Establishment and History
Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland started as the Maryland Agricultural College. It became a public land-grant institution in 1864, reflecting its commitment to serve the state's educational needs.
As Maryland's flagship university, it leads in research, innovation, and education. It's part of the University System of Maryland, with a vast network influencing the state’s economy and culture.
Pioneering Research Hub
Known for cutting-edge research, UMD partners with federal agencies like NASA. It boasts advances in fields like climate science, engineering, public health, and computer science.
UMD’s mascot is the Diamondback terrapin, a turtle native to the region. The university’s sports teams have won national championships, especially in basketball, soccer, and lacrosse.
UMD alumni include Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 'The Muppets' creator Jim Henson, and numerous politicians, business leaders, and athletes who have made significant contributions globally.
The university is a leader in sustainability, with a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. It has numerous 'green' initiatives, including a solar farm and sustainable transportation methods.
UMD offers unique programs like the Do Good Institute, which encourages social entrepreneurship, and the joint quantum computing program with the University of Chicago, pioneering quantum information science.