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About USM

Adelphi, MD

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state’s public higher education system. Benefiting students, as well as Maryland and its citizens, USM:
• Offers expansive access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities.
• Performs groundbreaking research.
• Instills a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
• Promotes economic growth and workforce development.
• Provides vital services to communities and individuals.
• Partners with business, government, nonprofits, and organizations to improve quality of life.

The university system comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and a system office. USM’s programs and activities have a significant impact on the quality of life in Maryland, creating social and economic benefits for people throughout the state and beyond.


As a system of higher education, USM creates a dynamic environment that is helping to power Maryland, the nation, and the world forward. USM is a recognized leader in many areas. These include academic and research excellence, innovation, economic and workforce development, and the effective and efficient use of resources.

Educational Opportunities
Highly ranked academic universities and programs, outstanding faculty and staff, and innovative academic models are all hallmarks of USM. Providing high quality and affordable academic programs, and increasing student retention and completion rates are among the system’s top priorities. USM offers hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs. Furthermore, USM’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is researching, developing, and implementing strategies and practices to help increase students’ academic success.

USM faculty and staff continue to fuel research and discovery, attracting more than $1 billion in external grants and contracts annually. USM research is advancing understanding in many areas, including bioinformatics, cybersecurity, environmental science, food science, photonics, the social sciences, and vaccine development.

Economic and Workforce Development
USM plays a major role in the state’s and the region’s economic and workforce development. USM institutions address critical workforce shortage areas, especially those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). At least two-thirds of the state’s STEM degrees are awarded by USM institutions.  The system also advances commercialization and technology transfer. For example, USM institutions have facilitated the launch of more than 300 companies since 2011.

Effective Use of Resources
Since the launch of its Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative in 2004, USM has saved more than $505 million. In addition, USM leads the state in sustainability efforts with more than 50 facilities constructed and/or planned as LEED-certified “Silver” or higher.

Each year USM students, staff, and faculty contribute more than a million of hours of service to the community through cultural programs, legal and medical clinics, partnerships with public schools and the business community, and other initiatives.


For more information about USM, visit http://www.usmd.edu/.

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