University of Maryland College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park (often referred to as The University of Maryland, UM, UMD, UMCP, or Maryland) is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. With a fall 2009 enrollment of 37,000 students, Maryland is the largest university in the state and the largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference athletic league.

The University of Maryland’s proximity to the nation’s capital has resulted in strong research partnerships with the Federal government. Many members of the faculty receive research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

As of fiscal year 2009, the University of Maryland, College Park’s operating budget was projected to be approximately $1.531 billion. For the same fiscal year, the University of Maryland received a total of $518 million in research funding, surpassing its 2008 mark by $117 million. As of June 30, 2010, the university’s “Great Expectations” campaign had exceeded $750 million in private donations.

The university has been recognized as a “Public Ivy” and is currently ranked among the top national universities in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings. It has been consistently ranked one of the world’s top 50 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities report (ARWU).

University of Maryland College Park

Motto Fatti maschii, parole femine (Italian)
Motto in English Manly deeds, womanly words
Established 1856
Type Public university, Land-Grant, Space-Grant, Sea-Grant
Endowment $457,420,743 (as of 2009)
President Acting: Nariman Farvardin, effective September 1, 2010 Incoming: Wallace Loh, effective November 1, 2010.
Provost Nariman Farvardin
Academic staff 3,996
Admin. staff 5,116
Students 37,195
Undergraduates 26,542
Postgraduates 10,653
Location College Park, Maryland, United States
38°59′17″N 76°56′41″W? / ?38.98806°N 76.94472°W? / 38.98806; -76.94472
Campus Suburban, 1,250 acres (5.1 km2)
Colors Red, White, Black, and Gold
Nickname Terrapins
Mascot Testudo
Athletics NCAA Division I
Affiliations ACC, AAU, MAISA, Fields Institute, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

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