Academics 101

Maryland has 12 colleges and schools, as well as Letters and Sciences, which provides advising for undergraduates who are deciding their majors. Most of our schools and colleges have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report or other ranking authorities as among the best in the nation—and in some cases as the No. 1 programs of their kind.

In Spring 2017, the university awarded 6,051 bachelor’s degrees, 1,732 master’s degrees and 585 doctoral degrees. The most popular undergraduate majors are biological sciences, criminology and criminal justice, economics and psychology. For more information on specific academic programs, admission requirements and accolades, please visit the websites listed at the bottom of the page.

Undergraduate Study

All 12 of our schools and colleges offer degree programs for undergraduate students. Terps are among the highest achievers in the state and nation, with approximately 34,000 students applying for about 4,000 first-year seats.

We encourage students to pursue their passions and make connections beyond the classroom. More than half of all first-year students find their niche in special living-learning programs that allow students with common academic interests to share residence halls, courses and hands-on experiences. Other exciting opportunities include study abroad, Washington, D.C.-area internships and faculty-assisted research.

Graduate Study

Maryland’s Graduate School, based in the Lee Building, offers more than 200 advanced degree programs enrolling almost 11,000 students representing every state and 115 countries.

The programs include doctoral and master’s degrees, special terminal degrees such as the MBA and MFA, and graduate certificates.

Among the resources and programming to support student success are programs for diverse graduate students, professional and career development and the Graduate School Writing Center. Learn more about admission, individual programs and student funding at

Extended Studies

The Office of Extended Studies offers additional academic opportunities through Summer Session, Winter Session, Freshmen First, the Young Scholars Program, Freshmen Connection and professional programs. For more information, visit


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

College of Arts and Humanities

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Robert H. Smith School of Business

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

College of Education

A. James Clark School of Engineering

College of Information Studies

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

School of Public Health

School of Public Policy