Best Value Colleges in Maryland

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1Johns Hopkins University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$583,000
Total 4 Year Cost$241,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
2University of Maryland - College Park(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$560,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,100
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
3Loyola University - Baltimore, MD(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$524,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
4University of Maryland - Baltimore County Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$506,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,500
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
5University of Maryland - College Park(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$485,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
6University of Maryland - Baltimore County Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$461,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
7Towson University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$372,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,600
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
8Towson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$326,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
9Morgan State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
10Salisbury University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$267,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,100
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
11St. Mary's College of Maryland(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$257,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,500
12Morgan State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
13Mount St. Mary's University - Emmitsburg, MD(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$239,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
14 (tie)Bowie State University (BSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,700
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
14 (tie)Salisbury University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
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.

The first entry in our Maryland College ROI Report rankings is Johns Hopkins University. This private school is located in Baltimore and offers a variety of undergraduate programs including the arts, sciences, engineering and education. To attend this prestigious school, students who live on campus pay $241,000 in tuition and other educational expenses. Those who graduate have the potential to earn $583,000 more than they would have earned if they had not attended college.

We also calculated the net 20-year ROI for students who receive financial aid. Financial aid lowers students' educational costs, so the total return on investment over 20 years will be even higher. At Johns Hopkins, the net 20-year ROI for graduates who lived on campus and received financial aid is $733,000.

Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, attended Johns Hopkins University. 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.

The second 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, with in-state costs equal to $94,100. Students who live on campus can expect a return on their tuition investment of around $560,000 after graduation. Students who receive financial aid see an even higher return ($595,000).

The University of Maryland also 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.