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College Park, MD
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24,486
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$27,287 ($8,908)
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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not heard much about safety problems on-campus but when I do it is something along the lines of robbery and once I heard something about a girl being sexually assaulted in one of the buildings I used to go to rather frequently.

College Junior

Majors: I have not done an internship yet.

College Junior

Majors: I have not gotten to the point of applying to be in my program since I just changed my major.

3 College Junior

Academics: A lot of the classes for history and English have a lot of writing assignments which can occur at the same time. This may present a problem for some students who procrastinate so I would recommend starting papers when they are assigned in class unless they are on the syllabus so that you may star even earlier. Also there are the writing center and other services that can be used to help write better papers for classes that include science lab reports. The professors themselves are very helpful if you ask them and it is a good idea to talk to your professor when you are struggling with the workload.

3 College Junior

Academics: I recently switched majors from Food Science to Education but when I was a Food Science major the workload was pretty good. There were not that many assignments but there was reading that had to be done everyday which you could fall behind in. It is wise to read before class and take notes while you read so that you will not have to write much during class and you can listen to the professor more. The chemistry classes after general level are very challenging and require a lot of your attention, time and effort in practice. Chemistry may just become your life so pay close attention to it.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The class sizes are different depending on the class. I have had classes as small as 20 students and as large as about 300 students (these are estimates I do not remember the exact numbers). The science based classes are very challenging so much that I had to change my major since I had so much trouble with Organic Chemistry. The courses are very interesting and many classes like sociology and linguistics have influenced my way of thinking about the world and human interactions.

College Junior

Overall Experience: Since I have yet to start looking for internships I am not sure about the prospects but they must be good since some of my friends have received e-mails about opportunities on-campus. There are job fairs and internship fairs that I hear about all the time and I see people dressing professionally to attend them all the time walking around with their portfolios in hand and nervous smiles on their faces. There are even surveys on the school website to see what career path would suit an individual best which I myself have used but I am not very convinced by the results.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have received the aid that I needed in past years and this time I am hoping it goes the same way. I sent the same form in multiple times but it was always missing something or sent in the wrong format. That form is the household size form. It is hard for those with more family members than the space allows to fill out because there is no extension box to add more people. I tried many different ways to fit all of my household members to fit but I finally had to go to my counselor to fill out the form in the format that the financial aid office would accept. Besides that everything else was turned in pretty smoothly but I am still waiting on financial aid.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You can meet a lot of people from different ethnic groups at this school since it is very diverse. I myself have met people from many different ethnic/racial backgrounds and even religions. I do not really talk about politics with my friends so I do not know their political affiliations. By the way we talk about our spending I would assume we are all penny pinching lower middle class to plain old middle class.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I like the vegetarian/vegan options since I myself am a vegetarian. I would say that the dining halls lack fish options for those who eat fish but there are many choices for meat eaters. One thing I will say is that some of the vegetarian/vegan options are a bit too salty. For those who have a dinning plan the best place to eat is 251 with the buffet setting it has a lot of delicious choices for everyone. It is a bit expensive if you used your free admittance which is once a week though and the same for if you are a regular student who does not have a dinning plan since it costs $19, that is kind of crazy for a buffet.

College Junior

Greek Life: I have not tried to enter Greek life but the people I know who are into Greek life seem to have fun with other Greeks and non-Greeks. They are very nice from what I have come into contact with but I do not claim to know all of the happenings in Greek life.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I really would not know anything about off-campus housing because I live at home.

College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you have been living here your whole life like me it is very easy to go shopping off campus. For those who are new to the area you have to go shopping with someone who knows the area or you will think the local atmosphere is boring and that there is nothing to do. The area around the campus is kind of quiet in terms of activities. There are not many museums that are close you will find those in DC or Baltimore. I all depends on your willingness to look up places to go you cannot just drive and end up at a fun place.

4 College Junior

Facilities: You can find almost everything though I am not completely sure since I have not looked for everything, but I have found everything I need for my assignments and more at the library. That is online and in the actual library. I actually came to this library before I started going to this school to find a book when I was in high school and they had the book so I was so happy I did not have to buy it ( the book was Oroonoko). The amount of people who use the library everyday is amazing sometimes you cannot even find a place to sit. You can even reserve a room to study in with a group and check out laptops when the other computers are in use.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Socially guys and girls are not very inclusive and it is hard to make friends if you yourself are not outgoing. Most people are friends with people that live in the same dorm building, are on a sports team together, went to the same high school, or anything else that would allow them to stay in contact for more than just a semester (sorority or fraternity). People who are not as outgoing may end up with a semester long friend who they never talk to after the class they share ends. So my advice is to live on campus or join clubs to make life long friends.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: For the art and english majors, the course diversity isn't the worst, but can definitely be improved.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: We have a few career fairs each year targeted at specific colleges or just the general student populace, where employers will send representatives and set up booths for students to visit. I think the best thing is that there are a lot of internship opportunities, either with faculty or in D.C.

College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know anything about Greek life. Don't have any friends involved, either.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Meal plans are pretty terrible, but are mandatory with dorm housing.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: People who like to party know where/when/who, but I'm not really into that sort of thing so I can't say much.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Your friends will probably get mad at you for walking alone, but I would say that safety is pretty standard on campus and the school takes a vested interest. They have security alerts and those emergency buttons all over campus. We had an issue with a few students getting run over on the streets near the bar, and the administration immediately stepped in to try and deal with it. Can't say I've seen progress yet but there is definitely talk about ideas.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are a couple of Limited Enrollment Programs like psych, business, journalism, etc. that are pretty intense to get into, but besides that its pretty easy.

3 College Junior

Majors: I get weekly emails about job/internship/on campus program possibilities from my program.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many pizza restaurants here, its unreal. We have a lot of chains like chipotle, noodles & co, jimmy johns, etc. But we have a few good ones like sweet green, kiyoko sushi, ivy noodles, and potbellys. It gets pretty boring, but its definitely livable. And most pizza places stay open until around 4. One place has pizza slices the same size as your face.

College Junior

Scholarships: I don't have any experience with financial aid.

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Paul Yu
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Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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The University of Maryland, College Park is paradise compared to some schools across America. Most students who join the campus community stay awhile, and some don’t want to leave, even after being there four or even five years. It’s universities like this that have contributed to the popular expression of college being "four of the best years of your life." From students' first year on campus to their final days leading up to graduation, students’ academic, personal, physical, professional, and social lives come together to prepare them for the real world. Many alumni look back and agree that, even if they could, they wouldn’t change a thing about their overall experience at UMCP.

There are also students who can’t wait to get out by the time graduation rolls around. But mark these words: there often comes a day when those new alumni miss the days of basking in the sun on McKeldin Mall, recalling the memories of sharing so many special moments with their friends for life. The best news of all is that, after graduation, students really never have to leave Maryland because they will always be a “Terp for Life!”

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