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Colleges & Schools

Providing the highest caliber of academics and research to prepare the next generation of problem solvers, visionaries, leaders, and creators of fearless ideas.

Eliminating hunger. Preserving our natural resources. Ensuring human health. At the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), that is what we do. We are committed to carrying out the University of Maryland’s land-grant mission of providing the highest caliber of academics, research and University of Maryland Extension services to improve the lives of citizens in Maryland and around the world.

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Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) is dedicated to meeting the economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. Through demonstrated excellence in planning, designing, developing and preserving our built environment, MAPP’s community of makers strives to make a more beautiful, more just and more sustainable world.

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The grand challenges facing society require innovative thinking grounded in humanistic concerns. The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) provides broad knowledge about the human experience as well as the analytical and communication skills employers seek. ARHU prepares the next generation of creative problem solvers and global visionaries whose cultural understanding and inclusive leadership will revolutionize humanistic, artistic, scientific, technical and business solutions.

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Understanding human behavior has profound implications for our grasp of global economic crises, biased social structures, crime and terrorism, climate change and changing demographics and governments. These are among the critical challenges facing humanity, and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is leading the way toward solving them. The Fearless Ideas campaign will allow the college to expand our innovative research and policy discussions, develop transformative tools and technology, and inspire our students to be the solution to the world’s great challenges.

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The world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges present rewarding business opportunities to fearless leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks to have a lasting impact and create long-term value by equipping students to assess the world’s complex problems and deliver innovative solutions.

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Exploring the universe and planet Earth. Securing cyberspace. Unraveling the molecular origins of disease. Students, staff, and faculty in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) are committed to using science to address the world’s most pressing problems. The college’s research program sparks scientific discovery and advances in diverse areas that include quantum computing, global climate change, virtual and augmented reality, and data science.

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The College of Education is a leader in inspired learning and teaching. Graduates are prepared to transform student lives in the classroom, bridge divisions in communities through access to meaningful education, and provide a tangible service to the state and society. The College of Education is prepared to tackle the critical needs in the field of education, from the development of meaningful assessments to school system leadership.

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The A. James Clark School of Engineering is the catalyst for visionary research, innovation and learning, delivering on a promise that all graduates will leave ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. From clean energy and a sustainable environment to security and human health, its goal is to educate engineers whose work will make the world a better place. Clark School engineers are leading and transforming the engineering discipline and profession through innovation and entrepreneurship inside its classrooms and laboratories, and across the nation and around the world.

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The Graduate School advances graduate education and enhances the graduate student experience, providing leadership for over 200 advanced degree programs at Maryland and the 11,000 students enrolled in them. In collaboration with colleges and schools on campus, it builds robust research and educational partnerships; provides financial and academic support to students; enhances international graduate education and training; promotes diversity; and helps place graduates—scientists, scholars or artists—where they can have the biggest impact.

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Shining a light on the most vulnerable in our society. Speaking truth to power. Exploring the intersection of race, culture and sports. Providing the news and analysis citizens require to live in contemporary society. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism stands at the forefront of journalism education. Through tried and true investigative journalism, the use of innovative storytelling tools and national and international partnerships that put students in front of newsmakers and citizens alike, the college is a leader in the fight for free expression and transparency worldwide. The Fearless Ideas Campaign will provide the resources to help us continue to do this important work and respond to challenges and opportunities as they arise.

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Information fundamentally enables knowledge, understanding, possibilities and solutions. How to define, verify, promote use of and provide fair access to data, facts and expertise are ongoing challenges. The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, works to realize the promise of information while embracing the challenges. The iSchool produces transformational information leaders who eliminate digital divides across the information literacy landscape, open access to information resources for diverse users and turn "big data" into "big solutions."

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Public health addresses complex issues: the obesity epidemic, climate change, substance abuse, violence, aging, health disparities and much more. Students, staff, and faculty in the School of Public Health are committed to tackling these challenges, and protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally. The school’s diverse research programs aim to address the social, environmental, behavioral, and health systems factors that influence health. We partner with communities and apply research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan.

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The School of Public Policy is preparing the next generation of pioneers, peacemakers and public servants to take on global problems such as the threat of terrorism, the intransigence of poverty and the consequences of climate change. With faculty who play key roles in the nation’s policy making process, and by connecting students with the center of government and policy creation in the United States, it transforms the state, the nation and the world, and educates engaged students to become our future leaders.

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The Office of Undergraduate Studies serves students from the beginning of their academic experience at Maryland until long after they graduate. Individual Studies, Hillman Entrepreneurs, Letters and Sciences, and Academic Achievement Programs turn curiosity into enthusiastic discovery. Our living-and-learning programs, including the Honors College and College Park Scholars, transform the college experience through bold, unique curricula in supportive, focused communities. Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and ROTC build on the rich traditions and opportunities of the region to inspire leadership, commitment and public service. We are passionate educators who empower students to cultivate Fearless Ideas.

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The University of Maryland Libraries support all academic disciplines and fosters cross-disciplinary research that leads to new knowledge. The Libraries will transition from more than books, buildings and independent study to an epicenter where information, inspiration and intrigue connect in a supportive and collaborative environment to develop Fearless Ideas.

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