2022 best colleges in Maryland best-colleges

Featuring a wide range of high ranking public institutions and liberal arts colleges, Maryland is home to top schools like Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Although the state is relatively small, it also hosts a number of special-interest colleges, such as the United States Naval Academy and the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of the oldest art schools nationwide. Additionally, the Maryland University of Integrative Health offers the only regionally accredited Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine program.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Maryland

Ner Israel Rabbinical College

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $7,106

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $60,812

Vs. state average: + $6,460

Economic score: 0.85

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#2 in Maryland

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, Maryland

Admission rate: 51%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $19,045

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $71,837

Vs. state average: + $17,485

Economic score: 1.35

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#3 in Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 12%

Grad rate: 93%

Net cost: $29,342

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $83,287

Vs. state average: + $28,935

Economic score: 1.38

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#4 in Maryland

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $36,594

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $75,663

Vs. state average: + $21,311

Economic score: 2.16

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#5 in Maryland

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $19,082

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $61,751

Vs. state average: + $7,399

Economic score: 2.17

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#6 in Maryland

Towson University

Towson, Maryland

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 74%

Net cost: $18,233

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $57,866

Vs. state average: + $3,514

Economic score: 2.43

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#7 in Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, Maryland

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 79%

Net cost: $19,369

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $55,342

Vs. state average: + $990

Economic score: 2.72

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#8 in Maryland

McDaniel College

Westminster, Maryland

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $18,182

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $55,107

Vs. state average: + $755

Economic score: 3.18

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#9 in Maryland

Washington College

Chestertown, Maryland

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $28,638

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $64,846

Vs. state average: + $10,494

Economic score: 3.18

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#10 in Maryland

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $19,617

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $53,388

Vs. state average: - $964

Economic score: 3.21

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#11 in Maryland

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $21,183

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $58,128

Vs. state average: + $3,776

Economic score: 3.24

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#12 in Maryland

Mount St. Mary's University

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $27,954

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $58,600

Vs. state average: + $4,248

Economic score: 3.28

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#13 in Maryland

Capitol Technology University

Laurel, Maryland

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $23,992

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $57,992

Vs. state average: + $3,640

Economic score: 3.41

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#14 in Maryland

Stevenson University

Stevenson, Maryland

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $27,142

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $56,567

Vs. state average: + $2,215

Economic score: 3.67

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#15 in Maryland

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $16,676

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $49,230

Vs. state average: - $5,122

Economic score: 3.80

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#16 in Maryland

Bowie State University

Bowie, Maryland

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $15,934

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $49,154

Vs. state average: - $5,198

Economic score: 3.95

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#17 in Maryland

Hood College

Frederick, Maryland

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $23,767

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $51,779

Vs. state average: - $2,573

Economic score: 4.99

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#18 in Maryland

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $22,930

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $50,974

Vs. state average: - $3,378

Economic score: 5.05

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#19 in Maryland

Goucher College

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $25,716

Payback: 6.0 Years

Earnings: $48,027

Vs. state average: - $6,325

Economic score: 6.83

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#20 in Maryland

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $17,619

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $43,075

Vs. state average: - $11,277

Economic score: 6.86

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