Following are some of the leading colleges in the U.S. state of Maryland:

St. John's College is the oldest school in the state of Maryland, founded in 1696, and the third oldest college or university in the United States. The College is listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

St. Mary's College of Maryland is the state's only public honors college, offering "an Ivy-level College with a public-school price tag" (Newsweek). Kiplinger's calls SMCM "one of the top best value colleges".

The United States Naval Academy was founded as the Naval School in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft. It is placed 30th among the top 100 colleges in the United States in Forbes' August 2009 ranking of "America's Best Colleges".

Capitol College's master of science degree in computer science is ranked 20th on the listing of the Top 30 Best Buy Masters in Computer Science and Information Technology. In addition the master of science degree in electrical engineering has been designated a "Best Buy" for 2008.

Goucher College is an independent coeducational liberal arts and sciences college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Hood College has been ranked as one of the country's best and most affordable colleges. The College is widely recognized for its degree programs in the natural sciences.

Maryland Institute College of Art has been recognized as one of the nation's top colleges of art and design; its undergraduate program regularly appeared in the top four nationally in U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs.

McDaniel College is one of 276 U.S. institutions with a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Washington College is one of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. It has been ranked among America's Best by The Princeton Review.

List of public and private colleges in the state of Maryland:
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Baltimore International College
  • Capitol College
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  • Goucher College
  • Hood College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • McDaniel College
  • National Labor College
  • Ner Israel Rabbinical College
  • St. John's College
  • Sojourner-Douglass College
  • TESST College of Technology
  • Capital Bible Seminary 
  • Washington College
  • Tai Sophia Institute

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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