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University of Maryland Climbs in U.S. News Rankings of Top Public Schools

UMD rises to no. 19; computer science, veteran-friendly campus ratings also gain ground


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COLLEGE PARK, Md - The University of Maryland climbed a spot to No. 19 among the nation’s top public schools, according to new ratings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Among public institutions, UMD is tied with Rutgers University, Florida State University and the University of Washington in the 2022-23 “Best Colleges” report. Maryland also placed at No. 55 among all U.S. universities, rising from No. 59 last year.

“As we recognize this achievement, we underscore a statement from the Fearlessly Forward strategic plan: Progress will not be measured in individual achievement, but in our collective accomplishments,” said university President Darryll J. Pines and Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice in an email to the campus community today. “Our No. 19 ranking is a credit to the collective work of our students, faculty and staff who demonstrate excellence in their scholarship, research and work.”

The rankings are based on factors including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, faculty and financial resources, and alumni giving rate.

Maryland’s U.S. News faculty compensation rank rose 15 spots to No. 28 among public universities in the nation. The president and provost acknowledged that this is a direct reflection of the university’s work to invest in people and communities and ongoing advocacy at the state level for increased compensation for our employees. “We thank Governor Larry Hogan, Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson, and the state legislature for working with us on higher education investment,” Pines said.

U.S. News also examines several academic fields and undergraduate programs in its rankings, with UMD receiving high marks in the following categories:


  • UMD ranked 23rd overall, and No. 13 among public institutions, with four top 25 specialties:
    • Management: No. 24 overall, No. 16 among publics

    • Management Information Systems: No. 8 overall, No. 6 among publics

    • Marketing: No. 17 overall, No. 12 among publics

    • Supply chain management/logistics: No. 18 overall, No. 15 among publics

Computer Science

  • UMD rose to No. 16 nationally in this category and No. 8 among publics, with four specialties in the top 25:
    • Artificial intelligence: No. 16 overall, No. 8 among publics

    • Cybersecurity: No. 9 overall, No. 5 among publics

    • Game development: No. 9 overall, No. 4 among publics

    • Software engineering: No. 13 overall, No. 10 among publics


  • UMD ranked 22rd overall, and No. 11 among public institutions, with five top 25 specialties:
    • Aerospace : No. 13 nationwide, No. 9 among publics

    • Biomedical engineering: No. 24 nationwide, No. 9 among publics

    • Computer engineering: No. 20 nationwide, No. 12 among publics

    • Electrical/electronic/communications engineering: No. 22 nationwide, No. 13 among publics

    • Mechanical engineering: No. 20 nationwide, No. 12 among publics

UMD was also ranked as the 19th best public college for veterans and the 27th for veterans among all colleges (up two spots from last year), and placed No. 10 among publics for best undergraduate teaching, and 41 among all institutions.

Rankings, Pines said, are but one piece of a much larger puzzle that helps measure our success as a university, offering insights on how we track our progress and make data-driven decisions.

“We are proud of our community’s work to achieve excellence in all we do, and it is encouraging to see that directly reflected in our rankings,” he said.

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