We live in the east and Maryland is a popular school for kids to go too. The school has an excellent reputation and is not easy to get into. Some of their top programs are Business, Music, Engineering and Communications. Kids going there from our school usually had around a 3.7 and up with lots of APs/Honors courses. Scores were over 1900 and above for admits. Lots of rejections too. UMBC is considered a good school with good medical majors. Some kids go here also. Not as tough to get into as Maryland. Hope this helps.