Best Value Colleges in Maryland

College is a huge expense, so it’s natural to want to be smart about how you spend your tuition money. 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.

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School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
1N/AN/AN/AN/A$1,004,000N/A$1,004,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
1United States Naval Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,004,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,004,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
28.9%8.5%11.6%11.0%$651,000$640,000$706,000$695,000$144,000$154,00051%5$32,00043%
2Capitol Technology University(Private)
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI11.6%
Annual ROI11.0%
20 Year Net ROI$651,000
20 Year Net ROI$640,000
20 Year Net ROI$706,000
20 Year Net ROI$695,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received43%
310.1%9.5%12.7%11.7%$577,000$566,000$614,000$602,000$99,300$111,00086%4$32,40014%
3University of Maryland-College Park(In-State)
Annual ROI10.1%
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI12.7%
Annual ROI11.7%
20 Year Net ROI$577,000
20 Year Net ROI$566,000
20 Year Net ROI$614,000
20 Year Net ROI$602,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,400
Grant Money Received14%
45.9%6.3%10.7%11.8%$552,000$572,000$704,000$724,000$258,000$239,00092%4$26,40013%
4Johns Hopkins University(Private)
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI10.7%
Annual ROI11.8%
20 Year Net ROI$552,000
20 Year Net ROI$572,000
20 Year Net ROI$704,000
20 Year Net ROI$724,000
Total 4 Year Cost$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$239,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,400
Grant Money Received13%
59.2%8.7%11.6%10.8%$501,000$490,000$537,000$526,000$103,000$114,00064%5$27,70023%
5University of Maryland-Baltimore County(In-State)
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI11.6%
Annual ROI10.8%
20 Year Net ROI$501,000
20 Year Net ROI$490,000
20 Year Net ROI$537,000
20 Year Net ROI$526,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,700
Grant Money Received23%
66.8%6.5%8.0%7.6%$495,000$483,000$532,000$520,000$182,000$194,00086%4$32,40014%
6University of Maryland-College Park(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI7.6%
20 Year Net ROI$495,000
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
20 Year Net ROI$532,000
20 Year Net ROI$520,000
Total 4 Year Cost$182,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,400
Grant Money Received14%
75.6%6.2%8.8%9.8%$486,000$509,000$593,000$617,000$244,000$220,00083%4$35,80016%
7Loyola University Maryland(Private)
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI9.8%
20 Year Net ROI$486,000
20 Year Net ROI$509,000
20 Year Net ROI$593,000
20 Year Net ROI$617,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,800
Grant Money Received16%
87.1%6.7%8.5%8.1%$451,000$440,000$487,000$476,000$153,000$164,00064%5$27,70023%
8University of Maryland-Baltimore County(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI8.1%
20 Year Net ROI$451,000
20 Year Net ROI$440,000
20 Year Net ROI$487,000
20 Year Net ROI$476,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$27,700
Grant Money Received23%
97.6%8.7%10.0%11.8%$442,000$465,000$488,000$511,000$131,000$108,00038%5$25,00026%
9Washington Adventist University(Private)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROI11.8%
20 Year Net ROI$442,000
20 Year Net ROI$465,000
20 Year Net ROI$488,000
20 Year Net ROI$511,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,000
Grant Money Received26%
108.4%7.6%11.2%10.0%$339,000$326,000$372,000$360,000$84,300$96,90037%5$26,50056%
10Bowie State University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI11.2%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
20 Year Net ROI$326,000
20 Year Net ROI$372,000
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,300
Total 4 Year Cost$96,900
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received56%
117.7%7.7%9.8%9.8%$327,000$327,000$358,000$358,000$96,900$96,90071%5$28,40026%
11Towson University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI9.8%
20 Year Net ROI$327,000
20 Year Net ROI$327,000
20 Year Net ROI$358,000
20 Year Net ROI$358,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,900
Total 4 Year Cost$96,900
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,400
Grant Money Received26%
125.0%5.3%7.7%8.3%$305,000$317,000$379,000$391,000$186,000$174,00053%4$32,60035%
12Stevenson University(Private)
Annual ROI5.0%
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI8.3%
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
20 Year Net ROI$317,000
20 Year Net ROI$379,000
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,600
Grant Money Received35%
13 (tie)6.2%5.7%7.9%7.2%$297,000$284,000$330,000$318,000$126,000$139,00037%5$26,50056%
13 (tie)Bowie State University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI5.7%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.2%
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
20 Year Net ROI$284,000
20 Year Net ROI$330,000
20 Year Net ROI$318,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received56%
13 (tie)7.4%7.4%8.8%8.8%$297,000$297,000$319,000$319,000$94,400$94,40069%4$26,80021%
13 (tie)Salisbury University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI8.8%
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
20 Year Net ROI$319,000
20 Year Net ROI$319,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,400
Total 4 Year Cost$94,400
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,800
Grant Money Received21%
156.5%6.5%8.5%8.5%$296,000$296,000$331,000$331,000$116,000$116,00073%4$24,00021%
15St Mary's College of Maryland(In-State)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI8.5%
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
20 Year Net ROI$296,000
20 Year Net ROI$331,000
20 Year Net ROI$331,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,000
Grant Money Received21%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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.


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