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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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4 College Junior

Athletics: School varsity pride is very strong for anyone who loves sports or people who don't and just want to support their teams. It a great way for making new friends and having an amazing time watching the Terps. The football scene is subpar and getting better while the basketball student tickets run out very quickly even for a huge stadium and one of the largest student sections I've ever seen. The fan are always supportive of their team and the athletic facilities are kept clean and up to date. Even if you don't like sports, I would recommend going to see a at least few games!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose University of Maryland again for sure. My overall experience has been challenging, but then again, isn't that what college is for? There are hundreds of clubs for everything under the sun and if their isn't one you like, you can make your own; a great way for making new friends. I'm still discovering new ones. The school pride is very strong especially during basketball season and everyone in the crowd is very passionate for their school and state. As the professors go, if you don't like the lectures from the one you chose, there are always office hours to finalize understanding. If that doesn't work, I have been easily able to create or find a study group or find a TA or free tutoring available for the class. I am very confident I will find a career with the massive amount of career readiness they have on campus from successful job fairs and networking events to company talks held at the college after hours.The school might be challenging, but that is why it is so highly ranked and I would recommend it to anyone determined to learn.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Majority of professors on campus are responsible, caring, passionate about what they teach, and well-prepared for class. Class sizes can vary from 10 to 300 students. However, courses with large class sizes also have discussion sections with a TA that are much more intimate.There is also a wide variety of classes, fields, and subjects so there is a place for everyone.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University of Maryland is considered to be one of the best public schools in the country. The business school, engineering school, computer science department, and general technology departments are ranked very well. There is also a strong alumni network through which graduates receive assistance in being successful after college. The career center on campus is also extremely helpful in finding part-time and full-time positions related to one's major.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. There are emergency call stations scattered all around campus and a person cannot walk for 5 minuets without seeing one. Campus police also patrol the streets and walkways at night time. There are also countless security measures on campus such as visual and audio footage around residential halls, increased police presence, and well lit pathways/streets.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Residential halls tend to be the easiest place to make friends on campus. Majority of the north campus high rises are limited to freshman and sophomores and that is the atmosphere that helps underclassmen understand college life and experience it well. The cost is also pretty low and the living conditions are fairly nice.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Even though Greek life is pretty big on campus, many do not have strong feelings towards it. Greek life has great housing options, especially in Fraternity Row. In addition, Fraternities and sororities have satellite housing that is fairly cheaper than on-campus housing.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic programs at the University of Maryland are extremely important to majority of students. The basketball program is one of the best in the nation and we perform extremely well. There is a lot of school spirit when it comes to basketball and football events. In addition, our men's soccer team has done exceptionally well in the past few years and is also considered one of the best in the nation. State-of-the-art stadiums and courts for our football, basketball, and soccer teams also factor into the amount of support our teams receive.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University of Maryland is a great place for students to learn responsibility while simultaneously working towards their career goals. Since the school has an amazing basketball and soccer program, there is a lot of school spirit and school pride. The rivalries make the athletic events extra fun. I am extremely happy I chose to come here.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school takes many precautions to ensure that nothing bad happens to the students and if there were an emergency, there are many emergency phone towers located all around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have not personally participated in Campus Housing but from what I have heard from classmates it is relatively decent but could be improved.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is well incorporated into the school and its school spirit but it is not terribly looked down upon if you choose to not join Greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: While I am not particularly invested in the athletics at my school, the involvement of other students within each sport is very high just as the team performance, support, school spirit, and athletic facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school environment, staff knowledge and professionalism, and student relations is amazing. For the most part, the students are relatively open minded to people who have diverse lives and experiences.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Maryland is a Big Ten school and, thus, games and athletics are huge part of the overall campus atmosphere. Certain sports, however, are bigger than others because of team performance issues. Basketball, for example, is a fan favorite and draws a large crowd consistently. Football, however, is a sport that people love tailgating for but don't end up watching the game for. In terms of athletic facilities, Eppley is a very nice gym that is open for all students. It is far, however, to everyone but those on North Campus.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The variety of courses is great; there seems to be so many interesting classes that I would love to take. However, it is a lot harder to get popular classes as an underclassmen. Also, I also feel that there is not enough room in our schedules to take as many courses that we find personally interesting if they do not align with our majors. I feel the way that our curriculum is structured, we spend so much time taking useless GenEds along with our major requirements that if I wanted to take courses that I was personally interested in I would not be able to graduate on time. The class sizes are pretty varied which is a great thing. The professors on the most part seem helpful and willing to offer extra help to those who need it.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It really depends on what school you graduate from. Certain degrees are definitely more valuable from Maryland than others. The Smith School, for example, has so many great resources and UMD seems to take a lot of pride in its Business school. Therefore, I feel lucky enough to be a part of it knowing that job/internship prospects will not be hard to come by after graduation. Other majors, however, are not as fortunate to have as many school resources put into it and so I can see how someone else's thoughts on the value of a degree from this school would vary from mine.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our campus is pretty safe. I've never personally felt unsafe on campus and I walk home alone pretty late at night after studying at the library. I am always aware of where the nearest blue light is in relation to me. Our school also offers late night rides which is great if you do not feel comfortable walking home. We do, however, get a lot of UMD safety alerts which can be a good and a bad thing. It does seem that we get them quite often which is not too comforting but then again it shows us that the school is making sure we are all aware of what is going on in the area. Having so many alerts, however, has sort of made the alerts seem like something that shouldn't be taken too seriously. In all honesty, I ignore a lot of the alerts in my email because I get so many of them sometimes.

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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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