College Park, MD
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$27,287 ($8,908)
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most of the buildings are a big dated, but some such as the business school, engineering, and performance arts centers are really modern and beautiful. They're working on new buildings and hopefully modernizing some of the oldest buildings in the near future. The gym is amazing. We have an Olympic sized indoor pool (as well as an out door pool), great basketball courts, a dance studio, weight rooms, an indoor track, a forrest of treadmills (with tvs), and a lot of other stuff I've yet to explore. The student center and main library are nice and serve their purposes well. Campus is actually pretty nice, I didn't really realize how much stuff we had until I explored more. If you just go to your classes then back to your dorm, you're missing out on a lot.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many clubs available on campus you can participate to enrich your college experience. Also, there are many study programs available to students who need a little more help outside of class to understand the material. The best thing about this school i would argue is the community as everyone at this school has a lot of school spirit and pride in their university.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many facilities students can utilize on campus such as the eppely recreation center where students can utilize the school gym. The adele stamp student offers students a place to hang out and grab food at their food court and a movie theatre in the basement.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's a really great gym, that is free to students. There's a sand volleyball court, multiple basketball courts, and lots of green space to do activities. There are seven libraries on campus, the main one is always open. We have many fun traditions on campus, especially during exam week.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I enjoy living on campus. there's a variety of different living styles, and there's always something to do.

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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 159 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 the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 23% Any internship/job that applies to your major.
  • 23% CA at dorms/Commons
  • 18% Eppley Recreation Center (ERC)
  • 9% Athletics
  • 9% IT Tech
  • 9% Stamp Student Union
  • 5% Maryland Adventure Program
  • 5% Intramural official

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% First Look Fair
  • 28% Student Gladness at Midnight Madness
  • 17% Always Look Back at Art Attack
  • 11% Getting Lucky
  • 11% Stress is Lighter at the All-Nighter
  • 0% Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • 0% Going to the Chapel

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 39% Go to the events and clubs and get to know people
  • 27% Football games
  • 12% Class
  • 9% Club sports
  • 9% Go to DC
  • 3% Go for walks on campus

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 15 responses

  • 43% Adele H. Stamp Student Union
  • 25% The Mall
  • 21% Eppley Recreation Center
  • 7% Residence Hall
  • 4% Somerset Hall
  • 0% Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 27% Ghosts
  • 27% Point of Failure!
  • 18% It was burned down once
  • 18% No graduation if stepped in center school lines
  • 9% The Queen of England saw a bball game 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 174 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.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% The Diner
  • 25% DOTS
  • 8% The campus bookstore



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