About the University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park, is a public research university and the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland. Established in 1856, UMD is the original land-grant institution in the state. It is one of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the state’s primary center for research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise.
The University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the state, the region, the nation and beyond. As the flagship of the University System of Maryland, the University shares its research, educational, cultural and technological strengths with businesses, government and other educational institutions. The University advances knowledge, provides outstanding and innovative instruction and nourishes a climate of intellectual growth in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.