Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Maryland.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Maryland. These agencies only issue institution-wide credit, however, rather than program-specific accreditation. For the particulars of program-specific accreditation, see our subject pages.
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
Maryland’s Department of Education, among other resources, has additional information on higher education and legislation in the state. The agencies below are also useful in searching for general information about colleges and universities in Maryland.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Maryland has a number of notable public universities recognized nationwide for their academic rigor. See below for more about the state’s top schools.
University of Maryland– University College
With 42,268 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year, the University of Maryland– University College is the state’s largest public school. The school boasts a range of degree options, allowing students to take courses at its Adelphi campus, at sites throughout the the eastern seaboard, and online. Because of that flexibility, the school has maintained a low student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Notable alumni include Edward J. Perkins, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, and Ray Lewis, a football player with the Baltimore Ravens.
United States Naval Academy
Known both for its academics as well as its preparation of the country’s naval officers, the United States Naval Academy is home to 4,536 midshipmen for the fall of 2013. U.S. News ranks the school as the No. 12 best liberal arts college in the nation, citing its excellent faculty and rigorous degree program. To gain admission to the school, students must both apply and get a nomination, often from a U.S. member of Congress. Former students include President Jimmy Carter, and Alan Shepard, the first American in space.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s City
In contrast to the previous two public schools, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is markedly smaller, enrolling just 1,933 students during the fall of 2013. As one of the only Public Honors Colleges in the country, and the only one in Maryland, the college has a reputation for challenging academics. It’s able to offer the small classes and personalized attention most often found at private liberal arts schools, but at a lower cost than some schools and with the benefit of state support. The Institute of International Education recognized the school as a leader in study abroad programs.
With leading research universities and small liberal arts colleges, Maryland has a wide variety of private institutions, many of them in its largest city. Learn about some standout schools below.
Johns Hopkins University
U.S. News ranks Maryland’s largest private school as the No. 12 best university in the country. While more than half of those student are in graduate programs, Johns Hopkins offers undergraduates especially strong programs in international studies and writing, among others. The majority of undergraduates go to class on the Homewood Campus, while three other campuses house graduate students. Former students include President Woodrow Wilson and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland is another excellent choice for a degree in Baltimore. The school combines aspects of large and small schools. While its student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, a ratio most often seen at small institutions, the school also competes at the NCAA Division 1 level in athletics. To help students blow off steam during a stressful time, the school hosts Loyolapalooza each spring, a festival and concert staged before finals.
Goucher, while also in Baltimore, differs from the previous two schools because of its small size and role as a primarily liberal arts college. The school enrolled 2,251 students during the fall of 2013, and it requires students to study abroad at some point during their college career. Students at Goucher are also highly involved in community service and environmental initiatives, and the school boasts an unusually diverse population, with students from 28 countries. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.