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Stevenson was selected as a 2021 Hidden Gem for a reason—we’re hidden among the best places and sights around Maryland.

Whether you’re from Maryland and looking for more inspiration on places to go, or you just remembered Maryland was a state and you’re curious why we love to call it home, our admissions staff has the lowdown on the best experiences in this beautiful state (if we do say so ourselves).

For the Sports Fans: 

Orioles and Ravens Games | Baltimore

Two of the most beautiful stadiums in professional sports. Located in downtown Baltimore, it is always fun and exciting to attend an O's or Ravens game. You can explore the Inner Harbor before or after games with lots of great sites to see and places to eat. — Dave Copenhaver

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For the Foodies: 

The Food Market in Hampden | Baltimore

This restaurant is a "must visit" when you're in the area. The menu is always changing and is specifically curated to match the seasons and appease the appetite of just about anyone. Not only is this a wonderful place to eat, but it's located on a street that is filled with other amazing eateries and shops to peruse. What are you waiting for? Google the menu right now! — Kayla Keegun

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For the Hikers: 

Gambrill State Park | Frederick

Located about 55 miles west of Owings Mills, Gambrill State Park has scenic views for days. While it's a bit of a drive from Stevenson's campus, it's worth it just for the picturesque overlooks of the Catoctin Mountain and surrounding area. Plus, if you're like me and not an experienced hiker, the park has 16 miles of different trail lengths and difficulty levels, ranging from moderate 1-mile trails to difficult 28-mile hikes. Maryland is full of beautiful mountains and parks across the state, and Stevenson's location provides easy access to both city life and nature outings. It's a win in my book! — Alyssa Dahle


For the Walkers: 

Fells Point | Baltimore

Fells Point is a beautiful waterfront neighborhood located in southeastern Baltimore. The area has so much history (check out the cobbled streets), and plenty of attractions to keep you entertained for hours. There are countless restaurants, local stores, antique shops, and music to check out on the weekends! — Emily Rivers

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For the Playful: 

Monster Mini Golf | Parkville

A cool indoor mini golf and laser tag area located in Parkville, about 20 minutes from campus. The mini golf course features black lights and fun Maryland facts. This is a favorite place of mine to visit regardless of the weather! — Katelynn Schanberger

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For the Adventurous: 

Stand Up Paddleboarding and Paddleboard Yoga | Baltimore/Annapolis 

Maryland is rich in beautiful waterways, creeks, and rivers. Local businesses in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas offer paddle board rentals, and even wildlife tours and fitness classes on a paddle board. It's a really fun way to take in the beautiful scenery, enjoy the outdoors and get a workout at the same time! — Elizabeth Fitzgerald

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For Those Who Love a Little Bit of Everything:

Old Ellicott City | Ellicott City

Old Ellicott City centers around Main Street, which features small shops, restaurants, and public art. There's plenty to see and do; my personal favorite restaurant is La Palapa, and I always stop in at Sweet Elizabeth Jane to see what they have in store!  — Megumi Gomyo

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For the History Buffs:

Antietam National Battlefield | Sharpsburg

Further out west from Stevenson's campus, Antietam National Battlefield is another "must visit" if you enjoy American history. Explore the beautiful fields and trails while learning about this important historical site. — Carol McDaniel


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True to Stevenson’s collaborative approach to learning, The Mill Agency is a unique, student-driven environment where School of Design majors interact and work on communication and design solutions to meet clients’ needs in an agency-like setting. 

mill logoStudents use design thinking and creative strategies to execute professional solutions through research, discussion, iterative making, and formal presentations—all for real-world clientele in the Baltimore area. From writing press releases and contacting media to curating social media posts, shooting video, and designing brands and collateral, the Mill goes beyond classroom walls as Stevenson’s full-service, student-run communication agency. 

Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus, professor of communication, says the course operates like an internship. “It’s a good class for students to take because it allows them to get that experience that some of them might be lacking. They realize how to manage their time—there’s a lot of work that needs to get done.” 

Past clients have included: Baltimore Greenway Trails Network, BricknFire Pizza, the Eastern Communication Association, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Stitching Maryland Together, and the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 

“The Mill offers a unique experience that incorporates professional work from a classroom setting. Essentially, it’s an internship that prepares you for work in the real world. Not to mention, the variety of disciplines represented in the class that allow you to cultivate skills for a variety of fields.”

—Ryan Patrick, Business Communication '22

 Parent Perspective Boyd

About Marriah: Marriah is a Business Communication major with a minor in Legal Studies. In addition, she is in the University’s Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program pursuing her Master of Science in Communication Studies. Outside of the classroom, Marriah is a Presidential Fellow, the current President of the University’s Best Buddies Chapter, a Resident Assistant, a Media Editor for the Greenspring Review, a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Student Advisory Board, as well as a member of the University’s Lambda Pi Eta Chapter. She also works on campus as a Student Ambassador. 

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Q: How did you and your child come to choose Stevenson? 

A: Marriah initially researched universities all along the East Coast. She determined that Stevenson might be a good fit for her due to Stevenson’s impressive academic curriculum, as well as their emphasis on forming community on campus. We visited the University campus on several occasions and, following her acceptance to the University, ultimately decided to attend. We were all impressed with what Stevenson had to offer. 


Q: As a parent, what do you like best about Stevenson?  

A: We like the size of both the campus and student body population (it is not too big, but also not too small). The smaller class sizes, clean and modern facilities, as well as the amenities offered are also things that we like about the University. We also feel that the professors at Stevenson are knowledgeable and have been great supports and role models to our daughter.  


Q: How have staff members helped support you and/or your student? 

A: The staff members at the University have offered guidance and encouragement to Marriah throughout her years at Stevenson. For instance, her freshman year success coach served as a mentor to Marriah as she adjusted to college living, as well as advised her as she navigated the process of changing her major.  


Q: How have professors helped support your student?  

A: They have been encouraging and helped her secure several meaningful internships; these internships have given her valuable work experience and experiential learning opportunities. For example, one of Marriah’s management professors recommended her to apply for a position as a marketing intern within the company he worked for. Through that internship experience, she gained great networking connections and was able to hone professional and transferrable skills applicable to the marketing communications world.  


Q: How would you say Stevenson has helped prepare your student for life after graduation?  

A: When Marriah started at Stevenson, she was unsure of her career direction. With the assistance of SU staff and faculty, Marriah has been able to narrow her field of interest and find a clearer career path. Classes such as the Internship Prep course, in addition to the multitude of networking events hosted by University departments, has helped Marriah to acquire skills transferrable to many different occupational fields. In many of her classes, there is also an added emphasis on career connection as students have the chance to apply textbook learning to real-world examples and situations. We truly feel that Marriah is prepared to meet the challenges and tasks that will come with working a job in the professional setting.  


Q: How has your student grown since starting at SU?  

A: Marriah has become more confident over her years at Stevenson. She has also made deep, meaningful friendships that are certain to continue for years to come. Professionally, she feels well-prepared and ready to enter the workforce, too. It has been great to see her develop as a student leader during her time at SU.     


Q: What piece of advice would you give the parent of a high school senior as their family is making their college choice?  

A: Do your research, visit college campuses, and listen to your child regarding what they want in a college experience.  


Q: If you could say only two sentences to tell a parent of an incoming student anything about Stevenson, what would you say?  

A: We have been very pleased with the Stevenson Experience. SU has been very supportive in helping our child grow and achieve both her educational and occupational goals. 


Q: Is there anything we didn’t cover in the previous questions that you would want the parents to know about your personal experience?  

A: The University has provided a well-rounded experience that has helped Marriah develop personally and academically. She has loved her time at the University and looks forward to the future as she completes her final semesters as a Stevenson Mustang. 
Check out our Parents and Families page to stay in the know about important admissions deadlines and explore frequently asked questions. 

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In Session: BME 205: Problem Solving and Design

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Biomedical Engineering program has already hit the ground running, providing Stevenson students hands-on experience in the research and development of medical technologies and devices. The three-student team in the BME 205: Problem Solving and Design course was tasked with developing a system that provides insight into the sleep patterns of college students. 

BME 205 StudentsFollowing the engineering design process and tools covered in the classroom, the three-student team developed a complete set of requirements, system conceptual designs, and then selected one design concept to pursue.  During the balance of the semester, the students worked together in the BME lab while following social distancing, as well as remotely, to develop the mechanical, electrical, and software components of the system.  Since the device was to be wearable and needed to be lightweight, all mechanical components would be made using the 3D printer in the BME laboratory. 

Using an accelerometer, the system could detect when the wearer stopped moving and was, therefore, asleep and should start recording heart rate data—which was stored on an SD card.  As the end of the semester approached, the system was assembled, the software was finalized, and it was then worn by each team member to collect their own sleep data. 

After recording and analysis, the students presented their results in class and created a poster display in the Manning Academic Center on campus.  The system met all of the project requirements and clearly identified known patterns in heart rate that indicate different sleep patterns. Reflecting on the project, the students identified a number of ways the system could be improved in future iterations.

Ashlyn Bray, one of the participating students, says, “The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

“It was funny seeing the device tell me I did not have a good night sleep like I thought otherwise,” says Kaye Lumayog, who also worked on the project.

“The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

Pictured above: The three-student team from left to right: Kaye Lumayog, Ashlyn Bray, and Celestin Munyaneza (wearing the assembled sleep monitor).

The Biomedical Engineering program at Stevenson prepares students to solve important human health-related scientific problems through the application of engineering principles, ideas, methods, and inventions. Learn more at

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Greg St. Clair, Jr. ‘17 recently won an Emmy award for his work as an associate producer on the “NFL 100 Greatest” television series. 

Although a graduate of Stevenson’s Accounting program, Greg ultimately fell in love with film after declaring a minor in Film and Moving Image. “Although I am not pursuing a career in accounting, the networking and relationship building opportunities provided by SU’s Accounting department have helped me in advancing my current career path in film. One reason I received a job opportunity from the Baltimore Ravens was due to a networking connection,” Greg says. 

After taking an elective English course where the students had to dissect movies and stories into common themes, Greg felt that film was his true calling. While part of the Film and Moving Image program, he had the opportunity to attend the SXSW Film Festival in 2016: “[this] really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities in film.” 

As Associate Producer on “NFL 100 Greatest” for the NFL Network, Greg produced a handful of segments, including pieces on Ozzie Newsome and Super Bowl Halftime shows. You can find these works here. One day, when Greg opened a package in the mail to find an Emmy award with his name on it, he felt what he could only describe as surreal.  

“I feel validated on my decision to pursue my minor as a career path in lieu of my major, that I’m on the right path, and that I am good enough to be in this industry. That being said, my goals are still greater than this award and the part that I played, as I am continuing to grow and develop my skills as filmmaker and as a storyteller. That’s what I continue to strive for.” 

Looking back at his time at Stevenson University, Greg says, “Stevenson is like the land of opportunity. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Stevenson."

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