship at a Fortune 500 company or a startup, one of its respected research centers on campus or a D.C. consulting firm. You’ll graduate with all the tools you need to create your own business (with a little help from our Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship) or to climb the corporate ranks and conquer the business world.
Probe the origins of the universe. Pursue a cure for cancer. Save sea turtles. Or tackle cybersecurity threats. At the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, we bring together different fields to make important discoveries. Thanks to its location just a few miles from D.C., you’ll have access to internships and at federal agencies (NASA is just up the street!), research institutes and labs (such as the National Institutes of Health) or private companies. Or collaborate with top faculty in one of its research institutes. Graduates of our programs—many of which rank among the top 10 nationally—go on to great careers as biologists, bioscientists, geneticists, physicists, computer programmers and much more. Join in the search for new knowledge!
Get teaching experience in some of the largest school systems in the country. Create after-school programs in El Salvador. Or observe and research at the Center for Young Children, a preschool on campus. Education changes lives, and at the College of Education, it’s doing just that by training outstanding teachers, administrators, counselors and more and conducting cutting-edge research. The college will expose you to the newest topics in teaching and school reform, from multiculturalism to inclusion of students with disabilities. And it will help you land internships in schools throughout the D.C. area or abroad. Its partnerships with the U.S. Department of Education, nonprofits and professional associations will also give you great opportunities to interact with leading scholars in education and child development. Looking to get ahead? Try our five-year B.A./M.A. program.
Build and race Formula SAE and Baja cars. Install solar panels on schools in Burkina Faso. Create robots that swim, fly and jump. You’ll put your education into practice at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, consistently ranked among the world’s top engineering schools. Its eight academic programs offer endless opportunities to explore, and our location near Washington, D.C., will give you access to federal research labs and major technology corporations to land internships and jobs. It will also encourage you to shine through living and learning programs like Women in Engineering, Hinman CEOs, a partnership with the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Honors College. You’ll graduate ready to make a difference—the world is powered by engineers!
Eliminating health disparities for minorities. Increasing the public’s “literacy” about health care. Reducing childhood obesity. The School of Public Health takes on the most pressing public health issues facing our local communities, the nation and the world. Its students are active throughout the region, whether organizing local health fairs, working with military families to support their health and well-being, or interning at the Center for Young Children on campus, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services or federal agencies in nearby D.C. The college will also encourage you to get an even broader perspective—consider studying global health in India! Its undergraduate programs in community health, family science and kinesiology will prepare you to create a better state of public health.
Intern in one of the nation’s top media markets at ESPN, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR or network TV affiliates. Learn from Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winners and other pros working in today’s busiest newsrooms. And work with top-of-the-line software for print and Web design and audio and video editing in one of the finest multi-platform journalism facilities anywhere, John S. and James L. Knight Hall. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism will prepare you for an exciting and rapidly evolving field while grounding you in the fundamentals. You’ll dive into specialty courses to study reporting on sports, public affairs, science, health and business, and war coverage. Graduates go on to successful careers beyond journalism too, in law, politics, public relations and more. The Merrill College is a training ground like no other.
Haven’t picked a major? Don’t worry: More than a third of freshmen come here undecided too. The Division of Letters and Sciences provides a home for you while you explore your options. Through advising and workshops, we help you choose the major that’s the best fit for you. Want to pursue medicine or law after college? We’ll be there for you too. Our experienced advisors can help you pick the right classes and guide you as you select and apply to professional schools.