The University of Maryland--College Park is a huge, research-oriented state university with almost forty thousand students and one of the best business programs in the nation located almost at the mid-point between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
UM's Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a Management major with an Entrepreneurship Track at the Smith School at Shady Grove program. The school allows students to customize a curriculum that spans issues of managing the internal processes of firms and considerations of strategic advantage.
Robert H. Smith School of Business is also home to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a top-tier entrepreneurial institute. Every Friday the Dingman Center holds informal sessions called Pitch Dingman that allows students to pitch new business ideas to their Entrepreneurs in Residence, and twice a year students compete for almost three thousand dollars in seed money. In January of 2013 the Dingman Center will bring students to the Middle Kingdom to compete against top Chinese MBA students for $10,000 in cash prizes in their 8th Annual China Business Plan Competition.