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University of Maryland Named a Top 10 Best College for African Americans by MONEY & ESSENCE Magazines

April 13, 2016

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been named a Best College for African Americans by MONEY and ESSENCE magazines. UMD came in at No. 10 on the list among all institutions ranked and No. 3 among public universities. 

MONEY collaborated with ESSENCE on this new list, analyzing more than 1,500 colleges to identify the 50 institutions that offer the best value for African American students. Factors measured included graduation rates, affordability, earnings potential and representation. 

“The University of Maryland is committed to inclusive excellence, and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion,” said Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at UMD. “The university has long promoted equity and diversity as core values and we recognize that an inclusive educational community is one of our greatest strengths.”

UMD is known as a national leader in closing the achievement gap. Nearly one fourth of UMD's undergraduates are underrepresented ethnic minorities and 40 percent or more of freshman classes have identified themselves as students of color, with close to 13 percent identifying as African American. 

UMD also offers more than two dozen programs and initiatives designed to support underrepresented student success, foster the development of cultural competence in students, staff and faculty, and create an institutional culture of inclusion. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at UMD sponsors an annual "Rise Above 'Isms'" Week to engage the campus community in addressing and transcending stereotypes and structural 'isms'. "Rise Above" mini-grants of up to $750 support community members in meaningful dialogue around issues of identity, bias and difference. Since the program's launch in 2013, 21 grants have been funded. This year, UMD also launched the “Maryland Dialogues on Diversity and Community,” a series of events, lectures and symposia for UMD faculty, staff, students and alumni. The series includes close to 100 events on race, diversity and inclusion. 

UMD was also recently recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine for excellence in diversity. For more information on UMD’s efforts in diversity and inclusion, visit http://www.diversity.umd.edu/.

For additional information and the full MONEY and ESSENCE Best College rankings, visit http://www.essence.com/2016/04/11/50-best-colleges-african-americans