Five Colleges in Maryland Ranked Best on Earth

U.S. News & World Report has ranked five Maryland universities among the best on Earth. The annual rankings compared 1,250 schools across 75 countries. 

Johns Hopkins University was ranked the best college in Maryland, with an overall ranking of 12th in the world.

“Schools that prioritize quality academic research remain at the top of the rankings,” U.S. News Chief Data Strategist Robert Morse said in a release.

Here’s how Maryland did on the “Best Global Universities” list, according to U.S. News & World Report:

Johns Hopkins University
Ranking: 12th in world

University of Maryland College Park
Ranking: 51st in world

University of Maryland Baltimore
Ranking: 214th in world

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Ranking: 627th in world

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Ranking: 898th in world

The United States boasted four of the top five spots in the global rankings. Massachusetts was home to the top two in the world (Harvard and MIT) while California boasted three of the top six universities (Stanford, UC Berkley and California Institute of Technology).

Montgomery County Among Best in Nation for Fiscal Responsibility

County Executive Ike Leggett recently announced that Montgomery County has maintained its Triple-A bond rating for 2018 from all three Wall Street bond rating agencies.

Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s all affirmed the “AAA” rating—the highest achievable—for the County. They all termed Montgomery County’s outlook as “stable.”

The Triple-A bond rating enables Montgomery County to sell long-term bonds at the most favorable rates, saving County taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of the bonds. The rating also serves as a benchmark for numerous other financial transactions, ensuring the lowest possible costs in those areas as well.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Earns National Innovation Award

Montgomery County Public Libraries received an Honorable Mention Award in the “Civic and Community Engagement” category from the Urban Libraries Council for the Reading and Educating to Advance Lives: REAL Change program. 

The award is part of ULC’s Innovations Initiative that showcases leading “best” and “next” practices that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. The practices embody ideas, approaches and insights that other libraries can adapt. 

The REAL Program, coordinated by the Jewish Council for the Aging’s Heyman Interages Center, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and MCPL, helps children and families make good use of time while waiting for HHS services at four County offices. It provides community book collections, information resources on literacy and healthy habit development for caregivers, and guidance on using the public library. More than 3,000 children and families have used REAL program services and resources since 2016, including connecting with volunteers and accessing more than 2,000 books. The collaboration has also strengthened relationships with partner organizations, their staff and volunteers.

Montgomery DLC Raises More than $13,000 for MCPAW Animal Charity

The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control, in partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Breakthru Beverage Group, raised $8,000 throughout 2018 to support the nonprofit Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being. The partnership’s efforts increased the two-year total of contributions to MCPAW to more than $13,000.

Throughout August 2018, for every bottle of Tito’s Vodka sold at DLC retail stores, $1 was donated to MCPAW (up to $5,000). The full $5,000 donation was reached. In addition, 25 local restaurants joined the campaign by featuring Tito’s drink menus, raising another $1,000. The 2018 DLC campaign also raised more than $2,100 from donation boxes placed at the 25 DLC retail stores, for a total of more than $8,000.

MCPAW aims to reduce the number of pets that come into the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, protect and provide for the animals while they are in the center, and educate and engage the community in animal welfare causes. Learn more at