About USM

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state's public higher education system. Benefiting students, as well as Maryland and its citizens, USM:

  • Offers expansive access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities.
  • Performs groundbreaking research.
  • Instills a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Promotes economic growth and workforce development.
  • Provides vital services to communities and individuals.
  • Partners with business, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations to improve quality of life.

The university system comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and a system office. USM's programs and activities have a significant impact on the quality of life in Maryland, creating social and economic benefits for people throughout the state and beyond.

As a system of higher education, USM creates a dynamic environment that is helping to power Maryland, the nation, and the world forward. USM is a recognized leader in many areas. These include academic and research excellence, innovation, economic and workforce development, and the effective and efficient use of resources.

Educational Opportunities
Highly ranked academic universities and programs, outstanding faculty and staff, and innovative academic models are all hallmarks of USM. Providing highquality and affordable academic programs and increasing student retention and completion rates are among the system's top priorities. USM offers hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs. Furthermore, USM's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is researching, developing, and implementing strategies and practices to help increase students' academic success.

USM faculty and staff continue to fuel research and discovery, attracting more than $1 billion in external grants and contracts annually. USM research is advancing understanding in many areas, including bioinformatics, cybersecurity, environmental science, food science, photonics, the social sciences, and vaccine development.

Economic and Workforce Development
USM plays a major role in the state's and the region's economic and workforce development. USM institutions address critical workforce shortage areas, especially those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). At least two-thirds of the state's STEM degrees are awarded by USM institutions. The system also advances commercialization and technology transfer. For example, USM institutions have facilitated the launch of more than 300 companies since 2011.

Effective Use of Resources
Since the launch of its Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative in 2004, USM has saved more than $544 million. In addition, USM leads the state in sustainability efforts with more than 50 facilities constructed and/or planned as LEED-certified "Silver" or higher. In 2015, USM launched E & E 2.0, the next generation of its Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative.

Each year USM students, staff, and faculty contribute more than a million hours of service to the community through cultural programs, legal and medical clinics, partnerships with public schools and the business community, and other initiatives.

USM Overview*
Undergraduate Students: 120,295 (126,344 worldwide)
Graduate/Professional Students: 41,705 stateside (41,782 worldwide)
Full-time Faculty: 8,747
Part-time Faculty: 6,591
Staff (various categories): 23,419
Facilities: 100 sites
Buildings: Nearly 1,000, including 20 libraries
Operating Budget: $5.13 billion

Map of USM Institutions

2015-2016 USM Profile

The mission of the University System of Maryland is to improve the quality of life for the people of Maryland by providing a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities; engaging in research and scholarship that expand the boundaries of current knowledge; and providing knowledge-based programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the citizens of the state and the nation.

USM fulfills its mission through the effective and efficient management of its resources and the focused missions and activities of each of its component institutions.

Vision -- "The USM in 2010" Revisited: An Update of the USM Strategic Plan

The vision of USM is to be a preeminent system of public higher education, admired around the world for its leadership in promoting and supporting education at all levels, fostering the discovery and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the state and nation, and instilling in all members of its community a respect for learning, diversity, and service to others.

USM Board of Regents

System Office

USM Institutions

USM Timeline

Systemwide Links
USM Strategic Plan
USM Reports/Statistics
USM Councils and Workgroups
Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative