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University of Maryland, College Park

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The University of Maryland, College Park (University of Maryland, UMD, or simply Maryland) is a public land-grant research university in College Park, Maryland.[9] Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland.[10] It is also the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area.[11] Its 12 schools and colleges offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, and 83 doctoral programs.[12] UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

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University of Maryland, College Park
Former names
Maryland Agricultural College (1856–1916)
Maryland State College (1916–1920)[1]
Fatti maschii, parole femine (Italian) (unofficial)[2]
Motto in English
"Strong deeds, gentle words"
TypePublic land-grant research university
EstablishedMarch 6, 1856; 167 years ago (1856-03-06)
Parent institution
University System of Maryland
Academic affiliations
Endowment$997 million (2022)[3]
PresidentDarryll Pines
ProvostJennifer King Rice
Academic staff
4,610 (Fall 2016)[4]
Administrative staff
5,481 (Fall 2016)[4]
Students41,200 (Fall 2018)
Undergraduates30,762 (Fall 2018)[5]
Postgraduates10,438 (Fall 2018)[5]
Location, ,
United States

38.988°N 76.943°W / 38.988; -76.943
CampusLarge suburb[6], 1,340 acres (5.4 km2)[7]
NewspaperThe Diamondback
ColorsRed, white, gold, and black[8]
Sporting affiliations

The University of Maryland's proximity to Washington, D.C., has resulted in research partnerships with the federal government;[13] faculty receive research funding and institutional support from many agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.[14][15] It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity"[16] and has been labeled a "Public Ivy".[17][18]

In 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore formalized their strategic partnership after their collaboration aimed to create more innovative medical, scientific, and educational programs,[19] as well as greater research grants and joint faculty appointments than either campus has been able to accomplish on its own.[20][21][22] According to the National Science Foundation, the university spent a combined $1.1 billion on research and development in 2020, ranking it 16th overall in the nation and 10th among all public institutions.[23][24] As of 2021, the operating budget of the University of Maryland is approximately $2.2 billion.[25]

Northeast entrance to the University of Maryland Campus