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University Presidents


Benjamin Hallowell
President / 1859
Charles Benedict Calvert
Acting President / 1859-60
John Work Scott
President / 1860
John M. Colby
President / 1860-61
Henry Onderdonk
President / 1861-64
Nicholas B. Worthington
Acting President / 1864-67
George Washington Custis Lee
President / 1866
Charles L. C. Minor
President / 1867-68
Franklin Buchanan
President / 1868-69
Samuel Regester
President / 1869-73
Samuel Jones
President / 1873-75
William H. Parker
President / 1875-82
Augustine J. Smith
President / 1882-87
Dr. James L. Bryan
President / 1887
Allen Dodge
Acting President / 1887-88
Henry E. Alvord
President / 1888-92
Richard W. Silvester
President / 1892-1912


Thomas H. Spence
Acting President / 1912-13
Harry J. Patterson
President / 1913-17
Albert F. Woods
President / 1917-26
Raymond A. Pearson
President / 1926-35
Harry Clifton Byrd
President / 1935-54


Thomas B. Symons
Acting President / 1954
Wilson Homer Elkins
President / 1954-78
Charles E. Bishop
Chancellor / 1970-74
John W. Dorsey
Acting Chancellor / 1974-75
Robert L. Gluckstern
Chancellor / 1975–82
John B. Slaughter
Chancellor / 1982-88
William English Kirwan
Acting Chancellor / 1982 President / 1989–98
Gregory L. Geoffroy
Acting President / 1998
C.D. “Dan” Mote, Jr.
President / 1998-2010


Nariman Farvardin
Acting President / 2010
Wallace D. Loh
President / 2010-20
Darryll J. Pines
Current President / 2020 -


The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,700 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and nearly 400,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.


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Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 300 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 58 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

Research and Innovation

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

The newly launched Innovation Gateway will guide you to the resources, programs, partners, and spaces you need to activate and scale your fearless ideas into innovations that launch new ventures, catalyze growth, and advance economic development.


At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.


Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 19 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men's lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and field hockey. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 32 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

Student Life

The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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Terps are bold, smart, curious and proud. We do good, in our communities and out in the world. We are fearless. And we are always looking to expand our ranks. Interested in becoming a University of Maryland student? This is where to start.


Give to Maryland

Giving back is a fearless Terp tradition, and there are many ways you can not only keep it alive, but also make an instant impact. 

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