USM Schools Among Nation's Best in Latest U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 17, 2012) -- University System of Maryland (USM) schools once again have been recognized among the nation's top universities in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings.

The 2013 edition of America's Best Colleges released this month recognizes several USM institutions for academic excellence.

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) was ranked 19th among all U.S. national public universities. The ranking marks the 11th straight year UMCP has been named a Top 20 public university. UMCP finished No. 58 in the overall rankings of national universities, private and public.

Notably, at a time college affordability is one of the most pressing socio-economic issues in the country, U.S. News recognized UMCP for having the third lowest tuition rate among the top 20 public universities.

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMCP was ranked 23rd nationally for undergraduate programs, moving up one spot from 2012. The school's aerospace engineering program was ranked in 9th place. The Robert H. Smith School of Business was ranked 21st nationally, with eight specialties ranking in the top 25.

UMCP news release:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) ranked No. 1 among "up-and-coming" national universities for the fourth straight year. UMBC shares the top spot with George Mason University. U.S. News also ranks UMBC eighth on a list of the top national universities "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." In this category, UMBC is tied with Duke University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame.

UMBC news release:

Towson University ranked 44th among 181 public and private north region schools. Towson ranked 10th among top regional public universities in the north region, an improvement of one spot from last year's rankings.

Towson University news release:

Salisbury University ranked among the top 10 public regional universities in the north. Salisbury was ranked 47th among 181 public and private north region schools. This is the 16th straight year Salisbury University has been ranked by the magazine.

Salisbury University news release:

U.S. News ranked Bowie State (27th overall) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) (33rd) in its top tier of historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.

The University of Baltimore (UB) was ranked 23rd among public universities in the north region. The university routinely receives high rankings for programs at its School of Law and College of Public Affairs. The No. 23 ranking is an impressive ratings breakthrough for UB, given the recent launch of its four-year undergraduate program.


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