Maryland’s top-ranked public school system, world-class universities, and network of community colleges contribute to a high quality of life.
Maryland families live well in so many ways. One of the most important is the state’s highly regarded public school system. According to Quality Counts, Education Week’s annual assessment of key indicators of student success, Maryland’s K–12 public school system ranks fourth in the nation. Newsweek reports that Maryland is home to 15 of the 500 best STEM schools in the nation. And according to U.S. News and World Report, Maryland places second based on the percentage of public high schools ranked in the top 25 percent nationally.
All of the state’s school districts offer programs for all ages and abilities, from kindergarten to adult continuing education, from disadvantaged to gifted and talented children, from technical training to vocational rehabilitation. And nearly 90 percent of high school seniors in Maryland plan to continue their education.
More and more Maryland businesses are connecting directly with their local high schools to cultivate and expand the pipeline of right-skilled talent they need. One example of the state's effort to empower the workforce of the future is the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program. This program is a response to the shifting workforce priorities of Maryland businesses and helps prepare our students with specific skills that are in need.
Maryland is a global leader in biohealth and life sciences, IT and cybersecurity, and other high-tech industries. So it’s no wonder that Maryland universities excel in the STEM programs that prepare students for the state’s many high-tech jobs.
The University System of Maryland offers cybersecurity, biotechnology and aerospace engineering programs ranked among the best in the nation. U.S. News and World Report named The University of Maryland, Baltimore County the nation’s 11th most innovative school in 2020. The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2019 recognized Salisbury University first in the nation among public institutions for having the highest percentage of female recipients of bachelor’s degrees in computer science.
A world-renowned leader in medicine and science, Johns Hopkins University is first in the nation in granting doctorates in the life sciences and in conducting federally funded research. Its Applied Physics Laboratory is helping to engineer tomorrow through space exploration, advanced materials and methods, and other leading-edge technologies.
Maryland’s 16 community colleges operate a network of 23 campuses and numerous learning centers across the state. And students who invest their time and money attending Maryland’s community colleges benefit from a lifetime of higher earnings.
Maryland community college students in 2015–16, for example, will receive a 12.1 percent annual average rate of return on their investment in education. And that continues throughout their working lives. Put another way, those students will receive $2.60 in higher future earnings for every dollar spent on their community college education in Maryland.
Wherever you find your fun, you’ll find a lot to like in Maryland’s rich variety of recreational, cultural, and artistic attractions.
Leadership in biohealth and life sciences innovation means Maryland residents have access to world-class health care.