Who We Are
Founded in 1965 and located just outside of Washington, D.C., the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) is top-ten ranked research and teaching college in the field of information science. UMD iSchool faculty, staff, and students are expanding the frontiers of how people access and use information and technology an evolving world – in government, education, business, social media, and more. The UMD iSchool is committed to using information and technology to empower individuals and communities, create opportunities, ensure equity and justice, and champion diversity.
We envision a world in which we have harnessed the ocean of data. From it, everyone - both individually and collectively - can develop deeper knowledge to tackle real-world problems, break down barriers, improve quality of life, and spark discovery. Information is turned into power to unlock our full potential.
Preparing students to succeed as information professionals, we offer cutting-edge degree and certificate programs that expertly combine theory with practical professional skills. In our degree programs, students can select from a range of specializations to craft their ideal degree.
Developing the Nickelodeon© Do Not Touch button with UX design, creating the system for braille on ATMs through accessibility-focused HCI research, utilizing open source data to help develop the current Baltimore Smart City plan – our researchers are impacting real life.