College Park, MD
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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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics can use some improvement on the inside, but they are a big money source for the university.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I really enjoy the school spirit that we have at UMD. Everyone is usually out for the football games and adorned in full school attire. From face paint, to painted bodies, you can definitely see it all at one of the football games. there are also a lot of clubs and intramurals that are provided and so everyone can find something that they enjoy doing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: our athletes are greatly supported through wins and losses. school spirit is great.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the school spirit at UMD but I wish more people were into going to football and basketball games! Maybe the Big 10 will change that.


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  • 39th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 811st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Bethesda, MD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Student athletes at Maryland are talented enough that even those who are not very passionate about sports will attend games to support them and to witness some awesome displays of competition. Football, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer seem to be the most popular, with many teams improving over the years. As a Division I school, varsity sports at Maryland are very popular. For students not too keen on statistics, let’s just say that when students say that the men’s squad is good, they are actually telling the truth. Games can come down to the wire and are very exciting to watch. IM and club sports are also pretty popular on campus, and thankfully, there are many of them.

UMCP sports are so “hot” that after some games, bonfires take place. Combined with possible chaos in the community, a rare riot may unexpectedly flare up. Sometimes, great games lead to not-so-great marches on campus that can turn ugly. Hot or not, Maryland sports bring out a primordial spirit within the campus and community. Go Terps!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Red, white, black, gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
310 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 103
Basketball: 24
Baseball: 28
Cross Country/Track: 47
Other Sports: 285
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Black belt club
  • Boxing
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Okinawan karate
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Terp runners
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Comcast Center
  • Eppley Recreation Center
  • Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
  • Kehoe Track Complex
  • Ludwig Field
  • Maryland Golf Course
  • Robert E. Taylor Stadium
  • Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
  • Tennis Center at College Park
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, football, men's lacrosse, men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Competitive cheer, women's field hockey, women's lacrosse, men's and women's swimming and diving
School Spirit
"Go Terps!" is the rallying cry for students and alumni alike at Maryland. School spirit isn't hard to find here. Maryland apparel is everywhere and never seems to go out of fashion. The people who go here harbor a deep love for the school, even if their own experience ends with a delay in credits or a monotonous social life. There's a big sense of pride wherever you go.
Getting Tickets
Maryland is one of the few D-I universities left that doesn't charge students for tickets to any of the sporting events. While the lottery process is a bit of a crapshoot, you can build up points each season by attending more games. Football is definitely the most popular sport to attend. When the weather's nice and students can spend all day tailgating, the sea of red is a sight to behold.
Best Place to Take a Walk
South Campus is gorgeous and lined with trees, making it perfectly picturesque in the fall and spring.
Did You Know?
The most popular tailgate parties are in Lot 11 next to the View.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 231 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 232 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 56% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 231 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 10% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 13% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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