George Peabody statue before Peabody Institute, Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland, March 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In Maryland, public higher education is served by:
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Symons Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, August 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In addition, sixteen community colleges and eight regional higher education centers serve the public. Information about public universities and colleges (including community colleges) is available from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
In fall 2013, some 301,528 students (undergraduate, graduate, & professional) enrolled at Maryland public universities and colleges, the highest such enrollment in State history. Women accounted for 56.7% of all students. For undergraduates, Maryland residents constituted 93.2% of enrollees at community colleges, 76.0% at public four-year institutions, and 44.8% at independent universities and colleges.
In the 2014-15 school year, the average yearly cost for resident undergraduates attending a State college was $8,468. For nonresidents, the average was $19,838.
For those wishing to continue their education via the Internet, Maryland Online offers that opportunity. Maryland Online is a consortium of community colleges and universities that offer courses online to students unable to attend classes on a campus. Initiated in the fall of 1999, the consortium now includes 20 members: Allegany College of Maryland; Anne Arundel Community College; Baltimore City Community College; Community College of Baltimore County; Carroll Community College; Cecil College; Chesapeake College; College of Southern Maryland; Frederick Community College; Garrett College; Hagerstown Community College; Harford Community College; Howard Community College; Montgomery College; Morgan State University; Prince George's Community College; Stevenson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland University College; and Wor-Wic Community College.
Maryland also participates in the Academic Common Market, an education consortium of fifteen southern states. Reduced tuition is offered to students who attend schools out of state because their program is not available at a public in-state college or university. States who participate with Maryland in this program are: Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida (graduate programs); Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas (graduate programs); Virginia; and West Virginia.
Postgraduate professional degree programs are offered by: University of Baltimore (law); University of Maryland, Baltimore
Scholarships & Savings Plans. To further education in Maryland, the State provides numerous assistance and scholarship options for college. The College Savings Plans of Maryland Board oversees the College Savings Plans of Maryland, including the Maryland Prepaid College Trust, and the Maryland College Investment Plan. Assistance also is offered through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Within the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Office is responsible for all State student financial aid programs.
Midshipmen, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, July 2009. Photo by Andrew L. Baringer.
U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland, April 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Baltimore, Maryland, September 2014. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.
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