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University of Maryland Recognized as a Top Public Institution in 2017 College Scorecard

October 13, 2017
Contacts: 

Jennifer Burroughs, 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was recognized as a top university for producing graduates and high incomes after attending in the new College Scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education. UMD students graduate at a rate of 86 percent, and earn over 80 percent more than the national average in salary.

The updated College Scorecard allows students, families, and their advisers to compare colleges and universities using accessible, and reliable national data on cost, graduation rate, debt, and post-college earnings.

Among institutions with more than 15,000 students, UMD received high marks for its overall value, with emphasis on a below average annual cost. The University of Maryland's College Scorecard profile also notes that:

  • UMD's graduation rate is 40 percent higher and retention rate is nearly 30 percent higher than the national average
  • 79% of UMD students earned, on average, more than those with only a high school diploma, and;
  • The percent of students who have repaid at least $1 of the principal balance on their federal loans within 3 years of leaving school is 34 percent higher than the national average

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the College Scorecard is designed to increase transparency, and allow students and families to compare how well individual postsecondary institutions are preparing their students to be successful.