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College Park, MD
Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I can't say I've ever heard of anyone getting into any real trouble, but the cops are constantly breaking up parties since we have families complaining about noise. Nothing that really stops anyone.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Greek life is the source of the party scene, for sure. Unfortunately, we only have 4 bars on campus, and people usually flock to one of them.

4 College Junior

Academics: There is a lot of free tutoring centers on campus which is really useful. It is a good division between small classes and lectures. The workload is manageable.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love being in the English program! I have had a lot of really great professors that really want you to do well and to learn. The tawes building is really pretty and most classes are in the building. However, it is very small and often overlooked (we are not a liberal arts college, for sure) but that probably has its benefits, since you get more attention and less competition.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Kind of depends on what your major is. There are a lot of math professors that don't speak the best English. The quality of courses is pretty good but its relatively hard to get into the good ones. Definitely be aggressive at course selection time.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The business school is really respected, so you can get a pretty good job if you get in. Generally, the school is always hosting career fairs and the career center is always available. I wouldnt say the center is the best but it is a viable option if you are really flailing. All students also have to take a professional writing course which helps you prepare your resume and personal statement.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are kind of old but very cool looking. There are plenty of apartment options, though, and theres even a new building going up right on Route one.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Tailgating is huge at Maryland, but actually attending the games is not. We'll see what happens with the switch to the Big Ten, though.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is a fair amount of competitive, status-based attitude going around the Greek community. However, because there are so many different options it is fairly easy to find where you fit. Non-greeks are mostly commuters, but those that are not are firm about going against the Greek. There isn't the best social life outside (there are only 3 bars on campus, and Greeks still flock to them), but people make it work.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you live on North Campus (which you most likely will as a freshman unless you're a Freshman Connection student), you will live in the stereotypical dorm: small, resembling a jail cell, with a questionable air conditioner. It's also pretty far from campus and the night life. It is definitely livable and the perks are that you are close to the diner and the best gym on campus. South campus dorms are apartment style and really nice, but much harder to get into.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great and not too hard to get if you apply in time.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is great at school. A lot of opportunities come from greek life.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I think there are a lot of options in the area. Some of them you would need a car for.

3 College Junior

Majors: The classes can range from very big to very small, but there is always room to talk to and get to know your professor on a better level. I enjoy it as of now, but I wish the options for classes were easier to get into and also that more media related classes for Communication were offered at the College Park location

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4 College Junior

Majors: Internships are not too hard to get as long as you apply and basically put forth the effort. The school of ARHU even goes out of their way to send you different job postings so that you are updated on a regular basis. Majority are unpaid and are just for the experience. I have not held any internships through the school. Mine have all been outside of school, but when I do get one through the school, it will be for credit.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I think the academics are awesome. There can always be some improvement with certain professors, but the university encourages feedback from the students.

3 College Junior

Academics: I love my major, I just with that there was more access to media related classes on our campus and not at Shady Grove because that can be somewhat inconvenient.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is good for a college campus. And if you do not want to stay near campus, there is always easy access to D.C. and other areas.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Night life is great because of the variety and convenience of distance from campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think that off campus housing is becoming more popular amongst the 3rd year and 4th year students. The options are endless, you just have to apply in enough time.

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Paul Yu
Hometown
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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