College Park, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dorms can be really dependent on which ones you find yourself in. South campus dorms tend to be older but the oldest dorm on campus is Cambridge hall on north campus. It has been there since the school was founded and hasn't had nearly enough renovations to bring it up to par with dorms like Oakland hall.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is green and beautiful. You almost forget how gross College Park is. Most facilities are super clean and aesthetically appealing. Some could use work...

4 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of opportunities for internships, DC is easily accessible.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and is constantly improving

4 College Junior

Facilities: There is always something to each weekend. A variety of activities are available to students. And many students are active in the social scene. The campus is not a dull place, not at all.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 39th
    Best Library
  • 47th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 78th
    Best Student Centers
  • 99th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Bethesda, MD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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One of the most significant reasons for attending Maryland is its beautiful campus and awe-inspiring facilities. There’s no avoiding the bountiful cherry blossoms and flower arrangements on the grounds. Large trees around campus shade students from the strong sun during the hotter months. The buildings are not too shabby, either. Students rave about the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), the Stamp Student Union, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

The ERC is so large that it sometimes feels like an airport. The pools are heated and have speakers mounted deep below. Thankfully, the ERC offers healthy, fun, and challenging experiences for students at all levels of fitness. Students who live on North Campus are thrilled that the ERC is a part of their home—it’s only minutes from the residence halls. The Stamp Student Union has come a long way and provides students, especially commuters, with a place to hang out in between classes and after the school day is complete. At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, students interested in performance art can breathe in creativity, beauty, and progress—without hearing a single note of music. As for the “beauty” of some of the residence halls, that’s another story.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,250 acres
Student Centers
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Hornbake Library
  • McKeldin Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Adele H. Stamp Student Union
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Eppley Recreation Center
  • The Mall
Bowling on Campus
TerpZone, located in the basement of Stamp
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Coffee Bar in Stamp
  • Footnotes Café at McKeldin Library
Movie Theater on Campus
Hoff Theater in Stamp
"Green" Initiatives
UM is recognized as a Campus Sustainability Leader on the College Sustainability Report Card. An example of the University's efforts includes when students constructed gardens on the roof of the Diner, growing produce from campus dining compost.
School Slang
  • Brah or Bro: A fraternity brother who fully embraces himself and his brothers as one entity superior to all others as demonstrated through prolific use of polo shirts and beer pong skills
  • The CRC: Campus Recreation Center (located on North Campus)
  • The Diner: Formerly known as the Ellicott Dining Hall
  • Knox Boxes: Off-campus housing on Knox Road
  • The Mall: McKeldin Mall
  • Stamp: Stamp Student Union
  • Always Look Back at Art Attack: If you were to take similar aspects of the First Look Fair and throw in a big focus on art, music, and creativity, you'll find yourself attending one of the most special events on Maryland's campus. Art Attack is very popular (when it doesn't rain), and in the past, has featured bands like George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, the Beastie Boys, and Sugar Ray.
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?: You can't escape it, but why would you want to? For more than 40 years, Memorial Chapel has played "Maryland, My Maryland" (which also sounds exactly like the German Christmas carol, "O, Tannenbaum") each hour, every hour. By the end of your time at Maryland, you'll at least know the first three words to the song.
  • First Look Fair: Each September, the First Look Fair takes place on McKeldin Mall. It's a big event that features some of the University's many student organizations, departments and offices, College Park businesses, and campus and community service groups. It's the perfect venue to learn about opportunities that allow students to be a part of Maryland and make a contribution to the community. Don't fret if you miss out in September! Come February, there's a "Second Look Fair" that takes place in the Stamp Student Union.
  • Getting Lucky: For a hint of good luck, students visit a bronze replica of Maryland's mascot, Testudo, which sits at the entrance to McKeldin Library. In addition to rubbing the turtle's nose, little gifts are also sometimes left behind to improve the chances of a student getting lucky (in class, of course).
  • Going to the Chapel: Each year, more than 220 couples are wed inside UMCP's chapel, and most of them have some connection to the campus. Half of the weddings include partners that both attended Maryland.
  • Stress is Lighter at the All-Nighter: Known as the campus's longest party of the year, one night in September is guaranteed to be fun-filled and jam-packed with food, entertainment, games, prizes, and more. It can be one intense night if you let loose and enjoy yourself.
  • Student Gladness at Midnight Madness: The first practice of the season begins at midnight, and fans join the men's and women's basketball teams in, well, watching them practice. OK, there's more! There's also the annual men's basketball alumni game and performances by Maryland Gymkana Troupe, the Terrapin Spirit Squad, and Maryland band. Then, at midnight, the teams are introduced, and the men's team plays their first red/white scrimmage of the year. Expect lots of excitement, as it's very rewarding and entertaining. Be sure to experience this at least once, even if you're not a sports fan.
Urban Legends
Testudo brings good luck! Students before major exams will rub his nose or leave a gift (usually food) for him.
Favorite Things To Do
The ERC is always busy-everyone loves going to the gym, and the fact that it's open until 12 a.m. six days a week makes it even more appealing. Movies at the Hoff Theater and performances from numerous comedy groups are always a big draw. The libraries are never empty, either-people never seem to have a lack of things to do around UMCP! See a movie at the Hoff Theater, go to a comedy show, grab a coffee and chill in the Coffee Bar café, go to the ERC and work up a sweat, or go swimming and tanning in the outdoor pool at the ERC when it's nice out.
Student Newspaper
The Diamondback
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 500 clubs, hundreds of cultural events, fraternities and sororities, movies, speakers, concerts, and sports on campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Every September, there is the two-day First Look Fair on McKeldin Mall, to introduce first-year students to all the student groups the University of Maryland has to offer.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 162 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 15 responses

  • 26% First Look Fair
  • 22% Student Gladness at Midnight Madness
  • 19% Always Look Back at Art Attack
  • 11% Getting Lucky
  • 7% Stress is Lighter at the All-Nighter
  • 7% Playing in the water at the mall
  • 4% Going to the Chapel
  • 4% Football tailgates
  • 0% Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • 0% Offerings to Testudo during finals week

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 23% Any internship/job that applies to your major.
  • 20% CA at dorms/Commons
  • 17% Eppley Recreation Center (ERC)
  • 10% Stamp Student Union
  • 10% Maryland Adventure Program
  • 10% Athletics
  • 7% IT Tech
  • 3% Intramural official

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 35% Go to the events and clubs and get to know people
  • 24% Football games
  • 12% Go to DC
  • 10% Class
  • 10% Go for walks on campus
  • 6% Club sports
  • 2% Sleep

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 22 responses

  • 33% Adele H. Stamp Student Union
  • 31% The Mall
  • 18% Eppley Recreation Center
  • 13% Residence Hall
  • 2% Somerset Hall
  • 2% Garden
  • 0% Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% It was burned down once
  • 22% Point of Failure!
  • 17% Ghosts
  • 17% No graduation if stepped in center school lines
  • 17% Failing all your exams for not touching testudo
  • 6% The Queen of England saw a bball game here

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 62% The Diner
  • 25% DOTS
  • 6% The campus bookstore
  • 6% No summer jobs available

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 20% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 188 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 9% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 36% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 54% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 179 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 47% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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