The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., students, faculty and staff discover and share new knowledge every day through the institution’s renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. And they are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.
The University of Maryland’s proud past stretches back to 1856, when the tiny Maryland Agricultural College was carved from part of Charles Benedict Calvert’s plantation along a dirt road now called U.S Route 1. From its start with 34 students, the institution slowly grew to include engineering and the liberal arts, and to add athletics, women, and minorities. It survived the Great Fire of 1912, re-emerged as a public college, and boomed following World War II. Today, the university is a national powerhouse in research and academics, even as it embraces its roots as a land-grant institution.
As a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University (classified as Very High Research Activity), the University ranks among the very best public research universities in the United States. To continue to realize its aspirations and fulfill its mandates, the University nourishes a climate of intellectual growth, advances knowledge, and provides outstanding and innovative instruction in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. It also creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and the culture of the State, the region, the nation, and beyond. The University strives for excellence in all of its activities, including academics, the performing arts, and intercollegiate athletics. As the USM flagship and a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with other institutions and their constituencies in the USM and throughout the State. The University’s information technology infrastructure serves many audiences, and all state institutions have access to the University’s libraries. In conjunction with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the University serves the State’s agricultural, natural resource, and youth/family needs through the University of Maryland Extension and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. The University provides professional training for both degree and non-degree-seeking students, consistent with its research mission and core competencies. Aided by technology, the University provides selected quality academic programs to audiences worldwide, sharing its knowledge and extending educational opportunities. The University also provides administrative support to other USM institutions in the areas of accounting, communications, engineering and architectural services, environmental safety, personnel management, and purchasing. The University offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, providing challenging and rewarding education and training to all students. Masters and doctoral programs and postdoctoral mentoring deliver training at the highest levels, engaging outstanding students and new investigators in scholarship and research with faculty mentors who are leaders in their fields. The University recognizes the importance of educating all undergraduate and graduate students to engage, interact, and work effectively in a diverse world. Degree programs are offered in agriculture and natural resources; architecture, planning and preservation; the behavioral and social sciences; business and management; computer, mathematical, and natural sciences; the creative and performing arts; education; engineering; the humanities; journalism; information studies; public policy; and public health. The University’s faculty consistently achieve national and international renown for their research and scholarship, are innovative and creative teachers, and serve society by sharing their expertise within the State and beyond, through embracing a climate of academic freedom. The highly-qualified academic, professional, and non-exempt members of the staff provide both support and leadership for the University’s educational, research, and service activities. The University embraces the principles of shared governance through its University Senate, its graduate and undergraduate student government associations, and a diverse collection of councils and committees that enable all constituencies to participate in deliberation and policy setting, a process promoting shared commitment to University goals.
The University counts the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students as among its greatest strengths and a major component of its excellence. It is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in both educational and work environments. Providing equal educational opportunity, hiring and retaining a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement, and recruiting and graduating talented students from traditionally underrepresented groups are institutional priorities.
About College Park, Maryland
The City of College Park is in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and is about four miles from the northeast border of Washington, D.C. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the National Archives at College Park, a facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP).