The University of Maryland is a university that is located in College Park, Maryland and is known for its programs in agriculture and natural sciences. It was originally founded in College Park in 1859 as the Maryland Agricultural College. In 1916, the institution became known as the Maryland State College. By 1920, the college became the University of Maryland, which was designated as the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland in 1988.
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences; the College of Education; the College of Health and Human Performance; the Philip Merrill College of Journalism; the College of Information Studies; the College of Letters and Sciences; the College of Life Sciences; the School of Architecture; the Robert H. Smith School of Business; the A. James Clark School of Engineering; and the School of Public Affairs.
The University of Maryland main campus is located about 10 miles northeast of Washington, DC. The College Park campus is located roughly between Adelphi Road to the north, Paint Branch Parkway to the south, and Knox Road to the west. The school's sports teams are called the Terrapins. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.