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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


 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. 

Student Mask

With the beginning of the fall season upon us, this upcoming admissions cycle is unlike the ones before it. The Class of 2025—newly high school seniors—are in peculiar circumstances; though we are all adapting to our "new normal," as seniors, they are beginning to take the first steps in their college application process: discovering which college will best fit their needs and exploring what their future career might look like.

However—for now—much of their search process will likely take place virtually. Whether attending virtual Open Houses, navigating virtual campus tours, or simply scrolling through Instagram, you can still get a sense of a college's vibe through the digital space.
Here at Stevenson, we are ready to get to know our future Mustangs through these new and dynamic means. For the students and families feeling thrown off course by this untraditional time, here is our advice for navigating the application process now:

Optimize your virtual search.

See how other schools approach remote learning.

Learn about how the Stevenson community stepped up and adjusted to online learning in March. Even when we eventually transition back to in-person instruction, it's important to be aware of how colleges adapt to new situations and support their student body. Our faculty and staff’s dedication to our students remains steadfast. We are committed to providing you an exceptional college experience, a connection to career from the first day on campus, and a close-knit, supportive community centered on your success.

Attend virtual Open Houses.

Stevenson will hold multiple virtual Open Houses this fall. You can register for our upcoming October 17 event here. By signing up for these events, you get exclusive access to content about academics, admissions, student life, and more.

Visit schools in-person if allowed.

Stevenson University now offers on-campus, single-family tours for those looking for an in-person experience. We are providing tours to groups of four via golf cart at this time, with proper precautions in place for the health and safety of our guests and our community.

Prepare for your next steps.

Already thinking about your career path and how you'll get there? Through the Stevenson Career Connection Center, our students receive individualized career counseling from on-site advisors and mentors, engage in skill-building workshops, and network at career fairs with field professionals and potential employers.

Reach out to your assigned admissions counselor.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to chat about the application process, please reach out to your assigned admissions counselor. They are your point of contact at SU and here to help you navigate this process.

We’re all working through this time together, and look forward to connecting with you and continuing to guide you through your important college decision. In the meantime, you can schedule a visit with Stevenson that best suits your schedule and needs here.


Welcoming Campus

In the age of Instagram, YouTube, and virtual tours, it’s easier than ever to forgo the traditional college tour for its digital counterparts. However, in personal accounts of current and former college students, often the phrase “The moment I stepped on campus...” is used alongside their explanation of why they chose their particular school. There’s a reason: the gut feeling one gets when visiting a campus for the first time. It stands the test of time. ...Read More

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