Overview of Online Colleges in Maryland
Online learning has been a focal point for Maryland educators and legislators since 1995. The Maryland State Educational Technology Plan was implemented in the 90s in an effort to keep educational technology relevant and accessible at the state and local level. Over the course of the last twenty years, the goals of the program have been updated and revised to remain current, but the aim continues to be to keep Maryland students tech-savvy and to keep educational ratings in the topmost percentiles in the country.
This initiative extends from K-12 learning environments to postsecondary education, where the Maryland Higher Learning Commission has implemented the Maryland Ready program that will guide the state’s collegiate goals and investments. Maryland has a tradition of leading the nation in terms of innovative learning and keeping pace with educational trends and best practices. Students seeking a college degree from Maryland can expect this tradition to continue well into the future as the economy continues to improve and enrollment rates steadily progress in conjunction.
In 2012, Maryland was able to increase state-appropriated funding for students by over 10%. Between 2009 and 2014, tuition at two and four-year colleges raised by around 5 and 10%, respectively; both percentages are lower than the national average of an 18% increase for two-year college tuition rates and 17% for four-year colleges and universities. Finally, enrollment in Maryland colleges has increased by 25% between 2002 and 2012, a slight improvement over the 19% national average.
At present, there are around 50 schools in Maryland that offer online programs or courses. Explore these colleges and universities in the database below. Also, be sure to review our collection of scholarships to learn about more than 230 awards available to current and prospective students. There is more to learn about an education in Maryland; a great place to start are the links under the Higher Learning tab and State Facts tab, found below.