Local Atmosphere

College Park, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are right down the road from DC so there is always something to do. Route 1 is always filled with people and if you say you can't find anything to do you are most likely just not trying.

College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I'm not on campus yet, but my fiance is a Marine on Fort Meade, so I know a few people nearby already.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lake Artesemia is a really cool hidden gem here. Also, the proximity to DC is favorable.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of College Park isn't the best, but it's fun to go into DC. It's just a metro ride away.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The University of Maryland tries very hard to mask the fact that the campus is located in PG county.


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Paul Yu
Bethesda, MD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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One of Maryland’s best and worst attributes is its location. The campus is conveniently located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, both of which are only a quick Metro train ride or car ride away. The city of College Park (CP) concerns students, and the students concern the residents of the town. As for CP’s offerings, there are restaurants and eateries galore, and there’s a Metro station that allows students to escape the monotony of the town. It’s not all that bad, though; some students are so fulfilled with campus, which acts as its own pseudo-city, that they rarely need to step off it.

College Park would be a great town if D.C. and Baltimore weren’t so close by and so easily accessible from campus because these two great cities make College Park seem like only a fair town. The business district seems to be flooded with places to eat, and while there are malls just minutes away, College Park is actually the perfect size for getting your hands on basic necessities and returning to campus quickly. Overall, the UMCP campus tends to be more enjoyable than the town of College Park—that’s for sure.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. College Park has its very own Metro station.
  2. The College Park Airport is the world's oldest continuously operated airport.
  3. There are only two cities in America called "College Park." The other one is in Georgia.
Local Slang
  • Terps: Terrapins
  • Y'all, Yous, Yuns: The plural of "you"
Points of Interest
  • College Park Airport and Aviation Museum
  • National Museum of Language
  • Paint Branch Golf Course
  • The Rossborough Inn
Shopping Centers
  • Beltway Plaza Mall
  • The Mall at Prince George's
Movie Theaters
Academy 8 Theaters
6198 Greenbelt Rd.
(301) 220-1155
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Center Park 8
4001 Powder Mill Rd.
(301) 937-9493
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Royale 14
6505 America Blvd.
(301) 864-3456
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Orioles: MLB
  • Baltimore Ravens: NFL
  • D.C. United: MLS (soccer)
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Alexandria, Va.: : 45 minutes
  • Annapolis, Md.: : 30 minutes
  • Baltimore: : 40 minutes
  • Washington, D.C.: : 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 192 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 193 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 44% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 192 responses

  • 18% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 39% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 192 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% Totally.



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