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Everyone’s journey to medicine is unique. This is a beautiful, demanding, challenging and rewarding field. Having genuine motivation for the work is so important — your patient’s life will depend on it.
As you explore medicine as a career possibility, make sure you ask for help from trusted sources along the way. Close, frequent communication with your premedical advisor is very important. If you do not have a premed advisor at your institution, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) can help you find one.
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All applications to the University of Maryland School of Medicine must be initiated through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
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The deadline for the receipt of the secondary application is December 1 . In situations where the secondary application is sent to an applicant after the December 1 deadline, the applicant will have two weeks to return the application to the School of Medicine. The secondary application fee of $80 is non-refundable.
It is strongly recommended that the application forms, letters of recommendation and all other supporting credentials be filed as early as is possible in the application period. An extension of the November 1 deadline is unusual and will be granted only under the most extenuating of circumstances.
Early Decision Applications to UMSOM must be on file with AMCAS by the August 2 deadline . All Early Decision applicants will be notified of a decision on their application by October 1.
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Applicants will be able to complete their secondary application, upload supplemental documents, schedule their interview, conduct their interviews, and receive their Admissions decisions on the Application Portal (AMP).
Once our office has received your verified AMCAS application, a secondary application invite email will be sent to the email address listed on your application. (If you have a Gmail account, be sure to check the junk/spam folder.)
For all candidates not applying Early Decision, the application process is conducted on a rolling basis. All decisions regarding the selection process are made by a committee of current faculty and students. Each applicant’s credentials are evaluated by the Committee on Admissions to determine if an interview is to be granted.
All interviews are conducted at the School of Medicine and are scheduled in advance by invitation only. Interviews are conducted each week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from September to early February. Applications may be rejected from both residents and nonresidents without an interview.
Those applicants invited to interview will receive, in writing, one of three decisions from the Committee on Admissions:
- Applicants who are offered an acceptance will have three weeks to respond to that offer.
- Accepted applicants wishing to hold a seat in the next incoming freshman class must return a non-binding contract to the Office of Admissions.
- A deposit to hold a seat in the class is not required.
- Individuals placed on the Waitlist will be reviewed again after all interviews are complete and will be notified of their ranking on that list. This usually occurs in late April.
- Waitlisted applicants may send updates to the Office of Admissions, at any time, regarding additional activities or accomplishments.
- Students who have had their application rejected will be urged to consult with their pre-medical advisor.
Students may write to the Office of Admissions at any time during the application process if there are significant concerns or questions regarding the status of their application.
A deferment of matriculation for one year may be granted to accepted applicants who present such a request in writing to the Committee on Admissions by June 1. An individual making such a request must present a plan of activity for the coming year that is both focused and productive in nature.
An individual who is granted a deferment must re-apply through the Delayed/Deferred Program at AMCAS, and can apply only to the University of Maryland, to secure their seat for the following year. All policies and procedures for Early Decision will apply.
Applicants who are accepted from the Waitlist are not eligible for deferment.
The medical school application process can be a stressful time for all concerned. We respectfully request that applicants keep phone calls, letters or emails to the Office of Admissions to a minimum. Each applicant must assume responsibility for assuring that all required materials and the completed application packet are filed and received by the Committee on Admissions.
If you have a question or concern about the status of your application, please contact the office to clarify your status. The Office of Admissions will make every effort to assist with the completion of your application, within reason.
All applicants are expected to respond truthfully and completely to all questions on the AMCAS and School of Medicine application forms. An applicant who provides false or misleading information during the application process will be denied admission or, if enrolled before discovery of irregularity in the application process, may be dismissed from school.
Every applicant who submits an AMCAS application to the University of Maryland School of Medicine receives a Secondary Application. The purpose of our secondary application is to better understand our applicants and their commitment to becoming a physician.
Our optional questions help us understand more clearly how our applicants’ backgrounds and lived experiences contribute to the rich diversity of our class and the profession. We also include a question that allows you to explain any academic challenges you have experienced.
These short essay questions allow us to better understand you and your commitment to a career in medicine:
- Briefly describe your most meaningful exposure to clinical medicine.
- Briefly describe your most satisfying experience related to community service.
- Without limiting the discussion to your own identity, please describe how you envision contributing to the values of equity and inclusivity at our School of Medicine, and in the medical profession.
- What does it mean to you to enter a profession?
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are as important in the selection process as the applicant's academic credentials and MCAT scores, extracurricular activities, and essays. Applicants to the School of Medicine should seek out letters of recommendation from individuals who have both personal knowledge of the applicant's accomplishments and the insight to objectively assess the applicant's character, work ethic and motivation for a career in medicine.
Members of the Committee on Admissions give little or no weight in the selection process to subjective recommendations from friends, family members and political figures.
If an applicant has significant employment or military experience before, during or after college, then letters from employers, supervisors and commanding officers are appropriate as well.
Policies and Procedures
- Write a letter to the Committee on Admissions explaining why you are unable to have this letter sent and;
- Ask the Premedical Committee or advisor to write to the Committee on Admissions indicating that they will not be able to send an official letter on your behalf.
All letters of recommendation must be written on official stationery and sent directly to AMCAS. If you have a recommender who does not write his/her letter on stationery we will still accept it as long as the letter comes from AMCAS.
If your school does not have a Premedical Advisory Committee, you should submit at least three letters of recommendation, and at least two of these should come from undergraduate and/or graduate school faculty whose courses you have taken. At least one letter must come from a science faculty and one from a non-science faculty.
If you are not currently enrolled as an undergraduate student and are unable to submit a composite letter of recommendation, please arrange to have at least one letter sent from each component of your education (undergraduate and graduate) and major work experience to date.
Any exceptions to the above policy will be considered on an individual basis after receipt of a written request from the applicant.
If you are reapplying to the School of Medicine, the Committee on Admissions highly recommends that you submit updated letters of recommendation. In addition, you should also submit letters from experiences undertaken since your previous application.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to be sure that the above requirements are met. You are also responsible for requesting your letters of recommendation so that they are received by our deadline of January 15 .
If you are applying as an Early Decision candidate, your letters of recommendation must be received by August 31 .
Applications that continue to miss letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete when they are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. This will have a direct impact on the disposition of your application.
- Academic Excellence
- Service, compassion and humanism
- Diversity and attention to social justice
- Ability to work as part of a team
A career in medicine offers opportunities to those talented in both humanities and the sciences. Therefore, there are no specific majors necessary for success. We prefer you think of our curricular prerequisites as competencies which must be achieved prior to medical school and not as specific course requirements. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students , including the curricular and extracurricular competencies listed, as we believe that strength in these areas will prepare you well for medical school, and for a career in medicine beyond.
The purpose of our listed curricular prerequisites is to provide guidance on strategies for academic preparation for medical school and to identify who will excel in achieving the AAMC core competencies and ultimately be successful in our rigorous academic program. Prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation , and may be completed as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, at a community college, and/or online.
Students entering college with a strong background in the sciences, as demonstrated by advanced placement, are encouraged to substitute advanced science courses for the traditional requirements listed below. The Committee on Admissions recommends that pre-requisite coursework be completed within five years of when an applicant submits their application. To visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine profile on the AAMC Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) site, please click here .
- Biological Sciences – one year with laboratory
- Chemical Sciences (general/inorganic) – one year with laboratory
- Organic Chemistry – either one year with laboratory or one semester of organic chemistry (with lab) and one semester of Biochemistry (lab encouraged but not required)
- Physical Sciences – one year with laboratory
- English or other writing intensive coursework – one year (*For writing intensive coursework, the writing assignments should be 50% or more of the final grade.)
These courses are not required, but we believe they will help strengthen the academic preparation of future medical students for success in our medical education curriculum:
- Immunology – one semester
- Biochemistry – one semester with laboratory (lab encouraged but not required)
- Physiology – one semester
- Microbiology – one semester
- Genetics – one semester
- Epidemiology – one semester
The courses you choose to fulfill our prerequisites should demonstrate your commitment to achieve the AAMC Core Competencies. The AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students also offers additional information. If you are unsure whether your coursework corresponds with our prerequisites, please see this additional information about each competency area below.
Intellectual engagement in the field of biology, which will include coursework and laboratory experience, that encompasses the core concepts of cell and developmental biology, molecular biology and genetics. These core concepts include:
- Nucleic acid/nucleosome structure and function including epigenetics (histone modification and DNA methylation)
- Cell structure, cell cycle, meiosis, and mitosis
- Genetic mutations, repair, and recombination
- Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells (transcription factors & mechanisms)
- RNA processing
- Protein translation
- DNA and RNA viruses - properties and generation and use of viral vectors
- Foundations of signal transduction
Chemical (Organic and Inorganic) Sciences
Intellectual engagement in the field of chemistry, which will include coursework and laboratory experience, that encompasses core concepts of biochemistry and biologically applicable elements of inorganic and organic chemistry. These core concepts include:
- Acid/base chemistry
- Thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
- Protein structure and function
- Enzymes: mechanisms, kinetics, inhibition, and binding constants
- Bioenergetics and oxidative metabolism
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- Lipid metabolism
- Membranes and transport
Ability to clearly demonstrate knowledge of basic physical principles and their applications to the study and understanding of living systems is required. These core concepts include:
- Newtonian mechanics
- Fluid dynamics
- Basic thermodynamics
- Basic concepts of electrical circuits and electrostatics
- Diffusion and transport of mass and energy
English or Writing Intensive Coursework
Ability to effectively communicate to convey information or a message clearly through written communication. Experience with oral presentations is also highly valued. *For writing intensive coursework, the writing assignments should be 50% or more of the final grade.
Clinical Experience Requirement
Clinical experience refers to experiences in which you are exposed to the health care field.
- Observing the doctor-patient interaction through:
Community Service Requirement
- Any activity in which you are volunteering your time to help other people. This should be volunteer work that is done outside of course credit.
- Activities do not have to be medical or clinical related.
As a state-assisted medical school, the University of Maryland gives preference in the selection process to residents of Maryland. However, a significant number of non-resident applicants are invited to interview and accepted to enter each freshman class.
The School of Medicine welcomes applications from individuals who reside throughout the United States and Canada. Diversity is highly valued in the educational process and applications are encouraged from individuals from nontraditional and disadvantaged backgrounds.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran's status, physical or mental disability, or age in its selection process.
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Applicant Selection Criteria
The decisions of the Committee on Admissions are based on several criteria. These criteria have been developed by the faculty of the School of Medicine and are closely allied to the school's academic mission and goals. The School of Medicine will admit only those individuals who have documented that they possess the ability to successfully complete the academically rigorous curriculum and the personal characteristics that we would all like to see in our own physicians.
Academic excellence is expected. However, acceptance is not guaranteed on the basis of excellent grades and MCAT scores alone. Each application undergoes a thorough holistic review. The Committee on Admissions seeks out evidence for the following qualities in the applicant's personal statement, in their extracurricular activities and life experiences, and in letters of recommendation from premedical advisors and others who know the applicant well:
- Psychological maturity
- Character and integrity
- Self discipline
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Good judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Empathy and concern for helping others
- Intellectual curiosity
- Appropriate motivation for a career in medicine
- Leadership skills
- Commitment to excellence
Applicants should use the Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application to discuss selected extracurricular activities and life experiences, and the relevance of each in their decision to pursue a medical career. There are no prescriptive activities that will guarantee acceptance to our medical school. Each applicant is encouraged to pursue activities that will demonstrate their special talents and which will support their motivation for a career in medicine.
Exposure to clinical medicine, and knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of medicine as a career, are expected. Research experience and community service are highly valued by the Committee on Admissions. Activities pursued for fun and relaxation are important. Students should pursue activities that they find to be personally fulfilling and enjoyable. The quality, rather than quantity, of these experiences should be emphasized.
Applications may be rejected from both residents and non-residents without an interview. Those applicants who possess competitive academic records and the personal characteristics noted above may be invited to interview. The interview provides the candidate with an opportunity to discuss their personal history and motivation for a medical career and any aspect of their application that merits special attention or explanation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss any and all aspects of their application.
Interviewers are trained to specifically evaluate an applicant's maturity, adequacy of support systems, level of confidence in their abilities, intellectual curiosity, communication skills, motivation for medicine, depth of involvement in extracurricular activities, and professional bearing during the interview, among other factors. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication skills, to be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a career in medicine and to conduct themselves in an appropriate fashion during the interview.
The interview evaluations are the last important factor considered by the members of the Committee on Admissions in their deliberations regarding each applicant's candidacy for admission.
Early Decision Program
By applying for Early Decision, the highly qualified applicant avoids having to make numerous other applications. Applicants with less competitive academic credentials, or those without the support of their premedical advisor, are discouraged from applying through this program.
The Early Decision applicant must apply only to this school by the AMCAS deadline of August 2 . That means you must submit your application and all transcripts by August 2.
Applicants must provide all supplementary information (secondary application, updated MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation) by August 31 .
Interviews will take place at the medical school in mid-September. No one will be accepted without an interview. If offered an acceptance by this school, the applicant cannot apply elsewhere. All decisions for this program are made by October 1.
The Committee on Admissions can make one of three decisions for each Early Decision applicant:
- placement into the regular applicant pool for review at a later date
Each applicant will be notified promptly of the decision of the Committee on Admissions so that those not accepted through this program can apply elsewhere.
Individuals who apply through the Early Decision Program cannot apply to any other medical school until they are notified that they have not been accepted through this program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
- Applicants are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times.
- Applicants are expected to become familiar with ALL requirements for admission to the School of Medicine and to have satisfied those requirements at the time an application for admission is made or, if applicable, by the time of matriculation.
- Applicants are expected to review the School of Medicine's Technical Standards (The Essential Requirements for Admission, Academic Advancement and Graduation) and to contact the Office of Admissions with any questions or concerns.
- Applicants are expected to become familiar with and observe our application procedures. All application documents including primary and secondary application forms, transcripts, letters of recommendation, fees, etc., must be submitted in a timely manner.
- Applicants must promptly notify in writing both AMCAS and the School of Medicine of any change of address or other information submitted in the AMCAS application.
- Applicants must respond promptly to an invitation for a medical school interview. In those instances when an applicant cannot appear for a scheduled interview, the applicant is responsible for notifying the School of Medicine of the cancellation of the appointment. The cancellation should be undertaken by sending an email to [email protected] .
- Applicants must respond in a timely manner to offers of acceptance to the School of Medicine. Applicants will have three weeks from the date of the letter of acceptance to respond to the School of Medicine’s offer of admission. Failure to respond will result in the withdrawal of the letter of acceptance.
- Applicants must notify the School of Medicine in writing of any change in the status of their application (e.g., the withdrawal of the application, a request to defer matriculation, etc.)
- Applicants who have multiple acceptances must withdraw from all but their first choice of medical school by April 30; May 1 for MD/PhD Programs.
- Applicants in need of financial aid must initiate the steps necessary to determine their eligibility as soon as is possible. These steps include filing the appropriate Need Analysis forms in January or February, and encouraging parents (if required) to file income tax forms early.
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The mission of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is to provide an inclusive learning environment that develops lifelong learners who are clinically excellent and possess humanism, professionalism, scholarship, leadership, critical thinking and attention to social justice and diversity. The University of Maryland School of Medicine is committed to the full and equitable inclusion and support of qualified learners with disabilities.
It is the responsibility of the faculty to select matriculants who are best qualified to successfully complete the required training and develop into skilled, effective, and compassionate physicians that will fulfill the mission of the School. Applicants and matriculated students will be judged not only on their scholastic achievement and abilities, but also on their intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical capacities to meet the essential requirements of the school’s curriculum. The School of Medicine will consider for admission those individuals who possess the ability to successfully complete the academically rigorous curriculum and the personal characteristics embodied by exemplary physicians. These are guided by the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.
Technical Standards: Essential Requirements for Admission
The Office of Admissions hosts virtual interview days on Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-September through the end of February. Once you receive an "invitation to interview" email, you will find more details about your interview day on the application portal.
Your Interview Day
Here is a basic outline of what you can expect on your interview day.
Tips for a Successful Interview
- Be yourself
- Be professional
- Know the contents of your application
- Have prepared questions
AAMC tips for virtual interviews
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Our students bring to the School of Medicine a richness of personal and academic accomplishments, creating a vibrant environment for their learning and individual growth.
Our students come from urban, suburban and rural areas in Maryland, as well as from many other states. They come from a variety of undergraduate schools, including the Ivy League, small liberal arts colleges and state institutions. They are music majors and biomedical engineers. They are mothers and teachers. They are athletes and student government leaders. They are fresh out of college and changing careers after 10 years. They are the first in their family to attend college and they are children of professionals.
Being bright and conscientious, our students drive themselves and each other to succeed, valuing their camaraderie and using it to work together in small groups in and out of the classroom setting. This is also an active and compassionate group with a commitment to service and community involvement. They possess the strength of character and keen intellect. These attributes in combination will help them become future leaders in patient care, research, and medical education.
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When you apply to UMSOM, the Office of Admissions base your residency classification from the "Legal Residence" field on your AMCAS application.
For tuition purposes, your residency classification is determined by the Office of the Registrar. You must complete the in-state classification form and meet all the requirements.
Students who have attended an LCME-accredited allopathic medical school in the United States or Canada are eligible to submit an application for admission to the third-year class only. Applications must be submitted between March 1 and May 1 of the desired year of admission, with a plan to matriculate July 1 that same year. Applicants for advanced standing must meet all of the current first-year entrance requirements and must present undergraduate credentials comparable to those of students in the third-year class into which they are attempting to transfer.
Applicants will be considered for transfer only if they have attended a medical school with a curriculum that is comparable to that offered at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Residents of Maryland will be given preference in the selection process. The number of transfers accepted will be limited by the number of spaces available in the class.
All applicants must furnish letters of recommendation from the dean and faculty of the medical school where they are currently enrolled. No student who has been dismissed from any medical school will be eligible for advanced standing unless his/her former dean submits a letter addressed to the Committee on Admissions confirming that the student has been reinstated, is in good standing, and is eligible for the promotion. No student can be considered who is not eligible for promotion at the time of transfer.
Offers of advanced standing are conditional pending the student's score on Step I of the USMLE examination. No student can matriculate who has not passed Step I on the first attempt. Step I scores must be available and included as part of the transfer application for review no later than June 15 of the planned matriculation year.
Persons who already hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine cannot be admitted to the medical school as candidates for that degree from this University. Individuals whose graduate work has been in the fields of osteopathic medicine or podiatric medicine are not eligible for advanced standing.
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program
Individuals whose graduate work has been in the field of dentistry may apply for advanced standing through the Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program.
Information regarding the combined degree program can be obtained by contacting:
Donita Dyalram, MD, DDS, FACS Assistant Professor Program Director- Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program Associate Program Director - Oral -Head and Neck Surgery\Microvascular Surgery Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery University of Maryland Dental School 650 West Baltimore Street, Rm 1281 Baltimore, MD 21201 410 398 0854 (pager) 410 706-7060 (phone) 410 706 0891 (fax) [email protected]
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The University of Maryland School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music . It—along with the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library —is housed within the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland.
The faculty of the School of Music is a community of artists, scholars, and teachers who are dedicated to music in all of its global variety, and who have committed their individual and combined expertise to the guidance of their students. Through coursework, rehearsals, performances, and special events, the School of Music seeks to transform creative and curious students into artists, scholars, composers, and teachers equipped with the skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing world.
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This handbook was revised in August of 2022. Further revisions will be made as necessary, and the latest version can be found online . We encourage you to retain the version posted at the start of your matriculation, as it will serve as your contract with the University. If revisions are made to your degree program during your time here, you may opt for the new policies, or you may continue to follow the ones in place when you began your program.
When you have a question about academic policy, you may wish to start with Josh Thompson , Graduate Student Services Coordinator, or Gideon D'Addio , Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, in the Office of Student Services, room 2112; or your program advisor or division coordinator. Any one of them may refer you to Prof. Gretchen Horlacher , Director for Undergraduate Studies or to Prof. Ken Elpus , Director for Graduate Studies.
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Serving the military is in our DNA. Our dedication to educating the military dates back more than 75 years to when we became the first university to send professors overseas to teach active-duty servicemembers. Today, we serve more than 53,000 military-affiliated students worldwide.
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U.S. News ranks UMBC among the nation’s best colleges in undergraduate research, teaching, innovation, and value
UMBC continues to show its strengths in undergraduate research, innovation, value, teaching programs, and several other areas highlighted in the 2023–24 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges undergraduate rankings. This year, the university moved up in the national rankings in numerous categories, showcasing UMBC’s growth in several key areas. Continue Reading U.S. News ranks…
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Are you dedicated to academic excellence? Passionate about service? Want to sharpen your leadership skills? Stevenson has scholarships and programs for you to enjoy a more enriching college experience. Our Scholars Programs provide rigorous academic opportunities, meaningful community engagement, and action-based leadership education.
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Stevenson is committed to creating an exceptional student experience for you. Our new Owings Mills East campus opens this Spring 2022 as a 100-plus-acre athletics and recreational hub for the university. The construction of our new 42,000-square-foot Philip A. Zaffere Library begins this fall.
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100% of students have received hands-on experience through the completion of an internship, practicum, or research experience during their time at Stevenson.
Stevenson’s School of Education students are making the career connection. 94% of our 2022 School of Education graduates are employed or are in graduate school.
With a student-to faculty ratio of 15:1, Stevenson students receive exceptional, individualized attention to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.
Stevenson Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science students are making the career connection. 95% of our 2022 Nursing and Health Professions graduates are working or attending graduate school.
Stevenson is ranked #1 of 23 in best college dorms in Maryland, according to Niche.
Students can participate in any of Stevenson’s intramural and recreation sports teams including our new esports team.
Stevenson has 29 Division III athletic teams, including football, cross country, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, ice hockey and basketball.
Stevenson is making career and graduate school connections. 94% of our May 2022 graduates are employed or attending graduate school.
Stevenson is home to 7 band and music programs, including marching band, pep band, concert band, drumline, colorguard, Emeralds Dance Line, and music technology.
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Stevenson offers 30 bachelor’s programs as well as minors, bachelor’s-to-master’s, and Pre-Professional pathways for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, pharmacy, law, dentistry, veterinary science, and physical therapy.
Stevenson is ranked #1 of 23 best college campuses in Maryland, according to Niche.
Stevenson Student Research in Biomedical Engineering
Stevenson University Biomedical Engineering major Jai Raccioppi pursues research in neurological rehabilitation technologies while promoting diversity in the growing field of biomedical engineering.
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SU students’ exceptional experiences include opportunities like career-focused internships. These experiences provide practical applications for what students study, as well as also further shaping the professionals they will become.
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A panel of Stevenson Alumni working in the finance field and professionals from the real estate industry joined Stevenson students in a career based panel to inspire and inform about the exciting opportunities awaiting them.
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We believe a Jesuit education acquired at Loyola University Maryland best prepares you for academic achievement, the new world of work, and a balanced, flourishing, and purposeful life. From our strong academic programs to the thoughtful mentorship and guidance from faculty, coaches, and mentors, Loyola will help you discover your true potential. You’ll graduate ready for anything—and ready for everything.
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- Top 2% in the nation for long-term return on investment out of 4,500 universities
- 98% of Loyola graduates are employed, in graduate or professional school, or participating in a year of service within 6-9 months of graduation since 2018
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Academic rigor & excellence.
No matter what you study, the future demands both depth of knowledge and breadth of experience. So does Loyola.
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Loyola students are individually taught and taught as individuals. Deep, meaningful, and sustained mentorship and guidance are the anchor of a Loyola education.
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Our diverse, vibrant, close-knit community. Our spirit, traditions, and campus culture. All of these aspects define the Loyola experience.
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Loyola is committed to supporting and growing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem for our university and our city through academic offerings, dedicated programs and resources for students, and our Nick and Susie Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Anchored in Baltimore
Loyola University Maryland attracts students who are also attracted to Baltimore: individuals eager to shape their lives—and their city—according to their ideals. Our city provides the ideal extended classroom for Loyola’s exceptional Jesuit liberal arts education.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are steadfastly committed to the well-being and success of all members of our campus community. This includes a strong and active commitment to promoting—and celebrating—diversity, equity, and inclusion, so that all persons at Loyola feel a sense of belonging and value.
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Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification in the administration of any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated compliance officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is David Tiscione, Director of Title IX, Compliance, and Assessment, 105 Jenkins Hall, 410-617-5171, [email protected]. Loyola University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students. This publication does not constitute an express or implied contract. Loyola reserves the right to amend or rescind this publication at any time.
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