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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland

48 Colleges
$48,525 Avg Salary*
49% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Which colleges in Maryland are succeeding at true diversity? Check out this ranking to find out.

After analyzing 48 schools in Maryland, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. To come up with this ranking, we looked at overall diversity in four factors: racial/ethnic background, age, male to female ratio, and geographic location.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland

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#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Maryland. Johns Hopkins is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 32% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Johns Hopkins make an average of $73,200 a year.

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The excellent diversity at University of Maryland - University College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Maryland. University of Maryland - University College is a large public school located in Adelphi, Maryland that handed out 6,388 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 13% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $51,200 during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland

Out of the 48 schools in Maryland that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, University of Maryland - College Park landed the #3 spot on the list. UMCP is a large public school situated in College Park, Maryland. It awarded 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMCP is $62,900 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, Maryland

The excellent diversity at Mount St Mary’s University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Maryland. Mount St Mary’s University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The school has a small population, and it awarded 485 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Mount St Mary’s University make an average of $52,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

St John's College

Annapolis, Maryland

Out of the 48 schools in Maryland that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, St John’s College landed the #5 spot on the list. St John’s College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Annapolis, Maryland that handed out 81 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 29.13% of the student body. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,900 during the early years of their career.

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#6

United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, Maryland

United States Naval Academy came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. Annapolis is a public institution located in Annapolis, Maryland. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,088 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#7

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Institute College of Art came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. MICA is located in Baltimore, Maryland and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 396 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 25.93% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MICA is $37,300 during the early years of their career.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore County did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking, coming in at #8. UMBC is located in Baltimore, Maryland and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,722 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 59% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $55,000 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

If you crave a diverse college experience, Loyola Maryland, coming in at #9 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and it awarded 925 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $68,100 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland

Montgomery College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. Located in Rockville, Maryland, Montgomery College is a large public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Montgomery College make an average of $40,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#11

Goucher College

Baltimore, Maryland

Goucher College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Goucher is located in Baltimore, Maryland and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 333 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 61% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Goucher go into careers with an average salary of $48,900.

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#12

McDaniel College

Westminster, Maryland

McDaniel College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. Located in Westminster, Maryland, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 404 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 53% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $49,700 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Towson University

Towson, Maryland

Towson University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking, coming in at #13. This large , public school is located in Towson, Maryland, and it awarded 4,786 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Towson make an average of $50,800 a year.

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#14

Hood College

Frederick, Maryland

With a ranking of #14, Hood College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Located in Frederick, Maryland, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 282 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 45% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Hood make an average of $45,300 a year.

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#15

Washington College

Chestertown, Maryland

With a ranking of #15, Washington College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Washington College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Chestertown, Maryland. It awarded 402 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Washington College make an average of $51,400 a year.

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#16

Howard Community College

Columbia, Maryland

Howard Community College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. HCC is a medium-sized public school located in Columbia, Maryland.

During the early years of their career, graduates from HCC make an average of $38,600 a year.

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#17

Washington Adventist University

Takoma Park, Maryland

Washington Adventist University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking, coming in at #17. Takoma Park, Maryland is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 177 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 38% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Washington Adventist University go into careers with an average salary of $42,600.

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#18

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland

With a ranking of #18, Frostburg State University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Frostburg State is a public institution located in Frostburg, Maryland. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,122 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Frostburg State make an average of $44,600 a year.

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#19

Stevenson University

Stevenson, Maryland

With a ranking of #19, Stevenson University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Stevenson is a private not-for-profit institution located in Stevenson, Maryland. The school has a small population, and it awarded 804 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Stevenson make an average of $49,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#20

Garrett College

McHenry, Maryland

Coming in at #20 for 2021 overall diversity in Maryland is Garrett Community College. A small institution, Garrett Community College is public.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Garrett Community College make an average of $27,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#21

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, Maryland

University of Maryland Eastern Shore did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Princess Anne, Maryland, the small , public school handed out 508 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school is an HBCU (Historically Black College / University). The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UMES is $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland

Salisbury University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland list. Salisbury is a medium-sized public school situated in Salisbury, Maryland. It awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury make an average of $50,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Morgan State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the medium-sized , public school awarded 1,091 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

17.88% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from Morgan State make an average of $40,500 a year.

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#24

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

If you crave a diverse college experience, U of Baltimore, coming in at #24 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. U of Baltimore is a small public school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 615 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 23% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from U of Baltimore is $58,000 during the early years of their career.

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#25

St Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, Maryland

St Mary’s College of Maryland came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Maryland ranking. This small , public school is located in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, and it awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $52,200 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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