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4 College Junior

Athletics: There is an importance and priority for sport.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options on Route 1, next to campus.

3 College Junior

Administration: The honor code is strictly enforced in all classes

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Sadly hard for middle class students to get aid.

College Junior

Party Scene: I haven't been to campus parties, so I don't know.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Places on route one are the best. Places in stamp get tired of quickly.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: The parks can be gorgeous in spring. This place has virtually the worst amenities of any American city I've spent time in. Few shops that aren't burgers/pizza/etc. One board game place opened up which is alright. Zero cafes outside of the Starbucks - not the kind of place where you can converse with strangers. No music scene at all, though a few expensive jazz clubs in DC. The Farmer's Market has a little of what should be available year-round, and is ok. I don't think there is even a real bookstore in the entire city, outside the limited campus B&N. The only museums are the national ones in DC, and they rarely show anything recent and non-political. There are 3 independent movie theaters in neighboring cities, though they rarely have any special events. No DIY culture. Really, no culture outside of frat life. You need a car to get decent groceries. You need to go to a different city or use the internet to get almost any speciality item of any kind (clothes, art or construction supplies, film cameras, specialty ingredients, or... BOOKS, etc.). While most major American cities lack some of these, the DC/CP area lacks nearly all of them. Baltimore is a breath of fresh air when you can get there - I tend to save almost all of my shopping for weekends when I can visit.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics are the only thing that make this place worth it. If you are self-sustaining you will get by. It's definitely not the kind of city that "inspires you", but if you can find the right advisors, they will.

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3 College Freshman

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Places range from reasonable to nearly as expensive as NYC. The Varsity charges almost $1000/mo per bedroom, even if you are living in a 4 bedroom apartment. You can find places in Alphabet City or anywhere in Brooklyn for that price. There are nearly no grocery stores (or any supply stores) around - so I guess they're all equally inadequate in that respect. If you live close to campus you have the luxury of being near the only metro stop in the city.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are 8(/9?) pizza places. The only vegetarian is extremely greasy (I'm not even vegetarian, but sometimes I don't want a bar food burger). There are no delis or anything like that outside of 7-11esque campus stores to buy small servings of fruits or vegetables or a la carte food. Good cheap produce is hard to find. No real ethnic food (no Indian/Punjabi, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, ...) around campus. A few decent Indian and Salvadorian places in Langley Park, accessible by car. Even the grocery choices are kind of skimpy, though there is a metro to DC which goes right to Trader Joe's - which has better food than almost every place in CP. I've gotten food poisoning from every major bar in the area. That said, DC and Silver Spring have some amazing Ethiopian.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm funded and there's only a hiccup every now and then.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's effectively nothing for you if you are not into frat parties. No music culture whatsoever.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: the houses are really nice, and they hold a lot of fundraisers for good causes, but i don't know much more about it

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen live off campus. It can be pricey, but it's one of the only options

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: lots of options, and affordable

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: They do their job but don't overstep their bounds, except for the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS). The employees at DOTS are the bane of every student's existence; they hand out tickets all of the time

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College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not attend the party scene, but it's definitely there for whoever wants to be involved in it

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some good, some bad. Just avoid certain stations at the diner. Getting a lot of basic meals like salads and sandwiches can get old after a while

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I commute from home I am not sure what the off-campus housing system is like but I have heard its not too bad.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of varieties in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They aren't too strict on things that are not directly relevant to the academics of their students but when it comes to the honor code and such they take it extremely serious.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am an international student without an SSN so I couldn't apply for financial aid.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I never lived on campus so I never really experienced the nightlife on campus or party scene.

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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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