Quick Facts and Rankings

2 locations:
students chatting outside the Universities at Shady Grove

Universities at Shady Grove
Rockville, Maryland

Clinical experiences:
students in a simulation lab

clinical simulation laboratories

a student nurse examining a patient

clinical learning sites


‌‌per U.S. News & World Report's 2022 "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings:

*Ranked 2nd among public institutions

‌‌per U.S. News & World Report's 2021 "Best Online Program" rankings:



of students received financial aid in fall 2020

  • 2,546 awards (scholarships, Pell grants, loans, etc.)
  • $10,840 average aid awarded


in support from Bill and Joanne Conway

as of spring 2021

Our Students

2,003 students from 22 states (and Washington, D.C.) and 22 (out of 24) Maryland counties; 816: BSN and RN-to-BSN); 513: MSN; 603: DNP; 42: PhD; 16% male students  53% minority students  31: average age

Entry-Into-Practice* Students (in 2018 - 19)

completed their programs 

were employed full time in nursing within one year of graduating

a student smiles in graduation garb


degrees awarded in the 2019 - 20 academic year

Our Faculty


faculty members

  • 144 full time
  • 17 part time


clinical instructors


faculty associates and clinical preceptors (overseeing student clinical experiences)

Our Alumni


alumni in:

  • 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and 4 U.S. territories
  • 39 countries


have earned 2 degrees from UMSON

  • 209 have earned 3 degrees
  • 10 have earned 4 degrees

as of spring 2021


‌‌1st in the nation to offer:

1st in the state to offer:

ONLY in the state to offer:‌

Research and Funding


in receipt of funding (for public schools of nursing) from the National Institutes of Health


total extramural funding


extramural research funding

in 2019 - 20

Trusted Profession


entry-into-practice students took early exits in spring and fall 2020 to bolster the nursing workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 200 BSN students
  • 57 CNL students


entry-into-practice students scheduled to graduate in spring 2021 voluntarily began participating in clinical experiences and community/public health rotations early, before the start of the semester

Nurses top the Gallup honesty/ethics poll.

Nurses received their highest rating to date, marking the 19th year nurses have been in the No. 1 spot.