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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Tailgates were fun before the school cracked down.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All classes require a good amount of work.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug usage is really not that visible unless you're looking for it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is not located in the best area, but the police do a great job and make students aware of any issues.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Experience has been great, but College Park is not a college town, yet.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Smith School of Business has great career services and classes.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're lucky enough to live on South Campus, your classes will be close. Most dorms are old and cramped except for the new dorms.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but there are other things to do.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball season is huge. Football, not so much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's not the worst that I've seen around at other college campuses, but it's definitely not the best. Freshman year isn't great but after that, they get much nicer!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I recently joined, and I can honestly say it was the best choice!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The spirit is incredible and the gym is gorgeous!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everything about Maryland just makes me smile!

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus, students often feel safer than being off campus. The police department has virtually no presence on campus and is not helpful when called. The email and text notifications from the police department which are sent out after a crime/incident are very often too late and not helpful without significant context.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my major of bioengineering. I find that most professors are very into their personal research projects but are often still down to earth and committed to their courses. It can be difficult, however, to get to know them on a personal basis during office hours and the like.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The engineering school has an excellent career development office with tons of resources for students to seek out help for applications and opportunities for the summer/semester.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are of terrible quality unless you are lucky enough to live in one of the two new constructions. The process of dealing with problems when they arise in the dorms is impossible. The department of resident life is ignorant in their approach to problem-solving, and I have been convinced never to live on campus again.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not interested in the sports atmosphere at UMD, though I understand that many people love it. The sports community is always thriving and it provides lots of opportunity to be engaged in campus life over the weekends and breaks. My concern is that considering the amount of money that is spent on our sports teams, I would expect a higher level of success.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Usually I love the school environment, and I am very pleased with my academic department. The more involved I am on campus, the better my experience becomes. However, recent changes to campus life including the meal plan, differential tuition charges for certain majors, and a massive change in resident life policies is making life at UMD less enjoyable by the day.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I've only experienced the large, tower like dorm buildings though I hope to live in a suite next year. They are clean and in decent condition, but beware, you have a good chance of being placed in a triple which is slightly smaller. The RAs could do more to enforce quiet hours, because some students are really disrespectful of noise on school nights. Basically, either you have to march over and tell them to shut up or try to sleep with a pillow over your face to muffle the noise. It is a good place to meet other people, but many of the floors do not even have lounges.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We may not be the top in football, but UMD sure makes sports a priority. Granted, it can be annoying that there are gigantic practice fields everywhere that we have to walk all the way around to get anywhere and fancy facilities that raise tutition, but there is generally a good sense of school spirit. Additionally, I believe we are one of the few schools that allows students to get completely FREE tickets to any event. I love going to the more obscure games that are a bit neglected by the student body like baseball and ice hocky. And in terms of spirit, you can't beat the soccer team. There is a huge following and everyone gets hyped up, unlike the more apathetic environment surrounding football.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Because it's such a large school, there are so many opportunities to be taken up on. I am a double major in English and Government, and I get weekly emails about career events, jobs, interesting panels, etc. etc. that are extremely helpful. That being said, it's easy to get literally and metaphorically lost here. Socially, you have to find a niche. Sometimes I dislike how vast the school feels. We may have school pride, but it's not the situation where you just happen to meet people out and about or walk past friends on the way to class. Additionally, trudging around from class to class really is a lot of work. I spend probably an hour and a half total of every day just walking to get to other places. The food is okay and the weather and the scenery are pretty nice (though the city of College Park is pretty abysmal). There are a lot of great classes once you get past the Gen-eds taught by incompetent grad students. Also the proximity to D.C. is really convenient for visiting with friends and for getting internships.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime on campus is very low, as far as I know. Most of the crime involving students takes place off campus, where campus security can do little to prevent it. The blue-lights on campus are very reassuring and I do not feel unsafe when walking alone at night on campus. I'm not sure I would feel the same way off campus. Campus security keeps all of the students up to date on security issues via email alerts. Students are aware of how to contact campus security should they need it, and night ride is always available if a student does not feel safe walking home alone. Further more, the busses run very late. I think the security on campus is fantastic, but I think the police activity off campus could be tighter.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There a wide variety of courses offered, I have no issues there. The issue comes with the quality of the professors. The issue arises, I think, from the simple fact that I attend a University, and not a college. What I mean, is that the professors are primarily researchers, teaching because they are required to in order to use the University's facilities. This means that many of the professors care more about their research than teaching their courses, and I think the students suffer. Many professors are experts in their field, and cannot understand why students do not understand concepts that they perceive as simple. As a result, many professors end up giving out large amounts of very low grades. These professors also rely on their TAs to teach students if they are having a difficult time understanding something. This being said, many other professors love teaching and put their full effort into it, making themselves available outside of class and preparing students as well as they can.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not had a huge opportunity to use the career center on campus, but I feel that my degree will make the chances of me acquiring a job after graduation almost 100%. While finding internships is definitely difficult, it is possible and the classes I have taken at the University and the activities I have participated in definitely make it easier to acquire one.

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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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