Diversity

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

Diversity: You'll find people from all different backgrounds and experiences, your friends will all be different in some way.

College Sophomore

Diversity: I am not on campus yet, therefore, I cannot comment on what the diversity is like.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very very diverse here. So many different races, and religions.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus isn't as good as it could be and there is a good deal of ignorance coming from people who think they are very openminded. Economic background would be the biggest problem

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I never witnessed or heard of any cases of intolerance. The campus and students seemed very accepting in all of my interactions with others.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 156th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 512nd
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1243rd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Yet another reason students flock to Maryland is for the diversity of the student population. Maryland has a sizable population of international and minority students, and an array of students with different religious, political, and gender preferences, as well as learning and physical disabilities. Aside from an occasional ignorant hate crime, there is a high level of tolerance on campus for people of different religious, cultural, and sexual backgrounds. Although there is a perceived lack of integration between diverse student groups, UMCP’s successful attempts at celebrating diversity shine through in the classroom. It is truly a melting pot of gold here.

While students from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut may appear to be a majority, only a relatively small number of the student population is from the NYC metro area. Students from all over the United States and the world join Maryland’s campus to take advantage of such a dynamic and diverse learning environment, and many students come to appreciate the opportunity to meet and spend time with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

African American
12%
Asian
15%
Hispanic
7%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
56%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
31%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 16%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The University is extremely open and supportive of students who practice non-traditional sexual preferences. UMD recently introduced an LGBT major/minor, and one of the most popular events on campus is the "Pride Prom," which is hosted every year by the Pride Alliance. The liberal movement on campus means students are not afraid to rally to show their support for causes like gay marriage, equal partner benefits, and gender equality.
Political Activity
One of Maryland's greatest strengths is its hot bed of political activity. The Op-Ed columns in the school newspaper are constantly rallying for change and reform, and students aren't afraid to express their political views, even if they are not with the liberal majority. Students on this campus have a voice, and being close to the nation's capital makes them even more apt to use it.
Economic Status
People from all over attend UMCP, and although out-of-staters do pick up the bulk of the tuition check, there is about zero class discrimination on campus.
Most Common Religions
Judaism and Christianity are the most prevalent religions on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are nearly 600 campus groups at UMCP and a good number of them are successful, fun organizations created and maintained by minorities at Maryland.
Did You Know?
Many political figures have come to Maryland, most notably Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 166 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 37% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 166 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 165 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 61% Very accepting.

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