Once an average to mediocre ranked university, University of Maryland College Park is now among the top 20 schools in the country.

If you, a family member or friend are exploring schooling options, you don’t need to look far and wide as UMD is ranked among the best schools nationwide with the likes of Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton.  The rankings list, put out by Money Magazine just recently, also listed UMD as the highest ranked school in the DC Metro area, 34 spots ahead of the prestigious Georgetown University as well as other well regarded local area educational institutions such as George Washington University and Johns Hopkins of Baltimore. The rankings are based on student outcomes, alumni salaries and the quality of education as compared to the schools’ overall affordability. The list comprised by Money Magazine, in other words, ranks schools in terms of value. UMD’s No. 20 spot on the rankings list is only six spots behind No. 14 Yale, Princeton University retained the top spot while Johns’ Hopkins University is ranked the second highest of Maryland schools at No. 131 followed by Towson ranked 150 and McDaniel College at 206. schools Of the area schools outside of Maryland, ranked next behind Georgetown is Fairfax’s George Mason University (127), while D.C. schools George Washington University (305), Gallaudet University (456), Trinity (470), American University (540), Catholic University (571) and Howard University (626) rounded out the area’s best.  Just over 700 schools made the list, of which 15 were Maryland Schools.
Data used from Burning Glass Technologies and LinkedIn were used in comprising this year’s rankings, which considered a total of 27 factors such as yearly tuition costs and SAT scores of students granted admission into school programs. [caption id="attachment_2855" align="aligncenter" width="773"]schools UMD stats[/caption] Money Magazine, in its individual summary of UMD said that the school has “all-star faculty power” and is “one of the nation’s top public research universities.” The magazine noted te presence of three Nobel Laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners on the faculty roster. UMD’s expertise and academic offerings are vast, while the only negative mentioned in the summary is the fact that many UMD students complain that the school does not feel like a college town due to its proximity to the I-95 highway. schools However, the school and city of College Park have in recent years collaborated on development projects that have changed the city and campus landscape significantly, officials also have vowed to improve the town further.  Statistically, the school’s strengths were cost of tuition, average SAT scores and post-graduation income averages.
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