Best Value Colleges in Maryland

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1Capitol College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$653,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$37,000
2University of Maryland - College Park(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$550,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,600
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
3Johns Hopkins University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$546,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
4Washington Adventist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$481,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,400
5University of Maryland - College Park(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$471,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
6Loyola University - Baltimore, MD(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$438,000
Total 4 Year Cost$237,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
7Towson University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$324,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
8Bowie State University (BSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,800
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
9Notre Dame of Maryland University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
10Salisbury University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
11Villa Julie College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$284,000
Total 4 Year Cost$177,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
12Towson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$277,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
13St. Mary's College of Maryland(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,500
14Bowie State University (BSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$266,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
15Salisbury University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The Maryland College ROI rankings can help you ensure that you choose the right school for your bachelor's degree. The "right school" is an educational institution that fits your educational goals and provides the highest possible college return on investment Maryland has to offer.

We created a list of the best value colleges in Maryland by comparing the amount of money that graduates of a particular school earn in the first 20 years after graduation to the median amount high school only graduates earn. We called this number the "net 20-year ROI." This figure can help you determine if it is worth paying the education costs to attend one Maryland school over another.

Private John Hopkins University is located in Baltimore and offers a variety of undergraduate programs including the arts, sciences, engineering and education. Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, attended Johns Hopkins. Also, Johns Hopkins graduates have won the Nobel Prize in at least two different areas, including Physiology or Medicine and Physics. John Hopkins University is famous for its medical school and teaching hospital.

Another school on our list of the best value colleges in Maryland is University of Maryland at College Park. This educational institution is much less expensive than John Hopkins, but still boasts of a long list of notable graduates. One of them is "Muppets" creator Jim Henson who is commemorated on campus grounds with a statue. Larry David, co-creator of the television shows "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; Google co-founder Sergey Brin; and Oprah's best friend Gayle King are also graduates.