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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the professors! Everyone I've had so far has been so passionate about their subjects, and led the class in such an interesting way that I never once got bored! Professors at UMD make you care about what they are teaching, make you ask questions and even consider majoring in that field. The general education classes are huge, with 150 people of more, but as one goes in their higher years of education, that student number goes down to about 20. Honestly though, for me, the classroom size has not made a difference. Even in the huge classes teachers try to include their students in discussions through various ways such as pointing at a student, letting students vote or raise a hand.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school does mock interviews to prepare students for job interviews. The career center is a great source of information for all fields of interest. You can even just go and talk to a professional and brainstorm with them about your ideas and perspectives of the future and he/she will help you make u your mind.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus itself it is very safe. There are always a lot of people, cameras, policeman, etc. Many of the off-campus housings and restaurants right outside campus are not that safe though. During the school year I get at least one warning e-mail about armed robbery, break it, or assault on the streets. It is terrifying how much crime there is just right outside of the campus doors. Once I move out of the dorms I think I will go live with friends somewhere further away from campus. I would rather have to travel 20-30 minutes to school than be scared every night someone might break in my apartment with a weapon.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms, especially for the first two years, are terrible. They are very small and plain. They do not feel like home and are often dirty and smelly. A lot of the dorms at UMD do not have AC which is a complete disaster in the hot months! However, they help you find more friends and get to know people better; who knows, maybe your roommate will be your best friend for the rest of your life!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek students usually just stick to their Greek fraternities or sororities and are often hard to approach. I feel like those societies are somewhat distant from the rest of campus and, while it gets the people in the fraternity or sorority quiet close, it creates split inside the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Every time there is a varsity game on campus, everyone goes to see it. It gets so packed and people wear the Maryland flag and the school logo on theirshirts, socks, foreheads. It is an amazing energetic atmosphere! The parking lot usually gets full and it takes forever to drive away though. However, it is usually worth it in the end because we mostly win!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the size of the school! Going big has always been my way and University of Maryland College Park fits this description perfectly. It is a school full of opportunities. So much to explore and do! There are clubs, job fairs, internships, diverse classes, events; all sponsored by UMD. It is easy to succeed in Maryland; you just have to reach out to some of the programs the school has and go with them!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Most professors I've encountered have a real passion for the material they're teaching. They make themselves available often outside of the normal lecture/discussion meetings.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from the University of Maryland carries a lot of weight. Additionally, our location (being close to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore) makes it easy for employers to come here for presentations or career fairs.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is definitely less than crime that happens "off-campus." Most students after their freshman/sophomore year will move off-campus, where crime is unfortunately a norm. I don't feel safe walking around alone at night, and I personally know a few people who have been victims to the crime of College Park.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: In terms of the buildings and rooms themselves, they are nothing fancy, but will get the job done. Some dorms do not have air conditioning which is hard in the summer-spring months. The dorms are awesome for making new friends your first semester or two at Maryland.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: For girls, it's easy to not miss out on much if you do not join a sorority; you can still easily attend Greek parties and other social functions. For guys, it's harder to attend Greek events if you do not have a couple friends in the respective fraternity.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Compared to other Big 10 schools, football is lacking in terms of fan support and skill of the team itself. Basketball, lacrosse, and soccer, however, are also extremely popular sporting events to attend and most students feel fulfilled just from those alone.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: You'd be hard-pressed to find a professor who isn't truly awesome at their job. The campus is beautiful; I find just walking around it day-to-day to be inspiring and motivating. The student body is super-diverse; there's absolutely no reason why anyone wouldn't be able to find their niche. We have a couple awesome sports teams to cheer on too!

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some of the classes are too big but discussion sections help.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I haven't used the career center at my school so I'm not sure.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been multiple occasions where sexual assaults happen and "peeping tom" situations.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms are extremely older than others. My room was very cramped sophomore year.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you're not Greek, it seems like you're non-existent sometimes.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball and football are very popular sports. Students are very involved.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although some people do not prefer it, most freshmen and sophomore classes are lecture style with around 50-200 students per professor. Each professor has their class split however into groups for TA to be available to their group of students which is extremely helpful. As you progress into higher class levels, the class size shrinks. Either way, professors are required to have office hours to talk to students and there are many different ways to learn the material outside of class as well. Some free math tutoring is offered by the university and is an amazing help. All the courses I've taken so far have either been challenging or enjoyable, sometimes both, but I've gotten through all of them and ready for more.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The university provides job fairs and has it's own career center any student can walk into or make an appointment with. They can help you redo your resume to make it very professional or just give you advice on interviews or how to get them. The engineering school is magnificent and hold engineering job fairs, networking events (which how I got my first internship), and preparing you for anything. They even hold classes throughout the year on different topics of careers, such as setting up a LinkedIn account, how to write resumes, and the Careers4Engineers website the school runs.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a texting and emailing system where the school's police let's the students know when there is danger; every single attack that I have seen has been off-campus. I'm not saying this is good, but it means the campus is the safest place for students. The police let you know at orientation to walk with friends at night or call them and they will walk you back to the dorm. There is also a night bus that rides after regular bus hours that will pick you up and drop you off wherever (run by the university). There are also blue security poles that have a phone scattered all around campus, a quick run from anywhere on campus will get you to it to call the police who will then reach you in 30 seconds or less. They are also equipped with cameras all over and the campus is well lite after dark.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Well the first semester I lived on campus was probably in the worst dormitory; it was a cramped, shared space although it was close to Mckeldin Mall which meant time outside was nice. It was quiet since their was only three floors, but there was no A/C which made the spring months almost unbearable with the window open all the time. Overall a little outdated, but I know they are planning to replace them with newer dorms. My second dorm was Oakland which was amazingly spacious, sparkling clean, amazing social atmosphere and RAs, plentiful study lounges (4 per floor!) and half were silent lounges for studying. The building also had math tutoring at night which was a huge plus. The only down side was that it was the farthest dorm from all my classes, but it was well worth the walk!

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't have a large opinion on Greek-life since I haven't join it. I know many people in Greek-life and I have heard many encouraging things from it, including the engineering coed fraternities and sororities helping students in tutoring and career success. I don't plan on joining, but Greeks and non-Greeks coexists very easily.

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The University of Maryland, College Park is paradise compared to some schools across America. Most students who join the campus community stay awhile, and some don’t want to leave, even after being there four or even five years. It’s universities like this that have contributed to the popular expression of college being "four of the best years of your life." From students' first year on campus to their final days leading up to graduation, students’ academic, personal, physical, professional, and social lives come together to prepare them for the real world. Many alumni look back and agree that, even if they could, they wouldn’t change a thing about their overall experience at UMCP.

There are also students who can’t wait to get out by the time graduation rolls around. But mark these words: there often comes a day when those new alumni miss the days of basking in the sun on McKeldin Mall, recalling the memories of sharing so many special moments with their friends for life. The best news of all is that, after graduation, students really never have to leave Maryland because they will always be a “Terp for Life!”

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