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The Maryland Higher Education Commission is the state’s coordinating board responsible for administering statewide policies, funding, and financial aid to not-for-profit public and private colleges and universities as well as for-profit, private career institutions and online schools in Maryland. The commission is made up of 12 members appointed for five-year terms by the governor; the only exception is a student member who only serves one term. The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates the processes for approved higher education institutions and keeps track of accredited online schools in Maryland to protect students. Thus complaints and more detailed information about higher education institutions can be addressed by contacting the commission.

Maryland Higher Education Commission

6 N. Liberty St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-767-3301

The Growth of Online Education in Maryland

Maryland officials and school administrators are beginning to see the benefits of pursuing an online education. In fact, State Sen. Christopher B. Shank tried to pass a bill in early 2012 requesting the creation of a council to implement more online educational programs. While most state technology-based initiatives like the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities program are tailored to fit the needs of primary and secondary learners, they can still help prepare students to adapt to technology in higher education and the workplace.

Tech-Centric Community College Initiative

There’s no “official” name of this particular initiative, but in an effort to compensate for higher enrollment and the lack of space, community colleges around the state (especially Howard Community College) are starting to supplement traditional coursework with live streaming and recorded simulations that can be viewed at home or in tech labs on campus. This hybrid coursework can cut a student’s commute time as well as give them more time to study or take care of other obligations.

Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program

The Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities (MVLO) is a state-led initiative that offers online courses to students in grades 6-12. MVLO, which was established in 2002, involves three programs: the Maryland Virtual School, the High School Assessments (HSA) program, and Online Professional Development (a training course for educators).The MVLO was designed to expand the access of public education to students across the state as well as give students to option of making up classes in their spare time so they can graduate on time. This particular program can help transition students who want to pursue higher education online coursework with ease.

Maryland Online

Maryland Online (MOL) is a statewide inter-segmental consortium of public and private accredited higher education institutions that share a similar goal: promoting distance education. MOL helps facilitate student- access to online programs as well as helps institutions find resources to help expand their online programs. It also helps online instructors find employment opportunities. MOL was founded in 1999 with 12 charter member institutions. It currently has 20 member institutions, including the University of Maryland University College. Membership is open to all accredited and licensed higher education institutions.

The Career Outlook for Maryland Graduates

By 2020, Maryland expects to see employment growth of 12.3% statewide, with several industries seeing better than average growth. Some of the best industries for today’s college students to pursue careers in include health care and social assistance, which expects growth of 27.1%; professional, scientific, and technical services, at 21.4%; transportation and warehousing, at 17%; educational services, at 13.9%; and arts, entertainment, and recreation, at 12.4%. Degrees such as public health, biochemistry, supply chain management, education, and hospitality management can prepare students for the state’s top industries and fastest-growing jobs.

Biomedical Engineer

Projected Increase:
70%
Employment in 2008:
560
Employment by 2018:
950

Biochemist and Biophysicist

Projected Increase:
42%
Employment in 2008:
900
Employment by 2018:
1,280

Physical Therapist

Projected Increase:
34%
Employment in 2008:
3,900
Employment by 2018:
5,230

Financial Examiner

Projected Increase:
33%
Employment in 2008:
490
Employment by 2018:
660

Civil Engineer

Projected Increase:
31%
Employment in 2008:
7,270
Employment by 2018:
9,490

Additional Resources

Colleges & Universities in Maryland

Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 12401 Willowbrook Rd SE
Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
Contact: (301) 784-5000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3773
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 101 College Pky
Arnold, Maryland 21012-1895
Contact: (410) 777-2222
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 17911
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 2901 Liberty Hts Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-7893
Contact: (410) 462-8300
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 7084
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 5800 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-3932
Contact: (410) 578-6900
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, Maryland 20715-9465
Contact: (301) 860-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5608
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 11301 Springfield Rd
Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: (301) 369-2800
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 816
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1601 Washington Rd
Westminster, Maryland 21157
Contact: (410) 386-8000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4041
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: One Seahawk Drive
North East, Maryland 21901-1999
Contact: (410) 287-6060
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2600
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, Maryland 21679-0008
Contact: (410) 822-5400
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2982
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2476
Contact: (410) 435-0100
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2929
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0910
Contact: (301) 934-2251
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 9153
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
Contact: (301) 891-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216-3698
Contact: (410) 951-3000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3813
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 4550 Montgomery Ave
Suite 100 North, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3304
Contact: (301) 652-8477
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1841
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, Maryland 21702-2964
Contact: (301) 846-2400
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 6269
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-1099
Contact: (301) 687-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate ; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 5429
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 687 Mosser Road
McHenry, Maryland 21541
Contact: (301) 387-3000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 939
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794
Contact: (410) 337-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2173
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 11400 Robinwood Dr
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6514
Contact: (301) 766-4422
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4753
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698
Contact: (410) 836-4000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 7132
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Contact: (301) 663-3131
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2435
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, Maryland 21044-3197
Contact: (410) 772-4800
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 10081
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Address: 11301 Red Run Blvd
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Contact: (443) 394-7115
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 3400 N Charles St
Mason Hall, Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2688
Contact: (410) 516-8000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 21410
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1300 Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21217-4134
Contact: (410) 669-9200
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2243
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 2 College Hill
Westminster, Maryland 21157
Contact: (410) 848-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3374
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 40 W. Gude Drive
Suite 220, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Contact: (240) 567-5000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 26996
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, Maryland 21251-0001
Contact: (443) 885-3333
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 8536
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-7799
Contact: (301) 447-6122
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2305
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 10000 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903-1706
Contact: (301) 431-6400
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 522
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 301 Largo Rd
Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
Contact: (301) 336-6000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 14647
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, Maryland 21801-6862
Contact: (410) 543-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 8606
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-0641
Contact: (410) 486-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4294
Accrediting Agency: n/a
Address: 4710 Auth Pl 1st Fl
Suitland, Maryland 20746
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 4732
Accrediting Agency: Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation & Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 7201 Rossville Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
Contact: (410) 682-6000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 26271
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 8000 York Rd
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
Contact: (410) 704-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 21464
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: Charles at Mount Royal
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-208
Contact: (410) 837-4200
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 6322
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: J.T. Williams Hall
Princess Anne, Maryland 21853-1299
Contact: (410) 651-2200
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4509
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 520 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1627
Contact: (410) 706-3100
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree; First-professional certificate
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: no
Number of Students: 6395
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Contact: (410) 455-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 13199
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: College Park
Maryland 20742
Contact: (301) 405-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 37631
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-8010
Contact: (301) 985-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 41729
Accrediting Agency: University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.
Address: 8830 Stanford Blvd.
Suite 100, Columbia, Maryland 21045-5424
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3672
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Address: 7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1493
Accrediting Agency: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation & Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education & Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Address: 6511 Princess Garden Pky
Lanham, Maryland 20706-3599
Contact: (301) 552-1400
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 508
Accrediting Agency: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Address: 32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, Maryland 21804-7131
Contact: (410) 334-2800
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4063