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Guys & Girls: Social life is very important at Maryland and overall everyone is very welcoming and inviting.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are great diverse people at UMD.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lot of different type of men.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people at UMD are very outgoing which makes it very easy to meet and date new people

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Due to the large student population, there is an abundance of diversity at the University of Maryland, College Park with numerous races, ethnicities, sexualities, and interests, just to name a few. There is truly a group for every individual, should one choose to pursue various interests.


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While UMCP has become more research-oriented and productivity-focused, the campus continues to be well known for having a good deal of fit, attractive students with “physical talent” who know how to manage themselves well. The campus’s emphasis on athletics and its state-of-the-art recreation facility motivate many students to keep in shape, especially during College Park’s colder months. Come spring, when Eppley Recreation Center's outdoor pool opens on North Campus, you’ll find already-fit guys and girls getting sun, flirting, and showing off their bodies. UMCP is a pretty trendy campus, as many students display the latest fashions and styles from all of the “in” stores.

At UMCP, it’s generally accepted that there are more hot girls than guys—but not by an astronomical margin. Here are some generalized statistics: 10 percent of students are hot, another 10 percent of students are inspirational-looking and therefore motivate other students to hit the gym, 20 percent are good looking, 40 percent are average looking, and 20 percent could use a complete makeover. Perception is based on preference, and UMCP’s diversity means that there’s someone for everybody, whether they meet in a computer lab, in Hornbake Library, or at a sporting event.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Birth control is available at the Health Center, the Center for Health and Well-Being, and a large number of on-campus student events. You can also purchase condoms in any of the convenience stores on campus.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Cornerstone Grill & Loft
  2. RJ Bentley's
  3. Classes
  4. On your floor and in dorms
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. On top of Tydings Hall
  2. Byrd Stadium
  3. McKeldin Library
  4. In the fountain on the Mall
Social Scene
The University has someone for everyone, and then some. Most of the students are friendly and outgoing enough to strike up friendships with in class or at a club meeting, and Facebook doesn't hurt, either. There's a lot of diversity on campus, and you have to go out of your way to homogenize your group of on-campus friends.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups are the dating preference, though relationships have been known to stem from a steady month or two of hooking up with the same person. Flings, one-night stands, and long-distance relationships are all in full bloom on campus, but the one thing that makes UMCP stand out is the fact that dating actually occurs on campus (e.g., dating: the old-time tradition of two people going somewhere, doing something together, and then maybe repeating the venture again in the future if all is a success). There's never a shortage of people to meet, and the casualness of these relationships allows for schoolwork to get done without a hitch in the middle of the week, leaving a weekend open for sex and maybe even romance.
Dress Code
If you're a girl, you will own a pair of UGGs before you graduate from UMD. There's a uniform among most females that consists of black leggings, UGGs of various colors, a white men's T-shirt, and an oversized sweatshirt with hair thrown up in a bun. For guys, jeans and sweatshirts seem to be commonplace in the classroom. A night on the town makes for a unique dress code for girls; generally, the younger they are, the less clothing they have on. Juniors and seniors have recognized that goosebumps do not make for fashion-forward accessories, but freshmen and sophomores have to reach a tipping point, generally in mid-February, to get there. H&M, Gap, J. Crew, and Forever 21 make up most of the closets on campus.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 163 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 161 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 186 responses

  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 19% None
  • 16% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Long-distance relationship
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 62 responses

  • 29% Spirited
  • 27% Open minded
  • 19% There's so many different types of students
  • 8% Determined
  • 6% Inspiring
  • 3% Unclassy
  • 3% Annoying
  • 2% Rich and stuck up/ignorant for the most part
  • 2% Individual

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 49 responses

  • 20% On your floor and in dorms
  • 19% Parties and Events
  • 17% Classes
  • 13% On campus clubs, bars
  • 10% Club meetings
  • 8% Cornerstone Grill & Loft
  • 6% RJ Bentley's
  • 6% STAMP
  • 1% At the "mall"

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 60 responses

  • 32% By joining on campus clubs and activities
  • 23% Student housing.
  • 19% Living and Learning Programs
  • 14% In your classes / In your major
  • 6% Greek Life
  • 3% At a part-time job
  • 3% Turtle Camp

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 30% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 65% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 4% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 187 responses

  • 55% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 41% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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