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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Academics are great and hard. Most of the curriculum for STEM majors is ridiculously challenging. But the big curves are great

5 College Sophomore

Academics: A variety of great majors to choose from

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a lot of opportunities for students to explore their major as well as explore the outside world. Professors are always willing to help students be successful.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All classes require a good amount of work.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great variety, lots of courses in most fields, most faculty have very impressive credentials (e.g., *five* Tony awards!), plenty of places to study solo or in groups. It's possible and even encouraged to double major; except for highly competitive program (e.g., business), the university tries to make it easy to major in a couple of unrelated fields. (Theater and political science, anyone?)

Popular classes can be hard to get into, and the day I had my new student orientation, the system was very balky. The advisors at different stages kept marveling that "It's NEVER this bad!"

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Most students enjoy their academic experiences and pursuits at Maryland, regardless of whether their professors give them the tender, loving care they feel they deserve. Class sizes will vary, and interest levels of professors will fluctuate, but students who wish to make the most of their academic life at UMCP will attempt to excel in their classes—even if it means getting their professors’ attention. There tends to be a good amount of interaction between teachers and students, through small lectures or office hours. Because of this, students’ satisfaction levels are pretty high when it comes to learning. Otherwise, who would know that courses about human sexuality and death would be so popular? These two courses are known for having waiting lists because they are applicable to students’ lives and are actually pretty interesting and fun. As for required CORE courses (which introduce students to things like African art, astronomy, and dramatic literature), many students tend to appreciate them even more than the courses required for their major.

Academics at Maryland are delightful when students are committed to their work and have a sincere interest in the subject matter. However, there are the classes where some UMCP students "appreciate" academics so much that they enroll in the very same class a second time to pass the class, and there are horror stories of professors who refuse to curve the class. Then, there are the students who lack time-management skills and motivation levels.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,668
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
660
Total FT Faculty
3,200
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,906
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
154
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 34%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Information Studies
  • The Graduate School
  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Public Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Criminology: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Most online courses at Maryland are asynchronous so that the student can log in and complete the course requirements at his/her own schedule and pace. However, there are also many classes that require students to log in at a specific time listed within the course description or specified meeting time.
Best Places to Study
  • Depending on the building, classrooms can be empty during finals.
  • McKeldin Library: the East Asia wing is quiet, and there are plenty of desks.
  • Stamp Student Union has a separate study lounge that sits nicely in the middle of campus; students can also rent out laptops for the day if they don't have their own.
  • When the weather's nice, you can tan and study for finals at the mall.
Tips to Succeed
  • Communicate often with your family and old friends that are miles away; it'll feel like they're right next door.
  • Determine what you're most passionate about and take courses based on those interests.
  • Do things in moderation; learn to balance your social life with your academic life.
  • Don't cheat or copy others' work. The more you do yourself, the easier exams will be.
  • Formulate a class schedule that's most compatible with your motivation levels and attention span.
  • Go to most classes, even if it's absurd to sit there and not understand a single word.
  • If you determine that you no longer have a strong interest in what your major is (or will be), consider changing it to something that you would enjoy.
  • Make it quick at the ERC. Even if you don't have much time, try to use the gym daily, whether it's for a quick swim or a pick-up game of basketball.
  • Prevent Internet addiction; hold off on using computers too much.
  • Take a friend. Go to the gym with students you know.
  • Take advantage of your TAs. Visit them during office hours, and if a class you're taking is challenging, stop by often.
  • Take classes with topics you can actually apply to your current life.
  • Talk with previous students about courses you're considering taking.
  • Talk with your roommate from day one and attempt working out conflicts before going to your RA.
  • Use the buddy system. Form teams with your classmates and your studying efforts will improve.
  • Use the Career Center the moment you get settled on campus.
Did You Know?
  • You can also register for summer classes as a high school student. College students can also sign up for winter and summer courses. Check out: www.ysp.umd.edu/index.php.
  • UMCP's online system "Testudo" offers students and alumni interactive Web services that allow them to access records and registration, transcript requests, and tons more.
  • The health course "Controlling Stress and Tension" is one of the most life-applicable and life-changing courses on campus.
  • The health course "Human Sexuality" is one of the most popular courses and is the first class to get completely filled every term.
  • The University allows undergraduate students to take graduate-level courses if they wish to do so, usually through a specific department's honors program.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 276 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 136 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 135 responses

  • 30% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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