Independent College Fund of Maryland (iFund)

Maryland’s Independent Liberal Arts Colleges

The Independent College Fund is a strong group of outstanding colleges and universities in the liberal arts tradition. All of our colleges offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. In addition, three colleges confer doctoral and first professional degrees. Together The I-Fund’s 10 member institutions — stretching from Chestertown to Emmitsburg — educate more than 40,000 students. Maryland’s diverse geography is well represented by our Independent Colleges: from farmlands to mountains, from historic Chesapeake Bay to the heart of the big city. And a rich history follows our 251 year span of college foundations: from 1696 to 1947!

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Notre Dame of Maryland University A college with a rich heritage of
innovation, Notre Dame of Maryland University educates a diverse population at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Women’s College, the Weekend College for working women and men, and the Graduate Studies program are the principal offerings. Students are part of a vibrant learning community that provides a high-impact education emphasizing professional and personal knowledge, development, and integrity. Students graduate with a renewed energy and confidence to be leaders in their careers, communities, and families.

Located in a residential neighborhood in the northern part of Baltimore, Maryland, the College benefits from both a beautiful campus environment and proximity to the city’s businesses and transportation, as well as cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities.

Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), Notre Dame of Maryland University was the first Catholic college for women to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. Notre Dame’s fundamental dedication to young women endures today, even as the mission has expanded to serve working adults, both male and female.

James F. Conneely, President
Baltimore, founded 1873, total enrollment 3,021

Back to Top

Goucher College

Goucher College

Goucher College - Students in front of Athenaeum

Since it was founded in 1885, Goucher College has built an extremely strong, varied, and innovative tradition of a liberal arts and sciences education. In 2006, Goucher became the first college in the nation to require all of its undergraduates to study abroad at least once before graduation. The college also was among the first in the country to introduce independent study, field work, early admissions, accelerated college programs, and individualized majors, and it was the second in Maryland selected to host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Goucher developed one of the first political science internship programs in the country and later expanded it to all academic areas.

Today, Goucher is a college of about 1,500 undergraduates and almost 900 students in graduate and professional studies programs across the United States and around the world. The college offers a panoply of education opportunities, including 33 majors and six interdisciplinary areas for undergraduates, and it encourages students to design their own majors.

The brand-new Athenaeum, completed in Fall 2009, is a 103,000-square-foot building that is open 24 hours a day and features a new, technologically superior library; a spacious open forum for performances and public discussions.

Goucher students go on to careers and lives of distinction in a range of fields. Ninety percent of the college's graduates enter the job market in a field related to their major within six months of graduation.

Sanford Ungar, President
Towson, Founded 1885, total enrollment 2,350

Back to Top

Hood College

Hood College

Hood College Hood is committed to providing an experience that integrates the liberal arts, the professions and technology with the exploration of values, a sense of community and lives of responsibility and leadership.

Hood offers 30 major fields of study toward undergraduate degrees and 14 master's degrees with five post-baccalaureate certificate programs, and a certification program in educational leadership. More than 100 dedicated professors, most of whom hold a terminal degree in their field, establish a low student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1, ensuring students receive personal and high-quality attention.

Hood's picturesque 50-acre campus is ideally situated in the middle of charming, historic Frederick, Md. The Frederick-Washington-Baltimore triangle not only features a vast and diverse array of world-famous social and cultural destinations, but also abounds with internships at government agencies, laboratories, media firms, schools and IT companies, among others.

Hood College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Hood Social Work program carries specialized accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education. The Hood Education Department's initial teacher certification and master's degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and its undergraduate management and MBA programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Ronald J. Volpe, President
Frederick, founded 1893, total enrollment 1,693

Back to Top

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University The Johns Hopkins University Campus

The Johns Hopkins University was the first research university in the United States. Founded in 1876, it was an entirely new educational enterprise. Its aim was not only to advance students’ knowledge, but also to advance human knowledge generally, through discovery and scholarship. The university’s emphasis on both learning and research — and on how each complements the other — revolutionized U.S. higher education. Today, Johns Hopkins has ventured from its home in Baltimore to countries throughout the world — China, Italy and Singapore, among many others. It remains a world leader in teaching, discovery and patient care.

Ronald J. Daniels, President
Baltimore, founded 1876 total enrollment 21,363

Back to Top

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, its school of arts and sciences; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students from across the country and around the world, and offers programs at campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia, as well as clinical training and client service through the Loyola Clinical Centers. Committed to the educational and spiritual traditions of the Society of Jesus and the development of the whole person, Loyola aims to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.

At Loyola, the curriculum is rigorous and faculty expectations are high. Loyola strives to lead students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends forward in leading examined lives of intellectual, social, and spiritual discernment. In pursuing these goals, Loyola asserts a bold vision: that Loyola University Maryland will be the Nation's leading Catholic comprehensive university. The standards by which the University measures that achievement include the enrollment of outstanding students; the creation of a diverse and supportive community; the cultivation of a rigorous intellectual climate which distinctly prepares graduates to succeed in any endeavor they choose to pursue; the scholarly achievements of the faculty; the recognition of academic peers; and the intellectual and professional attainments and generosity of spirit of the alumni.

Brian Linnane, S.J., President
Baltimore, founded 1852, total enrollment 6,100

Back to Top

McDaniel College

McDaniel College

McDaniel College McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 Colleges that Change Lives and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering exceptional undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. The college's hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in the McDaniel Plan, a student-centered curriculum delivered in small classes by dynamic faculty who connect flexible learning plans to global opportunities for engagement. Distinctive aspects of the McDaniel Plan include a required Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies seminar and a junior writing experience in the major. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel Europe, the college's accredited and degree-granting European campus now in its 17th year, offers international students and American students a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students from 37 states and 27 countries, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, the Amtrak station and BWI international airport

Roger N. Casey, President
Westminster, founder 1867, total enrollment 3,374

Back to Top

Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary's University

Mount St. Mary's University

"Why the Mount?" The answer lies in our mission: Mount St. Mary's is a Catholic university committed to education in the service of truth; we seek to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world.

We are Catholic in a contemporary way, aware of the diversity of the world in which we live and at the same time proud of our Catholic mission and our Catholic heritage.

Our outstanding faculty are focused on educating our students to be literate and reflective individuals who are well-trained in their particular fields. But the Mount experience is more than a journey of the mind. It's also a journey of the heart. You will be asked to reflect upon your calling and how you can serve others and the world around you.

Our charge is to prepare leaders for the global community, and we take that charge seriously. We expect leadership at all levels, and there are many opportunities for leadership at the Mount, whether through our award winning student activities or our outstanding Division 1 athletics program.

Community The Mount is a community where people you have never met will hold the door open for you. The people at the Mount genuinely care for you—whether inside or outside the classroom. They care about your family and friends. They care about the classes that you are taking, your job interviews, and your applications to graduate school. They care what your are doing now and ten years into the future.

I invite you to become more familiar with our campus by coming for a visit. You are certain to find a comfortable place at the Mount. I look forward to our paths crossing soon!

Thomas H. Powell, President
Emmitsburg, founded 1808, total enrollment 2,125

St. John’s College

St. John's College

St. John's College St. John’s College is a co-educational, four year liberal arts college known for its distinctive “great books” curriculum.

The all-required course of study is based on the reading, study, and discussion of the most important books of the Western tradition. There are no majors and no departments; all students follow the same program.

Students study from the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and music. No textbooks are used. The books are read in roughly chronological order, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing to modern times.

All classes are discussion-based. There are no class lectures; instead, the students meet together with faculty members (called tutors) to explore the books being read.

St. John’s College is a community dedicated to liberal education. Such education seeks to free men and women from the tyrannies of unexamined opinions and inherited prejudices. It also endeavors to enable them to make intelligent, free choices concerning the ends and means of both public and private life.

At St. John’s, freedom is pursued mainly through thoughtful conversation about great books of the Western tradition. The books that are at the heart of learning at St. John’s stand among the original sources of our intellectual tradition. They are timeless and timely; they not only illuminate the persisting questions of human existence, but also have great relevance to contemporary problems. They change our minds, move our hearts, and touch our spirits.

Christopher B. Nelson, President
Annapolis, founded 1696, total enrollment 470

Back to Top

Stevenson University

Stevenson University

Stevenson University

Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) is an independent coeducational university with two campuses located just outside of Baltimore in Stevenson and Owings Mills, Maryland. More than 3,000 students attend Stevenson U., which offers traditional bachelor's, accelerated bachelor's and master's degrees in a distinctive career-focused environment.

Over the past several years, the University has grown in recognition as a "best value" by several national sources and for its distinctive liberal arts plus career focus. We encourage our students to explore opportunities outside the classroom by "Learning Beyond" through internships, study abroad, service learning and more. Career ArchitectureSM, an award-winning process developed for our students, allows them to create a career plan based on their own special values, skills and interests.

Stevenson University is a special place. Located just minutes from the city of Baltimore in a beautiful suburban setting, the two campuses provide the best of both worlds. Student residences, a bustling student center, a health and wellness center and a new academic building for the School of Business and Leadership give the Owings Mills campus a vibrant atmosphere. The founding campus on Greenspring Valley Road provides a calming location for classes, cultural events and student activities.

Our adult programs continue to expand. Stevenson U. developed the area's first accelerated programs to meet the needs of busy working adults who want to complete their bachelor's degree or earn a master's degree. We offer on-site and online options to students interested in earning their degrees and pursuing their career goals while maintaining their job and family schedules. Some degrees can be completed in as few as 18 months.

Kevin J. Manning, President
Stevenson, founded 1947, total enrollment 3,000

Washington College

Washington College
Washington College

One of the top liberal arts institutions in the nation, Washington College employs its distinctive setting within the Chesapeake Bay region on Maryland's Eastern Shore as a learning laboratory for several disciplines.

Students of history and anthropology are inspired by the area's Native American culture, Chestertown's place in colonial America, and the rich maritime history still in evidence. Through the Center for Environment & Society and its signature Chesapeake Semester, students examine theories of global environmental change by conducting fieldwork within the region's waterways and farms—and then traveling to Peru for comparative studies.

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, the college remains committed to preparing young men and women to become responsible citizens willing and able to assume positions of leadership. Washington College is equally committed to teaching the critical thinking and writing skills that are so important in today's job market.

Our students' pursuit of excellence extends to the playing field. With one in three undergraduates involved in intercollegiate athletics, the College sent eight teams to post-season play in 2010-11, producing All-Americans in tennis and swimming, and Centennial Conference Coaches of the Year in rowing, women's lacrosse and softball.

Mitchell B. Reiss, President
Chestertown, founded 1782, total enrollment 1,400

Back to Top


© 2006 Independent College Fund of Maryland. All rights reserved.

Web site design by Brook Group