In fall 1999, some 267,653 students (undergraduate, graduate, & professional) enrolled at Maryland universities and colleges. Women accounted for 58.4% of all students, one of the highest percentages in the State's history. For undergraduates, Maryland residents constituted 95.3% of enrollees at community colleges, 79.1% at public four-year institutions, and 51.9% at independent universities and colleges.

Postgraduate professional degree programs are offered by: University of Baltimore (law); University of Maryland, Baltimore (dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy); and The Johns Hopkins University (medicine)

For those wishing to continue their education via the Internet, Maryland Online offers that opportunity. Maryland Online is a consortium of community colleges and universities which links students to courses. Initiated in the fall of 1999, the consortium now includes 17 members: Anne Arundel Community College; Baltimore City Community College; Community College of Baltimore County; Capitol College; Carroll Community College; Cecil Community College; College of Southern Maryland; Frederick Community College; Garrett Community College; Harford Community College; Howard Community College; Montgomery College; Prince George's Community College; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland Baltimore County; and University of Maryland University College.

Public higher education is served by the 11 campuses of the University System of Maryland.

Additional State institutions of higher education include:

Eighteen community colleges serve the public as well. Information about public universities and colleges (including community colleges) is available from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

[color photograph of U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis] A federal institution, the U.S. Naval Academy is in Annapolis. For the 1999-2000 academic year, 4,068 midshipmen were enrolled there as full-time students. After four years, graduating midshipmen are granted a Bachelor of Science degree and are required to serve in the U.S. Navy for five years.

U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland, April 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.

Among independent postsecondary institutions are 22 four-year colleges and universities; 3 two-year colleges; and 100 private career schools.

Renowned for its medical school, The Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore. Founded in 1696 as King William's School, St. John's College at Annapolis is noted for its "great books" curriculum by which students study the classics.

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