College Park, MD
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$27,287 ($8,908)
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5 College Freshman

Diversity: lots of different races and cultures

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

Diversity: Diversity on campus is definitely something that the University of Maryland is known for. Wether it comes from different clubs to just diverse groups of friends, I think the university does an exceptional job at presenting the opportunity to intermix with other individuals who are not like you in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, interests, etc.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I highly doubt you'll find a more diverse university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: very accepting and open campus


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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Bethesda, MD
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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 172 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 172 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 176 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 175 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 14% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 43% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 17% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 71% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 29% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 57% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 173 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.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.



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