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University of Maryland


The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land grant institution in Maryland.

In keeping with the legislative mandates of 1988 and 1999, the University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the state's primary center for research and graduate education and as the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability. It intends to become one of the most distinguished public universities in the United States. To realize its aspirations and fulfill its mandates, the University advances knowledge and provides superior and innovative instruction in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. It also employs knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the state, the region, the nation, and beyond, and it does so in ways that realize one of its most cherished values, human diversity.

Finally, the University of Maryland, College Park provides leadership for the USM and its constituent institutions on a number of important administrative and educational matters.

The University of Maryland, College Park is the only public Carnegie Research I institution in Maryland and one of only 60 American members of the Association of American Universities. In line with its mission and goals, the University values the Ph. D. and terminal professional degrees such as the M.B.A. as its signature degrees, but it also awards a wide range of bachelors, masters, and other doctoral degrees. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs are offered in the humanities and the creative and performing arts; the physical, mathematical, information, biological, social, and engineering sciences; and public affairs and policy, business and management, education, journalism, agriculture, and architecture. In some disciplines and interdisciplinary areas as well, the University offers undergraduate and graduate certificates and citations.