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University of Maryland-College Park Reviews

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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 out of 42 people found this review useful. 1 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, fun-loving students who enjoy being challenged in a classroom setting, as well as motivated from all sides of the spectrum. It's also great for kids who have a wide variety of interests, like myself, since there are clubs ranging from sports, to singing, to game playing, to community service, to broadcasting and so much more! It is so easy to be involved! It's also impossible not to catch Terrapinitis, so if you've got great school spirit and loyalty, this is the place for you. We LOVE our Terps!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are thorough with your resumes when you are applying, and when you finally get on campus make sure you investigate all of the different student groups so that you can find your own niche here at the University! Oh and don't be afraid of the random roommate selection, or not making friends because the place is so huge--that's the great part about it! There are so many different types of people at the University you really will find a new family, and it's amazing!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student, so I pay a higher tuition than most of the population of the school (Maryland students) but it is worth every penny. There is a joke on campus that one out of state student per year pays for the flowers that make up the big M at the entrance of campus-but as a student you are paying for so much more. You find a new home, and a new family, and a new sense of self, and the knowledge you gain is worth every cent.

    Am enjoying being here

    I personally did not know where I wanted to attend college until I started visiting schools my senior year. I decided to visit the University of Maryland College Park Campus on a whim since I had heard they were a public ivy, and had very selective academic programs. The second I stepped onto campus, I knew it would be my home for the next four years, and I couldn't have found a better fit. In the first year alone I became a part of a championship winning intramural team, found some of the best friends anyone could ever ask for, joined about 10 student groups, a club sport, attended all of the soccer, basketball, and football home games, and can honestly say I had the best year of my life. At the University of Maryland, even when you're not doing anything-you are with people, and you are doing something-It's an amazing experience.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Maryland, you learn so much more than just facts and truths from textbooks and lectures. While the classes are extremely informational, and the professors and T.A.s are all very knowledgeable on their subjects, the real learning goes on outside of the classroom. Their are countless non-credit lectures, shows to attend, research teams to be a part of, professors to work with one-on-one, and relationships to be made which will help you mature into a worldly human being. I have grown up so much in the one year I have attended this school, and the lessons I have learned (in and out of the classroom) will stick with me for life.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Maryland is a great school for students who are willing to be challenged and enjoy being around others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Throughout your college search make sure to visit all schools. The University is a great school with a LARGE campus so make sure that you walk around and see if you could get used to walking 10 minutes (or longer) to class. You may also want to check out a sporting event. Most students attend the football and basketball games and going to either one of these games will let you know what it feels like to be a Terp (for a few hours anyway) :-).

    Bang for the buck

    At Maryland you will be challenged academically and socially. The knowledge spread throughout the resources including professors, teaching assistants, libraries, and other students at the University of Maryland is enough to assure yourself that you are getting the most for your money. In addition, as a young adult, you will be put in situations where you have to make decisions for yourself as well as represent who you are as a person. The University of Maryland is a place where students are pushed to do their best in their studies as well as strengthen their social skills so that its students can become succesful adults.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love attending the University of Maryland. The large campus gives students an opportunity to meet new people everyday. Whether it is on a walk to class, participating in a club sport, or just walking down to the student lounge in the residence halls, you are bound to meet someone new everyday. The students at Maryland are very friendly and just as eager to meet new people as you are, so don't be afraid to introduce yourself and get to know others.

    Am learning a lot

    I recently completed my first year at Maryland this past Spring and after looking back on my learning experiences at the university, I can definitely say that I have learned and will continue to learn a lot while attending this school. Not only will one who attends this school learn a lot throughout academics, but they will also learn a lot about themselves. As an incoming freshmen I was excited, scared, and nervous. There was the stress of making new friends, getting good grades, and making the most of the college experience. Maryland is a big school with many people looking to make friends. When you meet new people (and trust me, you will) you will learn about others as well as yourself as you continue to grow throughout college. College is much different than high school and at Maryland you will find the classes to be challenging but with the resources and availability of tutors, teaching assistant, as well as professors, you can get as much help as you need to assure yourself that you understand the material that is taught. As far as making the most of the college experience goes, college is the best opportunity to try new things and Maryland has endless opportunities for students including clubs, sporting events, intramural sports, etc.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    One of the great things about large universities is that anyone can feel at home here if they know where to look. No matter what you study or what you are interested in, there are probably dozens if not hundreds of others that are into it as much as you are. If you are quiet and mostly just into your studies, you will find more than enough resources in the campus libraries and through your professors. If you are socially activist or want to meet many people, as previously stated before, many clubs are available to satisfy all interests if you cannot find anyone similar in your dorm. If you are looking for a nice college town however, you may not find it here because there is really only one street off campus within walking distance with anything of interest to college students since most of the college is self-contained. Nevertheless, a trip to DC takes only a short trip by metro and so much is offered on campus anyway.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important steps is to bring an open mind. You will be exposed to many different cultures and people here, but if you are willing to understand them, everything that this large university and its students/faculty have to offer will be much more clear, let alone more enjoyable. Also keep in mind that you are studying at one of the top universities in America and that you are competing with some very bright people. Do not take this as a bad thing, but see it as motivation to be better. At this university, it is simply a waste of time to slack off because you should take advantage of studying at a school that has so many resources and great minds. Also, be sure to keep up with deadlines because for the most part you will only get notices in the form of email notifications, and you do not want to deal with any more paper work and phone calls through the administration then you have to. Also, bring a bike. This campus is huge.

    Bang for the buck

    First, the food for the most part is very expensive for what it is, and you will grow tired of it quickly. That aside, being at a school with the population of a large town, you will get excellent research opportunities and will work among some of the brightest minds from around the world. For many classes, your professors will be accomplished authors and researchers, but there are also informal study groups and discussions that supplement the lectures. However, also as a result of being a large school, receiving personal attention for your non-academic needs will have to make it through the bureaucracy of the school. The campus is large and many buildings have been renovated, but it is self contained. There is a 'main street' with an active nightlife, but the surrounding neighborhood is not so good, and crime and theft is unfortunately a problem in those areas. On a purely academic level however, this college is one of the top-ranked schools in America especially in science and engineering, so you will get that for the price of a public university.

    Am enjoying being here

    You will meet people from all over the world here from many different backgrounds so you are bound to meet some good friends. There are numerous activities and clubs to be involved in including sports, dance, gaming, and culture clubs to name a few. There are many very interesting people here, including students and professors, as well as activities to appeal to any niche. Campus events are frequent and diverse from the annual Maryland Day where virtually every club comes out to show what they have to offer to more personal events such as a quiet poetry reading or the breakdance battle in a secluded ballroom upstairs in the Stamp Student Union. With a campus of over 30,000 students, you can expect anything on this campus.

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn many things, in many ways no matter what type of person you are. This university excels especially in science and engineering, and being near Washington DC, large respected companies are very much present here in the form of internships and research opportunities. As with any university, there are easy classes and there are many hard classes, but if you take your work seriously, you will learn a lot about your own potential and gain an appreciation of the work you are doing. This university on an academic level competes with private Ivy League schools so you can be sure any employer in the future will respect where you have graduated from. Also, being in contact daily with people from all over the world, you will learn a lot about different cultures, lifestyles, and interests no matter where you go. Here you can learn just about anything you set your mind to through the hundreds of courses available or by simply joining clubs, activities and meeting people. This university boasts several, vast libraries with books on every topic imaginable, in many different languages. Not only will you gain knowledge beneficial to your career here, but you will gain a better understanding of yourself and the world around you if you are so inclined.

  • 06/23/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for social, academically talented students. Hope you like walking!

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn your completed application in EARLY! Make sure you visit. Even if you don't you'll love the beautiful campus. Very selective school, so make sure you make yourself look good on your application.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Majors Business Majors Education Majors Pre-Med Majors

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend this University complete your entire application as soon as possible. It will be to your advantage and increases your chances of attending the University.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent school. Its pricey but what school isn't? At only approximately $23000 (in-state for me) I couldn't ask for more. State of the art work-out facilities, outstanding academics, plenty of extracurricular activities, and more. This University is amazing. I could not have asked for anything more.

    Am enjoying being here

    The College Experience is amazing at the University.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics at the University of Maryland are incredible. They have Limited Enrollment Program for Engineering and Business (top notch fields at UMD) and are ranked high in the many different fields that they offer.

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for all types of students. If you’re an independent worker you can find large spaces to study and not be bothered in the library. If you’re someone who likes to work with other you can find a study room so that you can talk and discuss everything you want. There is so much that this university offers that anyone can find their niche. The great thing about Maryland is that you can be who you are and still be accepted. And it doesn’t matter what major you are because we have great professors in every major whether it’s Engineering or Government and Politics. Maryland is a great place for open-minded students looking for an education that can help prepare them for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a High School Senior looking for a great school Maryland is a great school to apply to. You can stay overnight to get a good feel for the campus. And if you are already interested in applying make sure that you are very thorough with you application. Make sure that you have your resume and recommendation letters ready so that you can complete the application in a timely process. Also keep on top of your deadlines and maybe send in your application a couple weeks before the deadline so you will get your decision sooner. If you are an incoming Terp, take full advantage of what the university has to offer. The university has many options for students to get well acquainted with their new home. There is the Edge Program where in-coming minority students can take a look at the campus and meet other in-coming students. There is also the Bridge Program where incoming students can take summer classes to get a feel of what taking classes in the fall will be like. Last but not least, make sure that you stay on top of your work and don’t get too sidetracked. Make a schedule and stick to it. Once you can learn to balance your work and play you will start getting the A’s.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, my tuition is a little bit more expensive than an in-state student, but it’s an education well spent. There are tons of scholarships to apply for to help finance your education at Maryland; many great scholarships are listed right here on this site. On top of that Maryland offers a substantial amount of financial aid to need-based applicants. And if that still isn’t enough you can also take out a payment plan with Financial called the Terp Payment Plan in which you can make low monthly payments to the university. Maryland’s a great school so don’t let the price intimidate you there are many different options for financing you education here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Maryland! I truly believe that it is a fantastic school. The fact that Maryland is such a big school might turn off some people. But I believe since Maryland is a bigger school it has more opportunities for people to just be themselves and find their own niche. For example, if you are a sports fanatic there are over 37 sports to watch and even participate in, in intramurals. There are also two dining halls on the north and south side of campus, which are styled as food courts with great varieties of food. We even have a vegetarian station called “Sprouts”. We have restaurants and campus shop where all you need is your id card to pay. There hundreds of different clubs to join and be a part of ranging from community service clubs to fan clubs. If you are someone who is very social there are many different sororities and fraternities to join ranging from Christian to multicultural. There is something for everyone at Maryland. Maryland’s campus is also gorgeous it has large grass fields and tall trees to sit and read under. There is also always something going on at Maryland whether it’s a party at Stamp Student Union or a football or basketball game where you can find everyone on campus cheering on the Terps. I have never seen more school spirit on a college campus in my life. You will definitely never be bored here. On top of that everything is wireless so you can access the internet at anytime, anywhere. If you don’t have a computer no problem there are 24 hour WAM computer labs all over campus. Last but not least, if you feel that you need to stay in shape you can go to not just one but two gyms. At Maryland, I have made life-long friends just by being involved. I always meet someone new every day. I feel that I’ve found my home away from home.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Maryland – College Park, you will receive a first class education. At the university you have renowned professors, who put tremendous effort into teaching their students. For a large university, you feel like you are learning in a smaller institution. As a freshman, all my classes were taught by professors. My professors were always available for me to ask questions and discuss the information that I had learned in class. My TA’s were also great in helping me understand the course material and reinforce the lessons I had learned. I had a whole new perspective of my major and what my career choices were. There are also many different learning facilities that can help assist students in their classes. There is the Writing Center where students can have graduate students read over their essay and edit it for them. There are also various math tutoring halls where students can go and study for tests and enhance their math skills. Maryland also has a CORE curriculum so that students can take different classes outside of their major and get a well-rounded education. Maryland is definitely the school for students who are serious about getting a worthwhile education.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Likes big campus. Outgoing. Personable. Likes to party.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely think about dorming, even if it's only for the first year. You'll have a blast and you'll make best friends with the people around you. You need to make sure you can balance schoolwork and having fun. Making a schedule will definitely benefit you.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I live in-state, my tuition plus room and board is pretty reasonable. For the location, the professors, the experience, and the possibilities, I do think it's worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in a dorm so I definitely get immersed in the community. Being right there to Route 1 makes for plenty of variety when you want to eat out or go out. There are even buses that take you to the metro so you have easy access to Washington DC. The people there are nice and if you're going to dorm, definitely become friends with the people on your floor!

    Am learning a lot

    I've finished my first year here and I definitely enjoyed most of my classes. The professors are really there for you if you just walk into their office when you need them. There's a lot of information you have to take in so you really have to study it. For my first year, however, I wasn't too stressed out because the professors understand that we're all taking 15+ credits. I actually feel like I retain more information because of all the studying that happens.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMCP, because it is a big school, would be better for students who enjoy being involved in something. From what I have seen, not being involved in some part of the school -- a club, SGA, etc. -- can cause some students to feel overwhelmed with the large environment. But, as a freshamn in college, I have some advice for any and every incoming college student: you are taking a step into adulthood, and making decisions and exposing yourself to situations/people that sometimes take you out of your comfort zone (as long as they are safe) are what help you to mature and grow into a well-rounded adult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students would be to visit your school(s) as much as possible and make a name for yourself, especially if it is a bigger school. If you can't afford to visit the school, then make sure that you communicate with students from the school. Since I was accepted into the school of Architecture at the University of Maryland - College Park, I contacted the School as soon as I found out. After trading emails with a proffessor for about two weeks, I then decided to ask if I could speak with a student. That very same student wound up being my TA during my Architecture intro course.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an in-state student, and even though I did not recieve any financial aid, I was given the opportunity to get a job. In fact, getting jobs on-campus is encouraged. I currently work in the UMCP Admissions Office nd couldn't be happier with the job. I get to speak with prospective students and their parents, and tell them all they need to know about my school. I can't say that I am rich from the job, but having a job allows me to help out with what little bills that I do have, as well as have so walk around money when I am out with my friends.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely loved the overall social experience. UMCP is located right on a DC Metro line and transit is available throughout the campus itself. The exposure that all of the students have is absolutely incredible! My friends and I were out in DC at least every other weekend, wether it was for an assignment or just for fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot at the University of Maryland! There are 250+ majors; my major is Architecture (and I'm absolutely in love with it)! I just finished my first semester and I have to say is was an amazing experience. Academically, the school provided me with an array of opportunities: seven libraries that I could use any time I wanted and WiFi all throughout the campus. All of my professors were incredibly efficient at teaching; just being in the lecture-style atmosphere forced me to work harder. The work was definitely more challenging than high school, but with all of the tutoring opportunities availabe, it was pretty much imposible to fall behind.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, people who are good at sports, architects, people who like walking and people who like funny traditions

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit first, And if you're a freshman you should definitely think about bringing a bike.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business, engineering, journalism, communication. It has a lot to offer for everyone really. It's great for those who feel like opening up to all possibilities. It can be quite stressful during your first semester when you're trying to transition but don't feel bad because everyone else is doing the exact same thing. Great for those who want to explore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early and find things you like. You don't need to know what you want to do when you get here, I still don't know. Find a good group where you can make some friends and things won't be so boring. Keep on top of your classes and don't put things off because this will give you the time to do the stuff you really want to do later on.

    Bang for the buck

    I got a lot of scholarships and financial aid this year so it doesn't feel too bad cost wise but things here can be expensive. You learn quickly that the diner prices are ridiculous but you're forced to have a meal plan so the prices don't seem that bad once you get used to it. Just don't spend them all right away. The classes are highly educational and there are a lot of resources available. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and things such as sports games are free with your tuition so it's definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's a lot of stuff to do but you will never have time to do it all. The key is to do your work and then see what you still have time for afterwards. I was lucky because I knew that there was a group that I was going to be in when I first got here because my older siblings are currently attending this school as well. If you're into the crazy parties there are those but if you're more like me and aren't up for going nuts then there are plenty of opportunities to have good clean fun with lots of new friends.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are making me think outside of what I did before I got here. I'm in a few general classes for what is known as CORE here which are classes that every student is required to take regardless of your major. These classes have helped me transition into college as this is my first semester of my freshman year. These classes make me look at the world in a different view and really open my mind up to what I might be interested in.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who are very interested in the programs offered at the university and intend to pursue those fields as careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable walking shoes and dedicate an hour or two of the first week to wander around. Orient yourself to buildings that would be significant to you so that you can navigate through the campus. Also, get to know your advisers; they will be your sources for academic information.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is fairly great (a few thousand per semester). If you are employed or have assets, this should not be such a great problem. The education quality does balance out the tuition a bit, but other fees and mandatory aspects are questionable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and enormous, a great learning environment for nature lovers. Bicycling and walking are your means of transportation. Be aware that there are also a lot of hills. The faculty and students are mostly kind and eager to assist. Lectures tend to be large, though, so it is sometimes difficult to stand out and get to know your professors. Tip: Sit front and center.

    Am learning a lot

    So far, the quality of education here is what one would expect from a higher education institution. The classes are challenging, but not overwhelming. In some cases, you can potentially learn straight from the textbook and attend lectures for reinforcement. Register for subjects you love, and you'll leave loving them more!

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Maryland students have outstanding school spirit and they love being at the school. That said, there is a place for almost everyone. Because it is such a large school, there are organizations to satisfy every personality and interest. The academics are challenging, so you have to be motivated, but Maryland students also know how to have fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Maryland respects diversity, both in family background and personal experiences, so try to highlight that in your application. Show that you are a well-rounded, passionate, and hard working student. Visit the campus and its website so that you are somewhat familiar with it when you move in. Be open to all the opportunities that you will encounter!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Maryland is an excellent investment. Especially if you are an in-state student, you get an incredible education and experience for a great value. The campus itself always looks beautiful, the professors are some of the best in their fields, and the on-campus housing options are very convenient. Many of the programs, including but not limited to the business and engineering schools, are ranked as some of the top in the nation. There are some flaws, such as the freshmen dining plans that often go to waste because students do not eat as much as they pay for. But overall, I am glad I am making the investment to attend this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly love the University of Maryland. The campus is beautiful and the town of College Park has many options. I was in one of the living-learning programs, which gave me unique opportunities and close friends. The countless student organizations help everyone find their place. Maryland's athletic programs are a big part of the school, and I personally have so much fun going to the soccer, football, and basketball games. There is always something to do and something new to experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The required core classes at the University of Maryland make every student well-rounded in their academics. The classes that I was originally just taking to get core credits, such as astronomy and art, turned out to be some of my favorite classes. When completing classes for your major, you get more in depth and concentrated. The information I am learning at this school is more than I had expected from any college.

  • 08/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Being an in-state student, the cost of tuition is well within my budget for college.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful, if a bit big. There's this one ice cream place on campus that makes ice cream from milk from some of the cows being raised on campus. It is AMAZING!!! The only problem is if you like Coke, you won't find it on campus. In fact, UMD boasts having one of the only three McDonalds in the world that sell Pepsi products.

    Will learn a lot

    My parents as well as a few family friends attended this college and have all told me that it's a fantastic choice. I think I want to major in engineering and UMD is a top-rated school for engineering.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although there are high rates of crime around the area outside of campus, campus police are always around. I definitely feel safe. We have crime alert warnings that go out whenever something happens. However, if you have AT&T you most likely will not receive the text message. My roommate and I both have AT&T and never received the texts, only the emails. Her mother contacted Maryland and apparently they need some sort of contract with AT&T and they do not have it.

    What to do for fun

    My friends and I take the shuttle to the metro station. We then go down to Gallery Place in DC and go shopping. We also go to the movies. Im sure there are plenty of activities on campus, but personally I never hear about them. I guess you have to be involved in greek life or clubs. Big events are advertised around campus though.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great the first week, but after that, it gets old.The only station that changes everyday is the value meal station. However, even their food isn't that great sometimes. Our buffet dining hall, 251, is pretty good though.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I hate my dorm. My hall is obnoxious and loud. All the girls go out every night and come back wasted. There have been many times in which I have not been able to sleep when I have an 8am or 10am exam the next day because the guys come to our hall and just talk and yell excessively loud. HOWEVER, my RA is TERRIBLE. She does not do her job. Im sure if she actually did her job, my dorm life experience would be better.

    Academic Rigor

    Maryland is very tough academically. Most classes, depending on your major, are extremely tough. If you want a good GPA you definitely have to work for it. However, doing well is doable as long as you put in effort and work. Professors are very willing to help out students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your research! When you visit a school and you don't like it very much, listen to your gut and don't apply. My roommate hated Maryland when she visited. She did not have a good semester and was very unhappy. She will not be returning because she transferred. Save yourself the trouble and make sure you like the school. Take high school seriously and start to clean up your bad habits. College is NO joke.

    In three sentences

    The University is an extremely fun place to be at. Many people say the campus is extremely large, but it really isn't. After you learn the campus it'll seem small.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is generally good. There are a lot of off-campus incidents, and there have been a few on-campus incidents this past semester. However, UMD does have the blue light system, and escorts are available 24-7. I make sure I always walk with at least one other person when it gets dark and keep to more public areas. I also feel that the campus is not very well lit. However, very rarely do I feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There are a great variety of fraternities and sororities. UMD is not overwhelmingly Greek, for those looking to avoid it, but there are some great opportunities for those who do want to join. Frat Row is where all the parties happen, but it's off-campus, and so while everyone may hear about it, whether they participate is up to each individual person.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 160 clubs to join and tons of groups for students to become involved in. There is something for everyone, and in the off-chance a student doesn't find what he's looking for, he can create his own club. There are also many intramural and club sports teams students can join.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone looking for a great research institution, a large school, big sports teams to support, a huge number of opportunities for gaining experience in various fields, a large campus but the feel of a smaller school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week, students leave offerings for our mascot, Testudo. During the week of a game against Duke or UNC, any student caught wearing any shade of blue is mercilessly accused of supporting our enemies.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, I find the resources, opportunities, and programs included in my tuition to be a great value. The faculty are great for the most part and the research facilities are superb. Overall, I think the value of the school is great.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of options for fun things to do. Sports tickets are free for students, and so soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse games, etc. are fun and cheap to attend. The performing arts center also has free or extremely reduced tickets to shows and many of the performing arts groups, such as a cappella groups and bands have performances throughout the year. The fitness center offers free fitness classes and the student union has tons of classes, such as art and dance, that are very affordable. In addition, D.C. provides tons of free entertainment and individual clubs constantly have events.

    Food and Dining

    The point system used for student dining is a great way for students to learn how to manage available funds. That being said, the prices are ridiculous, and most students have at least $100 worth in points left at the end of the semester (these do not carry over into the next semester). The food itself is pretty decent; there are a lot of options and stations available for each meal. However, for someone who has certain food allergies, it can be more challenging. There are tons of cafes all over campus that serve Starbucks coffee and have snacks. The restaurant, Adele's, in the student union also accepts points during dinner hours, which can make for fun outings.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the smaller honors dorms and it's fantastic! The community is great and I met all of my best friends there. UMD, College Park does have huge high riser dorms, but most RA's do a great job of building communities on individual floors. There are, of course, dorms notorious for partying, but it's easy to avoid them or become involved if you want. The Language House and Writers' House are fantastic opportunities to become involved in tight-knit communities and build on your skills. Most dorms have been/are being updated and are quite nice. There is also apartment and suite-style living available.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are definitely jokes and just easy A's, but these fluff classes exist at pretty much every school. In my first semester I have learned a great deal about the subject matters I studied and about being a better college student. Your academics can be as rigorous as you want them to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get into some sort of program. The friends one makes in these programs become friends for life and help make adjusting to college life easier. For those living in Maryland, don't cross UMD off your potential colleges just because it's in-state. Being in-state is great in case you need to come home for emergencies (or just for fun) and is so much cheaper than attending private schools or public schools in other states. You won't even think about the fact that you're still in Maryland once you're at school.

    In three sentences

    UMD, College Park is a school full of opportunities and great education. It has a campus feel, but is large enough to feel like it's own town and easy access to Washington, D.C. and other commercial areas, providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment and enrichment. Even though the campus is huge and there is an enormous amount of students, individual colleges and departments help break UMD down into smaller communities.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    Has an advance on campus safety system and sends constant crime alerts through email and text.

    Clubs and Activities

    Has many clubs, and it is extremely easy to start one.

    Great for these types of students

    This institution is great for smart students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The testudo statue is is good luck and everybody rubs the nose before big assessments.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an affordable college with top quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the nations capital by taking the Metro. Play sports at the gym. Hang out at the pool lounge. So many more things that I do not even know all of them.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, but it can get redundant.

    Dorm Life

    You have some great dorms and some alright dorms here. Some have window a/c and some does not. You will adapt no matter what because it is really not that bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Top Notch academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like diversity, this institution is for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a good institution that has courteous staff. Its academic courses are challenging. There are many clubs to join and if their are any missing, it can be easily created.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Maryland campus is exceptionally safe with various police call towers, video surveillance, and campus police centers. There are several security resources including night time escort and shuttle services for students who are on and off campus at late hours. The University of Maryland is located in Prince George's County which is a high-crime area. If students abide by off campus security measures and utilize security resources while off campus, they can reduce their risk of getting into dangerous situations.

    Greek Life

    The University of Maryland is famous for its actively community outreach programs through fraternities and sororities. Though UMD may have very fun fraternity and sorority parties, it thrives on including academically driven students who are active in their communities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student run programs - it is exceptionally easy for students to start their own clubs as well. Some student run organizations have received national recognition.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering majors, Pre-med majors, Business majors, Mathematics majors, Journalism majors, Liberal arts majors, and people who are self-starters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large fountain on-campus and it is a tradition for graduating seniors to swim in the fountain. There are also statues of the school's mascot, Testudo. It is a tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Though there are several bonuses to going to Maryland including a world-renowned roster of impressive instructors, extensive academic programs, luxurious dorm life, gym membership, delicious food, free activities, and on-campus accessibility to convenience shops, and many ways for students to get involved - the downside is that the school is exceptionally expensive, very large, and very easy to get swallowed up in the lack of helpful academic advising.

    What to do for fun

    There are several fun events including movie screenings on the mall, famous headline concerts, various game night activities, a fully stocked arcade center with air hockey, pool shooting, bowling, and other arcade activities, campus-wide live performances, festivals, comedy shows, and beautifully incorporative outreach student-run programs through several organizations. There are many opportunities for students to get involved and find their niche, whatever that may be.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the University of Maryland is fairly delicious, but there may be sparse options for healthy eating. It is important for students to use their judgement and eat fresh meals offered at the three dining halls on campus. There is a brand new, gourmet, restaurant-style dining hall at North Campus called 241 North and it serves exceptional food with both healthy and scrumptious options. The only downside is that the meal plan is pretty limited - the food is extremely expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extremely active at the University of Maryland, the RAs plan several fun and inclusive events. The diversity is lively and there are several living and learning programs. For example, the Writers' House offers housing for creative writers on campus who can take workshops in the same building they live and engage with other students who love to do what they do.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are exceptionally intensive, there are very few easy courses. The course work is challenging and stimulating and will prepare you for your course of study. Your internships paired with your course of study will prepare you for your career - that is why it is imperative to get internships while enrolled in the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into your financial aid options before enrolling, apply for as many internships as possible and be sure to enroll in at least 2 during your undergraduate years, make a strong academic plan to graduate within 4 years or less because it is very easy to stay in the university for more than 4 years, and learn the system and the courses yourself because advising is not very helpful or informative.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland may offer some of the most profound opportunities to excel through student organizations, on-site programs amenities, and superb degree programs - but the financial aid resources, limited and mediocre academic advising, and a few over zealous instructors could make this school not necessarily the best choice for students that need extra help.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs on campus to be a part of!! Whatever you are interested in, there's an option for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a huge campus, and it can feel very overwhelming at times. Make sure you get a small group of tight friends.

    In three sentences

    It's huge, but I do really like it. There are tons of opportunities on such a large campus, from research to volunteering.

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Extra-curricular oriented students. I say this because I was one, and it seems to me that every other student at UMD was once a Class President or a Varsity Captain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Get your butt in shape by doing tons of extra curriculars as well, and get involved with sports, too. A GPA isn't everything, but it's a lot of it, so don't slack at all.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, it's pretty damn expensive. We get a lot for our money for sure, but I feel like the money we pay can be more efficiently spent on different kinds of programs. For example, there is a large garden in front of the school that bares a giant M made of flowers, and the color of the arrangement changes a few times per month (rumor has it, it costs about 30 grand each time it changes). I feel like this is only one example where the University uses money in a poor way.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it. There are no shortage of activities whatsoever, from Basketball games to Football games to a Recreational Center on Campus to a Video Game Zone in the student union. Everything in this school is accessible, and everything is catered to the student.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great--really. They are as qualified as they can be. However, I did not award it five stars because of the amount of people in each class -- for example, my math class had about 350 students in it during each lecture. It's kind of hard to ask questions with that many people in class, so learning has to come from inner-motivation as opposed to the teacher following your every move.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone! Literally! There are students straight out of high school, students who already have kids and careers, students who just decided to take a bit of time off from school, and every type of person you could ever imagine! It's so incredibly diverse, and use Terps pride ourselves on that!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best! As long as you work hard, focus, but allow yourself some time to relax as well, you'll be absolutely fine! College is so much better than I imagined!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is considered one of the few Public Ivy Leagues school, meaning, for a fraction of the price of Harvard or Princeton, or any of those other Ivy Leagues, you can get just as amazing as education! The faculty consists of many award winning members and even a handful of Nobel Peace Prize winners! The $8000 in state and $11000 out of state tuition is definitely makes it that much better! Ivy League education for the price of a state college!

    Am enjoying being here

    Keep in mind it is college...there is going to be a lot of work and studying to do. But UMD wants to make sure your time there is enjoyable and always has something going on, whether it be a show or a BBQ or a social, you can always find something! And, with hundreds of clubs and student organizations, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, have fun, and boost your resume!

    Academic Rigor

    You learn so much at UMDCP! Even from faculty that aren't Profs. The advisors help you so much, and they have top-notch resources and facilities! Keep in mind though, not all Profs. are created equally, so of course there are some that people try to avoid, as there is at any college. But from what I've found thus far, the majority of the Profs. are great! And many of them are world-renowned for their contributions to their fields!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 244

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    Bang for the buck

    Although I am an out of state resident, the caliber of the education I am receiving is well worth the money. The campus is huge and it offers a wide variety of interests. It may be a bit overwhelming in the beginning but you soon realize that everyone is in the same boat and the support is priceless. My markets and society curriculum is broken down into a smaller cluster of students which gives you a smaller college learning style. At the same time, the sporting events are awesome with the large university spirit. It is also close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore for occasional weekend excursions. Also, Maryland is generous with their grants and scholarships. In less than 1 month, I am completely comfortable in my surroundings, made some very good friends, joined 2 clubs, and am learning so much! If you decide on the University of Maryland, I guarantee you will not regret your decision. Fear the Turtle! Go Terps!

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, self-motivated, hard-working. As well as spirited, and people with a variety of interests, because there are just so many things to be involved with!

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely visit the school at some point. Even if you've been here before and seen it. Take a tour, and learn more about the school. I visited after I was accepted, so the entire time I walked around the campus, I thought to myself, This could be my school, I could be walking here every day. Also, make sure to check out the student groups and start thinking if you'd like to be involved in any of them. You could even check out a sporting event, like a soccer, football, or basketball game. These three are the most popular, and going to one now might give you a feel for what it's like to be a Terp. Definitely don't stress the random roommate selection, and if you really end up not liking your roommate, you can move to another room after a few weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    Being in-state, I still feel like I pay so much money for school. But UMD is worth every penny. And keep in mind, my parents aren't paying for it, with the exception of my college savings they started, but it doesn't have enough for all four years. So I have had to take out loans, and will be paying them back soon enough, so I don't take for granted my education and experiences here.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I was applying to schools, I didn't want to apply to UMD, because it's literally 15 minutes from where my family lives, and I just wanted to get away. But my mom made me just apply, telling me I didn't have to go, but I should apply since it's in-state. After applying and getting accepted, I visited my top 3 schools, which included UMD. I visited UMD last, and once I was walking around the campus, I knew this is where I wanted to spend the next four years. Living on campus is so much fun, you're close to the sporting events, and it takes only 15-20 minutes to walk anywhere on campus. The campus may seem huge at first, and my first year I thought the same thing. But now that I know where almost everything is, it seems a lot smaller. And there are so many people here, so I'm always meeting new people and making new friends. This school is also extremely diverse, so meeting new people with different backgrounds can be very interesting and rewarding. This school has definitely opened my eyes to new possibilities and made me think about the world and the people in it. I'm starting my sophomore year, so once this year's over, I will be halfway done and have to start thinking about the real world! It's scary, but it's also so exciting.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at the University of Maryland (UMD) are very rigorous and challenging. That isn't meant to scare any prospective student, but when I started college, I was worried about the work load and how hard the classes would be compared to high school, but everything is completely manageable. Although it may be hard to stay on top of things, especially if you're involved with any sports or student groups, you spend less time in class, and more time studying on your own, depending on the number of credits you take. There are also so many things to be involved in out of class, like people coming to UMD and giving lectures, or being a part of a research team, or creating a study. UMD is a great school to earn either your undergraduate degree or your graduate.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 244

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    Great for these types of students

    Well Rounded Students Socially Inclined Hard Academic Workers

    Tips for prospective students

    The skill of time management is vital for success at the University of Maryland College Park. Although there are so many activities and clubs to participate in, students can get caught up in social events which can hinder their academic success. Find a solid group of friends at school so that you do not feel alone at school, because it can be overwhelming due to the large student body population.

    Bang for the buck

    Although I am from New Jersey and I am paying out of state tuition the price of out of state tuition is worth it. I've met so many great people, the dorms are very clean compared to many schools, the bus service on campus runs regularly, the internet works without problems, and the food is great.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying my experience at the University of Maryland because there are so many college activities that one can participate in free of charge. These free activities provide a medium for you to meet more people.There is also a great staff that helps when homework and class work when material gets a bit challenging.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Maryland you will be challenged in the classroom setting to learn a lot. Although books may total up to a lot most professors use these tools regularly so that your investment into these books is not a waste.You will also learn a lot from the student body because Maryland does an excellent job at diversifying the students body so you will be able to have friends from all cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    university of maryland has a lot of campus run clubs and activities to get you involved for fun and meeting new people. also, the campus strives itself on the sports teams, so there is always an event whether it's football, basketball, gymnastics, or field hockey, there is always something to do and watch.

    Food and Dining

    the food is definitely an adjustment, but its available at almost all hours of the day and night. the greatest thing about the food on campus is the variety. you do not have to eat the same thing every single day which is nice, and if you get tired of diner food, the student union has great fast food places and a sit down restaurant to enjoy a nice night of food.

    Dorm Life

    eh, what to say about dorm life? everyone should go through it, because it's an experience. you share a small room, make great friends, and enjoy your time getting to know many different groups of people. sharing a bathroom with fifty other people is not ideal, but like i said, it's an experience.

    Academic Rigor

    my major definitely is academically challenging. kinesiology is the study of active movement and the body, which requires many science courses and lab courses. although challenging, the classes are very interesting to get involved with!

    Tips for prospective students

    as a prospective student, work hard if this is the school you really want to attend. it may be easy for you in high school, but college is a lot different. starting good study habits early, while it's easier in high school, will make the transition to college a lot smoother and easier.

    In three sentences

    the university of maryland is a diverse, exciting, and popular place to attend school. the sports provide many exciting venues to attend, and the academics are thoroughly challenging. the campus is a beautiful place to live, all year round.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    there are blue-lights always in sight, where you can run up to and call the police if you feel unsafe in any way, and they get there really fast. there are some crime alerts every couple of weeks, but nothing too serious. the area around campus isn't too safe, but to get onto campus at night you need a umd id or security takes all of your information. they have free shuttles all night long, or nite-ride, which will pick you up from anywhere on campus and drive you where you need to go.

    Greek Life

    only around 12% of people participate in social greek life, so it is not something that anybody feels forced into. however, they still have a big presence on campus, and are very active. frat row has 11 fraternities and 3 sororities, and the graham cracker, the neighborhood behind it, has a ton more main or satellite houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is literally something for everyone. within the first couple weeks of school, we have the first look fair on the mall. the mall is packed with tables, each one representing a different club or organization that you can check out.

    Great for these types of students

    there isn't just one type of person who would fit in at maryland- i honestly think anybody could be happy here. the kind of person who would get the most out of it, however, is someone who wants to get involved, meet a lot of people, and isn't afraid to step out of their comfort zone a little.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have statues of testudo, the diamondback terrapin all around campus, and people rub his nose for good luck. around testing times, people leave him offerings like notes, gifts, and food to do well on their exams. there is a certain spot on campus that if you stand there and talk, it echoes back to you. also, there is a crack in the circle behind shoemaker building where rumor has it, if you step on it, you won't graduate in four years. for basketball games, we read and shake newspapers while the other team is being announced, and then go crazy when it's our turn. people line up for hours before basketball games, and the atmosphere in comcast center is insane and so much fun.

    Bang for the buck

    in-state tuition is very inexpensive, but for out-of-staters, like me, it can be hard. i like to think of it as i'm not only paying for my education (which feels like it's worth it on it's own) but i'm also paying for my college experience. the professors here are some of the top experts in their field. once you wrap your head around that, you realize why it's worth it. the most annoying part of financials is the meal plan, where if you don't use all of your points, you lose them when the semester ends.

    What to do for fun

    route one runs along the outside of campus and has tons of restaurants to go to and some places to shop. the campus has a free shuttle to the metro to go into dc, which is about 30 minute trip, so a spontaneous trip to a restaurant, museum, club, or to just walk around is always an option. there are off-campus apartments that are actually really close, and fraternity row is really close to campus, so there is usually a party to go to. the clubs and groups you join also give a lot of different events to go to. we have a movie theater, or there are always random events like laser tag, capture-the-flag, or even roller-blading in the student union.

    Food and Dining

    both of the main dining halls, north campus diner and south campus diner, have a lot of options at all points during the day. if you get the same thing all of the time, it gets old, but there's always something else to try. also, there are always vegetarian and vegan options. 251 north, the new all-you-can-eat diner, is delicious, but it's only open on the weekdays for a short amount of time. there is late-night dining, which offers different things, and is great for study breaks, but they do not have it on friday and saturday night.

    Dorm Life

    some dorms are newer and nicer, while others are definitely smaller and could use some renovations. the good news is, they are working on putting a/c into the rest of the dorms that don't have it yet. the lack of a/c in the fall was not that bad, however. the freshman dorms have both boys and girls on the same floor, but they are split up by sides, which i think works out really well. my ra's have always been really helpful and easy to go to. it seems as though everyone becomes friends with people on their floor for the most part, because there's so many people in the dorm as a whole, but people definitely have friends on other floors as well.

    Academic Rigor

    it obviously depends on your schedule, major, or what college you're in, but classes can be tough. there are times when you will have nothing due for weeks, but also times when you will not have a break. the professors here are really good about not wanting to give you an overwhelming amount of work. they know how many other courses you have on your plate in addition to theirs.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you want a big school- there will be many times that not knowing everyone will be rewarding, but many times when it will be scary. the good thing about umd is that you can actually make it as big or as small as you like, depending on what programs you join. please come and see for yourself how beautiful the campus is. also, if school spirit and pride is what part of what you're looking for, there aren't many other places where it can be found at such a high level.

    In three sentences

    the university of maryland, college park is a large school, which can be daunting at times, but provides a lot of different opportunities. the amount of events, from sports games to entertainment is extraordinary, and there is a club for almost anything that can be thought of. the classes i am taking make me feel like i am getting the education i am paying for.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    there are hundreds of camera's and emergency blue buttons available for student's. the are also plenty of cop cars that patrol. they say there estimated response time is thirty seconds.

    Greek Life

    there are so many fraternities and sororities to choose from. rush with a friend, it'll make the experience more fun. we have what is called frat row, which has most of the house's in a 'u' shaped landscape. it's really pretty.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many too list. even if there wasn't anything for you, take the initiative to start your own club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is crabfest which is amazing. about 1,200 get to enjoy crabs and a buffet which was spectacular.

    Bang for the buck

    there are so many shops on route one, which is the main street near campus with all the restaurants and shops. the cheapest places to eat would be taco bell, mcdonald's, or burger king. however, the more favorable restaurants are chipotle, ratsie's pizza, subs, and wings, yogi berry, and potbelly. there are so many too choose from. there's a cvs if you need any little things for the dorm. the best place to shop for clothes would be rugged! by far the cheapest clothes store that has designer apparel. it is a must go.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty things to do for fun. we live ten minutes away from d.c., and we still have plenty to do on campus or off. on route one, which is a main street, is where all the shops are we students just hang out. there are the games which are intense. i encourage to go to d.c. (easily accessible) and get familiar with the area. you can eat, go to museums, concerts, parties, games, social gatherings, or just hang with friends in a dorm. there is no such thing as being bored here.

    Food and Dining

    the food isn't great, but it's dorm food. it isn't the healthiest and it gets old very fast. another thing is it is super expensive. so portion your dining points wisely!

    Dorm Life

    if it is anything i learned in the dorm it is be respectful of the quiet hours and of the common living area. clean up after yourself. yes, there are maids but it is the students responsibility to clean up after themselves in the lounge and bathroom. another very important note is clean your hair out of the drain!

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are hard. the first semester will be overwhelming but i strongly recommend that students set a bedtime. that way you know to get your work done before bed so your not up until six in the morning. also, there is so much reading. don't be a student that doesn't read and just depend on lectures, you will not do well. more importantly, don't over do it. don't schedule all hard classes in one semester and don't take 19 credits if you can barely do 15 credits.

    Tips for prospective students

    i strongly suggest students join a club or two and meet people. don't ever be afraid to join a club sport or another group of your interest. go to your community events. they're really not dumb like some people say, they're fun and you meet great people. go to games and experience the most passionate fans. be respectful in the dorm area, be quiet and be neat. most importantly, go to your professor's or teaching assistants office hours. they love to see students come in and trust me it might help your grade.

    In three sentences

    the location of this school not only created a diverse atmosphere, but it has the best educational opportunities anyone could ask for. some professors are okay, but there will be a handful that just amaze you at how well they teach. also, this is a huge university, but after a month it feels really small so you start to feel apart of everything.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 244

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    Campus Safety

    Tons of blue lights (emergency phones) located all around campus. Also, we have a shuttle system that runs almost all day so you don't have to walk at night. You can call for a campus police escort. We have campus police, state troopers, and county police all within a 4mile radius of the school.

    Greek Life

    HUGE! We have a fraternity and sorority row. We also have NPHC Greeks on campus for the African American community. Also, we have Hispanic Greek organizations and Asian organizations. There may be more but I am not aware.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations from Greek life to just chess clubs to join. You are bound to find a group that you are interested in that has people who are similar to you.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse students who are interested in all kinds of people. Journalism major students, as we have one of the top programs in the U.S. Sport loving students; undecided major students; students interested in government internships

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    McKeldin Mall, is the best place to hang when it;s nice out and will make you feel like your at that ideal college you see in movies. Go to the basketball and football games, even if we suck these past seasons because the raw energy of the school is thrilling. Plus, who doesn't want to jump in the fountain when they graduate!? Oh, and rubbing Testudo's nose for luck works. Also, we are responsible for Google, the Muppets, and Under Armor; we're awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm saying a four for people who receive in-state tuition. For out-of-state persons, I would say 3.5-4 depending on your degree program.

    What to do for fun

    Attend sporting events, attend performance events (student comp. tickets available. Join organizations that you take interest in and just interact with people in your degree program.

    Food and Dining

    We have one of the best food services for colleges in the nation. Plus, we are really close to other places to eat like Chipotle and Noodles & Company.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorm but none of my friends who do really have any issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the college before making a decision. Make sure your degree program is what you want, because there has been a lot of changes recently. All in all, it's great to be a TERP!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and facilities with a wide range of people and activities, as well as great academic programs. It's close to Washington, D.C. The Dance program is not as strong as expected, however.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 244

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make offerings for testudo (our school mascot) during exam week

    What to do for fun

    Rock wall, swim, gym, soccer club, football games, Music club

    Food and Dining

    Chipotle!

    Dorm Life

    I will be commuting. but i heard it's fun

    Academic Rigor

    I will be attending this fall I will know then. Have to join study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students are out going make friends and join study groups.

    In three sentences

    The campus is HUGE! There is a lot of school sponsored events, everyone should find something they like. The courses I heard are challenging, you have to stay on top of your work. I can not wait to start classes.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has a text alert service and all students receive instant text messages regarding any problems.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of it :)

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something to do for everyone!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing looking for a good education!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For good luck everyone rubs Testudos nose! There is a bronze statue on the quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for the cost!

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games, football games, Lacrosse games ~ pretty much any athletic event ... and parties!!!

    Food and Dining

    Great food ~ including cafeteria, student union and local area. We even have our own home made ice cream!!

    Dorm Life

    Pretty much EVERYONE lives on campus ~ so it is a lot of fun!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a tough college academically ~ although the students are not super competitive with each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Select an unique major. Select your housing as soon as possible!!! Be prepared to do a lot of walking!!

    In three sentences

    Fantastic opportunities. Great student support. Fun atmosphere.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety on campus is extremely important to Maryland Administration. There are blue light emergency telephones everywhere on campus, and if you ever use one, the police arrive in a minute. On campus we also have Police Auxiliary, which are University of Maryland Students who serve as on campus police officers, and they are real police. All students are also encouraged to sign up for emergency texts and emails so if there is a problem on campus you will be notified immediately.

    Greek Life

    About 30% of campus is a part of Greek Life. If you are interested in being in a fraternity or sorority it is a wonderful way to make friends a be a part of a brotherhood or sisterhood. If you want to rush or go through recrutiment you have to have 12 credits, so many freshmen rush during the spring semester. If you are not interested in going greek, then that is perfectly fine. Not everyone on campus is Greek, and it is not like only people in Greek Life have fun on campus. By being on such a large campus being Greek or Independent does not make too much of an influence on your social life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs and other activities to participate in on campus! The best way to look at all the clubs is by going to stars.umd.edu, which lists all the clubs that are funded by the SGA, so there are actually more than what are on the website! The list of clubs range from sign language club to class council and rugby team. If you do not see something that you like to do listed as a club at UMD, you can even fill out a form and talk to the SGA and make your club official.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Maryland has around 26,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students which is great for students who want to get to know a lot of people and really work on their networking abilities. It is a division 1 school so all the sports teams are amazing! So if you love sports UMD is a great choice. You do not have to be extrovert or outgoing, Maryland just encourages its students to find their niche within the University so everyone has a great time when attending UMD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most important statue that you need to find on campus would be Testudo, our lovable and cute mascot! He is right in front of McKeldin Library, and visiting him during finals or whenever you need a bit of luck is a must! He has a lucky nose, so rub it! During finals week Testudo is presented with many offerings of current students who are hoping that giving him a bag of chips, or anything they have, will give them good luck for their finals!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun at UMD because it is such a large university. Whether you want to go to the football game, attend an a cappella show, a concert, a play, or hit the gym there is definitely something for everyone to do! If none of the many on-campus options suit you for a weekend, you can get on the Metro and head over to Washington D.C. to see the museums, the night scene or just sight see! UMD has such an advantage due to the fact that it is so close to our Nation's Capitol.

    Food and Dining

    University of Maryland has two diners and an all you can eat buffet, called 251 North. Both diners have so many different options for lunch and dinner. They have a make-your-own-pasta station, burger place, salad bar, vegan station, sandwich line, and a value meal of the day. 251 North is a buffet and it is amazing! There is so much food and so many options. What else can be better than endless desert?!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is SO much fun! The first day you will meet your Resident Assistant, an upperclassmen who knows anything and everything about UMD and is there just to help you. He or she just lives down the hall and is there whenever you have a question or need someone to talk to. Everyone on the floor of the dorm become great friends and spend a ton of time together because they live so close to each other. Each dorm community even holds monthly fun events for the students, such as a pancake night during finals week (a fantastic way to take a break from the stress of studying)!

    Academic Rigor

    When you first come to Maryland you will definitely be taking some weed out classes. These classes take place fairly large lecture halls and are pretty difficult, but they really prepare you well for your future classes when you are in 300 and 400 level classes because you will have created an amazing work ethic by being in the 100 level classes your first couple of years.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing to do if you are coming to Maryland would be to find a map and just walk around campus with some of your friends! It is a great way to get to know where all the buildings are and also a wonderful way to figure out where all your classes are for the semester! After you have figured out the routes around campus, get involved because that is the best way to make a big campus like UMD a bit smaller so you can find your niche. If you are living on campus, talk to the people on your floor and get to know the people you are living with. They will definitely become some of your best friends at UMD! Also, make friends with people in your classes! Knowing people in your classes makes going to class that much easier. They can help you with the material and form study groups which really helps you learn!

    In three sentences

    If you love a big college where you are able to meet new people everyday and have hundreds of options for classes and extracurricular activites, then University of Maryland, College Park is definitely the perfect choice! All the students on campus are incredibly friendly and crazy-spirited during sports events or even an a cappella show. The professors are awesome because they really want their students to learn and do well!

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMD has their own 911 number to call from in case of an emergency and has UMD Alerts, which updates the campus of any thefts, shooting threats, etc. on-campus as well off-campus. Also, you can call for UMD campus police escorts on-campus to escort you to your dorm at night as well as blue emergency light telephones in case of an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs/activities here at UMD to choose from and if there's a club that doesn't fit your interests, you can make a club as well. The only downside of creating a club at UMD is that you have to present your proposal to the SGA if you want to appear on STARS (site where clubs are listed) and receive funding, but it's up to the person who decides to create the club. Also, if you log-in on STARS, you can narrow the search by undergrad or graduate clubs, sports, greek life, religious clubs, community service, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -rub Testudo's nose or leave food by its statue for good luck by McKedlin Mall (common to see beads, food, drinks during final exams) -jump in fountain before graduation -take a picture at the M Circle -spend an all-nighter at Club McKeldin (nickname for McKedlin Mall) -attend Homecoming Game and participate in Homecoming Week -attend Stamp All-Nighter

    What to do for fun

    Since UMD is such a big campus and located nearby the CP Metro, many people workout by riding their bikes, going to the gym or relaxing on the Mall. If you want to escape UMD for a little bit, you can walk around Route 1 and go to a nearby restaurant or take the metro and hang out in DC. As for the weekend, Thirsty Thursdays is very common at UMD and many people go to the nearby bars or Frat and Sorority Row (where all the frats and sororities' houses are)

    Food and Dining

    There's three diners-the Diner and 251 North at North Campus and the South Campus Diner at South Campus. Also, there's many 7-11 type stores all over campus and fast-food restaurants at Stamp or around College Park. Make sure you go to the stir-fry section at the South Campus if you can-it's so good!! Also, make sure to avoid the transition from lunch to dinner (after 2 or 3pm) at the diners and eat early because the lines are very long during dinner

    Dorm Life

    North Campus is where a lot of freshman/sophomore (some upperclassmen if living in Oakland) will be, so you'll make a lot of friends there. Also, Eppley and the Diner are located in North Campus as well. North Hill/South Campus/Leonardtown is where most upperclassmen and living and learning communities live. The Quad has a lot of social life there and very small room sizes, which is why it's hard to get in. Overall, it all depends on how high/low your number is as an upperclassmen (low number=good dorm selection), high number=bad dorm selection)

    Academic Rigor

    Even though UMD has a reputation for being a party school, the workload is no walk in the park, especially if you're double majoring or majoring in a LEP program such as Biology or Business. The classes I've taken so far at UMD have been taught by professors, but very few were graduate students (usually in math classes). If you have a large class (100+ people) and it has discussion, take advantage of your TA's office hours and discussion because your TA could probably answer a question you had that other people had the same problem as well. Also, if you're still struggling in your class after going to your professor and TA for help, UMD has many, many resources to help you, from Math Success to the Writing Center, so there are many opportunities to succeed at UMD!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If UMD is your first choice, then apply early and make sure your application is completed in order to avoid being waitlisted. Also, if you make sure you attend one of the overnight visits (UMD has overnight visits for LGBTQ students, minorities, etc.), open houses or stay with a friend/relative that goes there, ask your host/friend questions about UMD, from clubs to campus life in order to see if you fit in a big school like UMD. Also, before registering for classes, make sure you check the professor's rating on a site like ratemyprofessor.com-it will save you from possibly failing a course.

    In three sentences

    Even though UMD is a big school and half of my HS went here, you'll always encounter a different, friendly face, whether at the gym, the Mall (nickname of where big strip of lawn where McKeldin Mall is) or clubs/parties. So, basically after the first month, the campus will definitely feel smaller than when you first visited. Also, UMD is very diverse, the campus is so beautiful and comprised of professors/faculty who are passionate about their area of expertise.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is great. its just that the campus allows so many non students on that we can not moderate the ammount that come in maliciously

    Greek Life

    parties even mid week

    Clubs and Activities

    so many! so much variety

    Great for these types of students

    students who thrive of the energy of their surroundings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are echo spots everywhere!

    What to do for fun

    to much to do for fun

    Food and Dining

    it gets boring after you try everything there is but its still great food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but its pretty upt there. slept over a couple of times.

    Academic Rigor

    its okay. I do have to say that i had to learn how to study and do it well and often

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont go home everyday after school have atleast one club you attend, as well as the good grades. challenge thyself

    In three sentences

    University of maryland is a hub of whee everything and anyone can meet and socialize. Research facilities and educational resources are bountiful. It only gets bigger and better.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Maryland's mascot is a turtle so there are many statues of turtles around campus. For good luck people rub testudo's (the turtles name) nose. During finals many people offer the turtle food, letters, sun glasses, and objects that are valuable to testudo so they can do well on their finals. Therefore, if you pass the turtle during finals or exams you will see everyone's offerings.

    What to do for fun

    If you are in a group at Maryland you will be having a lot of fun. Many go out to the shopping area next to Maryland to eat, shop, and hang out. Washington D.C. is very close so many people love to head down their and explore what Washington D.C. has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food! I will miss the food when I leave campus. Every night they have a dinner that is different and very nutritious. Maryland does not want their students eating the same food every day, so they have established this and everyone loves it. The food is cooked very well and has amazing flavors.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is something that everyone who attend Maryland should experience. You see how it is to be responsible for yourself without your parents or guardians there to help you. Everyone is so friendly and opened to meet new people. There are many events that are developed so the students can network and have overall fun. School is also about having fun, am I right?

    Academic Rigor

    Here at the University of Maryland they challenge you intellectually to prepare us for the future we want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your first year strong and practice communicating with the Professors because they are just like us. Join campus groups to meet new people and open doors for future opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The best school anyone who wants to reach their dreams and have have the best academic and social time of their life. Diversity is key in this school so everyday you will meet someone new and learn about their culture and their view on life. Every year you complete at the University of Maryland you will look at the past year and see how much you have grown professionally, academically, and socially from the environment Maryland offers.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 244

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    What to do for fun

    The gym is open from 6 in the morning to 12 at night. It has 4 basketball courts an olympic size swimming pool, a running track and a weightroom. It's the full package. Playing basketball with your friends is always fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't that great.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is always fun, you will be making lots of new friends. People are all friendly and it really determines who you will hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    It is going to be hard but if you get in know that you belong there and it isn't anything that you can't handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to always remember where your swipe and key is at all times. If you lose them they are really expensive to replace. Make sure you develop good time management skills. This is more than just doing homework, it also encompasses everything from extracurriculars to when to eat.

    In three sentences

    College Park is fun, there is always something to do. The academics are rigorous but not anything too overwhelming. The experience here is definitely worth it.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    When you get to the school get on the UMD alert system, the campus safety is pretty good but is also good to know what is going on around you (the campus).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite tradition is when students rub or leave food for testudo which is our school status, (there are 6 or 5 of them around campus) and they do this around the times of finals, midterms or if they have any big exams going on.

    Food and Dining

    worst food ever, I was stuck eating the same thing everyday. HEY watch you health and your diet while your first semester okay. By the way I am not fat but I definitely gain a pound or two.

    Dorm Life

    I had the best roommate ever, she wasn't as fun as I thought she would be (because she never went out for anything) but she was a great person.

    Academic Rigor

    The Classes were hard but help is always given to those who ask, and also the lecture classes tend to have a smaller section a day or two.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your teachers don't ever feel intimidated by the teacher or feel like you understand everything that you don't need to go talk to the teacher. Getting to know the teachers I believe is the essential part of doing good in a class. Well that is what helped me. Also use all the resources around the campus they are very useful and don't get overwhelmed by the large amount of activities around the campus. And lastly don't get involved in everything one or two org/group is good enough.

    In three sentences

    Best transportation system, never had a problem getting some where here at the University of Maryland the buses are quick and easy to track. Moreover the people are very welcoming, and there is always something to do around the campus.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very effect with telephones all over the campus. Also escort service available at night time to dorms. There is also campus police presence.

    What to do for fun

    I read books and visits museums. I exercise daily and love to play soccer and tennis. I like going to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    I like pizza, Chinese food, Italian and Mexican food all these type of food are available at the diners and the quality of the foods are excellent.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school. Dorm life is interesting especially during sport season.

    Academic Rigor

    The school curricular is created in such a way to enhanced student understanding in a comfortable way and there are a lot of help around for student.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a good school do not let people give you false information about class size being big it is not true. The classes are larger for letters and sciences but when you go to your respective majors it is smaller class size.

    In three sentences

    A very good school. Good professors and study abroad program. The Business School prepare students for the real world experience.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is a strong presence of Greek life on campus. So if you are interested you have the opportunity to get involved. Visit www.umd.edu to find out more.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for almost anything and everything. Whatever your interests are UMD has something for you.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Maryland is great for all students. It is so diverse and there are a lot of interesting people in attendance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot, Testudo, is said to bring good luck to all students of UMD; so in the event of a big test or game, students bring offerings to Testudo and rubs his nose for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    I am from PG County, and when I was choosing colleges I wanted to go as from home as possible. I chose to attend the University of Maryland because the opportunities that I was offered were greater than other schools that I applied to and it was also cheaper. So essentially I did get more bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do on campus. You can watch movies at the Hoff Theater located at Stamp Student Union, enjoy plays or other performances at the performing arts center, go workout at the amazing recreation center, hang out on La Plata Beach, watch games at the Comcast Center, or just chill on Mckeldin Mall, etc. There is so much to do. I like to party! I am also involved on campus. I am apart of Dynamic Dance Team, Rising Business Leaders, and the Black Honors Caucus.

    Food and Dining

    One of the reasons why I like UMD is because of the variety of food and eateries it has to offer. There are many great places to eat both on and off campus.The Food Court in the Stamp Student Union building is great; they have a variety of things so anyone can find something they like. The dinning halls have pretty good food as well. However, if you get tired of eating the diner food, you can go to any of the on campus restaurants, or convenient shops.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing! I encourage all first year students to live on campus. Dorm life is a major part of the college experience. All dorms on campus, however, do not have the same quality. There are some dorms without elevators and air conditioning units, but that is only a small percentage. Before picking dorms, I would just do research to see what they have to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Maryland has many noteworthy professors, rankings, and reputations. As a first year student, I have taken only the basic general education classes, but depending on your major and year, classes can become very rigorous. As a business major, I have been able to balance my academics and campus life very well. Although campus life can be very fun, you have to be self disciplined and realize that education comes first. As long as you have that balance you should be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage prospective students to apply, apply, apply!!! You should be mindful of deadlines and required materials for applications; and regardless of what you think your chances are for being admitted, you should apply anyway because you never know what will happen. Also, students should visit the UMD campus. There are many opportunities to visit Maryland, and tours are great ways to get questions answered, as well as to get acquainted to campus life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is an amazing school filled with numerous opportunities! As a freshman, I just completed my first semester and I had a great experience. UMD is a huge school which makes for endless opportunities to meet new people, participate in various activities, and try new things.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 244

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are shootings and robberies almost every other night. But, the text alerts notify us of everything that goes on. As for on campus awareness, not all info is always distributed to the community.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is def a part of the UMD culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club imaginable is here. There is even a Quidditch club!

    Great for these types of students

    If you need to study, go to McKeldin.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the turtle's nose for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state, unless you have a great scholarship, save your money and find a large in state school. In state, UMD is the place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Night life is every night so don't worry about that. There is a pool, lots of grass for frisbee, biking paths, gyms for ball and working out. DC is a bus ride away so club life and city life is great too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but it becomes routine quickly. The common shops are helpful but def treat yourself to the close restaurants once in a while. The point system here sucks, so be careful and monitor your intake wisely.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are small, while others a spacious. There are plenty of surrounding off campus apartments as well as on campus. It's not cheap to live in apartments but it's all about what you need and what you can afford.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough. Most of the teachers are from other countries. A 3.7 in high school is a 2.5 here so work hard and take advantage of the library and the professor office hours!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not outgoing or have trouble making friends due to shyness, attending this school may be very hard for you. You be as open as possible and you will have a great time. Also, don't miss any opportunity to take advantage of your professor's office hours if you don't understand something during class hours.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautifully huge. You will see a new face every other minute, and there are ample opportunities to excel in class. This place has everything!

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 244

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    Food and Dining

    The dining hall isn't too bad in the beginning, however, throughout the semester you will begin to hate the food more and more. Also, you'll dread the five minute walk to the diner and would rather starve yourself because you know the food will be awful when you get there. That being said, it's bearable because of the other options around campus. South campus diner is way better so whenever I was over there for classes, I would stop and get food too. Stamp Student Union also offers a wider variety of chain fast food restaurants which is nice when you get sick of the dining hall. The convenience stores are helpful when you don't feel like walking all the way to the diner and they have tons of snack options. The best part of UMD dining is 251. 251 is an all you can eat dining hall that only serves dinner. Students can only go once a week with their dining plan, but it's always something to look forward to. Also, if you have a lot of extra dining points, Adele's Restaurant is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I was assigned to live in one of the worst dorms on North campus, Cambridge Hall. The building is one of the oldest, has no air conditioning, is only four floors, and the heat broke several times. That being said, living in a dorm is one of the most fun experiences you will have at college. The people on your hall will most likely be some of your best friends and living with people your age is unbelievable. Even though people who live in other buildings think Cambridge is the worst, I wouldn't trade it for anything because it's still secretly the best.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, I was definitely challenged because some of my classes were huge lectures where you are forced to be accountable for paying attention. Most teaching assistants are willing to help you out, but class attendance matters a lot. You might think that because your lecture has 300 people in it, no one will notice if you don't go to class. However, I guarantee that the one day you decide to skip will be the day your professor decides to do a graded lecture activity. Chances are unless you have a really good excuse for missing class, they won't let you make it up and every assignment has the ability to make or break your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and try as many new things as you possibly can! Before I went to UMD I had never been the most involved student because my main focus was usually sports. I joined the club soccer team, played intramural volleyball, did the Keep Me Maryland 5k run, and am participating in Relay for Life. Make sure you put yourself out there because there are so many opportunities to meet new people simply by going to a club meeting or study group. Really take advantage of everything College Park has to offer!

    In three sentences

    UMD is a great college with tons of opportunities for students academically, athletically, and socially. Although it has a huge campus, I have never felt disconnected from anything. There truly is something for everyone including tons of clubs, activities, and opportunities.

  • 03/29/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 40 of 244

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    Will learn a lot

    It is a really good school that have been recommend by various people all over the world. The campus was a great site to see also

  • 12/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Active, leader seeking, prideful students. There are so many opportunities and Maryland is always booming with things to do. If you dont like sitting around and being bored, Maryland is the place for you. It isn't the most peaceful and quiet place but I enjoy that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early, dont wait for the later deadline, have your application in by the end of December. Make sure your SAT's are in a good range (1800+). I felt like Maryland really looked at those over other things. If you are coming to UMD, MAKE SURE YOU ASK OTHERS ABOUT TEACHERS. Whatever classes you signed up for, make sure your taking the best teacher. IT really doest matter when it comes down to it for grades. Ourumd.com. Great site for reviews and statistics. Use It!

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you apply for as much financial aid as possible. I only have to pay about 7,000 dollars a semester after loans, scholarships and grants. I know friends who only have to play a measly 700 dollars because of their specific situations. Overall, I think UMD is totally worth the money. They have a great sports program, many things to do, and great teachers (Including top Business and Engineering Programs). You will not regret going to the University of Maryland and even if you are out of state, it would be worth it to come here.

    Am enjoying being here

    College Park is one of the larger campus' in the country. With over 40 thousand students, you will always have opportunity to have a good time. There are numerous clubs to joins, over 50 fraternities/sororities,and so many activities around College Park. You can go bowling or watch a movie at stamp. There are sport bars and a ton of places to eat on route one. A beautiful area called La Plata Beach where you can play volleyball, football, soccer and so much more. And dont forget about the first class gym that is right next to the Freshman dorms. If you go to CP and want to have fun, YOU WILL FIND THINGS TO DO TO HAVE FUN.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an electrical engineer at the University of Maryland. I was accepted into the engineering school so I have been taking tough classes since freshman year. For an EE major specifically, be prepared to work. You will get the grade based on how much work you put into it. I just completed my 1st semester of sophomore year and honestly, College is like high school with a much higher magnitude. You can't bs your way through everything but getting B's is as easy as cramming the night before (atleast for most the technical courses). I have taken programming, digital logic design and numbering techniques for my engineering courses. I can honestly say, I do not remember THAT much of what I learned. Again, you get out of it what you put in, but it isn't impossible to scrap through without being an A+ student every day.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social students that enjoy walking, and can handle large workloads.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for all weather, some classes (most classes) are at least a ten minute walk, if not more. Yes this includes all types of weather: wind, rain, snow, hot and cold. Rain boots and umbrellas are a must. So are walkable shoes and warm jackets. Be social with your floor and do the activities for freshmen at the beginning of the year. Just don't forget to work hard and also have some fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Most states have cheaper in state tuition than UMD does; BUT it is in excellent education and a wonderful place... so the price can still give a bang for the buck!

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a lot of fun. You can make numerous amounts of friends and you can always find something to do, whether on Rt. 1 or hopping on the metro and going to DC. My roommate and I also took full advantage of RedBox in stamp, or the rental movies in our building, on those evenings where you really just need a break. There's always a party or some activity going on as well.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot my first semester at UMD, not only academics but some life lessons also. Almost all my teachers were wonderful, and willing to help if asked. Even in some of my larger classes (100+), and hopefully that will continue throughout the next few years here. Its hard not to procrastinate, but its best to stay on top of things and really study if you want to be the straight A student you were in high school.

  • 05/15/2011

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    Bang for the buck

    Quality education

    Will enjoy being here

    This schools campus to confusing and is like a city of its own

    Will learn a lot

    This school has very good science facilities among other disciplines.

  • 06/04/2011

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    Will enjoy being here

    I have wanted to go to Maryland for a loooong time and am looking for scholarships to help me get there!

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have a ton of oppurtunties; from clubs, to social activities, to internships and jobs (DC is so close!). Students who LOVE school spirit, us Terps go crazy. And for students who are serious about their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Mckeldin library for studying (your dorm is almost never productive), visit the Stamp between classes (they almost always have some event with free food or you could visit the amazing coffee bar), walk to your classes before classes start (the campus is so huge and it'll take forever to find the rooms), don't buy your books from UMD because they are expensive (bookholders in CP is better), and utilize the writing center and math success program (only reason I aced math).

    Bang for the buck

    Sooooo affordable and so many opportunities for financial aid. If you do not get enough money you can always talk to the financial aid office and they may give you more money. The housing isn't amazing (just relatively small), but for what you are paying and the social experience it comes with you couldn't beat it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here, but freshman year was rough. I would STRONGLY recommend joining clubs and sports teams or making a study group that way you can make such a huge university feel small and intimate. It's all about making friends and having people you can spend time with (which I didn't really do until my second semester!). However, there are SOOOOOO many things to do for fun from the social life, to DC trips, to attending D1 games.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I have the typical huge lecture halls I have learned so much. Granted it does take more personal motivation than in high school, the teachers (for the most part) are enthusiastic and there to help you every step of the way by holding office hours.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your schoolwork and ask for help as soon as possibnle

    Am enjoying being here

    I didn't live in the dorms this past school year but next year I am so I expect to meet more people and have an even better time.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    University of Maryland, College Park is a school for students who are well-rounded; students who managed to keep their grades up but remained involved in school activities. If you have a passion for something/anything, and you can put in work to make your dreams come true, then UMCP is the school for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective Terrapins, all I can say is WELCOME to the family. Make great use of all the resources our school has to offer, and never feel like you are in it alone. There is always a helping hand when you need one. Most importantly, have fun. College is a great and fun learning experience, especially if you're a TERP!

    Bang for the buck

    College point blank is expensive, however Maryland makes it worth your while. Financial aid is quite generous to those in need. The tuition is also very reasonable (out of state = 24k; in state = 8.5k).

    Am enjoying being here

    I am absolutely enjoying my time at the University of Maryland, College Park. Even the coursework is enjoyable. There is a good balance of academic work, as well as social activities that makes the time here great.

    Am learning a lot

    Regardless if I am in a classroom, the student union building, or at one of the eateries downtown, every single experience at College Park is a learning experience. Thanks to the great diversity the school has to offer, I have learned and am still learning how to interact with people of various backgrounds.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who prefer larger classes and a bug campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get many ap credits so you do not have to take the basic core classes that have hundreds of students.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best valued public schools.

    Will enjoy being here

    From clubs to the huge campus, my friends are very satsified with school.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I hear from my friends who attend University of Maryland, there are various programs including honors program that really effectively teach the students.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Basically all students who are looking for a great education experience and want to succeed in life while being able to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't party too hard. Always meet your professors and ask for help when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask questions and study hard.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in-state student however; it is worth every penny. UMD is definitely a well balanced school, where fun and studying is equal. Everyone is respectful of each other and being in a place where you can always have a great time whether you're studying or taking a break is worth the cost. Not only that, but the school spirit is like no other. :)

    Am enjoying being here

    I live on campus and it is definitely worth it. Everyday there's something new to do and you can never get bored. I enjoy the fact that I can do different things with my friends on campus and even better I actually enjoy doing my homework as a group with them at the library. McKeldin library is definitely my favorite spot to do homework while also getting the chance to hang out with my friends. There is so much to do and enjoy on campus, we even have our own hang out spot which is called Terp Zone. Terp Zone is definitely the spot to be every night there's some thing new going on; from bowling competitions to pool table competitions. I definitely enjoy the growing diversity on campus and the fact that you can fit right in.

    Am learning a lot

    It feels great to be at such an amazing school. I am always learning something new. I'm not only learning during class I'm also learning outside of the class. All the professors I've had are very knowledgeable and have been very great at teaching their subjects. Here at UMD, even if you're shy like myself or outgoing you can always find the professors to be approachable. They're not as scary as people might think. They are very insightful and inspiring. If you're not understanding something you're learning you can always get help during your professors' office hours or from your TA. One thing is for sure, you will always be learning something new or getting more valuable knowledge on subjects you're familiar with.

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who enjoys a good bit of nature around them (the landscaping is well done), and doesn't mind a bit of a workout walking to class would be well suited to UMD.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot of walking across campus, it may take 20 minutes to get from one end of campus to the other. You don't need a car the first year, as you should be living on campus and near your classes. If you want to leave campus, there is a free bus that takes you to the metro or other surrounding locations. Bikes are always a good option if your classes are far, but you will want to lock it up with a U-lock and maybe something else too to make sure that it doesn't get stolen.

    Bang for the buck

    For roughly 20,000 a year, UMD is a superb college. Make the most of it by taking interesting courses and joining clubs.

    Am enjoying being here

    College Park has a great campus, hundreds of clubs that can be joined and a variety of sports teams. Personally, I've been involved with club fencing and volleyball. Both teams have excellent people, and are very accepting. Even though the campus is large and there are a lot of students on campus, it's not hard to find yourself a niche where you find like-minded people who share your interests. The food is decent. Some may criticize it, but there is a large selection of food to choose from and it doesn't generally get repetitive. The Diner is open pretty late until about midnight, and you can buy food from one of the convenience stores near the dorms.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm currently a Computer Science major in the Honors program. There are a multitude of classes available from many different fields so it is possible to take classes that are not in your major and enjoy them. For example, I took a class on classical film studies and greatly enjoyed it and learned a lot about film. Within my major however, the schedule is static until junior year, when it is possible to choose from several 400 level classes and focus on a particular aspect of CS.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UMUC is great for people wanting to take online courses and anyone affiliated with the military for sure!

    Tips for prospective students

    Same as any college, research, talk to people, and make sure they have what you are looking for. This school has a lot of great opportunities and a great reputation.

    Bang for the buck

    I am technically an out-of-state student, but because my husband is in the military UMUC gives me in-state tuition. Which makes it much more affordable as an online school than others out there.

    Am enjoying being here

    The teachers and advisers have all been helpful, patient and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    I am enrolled in online classes through UMUC and even math, which I am horrible at, is easy to get done with the online classes.

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take note that this is a public school at the most extreme. If ever hope to achieve the unthinkable then this school is not for you. I was extremely disappointed.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are too big, the lectures too general, the assignments too specific, and the atmosphere to wild. I would not recommend this school to anyone who has a goal-oriented mind and ambitious nature for a successful future.

    Did enjoy being here

    I did not enjoy my stay here at all. For a highly- regarded puclic school, the campus was too open, too many distractions, and too much drama. The vibe here is not serious and can alter your perception of college into one of careless attitude and rebelliousness. In one case, I reported a harassment complaint against a sorority but the school did nothing and did not provide me any help. I dropped out as a result of the harassment and I have the feeling that the school itself does not care to know my story.

    Did learn a lot

    The classes were crowed and the teachers did not care to know your name. If you had questions in class, most often you would have to ask the teacher's aid for assistance.

  • 08/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    It's a good college. The area is slightly expensive but overall great.

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to work hard and be involved in campus life

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore major options before you choose 100%

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    My mother went to this school, and so has my best friend, and they absolutly loved it. I do believe that this is a good option for me.

  • 09/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that will LOVE this campus are students who: - like big schools and big campuses - want good professors - seek out a degree (PhD, Master's, etc) after college - love Maryland weather - want diversity (UMD is SUPER diverse) - may want to join Greek Life (join a sorority or fraternity) - likes to travel and explore - is open-minded

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely look into what clubs and sports you are interested in and if the school offers it. UMD has a GREAT football team, soccer team, and we're the best in lacrosse of course. Keep an open mind to all colleges. Some are more conservative than others. UMD is very open to all ethnicities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. DON'T slack off senior year even though it is very tempting. STAY INVOLVED!! When you get to college, it's still super important to stay involved with campus activities and community service. Seek out help early. Don't wait till the last minute to go to a professor to get help. Use your resources!! There are so many on campus that it's almost impossible not to find the answer you're looking for! Explore! Because Washington D.C. is only a metro ride away, take advantage of visiting the Smithsonian museums and exploring our nation's capital! :)

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a GREAT choice if you are in-state. If you are out-of-state, this is still a wonderful university to choose, however, it is pretty expensive when you're out of state. Regardless of where you go, if you are out-of-state student, you are bound to be paying a lot more than in-state students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE it here. There are so many resources and there's ALWAYS something going on! Our school is super spirited when it comes to games and anything else that involves Maryland!

    Am learning a lot

    You can see ratings on professors on ourumd.edu Try it out!

  • 10/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    you will really enjoy it! its so much to do

    Tips for prospective students

    id say just keep up with your studies. i have to worry about myself also, i have a 3.3 and am extremely nervous because i knw im one of who the barely except

    Will enjoy being here

    i think i will love it here honestly

    Will learn a lot

    i went to the Overnight program and didnt think id enjoy myself as much as i did!!!

  • 12/02/2011

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    Bang for the buck

    The in-state tuition cost is very affordable (plus half off if a parent works for the university system).

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and really well organized, when I visited I loved it. I know several people who attend Maryland and they all love it there.

    Will learn a lot

    I want to major in psychology and got to look at their department and it was amazing. They do so much research and in-depth work, even with their undergraduate students, that other universities don't.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    My tips to all future students are to make sure you get all of your core classes out of the way (don't worry if you dont know what core classes are you will learn about them when you go to freshman orientation). For your dining plan points make sure that you budget wisely; if you can try to use less than $8.00 per meal becuase you dont want use all your money quickly trust me. Lastly, Maryland is a very large school and has a lot of students attending there, so if you think you will have trouble meeting new friends you can start by meeting people in your residence hall. Also you can gain some friends by attending events or join a club that interests you that way you meet people that you have things in common with.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say you get a pretty good bang for your buck at the University of Maryland. If you came to college to learn then you Maryland will satisfy your needs or if you came to college to party Maryland will also satisfy your needs in that department as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    College Park is really the most fun and interesting University to attend. Through my first year and a half here so far I have made some cool new friends and gone to some really wild parties. Another reason why I enjoy being at Marylland is because of all the intramural and club sports offered. From basketball to swimming to badminton whatever sport that you like or are interested in Maryland most likely offers it.

    Am learning a lot

    If you want to have a decent education, then feel free to go anywhere else, but if you want to have a great education than you need to come to the University of Maryland. The professors at Maryland are are probably some of the best teachers in the nation. They make it very easy for you to learn and understand college work that is meant to be tough. As well as the professors, there are also plenty of tutors and tutoring programs that Maryland offers, so even if you still do not understand what your professor is saying you can always get some extra help.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who wants to make lots of friends but also want to focus on studying should come here. Although, the class sizes are humongous professors are always there trying to help students. You can also meet verity of students at UMD.

    Tips for prospective students

    SAT is important to get into this school. Work hard at high school and also try studying for SAT so you can get around 1800 out of 2400 or higher. Actually, to tell the truth... SAT isn't everything. In my case, I did not get high score for SAT but I had worked really hard in high school that I had higher than 4.0 GPA and I joined many different sports teams, clubs, speach teams. I also attended several youth programs in government and UN. I focused not only the school stuff but also volunteering works too. Every school year, I did at least an hour of volunteering per week and during summer break I spent about 60-100 hours for helping people. I believe, if you can't get good score on SAT, you should try what I have done to show UMD how passionate and smart person you are.

    Bang for the buck

    Since we have great amount of students from China, Korea, India and so on, our school has a great connection for studying abroad. Many students receive scholarships for studying abroad and have more experience from there. There aren't scholarship programs for international students, but if you are a legal residents in US there are lots of scholarship you can apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every beginning of the new semester, there is a thing call 'look fare'. This event will be held in front of the main library and will have all kinds of religion related groups, ethnic related groups (KSA, CSA, JSA and so on), solarity/fraternity groups and so on. School work will be tiring and really tough but if you attend those kinds of clubs you will for sure enjoy being in college.

    Am learning a lot

    UMD has about 200 to 300 students in each lecture. Yet, the professors are always happy to help each students. Every professors have office hours and if you visit their office during it, you can ask professors the information that you didn't understand, and try to help you out if you are having problems in his/her class. Since we have discussion classes for most of our science and math related courses, you can ask TA about homework, prepare for the test/quiz, and learn more stuff in general.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing but still looking for a place with you can pull back in a quiet place Drinkers and non-drinkers alike!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Apply for the honors college. Apply for scholarships

    Bang for the buck

    yes yes yes. UMD has everything you could ever want and more. I'm an in-state student, but I don't feel as though I'm in-state because there are so many out of state students in attendance at the university!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the school! The atmosphere is charged with that academic feel constantly, but not so much as to make it a boring school. Often times that feeling of academia is overlapped by the anticipation of the next football or basketball game, or the joyous feeling of celebration after finals or mid-terms.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a computer engineering student and just finished my first semester at UMD and I already feel as though I've learned a lot from my freshmen classes! They throw you right into the action as an engineer with the hovercraft group task, and despite the difficulty and stress of it, you learn a lot about yourself and how you work in a group environment. You also learn how to improvise and be resourceful if need be(and the need is there!).

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Use the online tools from the writing center to the counselors to attain your goals

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the tools online to succeed in your goals

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere I've experienced on my trips there. I attended University of Maryland-Baltimore County during the Fall semester, but I will be transferring this month. I am looking forward to a successful campaign during the next four years I will spend there.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of safety features including night lights and free police escort service.

    Greek Life

    If you join, there are lots of events, but you don't have to be involved in greek life to have a great UMD experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many opportunities, just hard to find out about all of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone - its a big campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyones supposed to skinny dip in the fountain on the mall at least once!

    Bang for the buck

    Great for instate students.

    What to do for fun

    Go out, go into DC, participate in activities in the student union.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not great, quality is poor, and they close the diner too early.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm, we are like a big family.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes seem to be the hardest classes at UMD.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in an overnight stay, they really will make or break you're college decision.

    In three sentences

    UMD is physically a big campus, but it doesn't feel big when you're actually there. There are lots of opportunities available at UMD and the campus has a very energetic feel to it.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    the education can be extremely strong and beneficial if you put a lot of effort into it, and it's much cheaper than any private school.

    What to do for fun

    go to parties, utilize the world-class eppley rec center (racquetball, basketball, swimming, weight room, running track, ping pong, etc.), go to sporting events

    Dorm Life

    every dorm has a strong sense of community, everyone hangs out and plays or studies together.

    Tips for prospective students

    definitely consider this school if you're a good student but like to party it up. avoid it if you want a totally new environment and you're from maryland.

    In three sentences

    this school has a lot of character with thousands of smart, talented, fun students. however, the campus and dorms are a little bit bland and the walks to class can be long. that being said, most students study hard (especially the honors college, which is almost a separate community entirely), but play hard too.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    come into the university expecting to work hard. you will be challenged, but the preparation you receive for your career is an opportunity you cannot pass up.

    In three sentences

    university of maryland is a challenging environment full of opportunities for scholars. it allows you to think outside of the box and extensively explore the fields you love most. this university sets you on the right track for achieving your highest goals.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i think its good college because i live in maryland

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs, gym, park, night club near the school, local restaurants.

    Academic Rigor

    this school is intensively competitive, even your friends are your competition.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't fall behind on your homework. manage your time carefully. make a list of your priorities and goals. do as much extra credit as possible, those points can save your grade. ask questions to the professors or any assistant professor. do not underestimate the work load you might get for some classes just because someone told you the class was easy.

    In three sentences

    college park is a very competitive and interesting school. there are numerous activities and programs here available for students, however, time management is a big problem for many freshman. academically, most of the student strive to earn an a regardless of the subject and most students spend their time in the library especially, during final exam week.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i also know first hand about this because i work for the police auxiliary now. there are always police officers on campus as well as the police auxiliary patrolling campus. there are escorts offered at night and people willing to walk others home.

    Greek Life

    i am a member of greek life at this school. it's already big, but it continues to grow every semester. there are more people that come to rush and join fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    our club teams are very competitive. they do well playing against many other programs around the area, and there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    maryland is great for all types of students. there are things here for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the new diner, 251, is always great to go hang out and eat food there.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth the money that is spent as an out of state student. they are very helpful financially, and there is so much to do on campus. there are opportunities for everyone. having a d1 sports program is always a bonus too.

    What to do for fun

    the campus is huge and there are many gyms on campus. i enjoy working out or being on the mall and playing frisbee or any other sport on the huge mall. when the weather is nice there are always people out there or on the turf field in front of the gym.

    Food and Dining

    we just got a new diner that opened this year on north campus and it's great. the food there is pretty delicious, however the other diners do get old.

    Dorm Life

    although i was in a forced triple my freshmen year, the room was decently nice, and i was not expecting that much. there are many dorms on campus so housing is not a problem.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are hard so there needs to be a lot of effort on the end of the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    meet a lot of new people. maryland is a very diverse college, and has so many opportunities to get involved.

    In three sentences

    attending the university of maryland - college park has been one of the best decisions of my life. i'm currently a student in the a james clark school of engineering, and it is one of the best engineering schools in the nation. although the work is hard, i am sure it will pay off in the future, and have learned so much in the classroom and out.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    the university of maryland offers many different clubs and activities

    Bang for the buck

    i am currently in my second year at anne arundel community college and i have just been accepted to attend the university of maryland, college park. i have not declared my major but i enjoy working with the public. my interest is in the medical field, this way that i can use my degree to assist people in need. i have three cousins that have recently graduated with their medical degrees. my father works for the administrative office of the courts, one of his responsibilities is to fund various programs that relate to family issues. i guess with that said, public service courses through my veins. my acceptance to the university of maryland will give me the opportunity to sample a broad range of courses that will enable me to determine my main course of studies. i have been working for the city of bowie as a cashier from 3 years and i find working with the public rewarding as well educational. one thing that i have learned is to listen and be attentive even though some of the customers aren’t that thoughtful or courteous. if i am awarded this scholarship, it will be extremely helpful in fulfilling my dreams to obtain my degree and maybe an advanced degree in the future

    What to do for fun

    i love to exercise, read and draw.

    Food and Dining

    i hope that it's wonderful

    Dorm Life

    i loved the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    great

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard

    In three sentences

    the university of maryland is an excellect school and i am looking forward to determining my major beginning in the fall of 2012. i am in my second year attending anne arundel county community college with recent acceptance from the university of maryland.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel safe on campus except sometimes when i'm walking home late at night but call someone or niteride!

    Clubs and Activities

    habitat for humanity and colleges against cancer are super awesome! revolutions dance ensemble is the dance group to join!

    What to do for fun

    sports games, intramural sports, go to dc, go to terpzone, eat on route 1

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls can get a bit boring sometimes but there's always the meal of the day!

    Dorm Life

    roommates and floormates are always there to grab dinner with, do work with, or hang out with!

    Academic Rigor

    academics are harder as you go along!

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be intimidated by the large campus you'll learn to love it!

    In three sentences

    maryland is a beautiful open campus. there are exciting school sports and fun school spirit. academics are top notch.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am in a Coed Community Service Fraternity and a Social Sorority. Both are great ways to stay involved and meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of our mascot, Testudo the Terrapin, outside of the main library. You will often see passing students rubbing his nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Great food, great dining, and great classes. Every aspect of UMCP is fantastic.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun! There are always people playing games outside on nice days or lounging by the fountain. For those not so nice days, Eppley Recreation Center has all kinds of fun fitness classes that are free for students. For those who don't consider working out to be fun, pick up one of the hundreds of flyers around campus for any activity you like. Game nights, guitar lessons, cookie decorating, etc, or maybe even go into DC for a day! There is so much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to all of the other schools I have visited, UMCP definitely has the best food. There is always something that will satisfy your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is part of a little community that makes the campus feel smaller, which is nice at a huge campus like UMCP.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a great array of classes to choose from which are all quite interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid 8 ams. You think they'll be easy since you woke up at 6 am for high school, but it is so much harder when you're up late every night.

    In three sentences

    UMCP is an excellent university with faculty that not only does their job of guiding you through your four years here, but are always available and willing to help. The classes are stimulating, but not overwhelming. There is a multitude of activities, groups, clubs, and whatever else you are looking for that makes it easy to get involved on campus.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus overall is a pretty safe place. The campus police is always patrolling the campus and their office is located 1 minute off of campus. The campus is always lit and there are emergency telephones/lights always located within around 25 ft of each other incase of emergency. There are always a few thefts or problems each semester, but nothing too extreme.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a sorority myself, but after seeing the events they hold and the bonds they have, I plan on rushing next semester. The people who are a part of these houses obtain great bonds with their house members and its a bond they keep for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    UMD offers a magnitude of different clubs from language clubs, culture clubs, entertainment clubs, dance clubs, and many others. Every semester University of Maryland offers fairs for scholarships, majors, job fairs, etc. Other activities include sports games and concerts.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be pushed academically and receive one of the best education experiences they can. Students who are interested in Greek life should attend UMD, because they sororities and fraternities are great. Anyone who is looking to further their education and have a great time while doing it should attend UMD

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've only attended UMD for one year so far and I haven't witnessed any strange traditions. There aren't any unusual locations on campus, but some of the areas about 10 minutes away from campus aren't the greatest or safest locations.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that although College Park's tuition seems expensive, you are receiving great education and social experiences. Some of the activities on or around campus seem a little pricey, but always end up being worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities provided for students on campus. Their are multiple concerts and celebrity appearances held on campus each semester and students are offered discount ticket prices. The football, basketball, and lacrosse games are always fun to attend with your friends. Off campus there are multiple food shops, bars, theaters, and shopping areas.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few different dining halls on campus and they offer a wide variety of fresh food. There is also a fast food court in our student union hall. UMD also has a variety of dining plans that can fit into anyones needs. If you attend this school you must try the buffalo chicken wrap at any of the diners, it is great.

    Dorm Life

    I never had the privilege to live on campus because I am a transfer student. It was a little more challenging for me to get on campus housing. I live in a great apartment that has a dorm room feel right off of campus. It is a great experience and all of the friends I've made who live on campus enjoy it as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at University of Maryland are for the most part challenging. The professors make sure you are pushing yourself to your extremes. Although the classes are somewhat difficult, I feel that they are helping the students of UMD develop and increase their knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students that if they like large welcoming campuses that they would enjoy UMD. The classes are challenging, but they help develop you into the person you are going to be when you graduate. The most important tip would be to study your hardest when it comes to exams and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    This institution is a place for students who are hard working and want to obtain a degree that will allow them to excel later in life. UMD has a great learning environment, as well as an excellent social environment. The professors challenge their students, but just because they want them to succeed.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and organizations to choose from, and if you find something of interest that the university doesn't offer, they make it very easy for you to initiate the organization.

    Bang for the buck

    Between the recent increase in tuition for those in-state, and the exorbitant out-of-state tuition, it's hard giving this more than 3 stars.

    What to do for fun

    Our neighborhood isn't the best of neighborhoods, so most students either hang out on university grounds or party on frat row. Whether it's bowling, swimming, working out, or whatever you feel like doing, our campus has it all.

    Food and Dining

    We only have two main dining halls, so if your dorm/apartment has a kitchen, make the most of it.

    Dorm Life

    If you have a choice, make sure you dorm on campus! You'll make most of your friends through your dorm. Almost all students in these dorms leave their doors open if you ever want to stop by and say hello. Unfortunately, housing isn't guaranteed for Juniors, Seniors, and Freshman Connection students. This will affect your social life because, although the off-campus apartments are right next to the university, the students in these off-campus apartments are not very social and you will feel isolated from the university. If you must live off campus, don't expect to make as many friends.

    Academic Rigor

    A majority of the classes you will attend at the University of Maryland are going to require an extreme amount of studying. However, like most other schools, easy 'A' classes are available if you know which classes to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    With an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. However, there are hundreds of clubs, organizations, and activities readily available for you to partake in. Take advantage of all the university has to offer, while maintaining a strong GPA.

    In three sentences

    Here at the University of Maryland, we follow the A. S. S. motto: Academics, Sports, and Stay up late partying. While we have a reputation of being a party school, our education is taken very seriously, as well.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. We have auxiliary police on campus 24/7. The university sends out crime alerts to everyones email and cell phones whenever an incident has occurred on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is prevalent on campus. There are a lot of GLO here, and if its for you, go for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a vast array of clubs and activities here on campus, from athletics to even a quiddith team. If there isn't a club you find interesting or suits you, make one!

    Great for these types of students

    All students will flourish and grow both intellectually and as an individual here at UMD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Testudo is our mascot, and its tradition to rub Testudo's nose whenever you pass one of the 6 bronze statues on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid here is really good, especially for those in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty! The nations capital is only 10 miles away, so a nice bike ride or a trip on the metro will allow you to access all that DC has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome! We have 2 traditional diners, an all you can eat buffet, and two restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, the best way to meet new people and make more friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging, which helps us grow intellectually. Theres nothing that one cannot possibly handle here.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the place to be. Make sure you are very well rounded, because one-dimensional students wouldn't utilize the universities versatility to its potential. Take advantage of this opportunity.

    In three sentences

    The university is very versatile. There is the perfect balance between academics and social life here on campus. Definitely a place where everyone will fit in and feel comfortable.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Its hard for me. I have some dietary restrictions however. Overall, the food really isn't bad, and sometimes is downright good. There's always a salad bar, sandwiches, pizza, and a vegan station at one dining hall, in addition to the hot meal of the day. You will be able to eat, but you might find it getting repetitive after awhile. The only reason it gets two stars is because it gets repetitive and its harder for veggies/vegans.

    Dorm Life

    As a sophomore, some of the things I loved last year have gotten a little cheesy, but I'm still coming back for a third year. I had a great roommate freshman year through the campus random selection. The rooms are decent size, definitely not huge. They are starting to fit dorms with A/C, so its a bit of a toss up as a freshman if you'll have it or not. If you get into Honors or Scholars, take the program housing. You'll be with people who have similar study ideas to yourself and there will be a lot less partying.

    Academic Rigor

    After two years as a life science major here, I can say that the science classes are really challenging! Most of the professors are good and will help you work towards the grades that you want, but there's no way of getting around the fact that most of the classes are filled with very eager pre-med students.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely raving here on campus. There are 23 fraternities, and soon to be 15 sororities here so there's definitely an organization for everyone. This past spring semester, over 700 women went through the recruitment process! The sense of community is strong and there is always something to do, from philanthropy events, to social events, to Homecoming and Greek Week!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone ends up swimming in the Omicron Delta Kappa fountain on campus at some point before graduation (the fountain on the McKeldin Mall in the center of campus).

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, it's always difficult to see that number at the bottom of the bill, but in the end, I truly find it to be worth it. I've had so much fun here at school and I've learned so many things that will help me in my future that I feel that my college experience was worth it all.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do! There are so many clubs and organizations on campus for students to take part in so it's easy to find something you're interested in. Whether you like sports, or Greek Life, or community service, there are plenty of opportunities for you!

    Food and Dining

    The selection of food here is incredible! We have so many options in terms of actual locations and then once you choose a location, there are even more options to choose from there. I love the wraps and anything I eat in our 251 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet location on North Campus.

    Dorm Life

    The sense of community on campus is incredible! Whether you live in the dorms, or the off-campus University apartments (Courtyards), you're part of a great community. There's always something to do, or an event to attend, or free food to be eaten!

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what your major is, you're going to get a great education here if you try. It's easy to float on by if that's really what you're looking for, but who wants to just get an education? If you want to do something with your degree, you have to push yourself, and this is definitely a school that will allow you to do that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really show the University what you have to offer. This school wants students who are going to fight for a spot, and more importantly, students who are going to keep fighting once they get here. If you choose to come to Maryland, be one of those fighters. Don't sit down and just get your education; earn it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a great school for those looking to challenge themselves. Given the large graduation class sizes you have to fight to be noticed here, however finding your niche is easy given the range of opportunities here for you. No matter what you're looking for in a school academically, socially, etc., the University of Maryland has it here.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems safe to me.

    Greek Life

    I have experience it yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sorry, I cannot answer this.

    Great for these types of students

    Sorry, I not of any help here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sorry, I do not know any!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    Again, I start next semester, but there are a lot of different clubs at the school.

    Food and Dining

    Have dined in the area, but the restaurants seem nice.

    Dorm Life

    Have live there yet, but I want to live there or near the area.

    Academic Rigor

    Have not started school there yet, but it seems like a great school to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun. Wear good shoes.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is friendly there. It is a big campus, but the student's interaction make it seem more like a community. I enjoyed myself!

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are big bronze statues of Testudo (the school mascot) around campus, and rubbing his nose is supposed to bring you good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're paying in-state tuition, College Park is a great value! I have high school friends paying more for less prestigious private schools, and I think they're ridiculous! They could've gone to UMD, payed less, and learned more.

    What to do for fun

    Because it's so large, UMD has tons of activities and clubs to join. I joined the rowing team (having never rowed before) and I love it! There are sports clubs, student groups for every religion and ethnicity, and many academic clubs, like debate or political groups. College Park is a large town of mostly students, and therefore offers a lot of opportunities to go out and party at night, as well. Lots of people are involved in greek life on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls prepare average meals. Dining Points allow you to get food at both North and South Diners, and also Adele's, the restaurant in Stamp Student Union. Adele's has great food, and is a great way to spend your dining points if you have extra at the end of the semester!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a 'living learning community' dorm my freshman year. Though the facilities were nothing special (about 3 stars worthy), the people I lived with were fantastic! Housing at UMD is a bit of a toss up your freshman year, but after that there is a room selection program which will give you a little more choice in where you live and who you live with.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming in to College Park after completing the IB Program, I found some of my introductory classes to be quite simple. I used these classes to form a solid GPA before I take more challenging classes. Never having taken Calculus before, I took Calc I (MATH140) and found it challenging. If you have time, and haven't studied it before, I'd recommend taking a Pre-Calc course, or devoting a lot of study time to 140.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Don't wait for the regular admission deadline! (I think early apps are due in November). This will give you much better chances at being placed in the Honors or Scholars programs. On housing - if you have an engineering, science, or math major, aim for North Campus housing. If you have a humanities or behavioral science major, aim for South Campus.

    In three sentences

    College Park is by far the best state school in Maryland. As a Government & Politics major, UMD gives me tons of opportunities - it's just a 20 minute metro ride from DC, and there are a multitude of trips into the city, as well as internship offerings through the school. Through the Honors Program, I've had great experiences in small seminar classes - a rare chance at most big state schools - and I can't imagine going anywhere!

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    No matter what kind of person you are, you can find an organization to belong to. If you don't want to commit to a club, you can join in many of the club activities without club commitment.

    Bang for the buck

    Kiplinger's most recent rankings ranks the University of Maryland in the top ten for the best value in public education.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are many restaurants, bars, and shopping centers near campus. Conveniently located near Washington, DC, the University of Maryland provides access to tourism and nightlife. The campus student can access all of these by university bus or metro.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Maryland has decent food and flexible dinning plans.

    Dorm Life

    Although the University of Maryland is building more dorms, so a larger amount of the student population can live on-campus, the university has had issues with space. Personally, I have been happy with my dorm. As a transfer student, I received a single in an honors dorm. Many dorms do not have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, The University of Maryland provides a challenge for those who want one. Some teachers may not be the most helpful, and some classes can be outright confusing, but there are many ways to find a good match for you. Since the University of Maryland is a well-known school, many ranking sites offer valuable information about teachers. The university of Maryland itself has detailed synopsizes of classes, as well as information on individual teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be proactive in speaking to your academic advisors and teachers, and do not slack in your academics. Study with friends who study, not friends who talk. Even though it might be easy to get lost on campus, if you get involved with a club or on-campus activity, you won’t get lost in the crowd.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a large school with difficult academics. Sometimes you might find yourself lost navigating through its many buildings, but you'll always find interesting new places to study or chill. Even if you get lost on campus, you won’t get lost in the crowd because the University of Maryland provides a place for anyone, with its variety of clubs and activities, degree programs, fraternities and sororities.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although much is made about the location of the school making it unsafe, campus itself is a very safe environment that is well-patrolled by campus police. As long as students stay on campus and in the immediate vicinity they risk almost no harm.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of campus life, despite the fact that less than 10% of the student body belongs to Greek letter organizations. The community is very tight-knit and involved in many things, from philanthropic ventures to intramural sports. Letters are seen everywhere on campus and members are very involved and visible.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who are seeking a large college in a busy area that is easily accessible from the nation's capital in D.C.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students are often seen rubbing Testudo's (the school mascot who appears as a bronze figurine in many places on campus) nose for good luck before tests and exams. During exam time, the podium of his statue is covered in offerings such as candy and food in order to bring some luck.

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone, from house parties to nights at the bar. D.C. and Baltimore are also a short trip away, and the metro is very accessible via a ShuttleUM bus. While Greek organizations do provide a significant portion of the night life, other students will still have no shortage of activities to take part in.

    Food and Dining

    While North Campus Diner isn't exactly a gourmet restaurant, many students love South Campus Diner for it's array of options, including made-for-you wraps and sandwiches. The Student Union also offers many popular chain restaurants including Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Panda Express and Sbarro.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms leave a lot to be desired, as the rooms are cramped and the bathrooms are all hall-style. However, there are many nicer apartment/suite style living options on South Campus that are available after freshman year that many students take advantage of.

    Academic Rigor

    Maryland is an academically challenging school, especially in the more prestigious schools/majors such as Journalism and Business. The students are highly motivated and the teachers are intelligent, helpful and motivating.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important at Maryland to get as involved as possible. Join a Greek organization, play a club sport, get involved in intramurals, etc. It is a huge school and it's important to find your own niche within the community.

    In three sentences

    Maryland is a large public research university located in an urban setting. It offers many different majors and academic programs to fit any students interests. College Park is a busy area and there is something for everyone at UMD.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security system on campus is very practical and they are quick to respond to any problems.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are groups for just about anything you can think of on campus. And if you don't find one that suits you, you can create one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving, hardworking, resourceful

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is tradition to swim in the fountain on McKeldin Mall at least once before you graduate. Also, rubbing the nose on the statues of Testudo is good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    There's a lot that this university has to offer. The benefits definitely outweigh the cost of tuition if you use it right.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, restaurants on Route 1, head to DC for the day

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls are fairly average, but there are a lot of different places to eat on campus to get some variety.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms on campus are your average college dorm in terms of size and quality. However, most of them are in good locations and they are a lot of fun to live in. You get to know other people really well, especially in your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Each major is different, so some required classes are harder than others. Overall, it is a challenging academic environment across all disciplines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. You'll need them not only for your grades but also for recommendations for jobs or internships down the road.

    In three sentences

    Maryland is a premier academic research institution with countless opportunities for students. It provides all the resources of a large university with a dedicated staff, and is within striking distance of Washington, DC and Baltimore. It has a great, vibrant atmosphere to which all students and faculty contribute.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Off-campus is dangerous but on-campus is relatively very safe!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UMD but the way the school works is that if you don't do Greek Life you will still have a social life. Greek life seems to be more popular for those who come from out of state!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all types of clubs from the quidditch team to club sports to charities!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who work well individually and can teach themselves. Classes are big so it is easy to get lost in the shuffle if you are used to personal attention from teachers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We HATE Duke! So get ready for the chants and angry fans!

    Bang for the buck

    Grade A education for less than a private school tuition!

    What to do for fun

    There is literally ANYTHING you want to do! We have bars, sports, parties, on campus events, and dc is very close by!

    Food and Dining

    Food is not that bad but the variety is the problem! You better like pizza and sandwiches!

    Dorm Life

    Small rooms are understandable for freshman but it is hard to live on campus as you get older! Very few apartments that have kitchens on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major! Some are more difficult than others but they all require hard work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are the type of student than can still excel in a very large class! It varies per major but some classes can have up to 250 students!

    In three sentences

    There are all types of people here and just about anyone will find their place! A big school with every aspect a college student could be looking for: academics, social life, greek life, clubs/orgs, etc. Don't be fooled... even though it's a state school it still requires a lot of hard work and dedication!

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudo's nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive out-of-state.

    Food and Dining

    I like the food but am a picky eater. It is not very healthy though and very fatty.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. North campus and south campus are very different but almost all dorms have communal bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard but manageable. Blowing off any test is a good idea but finals are heavily weighted in all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would be sure to talk to other students about the classes you register for and be prepared for anything unexpected.

    In three sentences

    I have had one of the best years of my life. I have mad many new friends, gone to new places, and learned new things. I love Maryland and everything it has to offer.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing happens on campus that doesn't get dealt with in a speedy manner but there is however crime in nearby areas of campus.

    Greek Life

    Great way to meet new people, engage in community experiences and network.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone because it will get you out of your comfort zone if you are shy and if you're not you'll make many friends and connections.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump into the fountain on the mall and tan at the baseball stadium when summer comes.

    Bang for the buck

    You get your money's worth with the level of education, opportunities and experiences.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends and play club sports etc, there's plenty of things to do and get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of selections to choose from, buffet, and fast restaurants on campus and closely around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on if you have a good dorm or not and how well you make an effort to get to know the people on your floor but your RA should help with that. But other than that its a good way to stay connected to what going on on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what classes you take but overall you'll be challenge at some point.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do extracurricular activities as well as get good grades to get in.

    In three sentences

    A lot of opportunities and great classes. Near DC so a lot of exposure to great events and culture. If you get involved and are outgoing you'll have a great time here.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe enough for a 30,000+ pop. school

    Greek Life

    GO GREEK

    Bang for the buck

    Great education, pretty cheap tuition. Whatever that means anyway

    What to do for fun

    Frat, Sleep, Frat

    Food and Dining

    Love it at first, hate it after a month or two

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm, fun times.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but not overbearing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus, college is all about balance, dont get into something you cant get out of.

    In three sentences

    The university has great academics. A robust college culture. Tons of people to meet and socialize with.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Maryland provides a lot of safety to student on campus. Maryland really takes care of their students. You can call a person in the middle of night to walk you to the car, and there are many safety zones in case trouble come around.

    Greek Life

    I am not very involved with Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Maryland has an abundant amount of clubs and activities on campus that will keep students active and busy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I know of any yet.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Maryland is an extraordinary school that helps their students in so many ways. They have provided me with so many opportunities with internships in my career field. At the end of school I want to feel like I have learned a lot, I want to gain more knowledge. At the end of my 4 years of Maryland, I want to help other people around the world gain education and be able to have the opportunities I have at Maryland. I want people with no education to be able to have access to education to have a better life so they can provide for themselves and their families. At the end of each semester at Maryland I feel like I have learned so many new things that have open my mind to the world. With scholarship money I can work on learning more and on my goals in life.

    What to do for fun

    I love hanging out with the new friends I make at school. Maryland has so many student clubs. I like to get involved and explore what the university has to offer. There are a number of fun events that go on during the semester.

    Food and Dining

    Dining food is actually alright at Maryland. I have not eaten their much but every time I have, it has been good.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms at Maryland, but I have hear some good and bad comments about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Maryland's faculty does a very good job of teaching the concepts of each subject to their students. They make time and really help each student. At the end of the semester I felt my mind open up. I understood stuff I did not before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Enjoy school life and be happy. There is a long road ahead but keep in mind that when you reach the end, everything you do in school will pay off. You will be better off and proud at the end.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland has a very good motivational, educational environment. The university is aesthetically beautiful and green. University of Maryland takes very good care of their students by providing them with many opportunities.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities are offered at College Park, as it has so much diversity among students and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hard working, balanced people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Testudo is the campus mascot and it's considered good luck to rub its nose whenever one passes the statue.

    Bang for the buck

    For its price for an in-state student, College Park has everything for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    College park is so close to many exciting destinations like DC and the Baltimore area. A convenient metro location close to campus makes this an easy trip.

    Food and Dining

    The school offers a dining plan but also has several fast food options in it's Mall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings on campus are not that impressive, some freshman buildings don't have air conditioning. The off-campus apartments (Varsity, View) are beyond exceptional however.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is expected to be at a level that challenges its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to this school as a early decision student if you are really interested in going there. If you are admitted to freshman connection, get your courses chosen quickly before they fill up.

    In three sentences

    College Park is a bustling school with a lot of activity and really has the university feel. Its campus is very large, and is decorated with buildings upon building, filled with kids who are really passionate about what they are doing and are simply kind. It's a good balance between school, sports, social life, and success.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    From my knowledge there are two diner on campus; one in the north campus, and another in the south campus. Service in the diner is great with lots and different variety of meals and stands to chose from with efficient good customer service. The food taste good and what ever you like to eat you won't be disappointed ever with the taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great with lots of fun activities to do with friends and peers. Typically, the dorm rooms are double or triple and there's a resident assistant on each floor that supervises and make sure students get a better dorm life and other student are not drinking or smoking in the premises or just doing anything else that's unacceptable.

    Academic Rigor

    Limited enrollment majors are very difficult to get into with gateway course requirements that can only be safely completed with determination and hardwork. UMCP is a challenging college and you shouldn't relax or skip lectures and don't study effectively.

    Tips for prospective students

    Looking back before my first year I didn't have tips on how to approach my new life in college. The tips I'll give now are really important and if you wanna enjoy your college life and have a good experience I'll kindly advice you at least follow some of these tips: -first, say even if you are undecided on your major, make sure you at least have 2 majors in mind that you are thinking about so that beginning your freshman year you can follow a detailed 4-year plan with the required gateway courses needed for the major. -Second, be ORGANIZED! college is very different from high school and if you relax and study less like most people did in high school, then you'll find yourself in a difficult situation. UMCP course materials regardless of your major, is very challenging and require you to be organized. -Third, DO NOT PARTY ON WEEKDAYS/SCHOOL DAYS...like really why would anyone do that when you have all the weekend to relax and have fun. College park has so must parties and other activities going on but by being organized and know what you want out of life you can plan your schedule to include both fun and school work -Lastly, always check past reviews for courses you are trying to take before you take them because not all professors are the same and you might prefer an easy and understandable professor over a harder one based on the reviews on there from past students.

    In three sentences

    UMCP is an excellent university ranked among the top public colleges in the country. UMCP has a wide variety of majors, excellent staff and up-to-date facilities. However, if not looking to attend a populated school then UMCP is not for you because the campus is really huge and there are a lot of students on campus.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Always something interesting to join, whether it is greek life, academic clubs to further your education, or just social, such as an a cappella group or card games.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Crab fest, where people who buy tickets get to go to the Cole Field House (old basketball stadium) and break their own crab meat and eat it! There is also a spot on campus where there is a circle with lines all intersecting in the middle, and if you step on it you will not graduate in four years. There was a fire that burned down the campus decades ago, and that spot was the center of campus at the time, so it is cursed.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value, especially for in-state students. Top-tier education rankings for nearly all majors, so you really cannot go wrong going into any school at this college. It also makes it easy to switch majors because you know there is high quality across the board.

    What to do for fun

    Go to lots of sporting events (football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, etc.), join clubs and organizations, become an RA or CA to save some money (that's what I've done!), play intramural sports, or get an on- or off-campus job!

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food at the diner are thing you will never get sick of. Pizza and burgers are the easy picks, but there is also a make-your-own pasta bar and a wraps and subs line where you pick and choose what the workers put in your food, which mixes things up. Sometimes the food gets old, but I always had my go-to buffalo chicken wrap for whenever I got bored of other food. And there is an all-you-can-eat buffet that people on North Campus can go to once a week!

    Dorm Life

    Loved living in a dorm my first year, made lots of friends just by going to the lounge and conversing with other freshman. Your floor almost becomes your family if you keep your door open enough.

    Academic Rigor

    Not much harder than the average college, you will have to study a lot for tests, but homework at UMD-CP is not all that time consuming. Go to classes, pay attention, or read the textbook and you should be fine for most classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take review classes first semester so you can ease into the process. Go to classes even if you do not need to. And finally, join clubs and activities, it will help you make friends fast.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with lots of school spirit. Classes take effort but are fair overall, and it is easy to make friends through socializing in the dorms and lounges and over dinner. There is always something to do if you aren't working on homework!

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's alright, there are some armed robberies off campus, but nobody ever gets hurt here. You just need to be careful and smart about it. Don't walk around at night alone, especially when intoxicated, and don't draw attention to yourself Ina vulnerable situation. There are blue light everywhere to call the police if you are or feel unsafe at anytime.

    Greek Life

    If you're into Greek life it will be super easy to get involved. But if not, there's no pressure. You just won't have parties knocking at your doorstep.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone to do, don't know how many organizations there are, but it's a lot.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're here just to party, you wont be able to get good grades at the same time. It's a good school for people who love to party but are also serious about academics.

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricey for out of state but undoubtedly a good school all around. In state is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, hanging with friends, go to DC, eating at rt 1, bars on rt 1, whatever you want basically.

    Food and Dining

    Foods not that great, but you'll deal with it. The pasta is amazing and sometimes they have specials that tasted pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are old, but they're also a lot of fun. You get to meet most of the people in your hallway and it is an awesome environment where you get to know people so quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very challenging here at umd, and the teachers will push you to perform above and beyond to get your A's. That being said, most of them are pretty helpful and they teach decently. After a semester you will kow what to expect out of college exams and they are not as bad as you expect them to be. Definitely do not slack off on your studies because one bad exam can ruin your grade. Science and math classes are extremely rigorous at maryland, and you'll need to either go to office hours or work with others in your class if you aren't doing so well. Liberal arts are not as bad, they are more subjective and give more leeway for the work that you do. Make sure in all classes you pick your TA's brain for anything you want to know. Good TA's can also make a huge difference at Maryland.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good teachers are everything. Before you register, fist check all the review of the professor teaching your classes. My advice is to pick the best teacher even if it is at 8 o'clock in the morning. Be sure to get to know people in your classes as study groups help immensely in large lectures tha you'll undoubtedly be enrolling in. The final piece of advice is to live a balanced, but focused, life. Don't spend all your time studying, but when you do study, make the most out of it. Learn how to have fun, get good grades, and be involved with different activities all at the same time. This will help you succeed in college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is an extremely colorful place with a multitude of different experiences. With very respectable academic programs, vibrant social life and diverse student body, there is something for every student at this beautifully manicured campus. It's truly the best of both worlds, as it is a place to apply your smarts while also having a lot of fun.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally have never felt unsafe on the University of Maryland campus. I've had many a late study night at the Mckeldin Library, and walked home without worry at 2 in the morning. If you are ever concerned yourself though, you can call a Police Escort at any time of the day to assist you in getting to wherever you need to go. There are 3 tiers of police available to the University of Maryland: Police Auxiliary, UMD Campus Police, and PG County Police. There's also the 3 tier security system I mentioned in the dorm section for access to the residence halls. Every night, the shuttle system runs until 4 in the morning, or you can call Nite Ride at any time of the night and they can pick you up from anywhere on or off campus (within reason - as in not an 30 minutes away) so that you can always be assured a safe way home.

    Greek Life

    I just became a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity this Spring Semester, and it was one of the best decisions I could've made. Joining my Fraternity opened the doors to so many leadership positions and alumni connections I never would have had access to, as well as giving me the opportunity to meet some of my now very closest friends. It has also allowed me to meet so many more people and make connections through different events, especially the multiple Inter-Greek Philanthropy events held nearly every week. The leadership positions from a large, respected university such as UMD are perfect additions to resumes, and the alumni connections can help with internships or careers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Within the first two weeks of the Fall Semester, the First Look Fair will be held on the Mckeldin Mall. At this Fair, every single club and organization on campus will be there to represent themselves, look to recruit new members, and best of all, give out FREE STUFF. It's a bit overwhelming at first, but it's best to sign up and collect information for as many as you're interested in - then you can go back to your dorm and figure out which are most important to you, and what you have time for. Every organization holds great events on campus, from improv and sketch shows, to fundraising games and bake sales - these spice up the everyday life on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone rubs Testudo's nose for good luck, especially come exam time. During Midterms and Finals Week especially, people leave gifts and decorate him for good luck! Also, one of the absolute best spots on campus is the Mckeldin Mall. Nearly everyone is on or around the Mall at least once a day, so it's a great place to meet up with friends, play casual sports, have picnics, or watch and participate in a rally, event, or show.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, going to such an incredible research university is basically a steal. I was in-state for the first semester, but then my parents moved down to Florida. So for my second semester I paid out-of-state, which was a little harder to handle financially, but as I fell more and more in love with UMD and all it has to offer, I knew it wouldn't be a hard price to pay.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus, I usually struggle planning which events to go to and which I'll have to skip! From casual trips to Yogiberry for frozen yogurt with friends, or a dinner out at Chipotle, Applebee's, Noodles & Co., etc., to going into D.C. for an musical, there's never a shortage on fun. The Hoff Theater in the Stamp Student Union runs both special premiers of movies, or older ones you might've missed in theaters, while special events and guests are always held in the Grand Ballroom. During my first Spring Semester alone, I saw both Jesse Tyler Ferguson (from Modern Family) talk, and Kevin Bacon judge a campus-wide Do Good Competition that I was involved in. My first semester, I saw Aziz Ansari at our annual Homecoming Comedy Show. Going into D.C. is wonderful too - you can get there quickly by Metro (College Park has it's own Metro Stop) and hit up any of the multiple clothing stores, restaurants (or for dessert, Georgetown Cupcakes!), memorials, and museums, or just enjoy the day out. Back at College Park, there is almost always an event going on outside Stamp or in Hornbake Plaza - generally these events are held by one of many of the clubs/organizations on campus that you can also get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    UMD has ample access to food - GOOD food. 251 North just opened this past year, and it is a gourmet all-you-can-eat dining area on North Campus. In addition, there is also North Dining and South Dining, which are the main areas to eat for residents on campus (the saying goes, you can eat here 111 times without repeating a dish, but I have my favorites so I haven't tried!). The Dining plans seem confusing at first, but are so easy to figure out once you're there. There are also several convenience stores located all around campus, where you can use your ID if you need something quick, or want to stock up your room. In the Stamp Student Union, there's both a food court and Adele's (a nice sit-down restaurant - you can even use your dining points on your ID here for dinner). There are also a few coffee shops located around campus that serve Starbucks coffee, which is perfect when you need a kick to keep studying late at night.

    Dorm Life

    I have personally loved dorm life - I was placed in a specific dorm for my program within the college, but it is almost no different from any other freshman dorm on campus. My dorm was just a few floors smaller than most other freshman dorms, so I did not have an elevator in mine; this was a plus in my opinion though, because it allowed the entire dorm to get to know each other, while the residents of the High-Risers found on North Campus generally become closest to those who share their floors. Of course, there are plenty of friendships that form outside the dorms, and as long as your friend is in their dorm (or apartment/suite/house/etc.) to let you in, or vice-versa, it's easy to visit one another. The dorms have a 3 tier security system - your personal University ID will only let you in to your assigned dorm, and must be used to gain access to either an elevator or stairwell. Then, you have a metal key for your assigned room. Each residence hall (or every floor if you live in a High-Rise) has a study lounge and a social lounge, which has a fridge, an oven, a sink, couches, a TV, a DVD player, and a microwave. Also, in each room you are given a bed, mattress, desk, closet, and chair, which is nice to not have to move in or buy beforehand. Finally, not every residence hall is currently air-conditioned during the hotter months, but within the next two years they will be, so I'd suggest buying a small fan until then. There is heating during the colder months though.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rigorous and challenging, but never impossible. Those who work hard to obtain a good grade generally take the most away from their classes. Certain majors are harder to get into because they are L.E.P's, or Limited Enrollment Programs - however the requirements differ for each program, and are never unfair. It is rather simple to establish a good relationship with your professors, especially after you complete the majority of your core classes; it is even easier to establish a good relationship with your TA's. The average student to teacher ratio is 18:1, allowing for close relationships with both teachers and peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. If you know what major you wish to pursue, go through the required courses and suggested plans a few times to get a good feel of how you can plan out your next four years best. If you start off as Undecided, don't worry! The Letters and Sciences counselors, as well as the Career Center, can help you figure out how to turn your passions into jobs. 2. Study abroad! This gives you real-world, international experience that heightens your independence, as well as gives you a competitive edge in the search for jobs. There are Study Abroad programs for nearly, if not every, major, and you can go almost anywhere in the world. 3. Look into different organizations at the school ahead of time! Even though you'll be able to see all 600+ of them at First Look Fair in the first two weeks of the Fall Semester, it helps to narrow down which ones you'd most be interested in (either socially or academically) and have time for.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland at College Park is easily the best school I could have chosen to attend. While the campus is very large, this only amplifies the amount of opportunities available to its students: clubs/organizations, incredible research prospects, and nearby internships in Washington D.C. are only some of the wonderful opportunities for UMD students. Also due to the size of the campus, it's so easy to meet people (even professors and TA's) and sustain both professional and personal relationships.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Out-going, nerdy, athletic, anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub testudo's nose for good luck

    What to do for fun

    Go to DC, play sports, relax on the mall, hit the bars, lounge by the pool

    In three sentences

    Great student life. Close to DC. Beautiful campus.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play frisbee, go to the gym, hang out with people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be friendly and be out-going. Don't expect everything to fall onto your lap. All of the opportunities are here. You just have to grab them.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere of this college is amazing. The enthusiasm, friendliness, and the gregariousness of the students make you feel like you belong here. It's incredibly safe here, and the research facilities and excellent classroom facilities make this a great university.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We not only have police Auxiliary and campus cops but PG county Police, College Park Police, all of which respond extremely fast. Also, anywhere on campus you will always be able to see at least 2 emergency blue lights to keep you safe and you can call for a police escort too!

    Greek Life

    A lot of my friends have joined and love it. The parties are apparently good too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much every club ever. We don't have it? You can make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Vegetarians, vegans, engineers, business majors, people who want to work for the government, people who want internship opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub our mascot Testudo's nose and bring him offerings for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    University of Maryland has been consistently ranked well for both in-state and out of state tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do on campus like go to our awesome rec center with tons of exercise equipment, rock walls, pools, and fun classes like yoga and dance, all for free! Our little downtown College Park has some good places to eat, shop, and hang out with friends. And best of all DC is only a metro ride away!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good especially the all-you-can-eat diner, 251. Also, the school is extremely vegetarian and vegan friendly!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice comparatively especially Oakland, the new dorm complex which is pretty much like a hotel. There are lots of great friends that I have made just from my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the school can be very challenging but it definitely provides the knowledge that is needed to succeed in school and after college.

    In three sentences

    College Park has tons of fun stuff to do both around the university and right on campus like our awesome rec center, concerts, and sporting events. We also have great academics and teachers, many of which are willing to hire students for major related work experience. Also, UMD has many job opportunities for important companies located around Washington DC like NASA, NSA, and many more.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has its own police and 911 system. There is something called UMD alerts that sends out text messages and emails every time something dangerous happens on campus or around campus. There is emergency phones setup all around campus were you just press a button and the police will be notified that there is some danger in that phones area and come to your rescue.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always some type of event around campus every week. Lots of clubs you could chose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the famous Testudo in front of one of the libraries at UMD were people make offering during exams for a gud luck charm.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition and room and board is expensive like any other university but considering what you experience at Maryland and lots of benefits like free UMD shuttle rides and access to a very nice gym it is worth it. I think The room and board price is a little to high for the dorms I have seen unless you end up with a suite or an apartment.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't live on campus so I only went to the dinners a couple of time with friends and there were lots of food choices and good food. Also there are fast food restaurants at one place that you could go to if you are tired of dinner food. There are also lots of restaurants around the campus area.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms but I have been to a couple of them and I didn't like them, but there are suites and apartments that you pay the price for and they are really cool. For first year students it will be hard to get into those.

    Academic Rigor

    Most people say UMD makes every class very hard. This is true to some extent but that is life. As my english professor said once this is college and college is hard. The only thing it takes for you to beat the odds is to stay focused in your class's and give time to every class outside of lecture. Try not to load up lots of credits specially on your first year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do hard work, have fun, and meet a lot of people.

    In three sentences

    There is a lot of academic and network opportunities. Lots of student groups so it won't be hard to find a place. Its a very nice campus environment.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    As one of the top ranking public universities in the country, UMD does a great job of educating and providing numerous opportunities for students to further their studies by teaching about life outside of the classroom (realistic applications) of various topics, which allows students to be better prepared when entering the work force and more well-rounded. Its close proximity to Washington, DC (around 15 minutes) makes it accessible to students who decide to take on internships or just spend a day seeing our nation's capital.

    What to do for fun

    When I first moved on campus, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of activities occurring on campus. Whether you decide to go to Route 1 for some frozen yogurt or go to DC for a change in scenery, there is always something to do. Don't want to leave campus? Not a problem, there are hundreds of clubs or organizations to join and it doesn't matter if you're a gamer, an athlete, or a musician. There is a club/organization for you. If not, you can get together with some friends and create one. The nightlife at UMD is also pretty live.

    Food and Dining

    You will inevitably miss having a good home-cooked meal after a while, but the diner tries to mix up the meals every once in a while with themed nights like Lobster Night or International Food Night. It's a great change in pace and you get to try something new. The only downside is that you have to watch your dining points so you don't run out before the end of the semester. Not to worry, good friends often buy food for other friends when they're low on points. If not, you can always just add more to your meal plan. For a treat visit Adele's, the on-campus restaurant, or 251, the buffet, the food is not bad and it can help break the routine of having diner food every day.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the dorms can range from great to not-so-great. Thankfully, this past year a few of the older buildings had A/C installed, so there's really not much to say. The coveted dorm is Oakland, based on its A/C and spacious dorms as well as newer facilities. Aside from that, dorms are not that bad. Getting to know the people on your floor is normally simple. The first few days people leave their doors open to allow their floor mates to come in and say hi and get to know each other. Some RA's do a great job of having floor-bonding activities, which can also help break the ice (especially when you're new to dorm life). Biggest warning: Use good judgment if you decide to date within your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    UMD is academically challenging, which is proven by its ranking. There will always be a few classes that you pull all-nighters for, but there will also be classes that don't require them. Learn how to balance courses that you enjoy and courses that will make you better-rounded. I had a smooth transition from high school to UMD, but I know that's not the case for everyone. UMD has plenty of resources to help supplement their course work to make sure that the students succeed. You just have to ask sometimes. Don't be afraid to go to a professor's office hours if you have questions. It was a little intimidating at first to be in a large lecture hall, but it's better to speak up as soon as you don't understand something otherwise you can get lost in the crowd. Not to worry, UMD has days like Puppy Palooza or Just Because Day to help relieve some of the stress, which is fantastic during finals week.

    In three sentences

    As soon as I stepped foot on UMD's campus I knew I was at home. Not only do I feel like I'm getting a great education (for a fraction of the price of a private institution); I know that I have made lifelong friends. UMD is the place to be!

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cameras everywhere and patrol officers on foot everywhere. We also have a bus service that you can call and they will pick you up anywhere at night. We also have busses that run all over campus during the less busy hours of the day, so you can always have a way to get around and be safe!

    Greek Life

    About 13% of the school population. That's enough that it is a huge crowd if ur interested, but it also means you don't have to be in Greek like in order to be involved and partying at school!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have amazing varsity athletics and faciliites; our school spirit is great! For engineers, our concrete canoe team is incredible!

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE AND EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everytime you see a turtle (Testudo), rub his nose! Everyone will tell you its good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    I would never transfer. I couldn't ask for more from a school.

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING! We have everything from the bar life to a Quidditch team. There is a website that lists over 500 clubs you can join. Don't see one you like? Start one yourself! (But I bet you find a lot more than just one that you like!)

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! Though I am not surprised when people say then get sick of it after eating it every day. The best option is to find housing with a kitchen!

    Dorm Life

    Unknown, I've only lived in on athletic housing and apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. I am in engineering, so I am constantly working hard. However, many majors don't see the same workload that I do, so you can go out any night of the week and find tons of people partying (not to mention the frat/sorority scene always has something going on!).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go if you don't like rain! Get a good pair of walking shoes cause you're gunna walk a TON, but it'll help keep you in shape!

    In three sentences

    I traveled half way across the country to attend Maryland as an athlete, but I have continued to attend the school even after my athletic program was cut. The University of Maryland has something for everyone, and the environment is everything you could want out of college. The campus looks like a Top 10 university, we have incredibly school spirit, and there is no end to the good times you will have!

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition price!

    What to do for fun

    DC, Annapolis, sports, etc

    Food and Dining

    It's cafeteria food, what else can I say.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and old, but at least many of them have AC

    Academic Rigor

    For Biology majors, one should expect many late-nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT! it is important to feel out the school before you commit.

    In three sentences

    UMCP is awesome, upbeat, and thrilling! I love the classic college-town feel and the vibrant campus (go terps!). There are hundreds of clubs and several academic living-learning communities available.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Expect weekly emails and texts from UMDAlert. The campus is incredibly safe. I feel safe running at 11 o'clock at night during the weeknights.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is relatively popular and they are known for their ridiculous Frat parties. But they are also very fun and outgoing people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of really awesome opportunities; don't be afraid to do something you've never done before!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student. The campus is large enough and diverse enough for all types to find their niche. But make sure you're actively looking for it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Maryland fans are quite known for their rowdiness -- expect it at all sporting events -- from heckling the goalies to chanting at basketball games, we have done it all. The second floor of McKeldin Library is known quite famously as Club McKeldin. Make your way to the Point of Failure be certain NOT to step on the center. The echo spot is quite entertaining. Don't expect cleanliness on the weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is steep, but the experience is completely worthwhile. I highly recommend making use of UMD's close proximity to our nation's capital in order to truly get your money's worth. Internships in DC are difficult and competitive, but being so close gives you an edge during the school year and summer. Also, having connections with professors and faculty make life in such a large campus much easier. Network and make connections early on... these will certainly help you secure your future.

    What to do for fun

    Sports are an integral part of the college experience and being a fan at the University is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Aside from that, there are lots of very neat opportunities through clubs like formals and socials, Greek life, visits to Washington, D.C., and some very cool school-sponsored events on the Mall throughout the year. Of course, Maryland is also known for being a major party school; there is always something to do everyday and every night if you search for it.

    Food and Dining

    Do not expect five star quality. In fact, do not expect four star quality. I found the food to be greasy and limited; in fact, I lost 10 pounds within my first semester of school due to my loss of appetite. However, I should also mention that my mother is an amazing cook and this may have played a significant factor in my distaste of Maryland's dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I am a part of the Global Communities program which is a living and learning program. What makes this amazing is that everyone in my dorm, Dorchester Hall, was friendly and fun. We are a close group of students and have a limited number in our program; this means that there is indeed more drama, but also a stronger sense of community and friendship.

    Academic Rigor

    I found that classes were difficult, but the joy you received from academic success made all your hard work worthwhile. Those who did not study in high school will find college can be a difficult place. Those who worked hard in high school will find college to be an absolute breeze. The professors are approachable and quite friendly; I found that the TAs were either a hit or miss.

    Tips for prospective students

    They say that you shouldn't join too many clubs, but that is false. Join a lot, in fact bit off more than you can chew! You will find that when you are involved in a lot of things, your grades will improve and your circle of friends will expand. Do not forget that in the end, you are attending Maryland for an education and academics should be your main focus. Also, I would suggest looking and applying to a living and learning program.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is an absolutely amazing school academically, socially, and athletically. It is a diverse and thriving University filled with amazing opportunities and an outstanding location. At times, I wish I didn't have to graduate in four years.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have stations available if you ever feel unsafe. Also, there is the college police that drive around the campus. I always feel safe. I would recommend to always walk in groups though. Never by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a very big thing at UMD. Many people are involved in it and love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities. There is so many that it would be impossible for me to name them all. Also, if there isn't a specific club or activity that you want, you can create it yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many unusual traditions! You can learn about them all along the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Maryland in an excellent school. It is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on. There is something to do every day on campus to keep you busy and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    They have a very wide variety! I, however, am a very picky person so I was stuck eating the same thing every day. If you are not picky, you will love the selections that they have.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty small but you do get used to them quickly. They also make sure that there are always activities going on in the dorms. I recommend participating in all activities so that you can meet more people and make more friends.

    Academic Rigor

    They make sure that you work for your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as possible! There are so many difficult opportunities. Do not miss out on any of them.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland, College Park, is a very big school with many opportunities. They really care about their students and they try their best to help them out as much as possible. It is the school to go to if you want to succeed.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College Park isn't a very safe area itself off campus. To make sure students feel safe, UMD provides students with night shuttles and private care services. Police cars are found all over campus at night to make sure students return safely form their dorm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All around campuses students can find terrapin statues. Rubbing the nose of these terrapins are said to bring good luck. During exams and throughout the year, students always rub the terrapins nose as they pass by and even offer it treats as a sign of respect.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, Maryland is very pricey. With that said, it has so much to offer that I feel that its worth the price. I wouldn't want to go elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    UMD is located in a very ideal place. It is close to Washington DC which is full of sight seeing and fun. There are parks, museums, theaters, boutiques, and plenty of restaurants nearby. UMD also has often sports games which are tons of fun. There are many bands that come and concerts that take place on campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    UMD provides students with all nutritional requirements a great variety of food. As a vegetarian, I was worried about the food at the diner. Coming to Maryland I was so excited to see a vegan bar, and also a vegetarian option at every other booth. There are also foods from different cultures. There is a korean barbeque station, italian, mexican, and even at times Indian. Food is definitely a highlight at Maryland.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy the dorm life at Maryland very much. The dorms are clean and well kept. There is also good security making the environment very secure. Most residents of the building are very respectful of others privacy. The community bathrooms can be slightly challenging at times.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a good balance of challenging and average courses at this school. I am currently looking to go into medical school. The classes I have been taking are challenging but they are perfect preparatory courses for medical school. In the same way, UMD provides very interesting courses in many different subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend this college for anyone who enjoys large campuses, who enjoys the challenges that rigorous courses bring about, and who loves taking part in various activities.

    In three sentences

    This university provides students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of classes. It allows one to take part in multiple extracurricular activities that correspond to a myriad of cultures. It is a place where anyone can adapt to easily because of everything it has to offer.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe with multiple emergency blue light stations placed all throughout campus. We are told that if the button is hit a police officer will arrive within 45 seconds. Also these stations have cameras attached.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that the school has to offer. With everything from the hockey club to the Asian Americans club, there is a club for almost any interest a student may have.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a big school that is very diverse.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and intramural teams that students can join. There are also many social events that the school host. The students are always presented with a lot of choices when it comes to having fun.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is very disappointing. The only real negative to this school. Each student is given a certain amount of points per semester which equals out to roughly 8 points a day to spend on food. Unfortunately each meal will cost anywhere from 4-10 points. therefor the student can only really eat one meal a day at the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    A great dorm experience is provided by the university. The staff is very nice and the dorms are kept very clean. Overall the dorms were a educational as well as a pleasurable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very difficult while some are much more mild and easy to handle. If the student attends all the lectures no class should be too hard. Varies with each major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you attend all of your classes. Attending lectures is crucial in obtaining a high GPA. Also i would strongly suggest trying very hard as a freshman to obtain a high GPA.

    In three sentences

    A Great large college that has a very diverse student body. University of Maryland offers many internships as well as career path opportunities. Overall a great school that provides very well for its students.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every weekend there is a robbery, stabbing, intruder...

    Greek Life

    Not so great.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs just pick one.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to drink you'll fit in perfectly with all the booze heads.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    4th floor Mckelden Library is great for napping!! it's so quite up there.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is boss. Books are ridiculously priced tho. Don't buy from on campus bookstore.

    What to do for fun

    Not much...Unless you enjoy getting drunk, sha**ing, puking...

    Food and Dining

    I really enjoyed the food on campus. The dining halls can get super crowded around six o' clock so try to avoid going then. There are many options it's impossible not to find something tasty.

    Dorm Life

    North Campus dorms are a nightmare. The rooms are so tiny and most don't even come with air conditioning. Even if you do get one with AC the shut it off in the winter and crank up the heater to painful, super hot! Get a fan you will need one. Also people are obnoxious. Drunk girls bringing back guys every night. The walls are paper thin. No privacy. Icky bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are quite challenging. You need to study A LOT if you want even a B+. The workload can be quite overwhelming at times. Professors are not open to curving the class much in math classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map and study it well. The campus is huge! Also watch your dining points, most students run out by the end of the semester.

    In three sentences

    I give University of Maryland a eight out of ten. Sometimes I feel like I'm treated as a number. The college campus is very beautiful.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is surrounded by a not so goodÃ?Â?Ã?Â? area, but student's safety is hardly ever compromised. The campus police are hard working and crime alerts are sent to every studentÃ?Â?Ã?Â?s email once a noteworthy crime has been reported.

    Greek Life

    The greek life at UMD is expansive since almost one fifth of the school is in a fraternity or Sorority. The presence of Greek life on campus is undeniable. The members of sororities and fraternities host big events and parties and get students involved. It is important to note that UMD has been getting more and more serious each year about cracking down on hazing. Also the Greek life here at UMD includes a number of different types of fraternities and sororities. There are the 'classically' defined frat boy type frats but there are also very academic and socially involved type fraternities and sororities, there are even co-ed fraternities. At UMD there's a frat for almost every kind of student and within these frats there are good leadership positions that look great on a resume.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for EVERYONE at UMD. There are advocacy groups, religious clubs, an LGBT organisation, the aliens vs zombies club is huge, there are singing clubs, rowing clubs, extreme Frisbee tournaments, a lot of intramural sports teams, environmental clubs, multi-racial students clubs, there's even a Harry Potter Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are concerned with political issues. Great for students who are into fitness and possibly want to major in kinesiology. Athletes will make good use of superb athletic facilities. Students who want to study business or journalism will benefit from excellent business and journalism programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school mascot is a terrapin turtle called Testudo. There are statues of Testudo around campus and as you walk near them you'Ã?Â?Ã?Â?ll see students rubbing his nose for luck. Testudo'Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s nose has actually turned the color of brass because of excessive rubbing. Around finals and midterms, student leave food and drinks for Testudo in hopes that he'Ã?Â?Ã?Â?ll grant them good grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Kiplinger listed the 'Best Values in Public Colleges' and UMD College Park was listed at number 8 in the top 100. It's certainly one of the more expensive state schools out there and the costs of going to UMD as an out of state student are indeed high but the quality of education is really good especially for majors like: Engineering, Business, Government and Politics, and Journalism.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do. UMD was rated number one in athletic facilities in 2010 and it is evident in the finely furnished gym and outdoor and indoor pool area. There is even a rock climbing/ obstacle course on campus. There are many fields and courts to play sports on around the campus. The DC metro is right near campus so the DC nightlife and daytime recreational activities are accessible.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMD is generally lackluster but thankfully you have many options. The South Campus diner is a good option. The pasta and buffalo chicken wraps are amazing and you�¢����re sure to spot a friend at the diner because its always active. The North Campus diner however is less than enticing, the food is more generic and repetitive and the diner itself just isn�¢����t as ornate. There is an all you can eat buffet on campus that students can go to once a week and get their faces! The food is really good and there seems to be a never ending supply. Other than University dining, there are a number of fast food places in and around the university, anything from McDonald'����s to Taco Bell and even some Italian and Asian restaurants right around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really a shot in the dark. The dorms on North campus which most freshmen would get are the least impressive ones, some of them don'Ã?Â?Ã?Â?t even have air-condition and if you'Ã?Â?Ã?Â?re unlucky like I was, you would end up in a non-air-conditioned dorm with 3 other roommates! Other than that there are some really nice dorms at UMD, the dorms with the suites are the most coveted. Those dorms, if you're lucky to get them, are like hotels for an entire semester. The good thing about UMD is that the longer you live in the dorms the better housing you get before you graduate.

    Academic Rigor

    UMD may not be on Ivy League level but it'����s certainly a school where students have to put in hard work to get good grades. The rigidness of the course will depend on the subject area but many students are dropped from their majors and Limited Enrollment Programs because of poor grades. I'����ve even had a few friends who were forced out due to poor academic performance. I�¢����d say most students hover around a 2.8 GPA but it really varies on the major you pursue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Eat at the South Campus Diner as much as you can, the food is much better there than the other diners. Always introduce yourself to your professors and TA�¢����s and make yourself memorable for the right reasons. Try your best to become good friends with your Resident Assistant if you live in the dorms,it pays off! Also if you'����re looking for on campus employment apply as soon as possible because positions fill up really quickly. You should apply to the libraries, the diner and the Epply Recreation center. If those places are all filled up, definitely apply to places like Bookholders or many of the restaurants near the university.

    In three sentences

    The school pride that UMD students have is unparalleled. The campus is gorgeous and students are fit, active and concerned with public issues. The diversity at this institution is like no other, quite possibly the most eclectic place in the DC metropolitan area.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Humans vs. Zombies, any number of clubs, anything in the DC/College Park area really, are all different things that can be done for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Don't get me wrong, the people at the dining halls work hard and are often pressed for time. Most of the time it is good, especially if you can get into Season 12, the stir fry place in the back of South Campus Dining hall, sometime before the noon rush.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't get to have the freshman experience but the dorm life was certainly fun. From cookouts on the quad to nightly battles of Human's vs. Zombies there is a little bit of everything for people out there.

    Academic Rigor

    College Park is not an easy school to go to. And I was honestly surprised by how much work I had to do to even float in the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention in class, do not for any reason think you are above everything. As soon as you think you know it all, the professors will be glad to show you that you don't.

    In three sentences

    A fun college with plenty of places to explore and people to meet. The teachers can sometimes be tough but that's what makes it a good school. Nothing is simply handed to you.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They put a lot of emphasis on security from what I've experienced today throughout the tour!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a really good ROTC program that I will be joining!

    What to do for fun

    I've heard a lot of opportunities at this school, so really you are never out of possibilities! Once again, another big plus!

    Food and Dining

    I haven't tried their food yet but I'm pretty sure that when I get in it will be superb!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I saw today could've probably been better but who cares when you have a great student/campus life!

    Academic Rigor

    I hear they are actually very considerate with their courses and really prepare you for graduate study! Always good to know that a college cares! Academic probably not too hard if you put in the time to study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus!

    In three sentences

    I just visited this school today and amongst all of the schools I've visited I really felt like this was the place for me to be! They are extremely freindly at this university and they're definetly sensitive about their studies! This makes an awesome school to recieve the best of both worlds; academic superiority and social life!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Well I hope it will be!!!

    Food and Dining

    Although on my campus tour we only briefly wandered through the dining hall it looked like it was filled more with fast food then anything. Although if you do gain a few extra pounds in the dining hall College Park has a great gym!!!

    Academic Rigor

    Although I do not go to Maryland, yet, yet being the key word. I do have family and friends who have graduated and others who are currently attending Maryland. The classes may be challenging but the professors are great and if you feel uncomfortable speaking up in class they have great office hours if you ever need anything. Maryland is also one of the top public schools nation wide and would be a dream to go there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although I only visited College Park once on a whim and I knew instantly that it was the college of my dreams. From the architecture to the school spirit, I was in love. It also helped that my tour guide may or may not have been my soul mate and you get free ice cream for going on a tour!! I loved the stories about how Testudo had been kidnapped and been found all along the east coast, and in order to protect the precious mascot he needed to be filled with 700 pounds of cement. Not only is the spirit high but the school is also academically challenging. There programs are well known, and their alumni are successful. Maryland teaches one to pursue their dreams and that nothing is impossible.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    C'mon. You're in the middle of a metropolitan city, DC. If you can't find something to do, you're not looking.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Maryland at College Park is very academically rigorous. I have been challenged in every way possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take lots of different types of classes to give yourself the best opportunity to learn from every type of teacher. Have fun but stay focused on the prize (your degree). Check in with your advisor regularly and get to know your teachers.

    In three sentences

    My time at the University of Maryland-College Park has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. I was concerned about staying so close to home thinking that it was going to much like high school. It was easy to make friends and call this my home away from home.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Apparently College Park can be dangerous but campus is usually pretty safe. We have a great Emergency Alert System that notifies all students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Good for students who are friendly, don't mind walking, making new friends, outgoing, like the city and big places.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touching the turtle outside McKeldin Library as you pass by.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students it's pretty decent but for out of state students, it is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Got to Eppley to work out. They have indoor and outdoor pools, basketball courts, free fitness classes, weight rooms, racquetball courts, rock climbing out back, just to name a few. We've got an ice rink near campus, go to an on-campus athletic event. Join a club of your interest, get involved volunteering. All sorts of things!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. Lots of choices. I've never been in any of the dinning halls but STAMP is great and there are tons of restaurants surrounding campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I didn't live in a dorm my first semster here. I lived in an on-campus apartment which was difficult to get in for transfer students but it can be done.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an Ivy League obviously but it is difficult. Take advantage of all the study options you can, study groups, Guided Study Sessions, etc. Professors are difficult. they expect you to read the material, listen in class, and go to every discussion. If you work hard, you'll get good grades. Most science classes I've taken are curved but don't count on this to pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since it's a big campus, you'll probably be walking A LOT, so wear comfortable shoes everyday when walking to and from classes. Since it is located in the city near Washington D.C., make sure you are not walking alone late at night and make sure you know what the campus police number is and you know where all the campus emergency stations are. If you are taking a difficult course, use the Guided Study Sessions to your advantage- they are REALLY helpful!

    In three sentences

    I've found the size of the campus less and less intimidating since I first visited it. You find your way around it easily, everyone is very friendly and you can always find something to do. Just walking around campus is great because it's such a beautiful campus.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    like i mentioned, you get what tou pay for. the absolute best

    What to do for fun

    everything

    Food and Dining

    easy access to so many dining areas if not into school food.

    Dorm Life

    i have not ersonally lived in the dorms except for orientation. which was not the best day for me.

    Academic Rigor

    absolutely not a walk in the park.

    Tips for prospective students

    you are getting exactly what you sign up for. simply the best

    In three sentences

    this is an amazing school and the staff is very respectful and for the most part ready to help you achieve success. going there just fills me with pride because you are getting a top notch education. its accepting to everyone and is well rounded.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is fairly safe. Make sure to always go in groups late at night and you will be fine. I have never felt unsafe on campus, even as late as 4am.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are African American and are looking to get more in touch with your culture. Join the Black Student Union, NAACP, and African Student Association. These are the places where I met some of my closes friends. And no, they are not all blacks.

    What to do for fun

    I am involved in many student organizations. This is a great way to meet new people. If you are into Greek life, pledge a fraternity or sorority. If not, there are community service, cultural, political, recreational, and just plain random clubs on campus. The options are unlimited.

    Food and Dining

    Diner food is amazing at first but will eventually get old. Make sure you don't use up all of your TerpBucks in the beginning of the semester. You will be wishing you had them by the end.

    Dorm Life

    I am so glad I lived in the dorms my freshman year. It is a major part of the college experience. I loved it so much that I am staying in the dorms for my sophomore year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult but can be made easy if you put in enough effort. There are countless ways to get help. Find them and take advantage of them. Work hard, play harder!

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the campus may seem extremely large at first, it is only as big as you make it. Find your place and get involved! Make sure to take advantage of any opportunities that interest you because these are going to be the best four years of your lives.

    In three sentences

    At Maryland, there are endless opportunities! In my freshman year, I became very involved in campus organizations. I am going into my sophomore year on the executive board of two major organizations and in several committees. At UMD, there is a place for everyone!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of food and all fruits and vegetables are fresh.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very clean and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Having to write a minimum of 10 pages of paper, significant amount of assignments may be challenging, but they help significantly in learning on the subjects and time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always put great effort in any work you do, and professors, teacher assistants, and students great source for everything in school.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland-College Park is a wonderful university to attend because of its unique beautiful view, helpful professors, and and valuable friends you can make. The Business School and Engineering school is well known at Univerisity of Maryland. Also, with diversity among students, everyone has an unforgettable oppotunity to make valuable friends.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I joined the Greek community the second semester of my freshman year and do not regret it one bit. The brothers have become and extended family of sorts to me.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Maryland is a bit pricey for out-of-state students the education is well worth it because professors here love what they do which makes learning more enjoyable.

    What to do for fun

    There are places on campus to go rock climbing, swimming, tennis, bowling, and more. Also right on route 1 there are bars, restaurants, and D.C is only 20 minutes away!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming from a small town, do not let the size of the university overwhelm you. Secondly, time management is essential to success here at UMD.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a great learning environment with a great community around the campus. There is always something to do in College Park with lots of friendly people on campus. Here at the University of Maryland there is something for everybody.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police really do work hard.

    Greek Life

    Amazing. A lot of sorority and fraternity events and recruitment is always a fun thing to participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    You'll never run out of choices and options. Every club you can possibly think of is represented on this campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a ballroom for dancing, a bowling alley, a movie theater and on fridays, there's always some sort of show going on.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing selection of food every single day. The food court is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    They Have some really good accommodations but i don't live on campus so i don't really know about the experiences

    Academic Rigor

    Study! Study! Study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Never slack off. Really hard to catch up once you do.

    In three sentences

    Excellent in Field of Research Highly athletic Academically focused

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue boxes located all over campus where you can call for emergency situations. Also, there are numbers to call for campus emergency issues and there is a shuttle that will come get you at anytime of night, regardless of your reasoning.

    Greek Life

    I cannot really comment on this because I am not in a fraternity nor really know much about them. Simply didn't interest me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for all types of people, including photography club and juggling club. UMD even has a quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing and willing to get involved and meet a lot of new people should go to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every time someone walks by one of the turtle statues on campus, you are supposed to rub the turtle for good luck. During finals one year, the turtles were removed and overall grades dropped.

    Bang for the buck

    I live in-state and pay in-state tuition, so UMD is incredibly affordable for being such a high-quality education. Out-of-state students have to pay a pretty high price though.

    What to do for fun

    There is everything to do at UMD, from going to sporting events, participating in intramural sports, plays, shows, concerts, the Stamp Student Union, TerpZone, etc. There is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't terrible, but it isn't very diverse. They repeat their specials on a two week cycle so the diversity lacks and the same taste all the time gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    Although the dorms may not be that aesthetically pleasing, being able to live with your friends and the friendly resident advisors make the dorm life more than just livable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be pretty challenging, especially as you advance into upper-level courses, but at the same time they are incredibly rewarding. This college really aims at getting you prepared for your career, whichever career that may be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you get involved early. The University of Maryland, College Park has so much opportunities out there for students regardless of your major. It's important that you take advantage of them, not to mention the fact that a lot of them are just really fun.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the University of Maryland, College Park. The students and staff are really nice and helpful. Furthermore, there is always something happening on campus making it nearly impossible to be bored.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus police are one of a kind! The police lights and phones are conveniently placed around campus so that you always have access to the police. And they always arrive in a flash!

    Great for these types of students

    UMD is great for ALL students! Everyone would be able to find a place here to fit in.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and their courses push you to do things you never thought capable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things! This gives you an opportunity to connect with different people from different places.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a great place for students. The atmosphere is great and there is a bond between students that makes the campus feel like home. There isn't a better college in our area!

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is extremely important on the University of Maryland campus. There are phones located all over campus in case of an emergency. There is also a service, Nite Ride, that will drive around the campus when it is late. Also, there are escorts that will walk with students to the dorm. Campus Safety has been covered by this University.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities and clubs that any interest a student has can be satisfied. The website, stars.umd.edu, provides all the clubs available for students and gives the option of starting new clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Get Involved! Joining clubs and societies is a great way to make friends and connect with campus life. Keeping a balance of academics and social life is a wonderful way to succeed in college life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but does not have that much of a variety. Many of the foods are given everyday except the value meal of the day. Also, the meals can be expensive. If a student is not careful, they could spend all of their money for food before the semester ends. Other than that, the dining staff is friendly and it is not hard to navigate through the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great because students make the active effort to know one another in their dorms. Most students are friendly and easy to get along with. Finding the right dorm for a student can be stressful though. There may be many halls but that doesn't mean that it is available to that student.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major that a student has and the length of time to finish, the academic rigor can be stressful. Classes at University of Maryland move fast and students need to stay on their toes and attend all classes in order to learn the knowledge needed to earn a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    First, stay focused. Prospective students have the opportunity to go off track of their educational focus because there is always a social event that is taking place. Second, make sure that professors know the student as an individual. Frequently go by their office during office hours whenever help is needed or just to say hello. When opportunities arrive that prospective students are looking for, the professor will provide them if they remember the student. Finally, make sure the student schedules for fun along with studying. Sometimes students need the time to relax. It keeps stress levels down for that particular exam that is coming up.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school that offers many outstanding opportunities for students. University of Maryland provides students with the staff and faculty that is helpful and informative. Also, clubs and social events are provided for students on a daily basis. University of Maryland is a great school of opportunity.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs that you can join to keep yourself involved with the school. Literally a club for almost every hobby.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good and varied, but can get repetitive after weeks of eating.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms work as small communities. People get close and get to know each other well. If there is ever any troubles there are nice neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors that are there when you need them. A lot of resources for help and very well structured aiding facilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many opportunities in this campus, but also many distractions. Take the time to find the perfect balance between academics and free-time.

    In three sentences

    A overall great school, it is in the mix of medium-large population. There are many great opportunities and the school works as a whole community. The environment is great to prosper.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are everywhere!!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is live out here. You can find anyone on campus and most likely they are a part of greek life. It is a great way to bond and meet people.

    Clubs and Activities

    In the fall, summer and spring, there is beach volleyball and swimming. People around here like to run the campus often. They have outside courts and fields to play on. There are also alot of club sports and intramural sports. If you prefer to be inside, the Eppley Recreation Center has everything from weight-lifting to boxing to Zumba classes. They have indoor swimming, basketball, tennis and ratchetball. The stamp, which is a very popular place on campus, has the theater and bowling.

    Great for these types of students

    any and all who can afford to go here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the nose of the terrapin statues on campus for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    In the fall, summer and spring, there is beach volleyball and swimming. People around here like to run the campus often. They have outside courts and fields to play on. There are also alot of club sports and intramural sports. If you prefer to be inside, the Eppley Recreation Center has everything from weight-lifting to boxing to Zumba classes. They have indoor swimming, basketball, tennis and ratchetball. The stamp, which is a very popular place on campus, has the theater and bowling.

    Food and Dining

    I have no problems with the food here. They have enough choices for all types of people, regardless of what your food allergies may be.

    Dorm Life

    As long as you have a dorm with a/c, everything here is excellent and well-taken care of. However, even without a/c, I managed to settle in very nicely and I enjoy the people on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor depends on your academic background. The classes are not too hard, but I am from PA and I feel that the way math is taught her is very different than in my area of PA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can pay for college COMPLETELY before you pick the school you want to go to. I know everyone will tell you to dream big, which you should, but make sure you can afford your dream.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland - College Park is an excellent school to receive a degree from and an even better school to show people the real college experience, however, despite all the great things here:new dorms, new buildings, immense recreation center, the university is overall not an excellent place to when it comes to the cost of attendance. I would recommend going here because I love the university with a passion, it was my dream school and I worked very hard to get here, but I am struggling to afford to go here and I do not want anyone else to ever be in the same situation that I am. So go to the University of Maryland - CP but only if you can afford it.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security places safety as a top priority. Therefore, even though there is a fair amount of crime in the surrounding area, the campus is a very safe place to be.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge amount of Greek life on campus and it is great for someone seeking a vibrant social life. There are many frats and sororities on campus therefore there is usually a greek life opportunity for people of all walks of life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is practically every club/activity available that you could want on the Maryland campus. And if there isn't you have the opportunity to create it! Therefore, getting involved is easy with Maryland's first look fair which has all clubs/greek life out to be seen my Maryland students.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't bad but becomes tedious and very repetitive throughout the year. However, offcampus food options do help provide variety.

    Academic Rigor

    The science related courses are pretty challenging and demand a significant chunk of time to be successful. Other majors from what I hear though don't require a ton of time to be outstanding academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work. Don't fall behind in class and make sure you go to lecture. A lot of free points are sometimes given out in lecture if the class attendance is small so make sure your there.

    In three sentences

    A multi-cultural university with hundreds of majors to choose from. University of Maryland has something for everyone, from greek life to intramural sports to world recognized research. University of Maryland has something for everyone!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Zero tolerance for illegal substance. Night car which takes you to your dorm and walks you to your door. Police stationed in the front of the campus entrances.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of them, from video gaming to gymnastics. There's a club for anyone and they accept members regardless of experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Freedom to do anything you want. No bed times or curfews.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The local barbershop is in a secluded place. The wind tunnel and the farm on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Free gym membership. During the week there are sales for special University items. They have bike sales for long distant classes.

    What to do for fun

    College Park has movies every week in their theater. There are tons of clubs and organizations everyday. Join in on a recreational game either on the field or on the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. There are more than enough choices when it comes to figuring out what you want for lunch. The downside is finding a place to sit inside when you have a lot of people with you.

    Dorm Life

    Freaking awesome. The people are extremely friendly, the RA has icebreakers where we get to know our neighbors on the same floor. There's also events that the RA or other people like to host to bring everyone today.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of reading and research papers but if you schedule accordingly the research papers shouldn't be too difficult. Some classes are easier than others if you pay attention and go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help and reach out to the professors when you're unsure of the assignment. Try to be the first one to class because the professors do start on time. Go to class.

    In three sentences

    College Park has a friendly atmosphere. The professors are great teachers and encourage the students to stand out. They have awesome events to get to know people.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    24/7 police. Very sophisticated alert systems...

    Clubs and Activities

    More than 100 clubs...

    Great for these types of students

    Not working students... not too many option of online classes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great location, around the corner from DC and VA. Metro accessible...

    Bang for the buck

    Worth it:)

    What to do for fun

    too many things available. A bunch of students organization, sports, games... Just make sure not to get caught up and forget about your degree.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great. Variety of food and very clean.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in dorm. I never heard my friends who live there complain though. Also, there are busses available to take you to your dorm anytime.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of assignments. One need to stay focus to earn good great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just apply, you may be accepted:) good luck!

    In three sentences

    This is one of the best school ever! Teachers are knowledgeable are ready to help you. Just need to ask.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have a great system in place consisting of blue monitor throughout the campus that one can push to signal for help, and if any crime does occur, actual police force does take action.

    Greek Life

    12% of the student body is actually in a sorority or fraternity, so many students find other organizations or groups to take part of. But many of my friends have done it and enjoy it greatly.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 600 student organizations and groups, so there is no way you can not find something your interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who really is independent and will take the advantages here to the next level and actually initiate a relationship with professors. As well as one who likes the feel of a big campus and is not intimidated by size.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have little turtle statues that represent our mascot. Every time we pass by one, we have to touch the tip of its nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    UMD is fairly expensive, and I think too much for out of state. They usually do not offer you scholarships, so you may need to apply to a couple.

    What to do for fun

    I joined the boxing club, and it's a great workout! D.C. is close so we take day trips, and we have a great bus access system that takes you directly to the metro.

    Food and Dining

    I am very picky person, so I actually lost weight when I came to college. They have a variety of food, like fruits and veggies, as well as a vegan station. I stuck with salad bar most of the time which was great!

    Dorm Life

    First year here, I had no A/C and dorm rooms are small. But that is typical. I would not have changed where I had lived, because living in such a small area, you create a bond with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never been challenged academically and mentally as I am right now. But as nerdy as it sounds, I enjoy being pushed which in the end will help me grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, Be friendly, prioritize your time wisely, and take different types of classes to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    UMD is not only located in an ideal district, but houses thousands of opportunities for you to gain leadership as well as learning much and exploring areas of interest. It is also a very vibrant area with a diverse group of students. So finding a friend should not be a problem.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For in state students this is a cheap option however stuff bought on campus is super overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    D.C. is very close by so it is easy just to take the metro in and spend the day (or night) out on the town.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is kind of the worst part of going here. Diner food has little taste and is way overpriced. I try to avoid it as much as I possibly can.

    Dorm Life

    It is a lot of living on a hall and making friends with your floor mates. Most people as freshmen are fairly friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on the major. As an electrical engineering major all of my classes are fairly difficult and it is hard to stay above the curve. However I have friends who are in, for instance, the business school and they have hardly any school work at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get plugged into student groups. If you are involved in some sort of community the school seems a lot smaller and it is much easier to make friends.

    In three sentences

    College Park is a great school with an awesome reputation. However be forewarned this school is very big and the teachers are not the best.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMD is not located in the safest county. Staff warn students to never walk alone at night, especially between the hours of 2-4am, and security tries very hard to ensure the safety of all its students. It is not a concern to stress about too much, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings, and to take safety precautions whenever possible.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty popular on campus - some 30% are involved. It is a great way to find friends, but unfortunately there are some negative groups out there, so be sure to ask around and do some research on the group(s) that you are interested in joining.

    Clubs and Activities

    A huge school provides for countless clubs. There are more than 500 on-campus, including social groups, honor societies, sports and interest groups. You are sure to find something you like and meet new friends too!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, sociable, athletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Two places where if you stand in the middle of a marked circle and clap, you hear a squeak. There is also a wall that reflects sounds and echoes when you speak to it. A fountain in the middle of the mall is a popular place for students to hang out and occasionally run in (there is chlorine added to kill bacteria).

    Bang for the buck

    As it is an in-state school, tuition is about $16,000 for in-state students and $22,000 for out-of-state students. You will get a worthwhile education here, but remember to compare the rigor and environment of UMD with that of the other schools that you are accepted into!

    What to do for fun

    UMD is very close to Washington, D.C., which has many historical attractions, of course, and musical concerts. Transportation is relatively useful, with free shuttle buses taking students to local destinations, such as the shopping plaza nearby. Or, attend one of the many sporting events here, such as the football and soccer games!

    Food and Dining

    One can get tired of the food here pretty quickly. The system is point-based - you use points each semester with a swipe card, and there is targeted spending to guide you so that you do not have too many points leftover or not enough. There is some variety in food, with a salad bar at the diners, and various small shops, one or two vegan/kosher places, and a food court.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are not air-conditioned, and in general they are pretty small. They include a handful of triples and quads, and the roommate selection process is random and not very thorough. However, one can request a roommate beforehand, and housing opportunities have brighter outlooks for each year that you stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    A selective in-state school, but not extremely competitive. The rigor depends strongly on the classes you take, as well as your teaching assistants or professors. Generally one can tell the rigor by reading a short description of a class - higher-level math/science and writing courses will definitely be challenging, for example, but the professors are there to assist you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! The school is very large, so depending on whether or not you like the environment can determine your happiness for the next few years. Do not be afraid to ask questions and join the listservs for any clubs you may have an interest in. You'll never know unless you try!

    In three sentences

    A decent school, with traditional and some old-fashioned buildings, but in an overall comfortable community.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are not located in the safest place in Maryland, but when an occurrence does occur everyone is notified through emails and text messages.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    A great school for any philosophical thinkers and society builders.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the nose of Testudo before an exam and leaving him treats can help you score higher!

    Bang for the buck

    Because of the abundance of opportunities at Maryland, it is very well priced.

    What to do for fun

    Getting involved in an organization by going to meetings or events is a great way to meet people. Don't be afraid to talk to a cute stranger because many people are very friendly and usually have something interesting to discuss.

    Food and Dining

    I would really advise petitioning to change the food on campus, but there are healthy and vegan options. I would just recommend a bit of patience to remember to eat right. There is a food co-op on campus which serves organic meals and products.

    Dorm Life

    One of the weaknesses of college life at the University of Maryland, I will try to make the most of it by rallying to make it better. If not, make the most of it by finding different study places and enjoy the campus environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work hard in classes, engage and read everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its preferable that the student keeps an open mind in all aspects of college life because learning does not end in classes, although I would pay close attention to the concepts learned in class and seek to apply them. I would prepare to bring a positive attitude that is ready to work very hard in classes. Because everyone is so different, try to not judge them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a university that considers upholding excellence among the students, faculty, and opperunties offered. The student body is very diverse, if not on the outside, on the inside once one begins speaking to a student about their experiences. Also, the faculty expects the best from their students which increases the competitiveness of the academics taught at this university. The university encourages the students activism, careers, and interests through so many opportunities that are presented to the student.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never feel endangered.

    Greek Life

    Lots of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudo's nose before exam day.

    Bang for the buck

    Good deal.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends or just hang out in dorm rooms.

    Food and Dining

    Good food.

    Dorm Life

    It's fun to dorm, but some facilities are old.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develope good study habits early. Get ahead of your school work.

    In three sentences

    The university of maryland is great. There are tons of people to meet. The professors are great too.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are cameras constantly watching the property from every Blue Alert light on campus. These lights are there for emergency purposes and can contact the police if necessary. There are police auxiliary that monitor campus as well as police officers. The college park police station is directly across the street from the school.

    Greek Life

    Greek life varies on personal preference. There are many greek councils on this campus. A plethora of multicultural and white greek organizations, and there is also the divine nine black greek organizations. Sometimes there are orgs on campus and sometimes they get kicked off, so it depends. It is highly diverse just like this school and alot of the organizations do philanthropic work for the community. There are social, professional, academic, spiritual, and service organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go on the UMD Stars website and that can give you a list of registered clubs and activities, but there are some clubs that aren't registered and it ranges from (that broom game from Harry potter) to anything like acting in free Shakespeare plays. There is literally a group or organization for EVERYONE and if there isn't it is so easy to make one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    McKeldin Mall is a pretty focal place on campus. An unusual tradition is to rub Testudo's (our mascot) nose before an exam or project and to leave him a gift of your choice. This lucky turtle sits directly in front of McKeldin Library. That is the biggest library on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    -Study abroad! -eat at Adeles in stamp using dinner points -if you have a job learn how to save now because you will need it later on down the road. It would be a good habit to get into now.

    What to do for fun

    There are too many fun things to do then I have space to say. We have every club you can think of and even clubs you would have never thought of. We have 19 different sports, as well as club sports because we are a D1 school joining NCAA sports is highly competitive. Hanging out with friends is always an option as well as going to school sponsored or greek sponsored parties. Go to the first look fair the 2nd or 3rd week of school and there you will find any and every club on campus tabling about their organization.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good surprisingly. We have 3 dinning halls and at the Stamp Student Union there is like a mall food court with things like chik fil A, taco bell, Sabaro, Panda, and so on. We also have connivence stores called common shops.if you have a meal plan you can dine ar the dinners and with TerpBucks you can shop at the common shops. You can only buy food at the Stamp food court with real money or something called Terrapin Express which is money that is deposited onto a card by a parent or someone.

    Dorm Life

    Definitely definitely try to live on campus. At least for your freshman year because that is where you make the bulk of your friends and can get the most involved. When you live on campus it is like a whole alternate world than if you were to live off-campus. Resident assistants (RA) are very helpful when you have a question about something and they can refer you to a helpful place. UMD has about 10 freshman dorms on North campus and many more on south campus. Needless to say we have a large school, and it is ever growing with 2 new dorms on the way. But when you live on campus that feeling of this school is too big quickly decreases in size drastically.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is extremely rigorous. Even if you made straight A's in high school, just imagine UMD to be 10 times harder. If you are prepared for that then classes will be easy. Take a light class load at first so you can get comfortable with the new environment, then increase your credits. For science majors try not to take more than 2 lab sciences because they are no joke. Seriously!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Be open -Apply early -Get involved -Don't let your grades slip because it is way harder to move a GPA up, then it is to come down -Don't underestimate the workload no matter your major -Find a mentor to help you through college -research all professors before registering for classes because you never want to be stuck with a teacher you aren't learning from check out ourumd.com to to look at professor ratings.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is the best place to learn, grow, and experience new things. Being a TERP can ultimately change your life in more ways than one if you let it. Maryland is considered one of the top 5 public institutions in the nation.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student safety is the number one priority on this campus. You can ask to be escorted to your car or dorm late at night. Text messages send alerts in the event of a campus emergency.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities are on campus. They provide a sense of family as well as participate in community projects.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and/or groups are great ways to meet new people who share similar interests. Whether you join for fun or service opportunities, there are numerous organizations to meet your needs. Many are listed in the catalog or visit the school website.

    Great for these types of students

    If you prefer a large campus, then UMCP is for you. It's great for those looking for academic challenge because it is highly respected especially in the fields of engineering and business. It's perfect for students looking for new challenges.

    Bang for the buck

    Although a state university, the quality of education cannot be beat for the price. The surrounding communities also offer affordable off campus living, stores, and/or restaurants. Also, textbooks can often be rented which saves students a great deal of money.

    What to do for fun

    Students can attend many of the Terp sporting events, some are televised. Washington, DC is only a few metro stops away from campus. Join a club, play games, participate in intramurals...fun everywhere if you look for it!

    Food and Dining

    If you tire of numerous ethnic and American dining halls, campus is surrounded by local and chain restaurants, including Bobby Flay's new hamburger spot. Meal plans usually fit the needs of students or some rooms are kitchen equipped.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms often have spacious rooms with common areas for lounging, studying, and hanging out with friends. RA is available to help solve problems and provide guidance.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically challenging courses taught by knowledgeable and experienced professors. UMCP has high expectations due to the caliber of the students. Ability to work independently is encouraged and thinking outside the box is supported.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus while classes are in session so you can an accurate picture of MD Life. Apply for scholarships and financial aid to help ease cost. Be prepared to work hard.

    In three sentences

    UMCP is a large campus with a diverse student population. It is only minutes away from Washington, DC. It has a lot to offer to many interests whether you want to follow Google founder or start a company like UnderArmour.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Maryland are very strict when it comes to campus safety. There are police cars scattered everywhere across the campus and phones on campus where you can call if you suspect suspicious activity occurring on the campus. They also email and text students crime alerts to inform them to be careful on campus until the criminal is caught.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and activities in University of Maryland College Park so someone is guaranteed finding a club they want to join.

    Great for these types of students

    There is no actual types of students who can attend University of Maryland College Park. Anyone who wants to be a part of the University will have a great time attending there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition since 1993 where if you touch the nose of the college mascot Testudo you will receive good luck. Also if you leave Testudo offerings on his statue you will also have good luck during final exam time.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is quite affordable overall. The University cover most of your expenses in the first two years of college. Transportation using the buses are free, there are also many free events students can attend to without spending a dime.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun in University of Maryland. You can go to the Student Union building and watch movies, attend events (such as concert performances, play games, and many other thing. There are also many sports events you can attend to. Also the mall in Mckeldin also have fun events from time to time as well. There are also many clubs which you can join that interest you. Whatever you want to do for fun, you can find it at University of Maryland.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is pretty good. The Dining Hall always have a variety of options to choose from at a reasonable price. There is also the food court and the restaurant Adele's if you do not feel like eating at the diner. The food taste great and are always cooked to perfection.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in the University of Maryland is pretty decent. Most people and roommates you meet in your dorm are friendly. Everyone in a dorm acts as one whole family.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics as a whole in University of Maryland College Park are neither difficult nor easy. It ultimately depends on the major and classes you choose to do. Majors such as science or engineering can be difficult to actually major in because of the difficult course requirements for it. While some classes can be extremely hard, there are also classes that can be quite easy. It ultimately depends on how you go about choosing your classes and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always put your academics before anything else. Some classes and majors require students to work extra harder than they ever had in high school. If you really want to declare your dream major, you must work beyond your limits for it because the requirements for that major can be quite difficult to fulfill if you do not fully focus on it.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland College Park is a college of community, aid, and success. The students are very friendly and all behave in a collective way for the greater good of the school. The faculty are very informative and helpful and always willing to help the students be successful in college.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    A must

    Bang for the buck

    Great school overall, get your money's worth, especially if your in-state.

    What to do for fun

    Route 1 has 3 popular bars: Bentley's, Cornerstone, and Barking Dog.

    Food and Dining

    One of the bigget complaints--there are only two main diners which have the typical unhealthy food and not many options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't nice, and many don't have air conditioning. They are far from the academic buildings, but there are new dorms that are beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is tough--some majors are harder than others. The school is becoming more and more competitive and difficult to get in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you work, and make sure to go out and have fun.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a great overall university. It is the whole package--Academically, Socially, Diversity, and good sports team.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any problems.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is popular and hosts a lot of events. However you don't need to be Greek to have fun, meet people and feel part of the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it, you can do it!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, fun, studious, active, athletic, curious, adventurous.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the nose of testudo!

    Bang for the buck

    Price is reasonable for out of state students - a bargain for in-state.

    What to do for fun

    Dorm parties, house parties, frat parties, games, speakers, concerts. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    It's not home cooking, but there are lots of options. The pay as go plan is not great - it's expensive so you have to watch to be sure you don't go over.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman dorm was amazing, sophomore year not so much. That may be because people already have their friends and interests. Some dorm rooms are really small.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most schools, it depends on the program. Some professors have high expectations, others are more lenient. Push yourself, it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out clubs and organizations, go to events, try new things. It's a big school so finding interests make it smaller and help you find your people.

    In three sentences

    Maryland is fantastic because you get all the benefits of a big school - programs, activities, sports- but the university itself feels like a small community. Students are friendly, most professors are good and help is available. The school spirit and pride are awesome.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The price is reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the major you pick has and will have all the classes needed to graduate. New programs are a pain to deal with.

    In three sentences

    Great online atmosphere. Good degree diversity. The staff members are great to work with.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Maryland is by far the safest campus I have ever been on! All students are very safety concious and the security systems in place would deter any wrong-doer!

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Maryland has hundreds of clubs and activities! Recently I joined the sign language club and I found a new passion! It's awesome to so easily discover things you enjoy doing.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and gaining new experiences!

    What to do for fun

    The University of Maryland has several committees dedicated to creating fun and exciting activities for students on campus! They often have free bowling nights, movies screened in the on-campus theatre, and give-away nights at the student union! Students are never lacking in things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The University of Maryland has many dinning options. There are to dinning halls and many food courts featuring popular chains around campus. My favourite place to eat it the Co-op. They have fresh organic food there and sometimes host workshops on meditating or getting in touch with your organic side. It's awesome!

    Dorm Life

    While the dorms aren't the most pristine, the resident staff works their hardest to make sure you're enjoying your time here at the University of Maryland! It's great to live among our peers, and late night study sessions with your floormates end up being more fun than productive!

    Academic Rigor

    While the classes are challenging, every lecture is compelling and sets of a spark of interest to know more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things! The University of Maryland has a wealth of clubs and activities for people to join. I've never regretted trying something new here!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a welcoming school with a beautiful campus. The staff and students here are all very warm and intelligent; I've never been afraid to ask someone how to get around on campus! Though the campus is large, the walk to class is worth it to see the beautiful scenery.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Maryland is great for all types of students. Anyone can come here and feel right at home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Maryland is rich with traditions. There are so many traditions and fun locations you have to visit on campus that you can find whole books dedicated to them. Some famous ones include, rubbing Testudo, their mascots, nose for good luck, swimming in the fountain on McKeldian mall, avoiding stepping on the point of failure for fear that students who do so don't graduate in four years. The sporting events themselves are so steeped in traditional chants and cheers that it takes you a few times to fully learn them all.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in state than Maryland offers a great bang for the buck. However those who are out of state such as myself are facing fairly high tuition and living expenses. Maryland however is considered one of the best bang for your buck institutions even for out of state as it is ranked among the top of public universities.

    What to do for fun

    What ever you like to do for fun I can guarantee you will find it at this campus. There is a student group for just about anything and if by the rare chance you can't find a group that fits your interests there is a very open and easy process to starting your own student run organization. Sporting events here are extremely popular and a common fun activity that many of the student participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is a lot better than you would expect from a college diner. They offer a wide variety of food in order to satisfy everyone including vegetarian, vegan and kosher. Most items are made right in front of you and to order instead of buffet style as you see at many colleges. In addition to regular dining food there are also a few fast food options always available including, McDonalds, Subway, Panda Express and many others.

    Dorm Life

    There are a vast number of wonderful dorms on campus such as the south campus apartments and the newly built Denton hall. These dorms are aesthetically pleasing and offer numerous luxuries such as spacious rooms and air conditioning. However some of the older dorms have yet to updated and do not have air conditioning. Living space is still fairly good compared to other colleges I have visited.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken quite seriously here though it depends largely on your major exactly how rigorous of a course load you can be facing. No matter what major you are enrolled in it will not just be a walk in the park as you an expect to find at most colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    While it may be a public school this University is not as easy to get into as you may think. They place a high emphasis on extracurricular activities and the role you can play within the school's diverse environment. Do not be afraid to come across as too unique or different in your application as it will help you to stand out

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a mixing pot of every race, culture, background and type of person imaginable. It is impossible to not find your niche here in terms of academic major, social group and extracurricular interest as the University has to offer just about anything you can possibly imagine. Add this with a large and beautiful campus located conveniently right outside of Washington D.C. and you have the ideal college for most prospective students.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always events around campus throughout the day in Stamp and in the mall, really anywhere. The nightlife is good too, there's a lot of options.

    Food and Dining

    I've been to the diner maybe 5 times, since I don't live on campus, and the food is good. There are a lot of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but I've been in a couple and they look nice. It seems like a great way to make a lot of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I love my school but don't get me wrong, it's really hard. Even the lower level electives are difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of students are in-state and seem to not want to stay in-state but give it a chance because it's a really awesome and fun school.

    In three sentences

    As an in-state commuter student, I love it. It's really diverse and offers a wide range of majors that anyone can pursue. People are friendly and there are a lot of useful resources.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime alerts multiple times a week. Stay away from the locals and never walk alone

    Greek Life

    Awesome, The school is trying to crack down, but the Greek Life network is so strong that its just tough to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, driven students with the work hard, play hard mentality

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gotta rub Testudo (the statue of the mascot) before every test, its good luck

    What to do for fun

    Route 1 is full of restaurants and bars, its always a good time. In addition, Stamp, the student union has tons of activities always going on with a bowling alley and a movie theater on site.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Live in freshmen housing. You will meet most of your best friends there and develop a good peer group 2. Check out Greek Life. It helps to make a huge school, a smaller community 3. Do your best. Teachers can tell who works hard and who doesn't and they are usually willing to give the harder workers the benefit of the doubt and a slight bump in the grade books

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a great business school with lots of bright innovative minds. The classes are full of great teachers who are working on ground breaking research and look to help students however possible. In addition the nightlife, is fun, but not too crazy for the average student

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I mean sure, no campus is perfect and safe. But the University texts you with alerts when a crime happens on or near campus. And there are state troopers on alert 24/7 on campus to makes sure things are ok.

    Greek Life

    I am in a fraternity called Sigma Phi Epsilon and it has been the best choice I have made since coming to Maryland. Greek life is a great way to meet new people and I am very humble Maryland greek life is so friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently on the Swim Club and WMUC radio and I have had great experiences in both. You get to meet new friends and it helps for my future of being a sports broadcaster. Both clubs have broadened my horizon,

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who want freedom, adventure, excitement and many other ways. Maryland has so much to offer that every person can be involved on campus in some way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At my school, during finals exams, we have Testudo statues, our school mascot, and we put offerings on or near the statue for good luck on our finals or midterms.

    Bang for the buck

    For the in state price, Maryland is the place to be. For out of state, of course it is not cheap but with a degree from the University of Maryland, it can take you anywhere.

    What to do for fun

    There is DC, Baltimore, bars, you have so much to choose from , you are in the middle of two amazing cities and you have a mall right near campus at Beltsville plaza.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is not the best, but the restaurants off campus are the way to go on weekends or late night. Pizza, wings, or whatever you are in the mood for, it is all there.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm , I have always lived in the fraternity house and it has been a awesome experience for me. Living with 30 other brothers and just hanging out with them and enjoying yourself I have never regretted it. I have friends who live in the dorms and they say they liked them.

    Academic Rigor

    Core classes are hard and some are interesting, but once you get into your major, the classes become smaller and more in depth for your career, That is why the Journalism school is so nice, the class sizes are small and you get a one on one with the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hit the books and enjoy your weekends. College is only four years of your life and enjoy every single second you are in it .

    In three sentences

    I love it at the University of Maryland. I have gotten so many great experiences and I will never regret picking the University of Maryland. The campus is phenomenal, the students are nice , and I could have not asked for a better school to choose.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very seriously at the University of Maryland. University of Maryland is one of the many campuses ran by blue light security. There is not one part of campus that is not under 24 hour surveillance. Maryland also has its own campus police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big at UMD. If you are into partying and that type of lifestyle, greek life is definitely the place for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 160 clubs and activities at the university of maryland. From quiditch club to chemistry club, anyone can find what they are looking for at UMD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in the fountain on the mckeldin Mall. Rubbing testudo�s nose, especially before finals. Not stepping on the crack that runs through south campus. Sex in the stacks. Having sex in Mckeldin Library. Climbing bird stadium. Legend has it, if you are able to break in and climb to the top of bird stadium, you can see all of DC including the washington monument.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun at UMD. You can find most students at the bars tuesday, thursday, friday, saturday, (and sunday, if you like drafts). However, alcohol isn�t the only thing needed to have fun at Maryland. Washington DC is only a couple train stops away and there is a wide variety of things to do in DC. Prince George�s county isn�t really known for its fun activities, however, many students are able to keep themselves occupied.

    Food and Dining

    The Food and Dining programs at UMD is brought into question on a regular basis from the on campus students. There are 2 options for on campus dining at UMD. First, there are dining points. These, �points� are used at any dining hall at the University. You actually pay more for less points. Seem ridiculous, but thats just how it works. Many freshman boys are calling their parents midway through november saying, �Yea, so mom, I am out of points, can you give me more.� Usually by the end of the semester you are calling on one of the girls in your dorm who only ate salad for the semester to buy you food. The next option is Terp bucks. Terp bucks can be used at any restaurant, dining hall, or convince store on campus. They go right onto your student ID, and you can use them wherever. The University recommends students to get points, however, I do not understand the logic behind this.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life definitely has it�s ups and downs. I definitely suggest living in a dorm for any incoming freshman, because many of your closest friends come from the floor you live on your freshman year. It�s a great way to get to know people in those awkward beginning stages of college. Dorm life does get tiring though, most of the dorm rooms are pretty small, with no air conditioning. Plus most freshman dorms are located on North Campus, away from most of the night life at Maryland.

    Academic Rigor

    The University definitely makes you work for your grade, however, if you work hard, you will do well. To help freshman with the transition from high school the college, the University offers discussion classes within the big freshman lectures. When you have a question about the material, but don�t feel like raising your hand in a 250 person lecture, you can go to discussion class and ask your assigned TA. Most of the TA�s really know their stuff, and are very willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus. The University of Maryland has one of the prettiest campuses in the area. UMD also gives a great tour. The tour guides program is called Maryland Images, and this group of students loves the University and can tell you great things about what it�s like at UMD. Whats also great about Maryland is students get the tranquility and the campus feel, while still being able to reap the benefits of being near a metropolis that is Washington DC.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a fantastic school. UMD offers a wide variety of people, clubs, and academic majors. The University of Maryland creates an atmosphere where students can make real change; not just within College Park or Washington DC, but around the world. You can make a big school small, but you can�t make a small school big.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights are all over campus, not as many as they say but there are a lot. UMD has its own auxiliary and has things like walking chaperons where a officer will walk with you if you do not want to walk alone, nite ride is set up where you can call and a shuttle will be sent to pick up off campus and take you back to on campus or where ever (with in limits).

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities from student government to hiking club. Very easy and fun to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    All, there is a place for everyone. A very diverse and accepting campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Leaving Testudo gifts during finals week is one of my favorite traditions, its amusing to see the array of gifts left.

    Bang for the buck

    Its an expensive school, especially out of state. I think it will pay off. Graduating from a major university to me is important but it is what you do with your education that takes you places and the resources at Maryland has opened up many opportunities for me.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of clubs and activities at Maryland. I got involved with the RHA and represent on campus students, I really enjoy it. Also the recreation center is a great place to work out or play sports with a group. You will have no problem finding something to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Okay, dinning services will work with anyone on a restricted diet, allergies, religious observances ect. Food is average, not the best but definitely not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    I had a nice dorm with AC, this year (2012) not all the dorms had AC but I belive that in fall 2013 all dorms should have AAC.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and you have to work for your grade. With my experiences professors are willing to help you if you seek out their assistance and put forth the effort, so if you need help get it right away and do not wait till last minute.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a big school, I came from a small town but found myself right at home here in college park. Most of the people I have met are nice and always willing to help. If size is an concern, I know it was for me, its not as intimidating after a while.

    In three sentences

    UMD is filled with so many resources from the career centers to the professors. Their research facilities are among the highest in the nation and have top academics.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Like most universities, finding a party is not difficult. There are also many clubs, sports, and organizations for students. Sometimes there is a movie night in some of the campus buildings. There is also a student art gallery on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am not famililar with the University of Maryland's meal plan, but there are a lot of places to eat beside the campus dinner halls. There is a food court in the middle of the University that serves good food.

    Dorm Life

    There are distractions at the dorms like any other college, but the experience is mostly what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    I was not accustomed to putting in my best effort when I worked in high school. At the University of Maryland, I put a significant amount of effort just to study for my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is possible to be successful at the university if you take advantage of the office hour meetings held by professors. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you are confused even if you think you might look foolish. It is better to get clarity now than to get that information wrong on an exam.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Maryland is a good school. The people are very friendly, and the professors seem to genuinely care about students.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there are some risque areas around campus, overall campus security is pretty good.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big on campus. There is a huge presence and a greek row but greek activity is not required to have a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an activity for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    UMD is a great school for many types of people with broad interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Dairy on Campus has home-made ice-cream from cows raised on campus. It's delicious.

    Bang for the buck

    UMD is a great school for Maryland residents who get in-state tuition and a great education for a great price.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are great for a fun evening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty decent.

    Dorm Life

    Upperclassmen dorms are far nicer than lowerclassmen. Honors dorms for freshman are very nice though.

    Academic Rigor

    This school can be challenging, of course some majors more than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as possible. This school has alot to offer.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a great school. The students work hard and play hard. The teachers are all extremely knowledgable and care about their students succeeding.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at Maryland, no matter what you like to do. There are over 200 clubs and if there isn't something you like then you can create your own club!

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options in all the dining halls at UMD. Whatever your in the mood for you can probably find! Hours are flexible and the food is actually delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I actually did not live in the dorms at Maryland. However, I had friends who did who stated that the rooms were in good condition and a decent size for dorm rooms. The ones I have seen personally match this description

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rigorous and challenging, but extremely interesting. I found that there is little room to slack off if you want that A. A's are not easy to come by; one must dedicate time and effort to receive high marks.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first piece of advice is that know how to manage your time. There is a lot of free time, which only leads to procrastination, and cramming at the last minute. Secondly, talk to your teachers! Build relationships with them and if you are having trouble do not be afraid to get help! Teachers are there to help you, not make you fail!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is an incredible place to attend to. There is so much diversity and there is always something going on! The resources here are vast, easily accessed, and exceptionally helpful. The teachers are all passionate and treat you more than just a number; The classes are challenging and wildly interesting. Go Terps!

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You certainly need to be aware of yourself and those around you but UMD has several precautions put in place for students. Be smart and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    very active on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    So many! from Quiddich to Womens Crew to service to frats to career groups we have it all. This is a major plus.

    Great for these types of students

    People with some kind of ambition. The majority of people I know are planning on going to grad school, med school or law school. Many graduates I know got high-ranking government jobs directly after graduating. UMD is a bit of a party school, but at the end of the day everyones pretty committed to what they're doing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudos (our mascots) nose for good luck on tests. This is done so many times his nose shines gold while the rest of him looks brown. Students also leaves piles of 'tribute' on and around him during finals.

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games, guest comedic speakers, concerts, school-sponsored events in the student union; Maryland does an excellent job keeping students entertained and there are tons of bars restaurants and hookah places just down the road. The metro is also nearby giving easy access to DC.

    Food and Dining

    Outside of a lack luster salad bar everything in the diner is oil or dairy heavy, and not in a good way. We have a new pasta bar which is okay, but the highlight is the ice cream for sure.

    Dorm Life

    Heaters: I sweated through the better part of 2012. They aren't terrible but nothing to feel lucky about; you definitely have to make the most of your space although many people were able to get their own rooms as people moved out. If at all possible: go for the new Oakland building, it's by far the best dorm available.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you define as rigor and what programs you take, but this school will definitely have you working hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to fighting for your needs, it's a giant school so you have to be your own advocate in many instances. Also prepare yourself to be exposed to the elements when walking around campus and be sure to take advantage of the school's public transportation systems when possible. Finally, familiarize yourself with as many programs and opportunities on campus as possible.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with a sense of history and college town feel. The University is getting to be a little too expense for me but largely is worth the expense there are numerous campus-sponsored events and the teachers are pretty good overall. It's a big school which is important to keep in mind.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area is kinda sketchy, but so far I haven't seen anything happen, nor have I heard of anything happen to anyone else. The greatest threat if you will is unattended property theft. That basically means that so long as you don't leave your new laptop on a table in the library while you go to the bathroom it probably won't get stolen. Basically use common sense and you'll be fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are like 7 statues of Testudo on campus (our mascot, the Terrapin). We rub his nose for good luck, especially before tests or a big sporting event. Before finals week, people like to leave him offerings in the hope it helps on their exams. Also, there are a few acoustic anomalies on campus. You'll clap and hear a squeak instead of a clap. Also, there is a place where you can hear your echo as you speak, as opposed to waiting for a delay. Just look for any odd circular patterns on the ground (outside) and prepare for people to stare.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, but not bad. Just figure out what to avoid (like the beef in the Korean stir fry) and what to eat more often (like the pastas made-to-order) and eat a variety so you don't get bored. The dining plan sucks. It basically gives you 10-12 dollars a DAY. to feed yourself. Plan on eating a lot of cereal, granola bars, crackers, and other microwaveable foods in place of meals at the diner (1-2 times a day). Also, it's a large college town. There are lots of places around to order food from (Pizza, Chinese, etc.). It sucks picking up the food, but most of these places offer free delivery because they know what crowd they cater to.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all well maintained and clean, but some are very nice and some are a little older. I'm in one of the older one, and my only complaint is the lack of air conditioning (which sucks, but you'll live). And most of the RAs cool and your dorm-mates are typically a lot like you, especially if you are in any sort of living and learning community. I'm in Gemstone (Honors) so most of the people I live with are engineer/science types so we think alike.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an engineering student, so by default, everything is a little tougher. But, most of my friends aren't, and they agree that the courses are rigorous. UMD has a reputation as a great University, and tough courses are what help keep it that way. One of the things we are known for is our science departments, so they are particularly tricky. All in all, things are manageable and the professors are approachable. So it's tough, but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make it a task to make friends quick, early, and often. It's a big school, and unless you already know a lot of people, it is easy to get left alone. Parking is really expensive and pedestrians are everywhere and move in packs. Plan on walking, biking, or taking the bus. Walking is the slowest, the bus shuttles will only go certain places, and it sucks going uphill on a bike. Best to have all three to choose from. Make it a priority and a habit to get work done ASAP upon arriving on campus. Also, make it a habit to get a healthy amount of sleep every night (not what you need, not how little you can handle, but a solid 8 or so hours). Down the line, these two habits will make your academic life much easier. Less tired equals more happy and completing HW faster. No procrastinating means less cramming, easier to keep your sleep schedule, and time to go out on the weekends.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Im not there yet.

    Greek Life

    Im not there yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Im not there yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Im not there yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Im not there yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the school is worth it, because for instate its about 8,000 and its a high ranking engineering school.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to watch the discovery channel

    Food and Dining

    They have good and also have lots of good food outlets around the schools.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear they enjoy there dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a very challenging college.

    Tips for prospective students

    I about to transfer there.

    In three sentences

    I about to transfer there.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College Park, without a doubt, has a multitude of incidents. Be aware of the blue emergency lights that could serve as your saving grace during an incident. It is also best to walk with a friend or to use the night services (such as an escort system and the nightride shuttles.) Being in many late activities, I am wary of my surroundings and opt to take routes with more activity and people. With the dorms, there is a three-way swipe system. The first one is a swipe with your card to enter the building. Most students can pass this. Then, there is an elevator/stairway swipe. Only residents of that dorm building can pass. Then there is the individual's room (key or UID card, I don't know which is used...), the final way to get into the room. It sounds like a reasonable system: one that also relies on the RA's and the police. Again, as a commuter, I'm not so sure. Much of my opinion on this matter is derived from what I have heard.

    Greek Life

    I hear of this one place that caters to their diet needs. I'm not so sure about the rest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty. Way too many to mention in this review. The best way to find out about them is by attending the First Look Fair. And don't be surprised to be bombarded with things like mails and flyers that advertise such events held by club members and the like. Then again, given the size of the university, this kind of thing isn't too surprising.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for school spirit, a big place with many possible places to fit in, combined with a decent education, UMCP would be a great fit. It is for the 'thinking big' kind of spirit, in my opinion.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are multiple testudos (the turtle) on campus. Many rub his nose for good luck, even going as far as to make strange, ritual-like offerings to the great mascot. One time, the place was blocked off, disallowing people from rubbing its nose. It is said that the GPA decrease, as slight as it was, was noticeable and significant during that time period. It went back to normal when Testudo became accessible again. There is also the point of failure - the intersection of many lines on a huge compass that lies in the former center of the University. Each line directs to a building that had been burnt down in a Thanksgiving fire. It is said that those who step on this line won't graduate in 4 years time. And then there is the labyrinth, which is located near the memorial chapel. While it may not have weird shenanigans or tradition attached to it, it is a place of serenity and meditation that alleviates stress when one walks through it and back with nothing but a question in their heads. I have done it once. 'Tis worth a try.

    Bang for the buck

    It's rather pricey, but worth it. Due to my close location to the school, I am able to commute, which many people are okay with, especially if the bus system travels through their neighborhood. However, I do not have access to the bus, as I am in a Bowie sburbia in the middle of nowhere. As much as I would like to take advantage of all the university has to offer, as pricey as that may be, I feel that my circumstances of commuting, while saving me money, are robbing me of the experience. So depending on circumstance and how much you plan on getting out of the college experience, it's probably worth paying for. But, since the free game tickets are covered through your tuition, one who isn't a sports/event enthusiast may not like that so much.

    What to do for fun

    There is a swimming pool (outdoor/inner, I believe) at the Eppley Recreation Center. The School of Public Health, which is right next to said center, is a building with a gymnasium along with dojos/mats for the boxers/martial artists. Joining a club in one of those areas is a nice way to combat weight gain and a nice way to release stress. The Stamp Student Union has TerpZone in the basement. In this area is a pool table, bowling, and various arcade games. I have also seen bulletins of the occasional video game tournament/karaoke nights... Take some friends. If you are having trouble in that department, various socials and club joinage may alleviate that. As a club member to this cultural organization, I have been invited to/partaken in a multitude of fun events. Also, even if you aren't much an athlete, you may enjoy the sports scene; as a UM student, the game tickets are free (though you'll have to claim them when notified by email.) If you prefer the arts, then keep an eye out for shows that are held in the theaters and places like CSPAC. The bus system can take you to a metro stop, for those who would like to explore the DC area. And, as mentioned earlier, there is the Route 1 ride that leads to reasonably interesting locations aside from aforementioned eats.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to get food, such as the Kim's Kafe from the Kim Engineering building (decent sandwiches and literally cool places to sit) to the two Dining Halls on both north and south parts of campus, to the convenience stores like Union and the 24, to coffee bars like the one in Stamp and the Footnotes Cafe in McKeldin, and places with fast food, such as the Stamp's food court and a Taco Bell Express near Glenn Martin. For the more adventurous, area-savvy soul, there are also many places along Route 1 near campus, such as Noodles and Company, Sakura, and Applebees... (though the service in Applebee's can be rather slow.) worth checking out. The Dining Halls have salad bars that encourage a customizable approach to the healthier eating style. The only downsides to eating here, however, are the costs and the large portion sizes of some dishes. But the availability of soy milk and organic, fair-trade foods may appeal to many.

    Dorm Life

    I rated it a 3, as I have heard good and bad things. But honestly, I am a commuter and I am not sure. But, as long as you can find and compromise with a reasonable room mate with tolerable quirks and the ability to put up with your own, the dorm life depends on, I guess, the conditions of the building you live in (some may lack AC. And then, there's also the proximity of the building to your other classes.) But, I am allowed access to the lounge of Anne Arundel Hall, which is an apartment-style dorm assigned to some people (usually upperclassmen) in the Honors program. It has AC, a piano, and a kitchen, and if I am lucky to be placed there, I am sure it would be rather nice.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman who had just completed her first semester in the University Honors program, I say that most students take their education seriously. Pushing for the A/B range of grades is an apparent thing. Given that this is the start of a college career in which slacking, which may have taken place during high-school, can dig the student into a surprisingly deep whole, progressing through the system and keeping grades up while adjusting is quite the mental challenge. But the wise student will take advantage of Office Hours of the professors and the TAs, and any other study-group-sessions/opportunities that promote learning the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grades truly matter in getting into this school, as it is quite competitive. When applying for this college (and, if you also happen to be applying for the School of Music), don't procrastinate on the process, and don't sell yourself short. Attend orientations! Awesome times and the pooling of resources tend to take place during this time. You may be forced out of your comfort zone, especially if you are the quiet type, but even these things can be regarded with equal fondness among you and those who felt the initial awkwardness! Also, orientations and social events allow you to discover the campus, making the transition a little smoother.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge but beautiful and lively. There is a good mix of personalities and interests that can be seen in the student body. As a Computer Science major in various activities, I have found various places of belonging and helpful people who share my interests.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of campus security. UMD has so many Blue Lights which are blue Telephone poles set up all around campus that allow emergency calls.

    Greek Life

    Frat Row is well known. There are many different Frats and Sororities offered based off of different interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs offered on campus. They range from hobbies, to your major, to personal interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Just about anybody. University of Maryland offers as many opportunities from the sport's lover, to a fine arts lover, to members of the LGBT community. The most important thing is that everybody accepts everyone despite their differences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudo's nose for good luck. Also, leaving him offerings to bring good-luck to yourself for finals! The different chants cheered on by students during football, basketball, and soccer games.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not too expensive for in-state students. However, with it's prestigious education, the many different opportunities offered to students, and with its close proximity to DC and Baltimore with the Metro, the costs are well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Students are given free tickets to sporting events, plays an movies are shown at the Arts center, at Terp Zone in the Student Community Center (STAMP) you can bowl, La Plata Beach allows students to play soccer, volleyball, basketball, and just about anything, STAMP also holds events such as comedians and bands for students to come see, and there is always some event going on on-campus.

    Food and Dining

    Nobody can really say the dining at any college is excellent but for UMD it is pretty darn good. You have many more healthy options than you do unhealthy options. There's food for vegan's and people who have strict dietary needs. Students with strict dietary needs are allowed access to communication with chefs in order to create a meal plan with food that you are allowed to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Through my experience, the people who live with me on my floor of my dorm have become like a family to me. We do lots of things together and are there for each other. Dorms provide study rooms, laundry rooms, and other services for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Getting A's can happen but not easily. UMD isn't a joke for academics. You will need to study in and out of the classroom in order to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for different clubs and activities. You will make a wide-range of friends and might find something you're passionate about. Also, when handed an opportunity, take it!

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a great school for academics and an overall college experience. Programs, such as the A. James Clark School of Engineering, are well-known nationally for their credentials. Student-life on campus is excellent with so many things to do such as working out at the ERC, playing soccer, basketball, or volleyball, at La Plata Beach, seeing a movie or a play at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, seeing sports games for free and so much more!

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Very large Recreation Center.

    Food and Dining

    Alright food, decent variety all around.

    Dorm Life

    NA: I commuted and did not live on campus.

    In three sentences

    Commuting is very difficult due to the proximity to Washington DC and the Washington Beltway (Interstate 495); if there is ever an accident anywhere along the Beltway, the whole thing comes to a crawl. The Parking Enforcers are notoriously good at their job, do not try and park in a Lot where you are not supposed to, or you WILL be found and ticketed ($45-75) - I was waiting in my car and still got ticketed!!! Also for commuters, most of the Help-Desks are in the late afternoon/evenings, and on weekends, so be prepared to spend down time on campus after classes while you wait for the Teaching Aids.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of groups and organizations that are always planning events/parties. We have great open fields where people play all kinds of club sports (we even have a quittage team)

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, you will get sick of it by the end of each semester. But there are plenty of restaurants and fast food options near by and on campus. There's even a grocery nearby.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not that great but there are lots of off-campus living accommodations that are not so expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    your grades are very important here but if your grades aren't the best, participating in extra curricular activities helps a lot as well. Also make sure you pick the people for your letter of recommendations carefully.

    In three sentences

    A diverse population of students. Excellent engineering and performing arts programs. Lively social life

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school is very safe with on-campus police present at all times. There are services in place to help students with safety as well as an online alert system.

    Greek Life

    Not too familiar with the Greek Life since I am a freshman that has only gotten 1 semester under her belt. I have seen a lot of fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the recruitment events that I have seen on-campus where you can learn about the various clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Maryland - College Park campus is great for students that are serious about their education. Really good for students that are outgoing, self-motivated, and enjoys the different seasons.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The love and traditions that I have witnessed for the turtle on campus is a bit unusual, however I believe in our mascot and the luck that it brings.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Maryland - College Park is a large campus (provides free bus service). The school is very diverse and full of various opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    I do yoga and attend sporting events for fun. I also enjoy listening to music or watching movies with my friends. Sometimes we go out as a group and enjoy the city.

    Food and Dining

    Since I am a picky eater, I can;t complain about the food. The limited food choices that I've tried are good and there is a variety of foods offered. I do not like to walk to the dining area when it's cold.

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate and the dorm that we share. I don't like that it is not air conditioned and the sanitary beliefs of some of my dorm mates. I really would prefer a private restroom or cleaner dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at the University of Maryland is challenging as well as interesting. I loved all of my classes so far, except for Biology, since I am not good in science.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip that I would give a prospective student is to find outside financial assistance before leaving home. I would also advise you to choose a roommate that has similar interests.

    In three sentences

    On a scale from 1 to 10, I rate my school as an 9. The only reason I do not give it a 10 is because there is limited financial assistance for out of state students without FAFSA assistance. Love the seasons and the atmosphere, as well as the staff.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very helpful and dependable.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot going on for students. I'm wrong person to ask because I don't stay on campus to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus. However, I like the little place where students volunteer to make food and in exchange they receive complementary food.

    Dorm Life

    I live off of campus

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but we are dealing with the university. However, the professors are very understanding and are flexible when necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    I already mentioned to be very cautious and careful about the transportation giving you tickets and keep track of what classes you need to take, so they don't fool you.

    In three sentences

    In general I'm very happy with the Stuff and professors I have taken classes with. I'm a Persian studies major and most of my professors have been amazing. However, I have to say that the University makes a lot of money by giving students parking tickets. Sometimes they make mistakes and give you a ticket, but forget to void it, so you have to be very careful where you park and what are the rules. If you don't know or not sure, always ask the officers or talk to someone in the transportation. Also, you have to be careful with advising because they will tell you something like you will graduate in May, but when it comes down to it you find out you have to take 12 more credits. It is all about how to take money from students. Other than that I really enjoy this university.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to choose from, you just have to make decisions and stick with them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The loyalty to the turtle is a little disturbing but tradition has it that he is a lucky mascot.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is a little on the expensive side, there are many opportunities to earn scholarships to pay out of state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    I attend sports events such as football and basketball games for fun. I also enjoy Yoga and the different clubs at UMD.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of different food available in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice and the choice of roommates is very important. Make sure you choose a roommate that has something in common with you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging and their are many different schools, therefore, you are sure to find a major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't settle for the first school that you are accepted into, explore and weigh all of your options. Be ware of the terp.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Maryland because of the diversity and many opportunities. The college campus is huge and you can experience the seasons. I rate this school at the top of the scale in every area except price.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus could not be safer! There are emergency phones within sight everywhere on campus. I don't ever have to worry about walking home after a late night at the library or anywhere else on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is very popular for both men and women! The fraternities and sororities contribute a lot to the university and it's reputation for the various different philanthropy events they hold all year long. Whether you're looking for a social or professional organization, you will find it here!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone! With more than 800 clubs from quidditch and ballroom dancing, to professional societies and class council, to habitat for humanity there is bound to be something you're eager to join! If you can't find what you're looking for, create it!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants a medium sized, beautiful campus has to give UMD a chance! Since there are so many students here, there is no type of person that won't fit in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before graduating you have to go for a swim in the fountain on the mall, and climb to the top of the football stadium at night! Don't miss out or you will regret it! Many students do both of these things more times than they can count.

    Bang for the buck

    The academics at Maryland are top notch. Especially if you live in state, the value is unbeatable!

    What to do for fun

    The great thing about UMD is that it is right next to DC! The metro is only a free buss ride away and it will only cost $10 max for a round trip ticket! There are also many things to do right here on campus. Whether it's bowling, attending sporting events, taking a group fitness class, or playing a pickup game of frisbee, you can always find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food here is not the best. There are many different choices, but after a few weeks it gets old. There is a restaurant in the student union where you can pay with dining points though, and this is a good way to switch things up. There are also many other options for dining around town. In the student union there are many fast food options, and on Rt. 1 there are many many tasty places to grab food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here could not be better. Although there are many old classic hall style dorms, it's not bad at all! If you introduce yourself to your neighbors from the get go, chances are you will have a floor full of friends right at your fingertips!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the difficulty of classes will vary. Keeping up with reading your textbooks is one of the best things you can do to make classes easier

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Whether it's an intramural, club, or varsity sport, an academic society, or any other type of organization there is something here for you! If you don't find what you're looking for, create it!

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a beautiful campus with endless opportunities. It is a big enough school to offer more choices of classes than one could dream of, but small enough to find your niche. UMD is an amazing school, both academically and socially!

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are excellent food choices on campus even for the picky eaters!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are nice, but you have to share a bathroom with A LOT of people, so be prepared...

    Academic Rigor

    College Park are very well known for their academic intensity and great student intelligence.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you put forth the effort in high school. The application is pretty rigorous and students must be on the point with their responses, essay, and extracurriculars. Try to do something extra, like volunteer at a nursing home.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland-College Park is an excellenet school for any one! They have great academic standards, campus life, and is very affordable! This school is considered a 'public ivy' and is treated very high with respect.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is at its highest peak at UMD. If there are any concerns to inform students of problems we have an elaborate Email/Text alert system to inform students of issues on campus and an alarm system. UMD is one of the safest places in the area and allows students to keep a peace of mind while engaging in all activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless clubs and activities for literally any area of interest you can imagine. A Quidditch team was recently founded on campus and UMD is open to students starting their own clubs to be given funding from the University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A unique tradition on campus is to tap the nose of Testudo, who is our turtle mascot, before an exam for 'good luck' on exams. A few years back when Testudo was moved and was not available to touch that the GPA of students fell overall.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall the University of Maryland is a utopia mix for both city and rural life. The greenery on campus creates a peaceful environmental area to enjoy activities and a great view. If a desire for city life arises, metro is easily accessible for travel into Washington, DC where you can experience historical landmarks, great food, and the capital of the United States of America.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Maryland offers a plethora of student based clubs and activities on campus. There is an opportunity for students with different interests, support groups, and work experience opportunities to prepare students for the future and have extra money.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus from the Dining Halls to restaurants on the main road leading to campus. The options for eating are large and offfer unique cultural experiences as well. The food is good, but it is important to create a variety of options by eating at different places.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in a Living Learning program where you live with individuals who take similar courses to you, which makes university life significantly more enjoyable. The rooms itself are bland, but if you decorate and make your space an area to be enjoyed by others then it brings excitement to the experience you have. The residents are nice and RA's are caring for each and every resident.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the experience you have in a specific major, the rigor of the course work is an appropriate amount. The professors do the best they can to teach students all the information required to not just have jobs in the future, but excel in the perspective careers. The course work becomes challenging, but you will be prepared for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active and take advantage of all the opportunities on campus. The minute you arrive to UMD look for opportunities that are within your interest and those that will give you the opportunity to enhance your skill set. Since some UMD courses are large it can be easy to fall behind, but if you utilize classmates and work together as a team then you will be successful.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland College Park offers a unique opportunity for students to experience cultures around the world on this campus. Hosting interests that range from all aspects, it is easy to join a club or organization on campus that share your same values. Although UMD is a large university, it gives the students an opportunity to learn from some of the best professionals around the globe.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades... and have extracurriculars... basically be yourself/

    In three sentences

    I'm a Marylander so this is the perfect college for me. Cant wait to get a little reckless in the wonderful weight room they got up there. And pursuing engineering at one of the best schools in the country at the same time sounds like paradise to me.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On Campus I feel the Safety is excellent. However, we are so close to DC and the City of College Park surrounds the University which makes the outskirts unsafe. The Police force is excellent and most crimes are solved swiftly. With that in mind always walk in pairs or groups at night and be aware of your surroundings.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for Business minded individuals, Agriculture and Environment Sciences, and Engineering.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Testudo; their a many statues of Testudo the Terrapin all over campus. Its believed good luck to rub his nose before an exam. You'll notice a shiny worn out nose from so many students rubbing the nose.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, the University is an excellent School to et a degree from. Out of State I find the tuition rate is very high and most students could recieve their education in their own state. In the end the education is very good and a very good University to recieve a diploma from.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting Events; University Athletics. Bars, Clubs, Night-Life. Washington D.C. is close-by so is Baltimore. Many activities on campus, and Maryland has all 4 seasons with all seasonal activities near-by; Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Beach, Boating, etc.

    Food and Dining

    On Campus typical food, off-campus more variety. Price is reasonable but favors toward the high side.

    Academic Rigor

    The University is very challenging. The University is designed to place the onus of your education solely upon your shoulders. You are responsible for your own education; the effort you put forth will dictate your outcome and reward.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the ride; live on or near campus (in a safe location). Commuters beware; choose good times for classes to avoid poor traffic conditions, pick the best parking lots for your class schedule. As a non-traditional student (early 30's) with a family; the college experience has been very rewarding; with regards to my career, family, and our future as a country.

    In three sentences

    The Universiy is an Academic Challenge. The University is an excellent personal opportunity for most students to expand their horizons; Socially, Environmentally, and Academically. Most students will connect to the University on a personal level and hold the University as part Ownership; Alumni.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports, Clubs, Student Groups, Partying (That's really big here), Swimming, Rock Climbing, Dancing, Shows at the Student Union, Shows at the Performing Arts Center, . The list goes on and on....

    Food and Dining

    The food is standard but there are a lot of options for everyone; from vegans to gluten-free eaters. Its all here.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, I live in one of the older dorms so its not as nice as it could be but the sense of community makes up for the lack of comfort during certain times of the year (No A/C in some of the older dorms) . You'll most likely live with people in your own year which is a great way to make this HUGE school feel a little smaller.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor at UMCP really depends on your major and the amount of credits your are taking at once. Majors like engineering and biology have alot heavy course work while Pre-education does not. However, a Pre-education major taking 19 credits will be just as stressed out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to office hours if you feel overwhelmed. Most often than not, your instructor will be more than willing to help you understand their course and do well. It's their job! It is so important to use the resources available to you on campus. The student population is very high and you have to be able to advocate for yourself and ask for help.

    In three sentences

    The campus is incredibly beautiful. The atmosphere is very welcoming here. The students and faculty are a really diverse and wonderful group of people.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally pretty safe. There are emergency telephones all around campus that can alert campus police if you are in danger. There is also programs such as night ride, that pick you up from off campus at late hours and can take you back to a safe location.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very much alive in Maryland, but if its not for you there is not pressure to join!

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club out there the University of Maryland has, and if not you can create it! Activities are constantly occurring on a daily basis!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for competitive and academically well rounded students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    University of Maryland Students have a great Hatred for Duke! Also, if you rub the statue of our school mascot Testudo on the nose, it supposedly will give you good luck. Students leave offerings of an array of different items around the statue as well around midterms and finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, I am paying out of state tuition which is extremely expensive and may cause me to have to transfer. Out of state tuition and total costs is about $40,000 a year. But if I lived in state, the tuition rate is amazing and with out a doubt a great bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. Whether it is the concerts, basket ball games, or other sporting events the fan base here in College Park is insane. There are clubs, fraternities, and sorties. You can hang out the pool and rock climb at the recreation center. As well as go to events at the local bars!

    Food and Dining

    The food may get old after a while, but it tastes pretty decent. The dining staff additionally hosts different themed food events about twice a month!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fairly average.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Maryland and its teachers are highly qualified and challenge students to be the best they can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you submit your application in early. This school is extremely competitive and to ensure the most financial aid, best housing, and chance of getting in, get it done plenty in advance!

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a happy, competitive, and rewarding place. You will have a great experience, but a negative is the out of state tuition which is about 3 times greater than in state tuition. Overall, it is a fantastic school with great academics, but is a little pricey.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of campus alerts and robberies, just be smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people swim in the fountain on McKeldin mall at some point during their time here. We all rub Testudo's nose when we pass a statue and leave tribute at the statue outside the library during finals.

    What to do for fun

    The Maryland sports games are phenomenal and the pride is huge. There are plenty of clubs and things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food off campus is fantastic, there are lots of choices all around that cater to a student's budget. The dining hall food is mediocre and repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old and many do not have air conditioning. They are often small and most people do not like them.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes you may not think are challenging may surprise you. Although some of your more important major classes will be challenging, there are plenty of resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early action to avoid being denied or given Freshmen Connection. Freshmen Connection may seem like a blessing, although living off-campus is preferable, the classes are late and it is hard to be productive.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland has a fantastic learning environment with interesting, challenging classes. The student body is a great diverse group of people. There is a lot to do on or around campus that should keep anyone busy.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The student credit union has a cafeteria full of all of your favorite fast food places, fit for people from anywhere in the world.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all in a different 'state-of-repair' with construction ongoing on some parts of college park.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from lecture halls to almost personal lessons, and they are all tough from start to finish.

    In three sentences

    College Park is HUGE! The classes are definitely going to be tough to get to as a freshman here. Also, they are very selective on who the accept but don't let that keep you from applying!

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMD puts a lot of effort into making the students feel safe. The surrounding areas might not be the best, but on campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much, though my dorm is near Greek row and the noise can be ridiculous.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's not a lot available to start in the spring, but there's a wide variety in the fall.

    Great for these types of students

    The majority of people here are from in-state or from states nearby. There's a lot of ethnic diversity for minority students. There's also a lot of good programs for career-oriented students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a compus next to Shoemaker that, if you walk through it, is supposed to keep you from graduating/bring bad luck. Running up the stadium seats is a tradition and so is swimming in the fountain on the mall. UMD actually has tons of traditions and superstitions to find.

    Bang for the buck

    UMD is rates as one of the best schools for getting the value of your money, but I've personally experienced some issues with paying for school here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of restaurants and places to go off campus and there are generally shows and things to attend during the week and on the weekend. Also, there's a bus to the metro into D.C. to see and do things there.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is easy to access and affordable, but it gets old quickly and isn't the best quality. It isn't the worst either.

    Dorm Life

    If you get a suite, it's fine. The dorms with high ceilings are also really nice, and I think the priority system is fair. There are a lot of dorms that are old or don't have a/c though, and there have been a few maintenance problems.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, I haven't found anything particularly challenging in the humanities region. I think the science and math classes might be more rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your credits transfer before you take an AP class or a class at another college. Keep a good eye on the prerequisites for your intended major. Take a wide variety of classes.

    In three sentences

    UMD had a lot of opportunities and classes at a good academic level. It's a large of campus with lots to do and a lot of diversity. The only bad thing is that there are a lot of hoops to jump through when it comes to transferring credits, applying to majors, etc.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several bars by UMD. UMD also sponsors various activities throughout the year. There are several rec centers as well as classes (i.e. zumba, yoga)

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. It is good the first week but gets exhausting later on. There are a lot of dining places on Route 1. If you are living in a dorm, UMD requires student to buy a dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UMD are decent. They are not as luxurious as other institutions. Cumberland and Denton are the only on campus dorms that have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at UMD are difficult. However, there are usually TA�s and professors willing to work with their students. Try to spend time outside of class reviewing the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students interested in applying to UMCP should alway apply for the priority deadline. The school has become very competitive to get into for a public school. UMD has a 40% acceptance rate.

    In three sentences

    UMCP is an amazing institution. It is one of the most affordable college. It is also known as a public ivy league.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus has a activity center with a bowling alley and game room. It also has a performing arts theater. It is a beautiful place to walk around. Overall, there are tons of things going on at any time.

    Food and Dining

    There are dining halls on either end of campus and students who live in a dorm are required to be on a meal plan. The plan also has credit to spend on on-campus restaurants/shops.

    Dorm Life

    There are RAs that plan dorm activities and are there when you move in to answer questions. There are normally two students to a room but there are some singles and triples. How nice the dorms are, is dependent on where they place you.

    Academic Rigor

    I consider Maryland to have academic rigor without the workload being overwhelming. Though, it is really dependant on the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a good idea to visit schools before choosing. If you visit University of Maryland bring a map!!! If you can't visit there is tons of information available online. There is a separate web site for sub-schools (for specific majors-- ex: business school), honors colleges, and sports. You can also look at stars.umd.edu to see a list of clubs at Maryland. Once you decide what school you want to go to, look at teacher reviews online before enrolling. A good University of Maryland resource is ourumd.com . You can search professors and classes and see reviews and grade distributions.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland has a beautiful campus. It is a large college with many clubs, activities, and opportunities. University of Maryland students tend to work hard on their schoolwork, while still leaving time to enjoy the activities going on around campus.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I love being Greek! SYZ all the way (:

    What to do for fun

    DC, club, party. Repeat.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options are pretty limited. There are definitely college campuses with significantly better options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are your typical crappy student dorms that you see in movies, but what they don't show is what a great sense of community there is. You'll make friends in your dorm, that's for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier/harder than others, its hard to say about all general classes. It's manageable if you study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want and just do it!

    In three sentences

    I really love the University of Maryland - College Park. There are numerous possibilities for the students as far as academics and extracurriculars go. In addition, CP is in a great location, not too far from Baltimore and not too far from DC.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun here! As I mentioned earlier, one thing to do is to go see a performance at CSPAC! Another thing that is great about this campus is that it is only 20 minutes away from DC and the College Park Metro is a 5 minute shuttle ride from campus. There are over 200 clubs and organizations on campus. I would say that only about 100 of the clubs are active. Most of them tend to throw either free or cheap events at some point during the year. Route 1 is right next to campus so a variety of good restaurants are available to eat at. We also have a great rec center on North Campus that has racquetball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, climbing walls, and basketball courts. The Stamp Student Union usually has events going on during the weekend as well. There is definitely always something to do on campus

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 diners on campus. South Campus diner has better food while North Campus has more variety. There is also 251 North on North Campus which is buffet-style. 251 North is great!! The food is really good. In general all three diners end up serving the same thing within a month and a half's time so people tend to get tired of the food really easily. But for what it's worth, I like most of the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Once again, it depends. There is North Campus and South Campus. North campus dorms are high-rises while South Campus dorms are apartments and suites. Freshmen and Sophomores tend to be place on North Campus while juniors and seniors tend to live on South Campus. North Campus tends to be more social because of the way the dorms are set up and because freshmen live there while South Campus residents tend to be more secluded because they are older students who have already solidified their core group of friends at school.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on the class and the professor. Some classes will require you to do a lot of reading and turn in a lot of papers that can range anywhere from 3 pages to 10 pages. Some classes are more discussion based and don't require as much work at all. Either way, the amount of work is up to you. I personally enjoy the reading assignments I get assigned, other students find that they don't need to read to get the grade they want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time wisely. College really is different from high school. You have a lot more free time and it is completely up to you how you use it. Go see a play or a performance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The types of performances they have there are very diverse. They can range from operas performed by undergraduate students to professionals already in the field putting on a dance showcase. All of them are exciting. Get to know your professors!! Not only is it a great resource if you need help in class, but they may be a great source for networking with other people. It can be a little intimidating to want to talk to your professors when the class sizes can be as large as 200 people, but most (yes I said, most, not all) of the professors here love what they do and they want to help you!

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous! There is always, always, ALWAYS some sort of event going on. College Park is great place to meet new people and discover yourself.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs to join, combined with great running spots and vast open expanses in the malls, and a nightlife that just won't quit, the University of Maryland never fails in providing everyone an opportunity to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to other schools in the Maryland University System, UMD certainly does not have the best. Though it is true it could be worse, there could be lots of improvements to quality and variety.

    Dorm Life

    If you like having you living room, bedroom, kitchen, and dining room all in one, then dorms are a great option for you!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of the school is challenging if you want it to be. If skating by is what you do best, then you can do that with some degree of difficulty. But getting B's and A's isn't hard to do, provided you GO TO CLASS

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't feel pressured to join Greek life right away. Explore your options and GO TO CLASS.

    In three sentences

    A great place to learn how to stick to your guns. With the large amount of people, it is easy to experience a variety in your social interactions, and yet is quite easy to isolate yourself as well. The knowledge the school offers is practically unlimited as long as you are willing to put in the work.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and everywhere you look there is someone representing their school pride. The campus is huge, but once you know it well it seems smaller. The Honors College program is spectacular!

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are emergency buttons everywhere which is a button you press and the police show up right away. There is also a text line that you can join, and it lets you know of everything that is going on not just on Campus, but things that are happening right off of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good and you always have choices.

    Dorm Life

    I love been in a dorm away from home, however sharing the bathroom with so many can be rather nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    The education that you receive makes you want to go and work in a place that you never thought you would. At the same token some classes can be rather challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of your grades and have a great mind se about your education.

    In three sentences

    The University if Maryland College park is an excellent school, but it is very difficult. However it is a great place to get a great education and meet new friends. also, most of the teachers are very nice.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's unfortunate but crime happens. What is fortunate is that campus police are all over the place and there are cameras and call boxes every where. After a certain time at night certain entrances are closed to traffic and they check IDs at the others.

    Clubs and Activities

    Come to First Look Fair, the event at which all UMD clubs come out to inform and attract new members. There are so many clubs for every possible interest or hobby and if there isn't one you can make one.

    Great for these types of students

    College Park is a good school for all kinds of students. I would identify as an Asian, a Buddhist, a skater, a punk, a woman, an artist, a nerd, an intellectual, a feminist... for all of these things, I never felt harassed, slighted, or denigrated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are bronze statues of the school mascot, Testudo, around the campus. The most famous one is in front of McKeldin Library. We rub his nose for good luck. Around finals, you can set offerings around his mantle to up your karma.

    Bang for the buck

    Max out with your full time credits if you can handle it. Whether you take 12 or 18 credits, the tuition rate stays the same.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the gym is a great chance to work out with friends and play racketball.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make of it. Put yourself out there. Make friends.

    In three sentences

    My professor's were great. The area food options are pretty good. Student life is amazing.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is probably one of the most safe campuses I have been on. We have our own police system who constantly patrol the edges of the campus. There are a series of alert services around the campus if you ever need aid from a police officer.

    What to do for fun

    I play basketball and I go to the gym

    Food and Dining

    Once again i do not have dining points because i don't live on campus

    Dorm Life

    I can not really rate this adequately because i do not live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The course load is pretty heavy but you get used to it. As long as you stay focused and study often you will be alright.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should very seriously consider living on campus. At the moment I am a commuter student and I have truly realized how much harder it is as well as how it affects my grades.

    In three sentences

    College park is a very beautiful university. It is filled with professors who are very willing to help their students. Also it provides several opportunities for its students to get involved.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I have no idea.

    Food and Dining

    I have no idea.

    Dorm Life

    I have no idea.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what class you are in, but most teachers expect thorough posts at least three times a week. You will need to read and prepare at least 2-3 hours a day to get the most out of the class. Your participation is key for online training and is highly expected due to the distance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should come willing and ready to receive an abundance of knowledge and skill. I can only speak for the online community, but the interaction is a learning experience. Please take advantage of the syllabus and read ahead to make sure you stay on task if you are balancing work and family.

    In three sentences

    UMUC offers online classes which is highly beneficial to a working parent. The website is 99% of the time available save maintenance time, and the resources offered are phenomenal. If you ever run in a problem, you can always chat with someone who can help and follow-up in the future.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has never been a moment where I have felt threatened on campus. And while the text alerts sent to my phone do get annoying at times, I do appreciate them.

    Greek Life

    Only about 13% of the school is greek, and I have never felt the pressures to join a sorority. Sure, some of my friends are in them, but they still leave time for me. Also, 13% of a school this size is a very small number, so keep that in mind.

    Clubs and Activities

    With so many students here, it is hard not to be involved. Clubs I enjoy include: Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Net Impact (a business club focusing on corporate sustainability).

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Maryland is such a large and diverse campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mall as we call it, is the largest quad in the country. It is very pretty, with a fountain running though the middle of it, making it a calm and great place to study.

    Bang for the buck

    I am out of state, but know I am getting not only a better education here, but a better experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of on campus activities, such as: sporting events, concerts, and shows. The surrounding areas of DC (where the metro can daily lead you) and Silver Springs (only a bus ride away) are great escapes too. A lot of on campus events are free too! You don't pay for any of the games, and I saw Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother free also.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but not anything spectacular. You may get tired of it quickly, but when you are really craving something it taste great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are spacious, but not the greatest. The hardest part is sharing a bathroom with an entire floor. Dorms only improve as you get older though, so I don't consider my freshmen dorm a bad thing. Seeing other schools, I kinda appreciate all the space I have.

    Academic Rigor

    We are known as a public ivy. None of my classes are taught by TA's, which is something a lot of large universities cannot say.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by the size. There is so much diversity that no matter who you are, you are bound to make some friends. Also, class sizes can be large. I tend to enjoy these classes though, since they make participation a minimal requirement.

    In three sentences

    I love it here and could not imagine attending a different college. The campus is so diverse and beautiful, its hard not to fall in love. I have so many friends and also enjoy all of my classes.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    clubs for every activity

    Great for these types of students

    energetic and outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    all the turtles across campus

    Bang for the buck

    too expensive

    What to do for fun

    activities, sports and bars

    Food and Dining

    costly but good food

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but you learn

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school before attending

    In three sentences

    Very diverse school. Very expensive great academics and athletics

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus sponsored activities. There's never a dull day at UMD

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive on campus, there are so many things to get involved with.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a great state school. It is a a large community where it is still easy to find your own niche. There are endless opportunities available to everyone who attends the university or is affiliated with it.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Cybersecurity clubs competitions Greek Life Sports Campus car clubs

    Dorm Life

    Never actually lived in a dorm but lived in greek housing, fraternity housing, and it was a great experience.

    In three sentences

    Endless opportunities while being the best. Great school life balance.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH SAFETY ON CAMPUS BUT AT NIGHT BE CAREFUL. IT GETS SCARY AT NIGHT.

    Greek Life

    I AM NOT A PART OF THE GREEK LIFE, BUT THERE ARE MANY SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES AVAILABLE TO JOIN.

    Clubs and Activities

    CERCLE CLUB/FRENCH CLUB SORORITIES/FRATERNITIES SPORTS LOTS OF CLUBS ADVERTISE OUTSIDE, AND ALSO HAVE BAKE SALES EVERY DAY.

    Great for these types of students

    STUDENTS WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO STUDENTS WHO ARE ON SCHOLARHIPS OR GRANTS

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    LOTS OF FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES.

    Bang for the buck

    IT HAD A REPUTATION AS A PARTY SCHOOL. BUT I STUDY EVERYDAY TO GET A'S AND B'S.

    What to do for fun

    GO TO A SPORTS GAME, WATCH A FOREIGN FILM WITH THE LANGUAGE DEPARTMENTS.GO TO D.C. ITS NEARBY. AND COLLEGE PARK HAS LOTS OF RESTERAUNTS AND BARS AND COFFEESHOPS

    Food and Dining

    FOOD IS DECENT. LOTS OF OPTIONS. GO TO THE CO-OP FOR HEALTHY, ORGANIC FOOD.

    Dorm Life

    I DONT LIVE AT THE DORM, BUT HAVE VISITED FREINDS LIVING IN THE DORMS. THEY ARE ALWAYS HAPPY.

    Academic Rigor

    ***** VERY GOOD PROFESSORS BUT THEY ARE ALSO TOUGH GRADERS AND GIVE A LOT OF WORK. MAYBE ITS BECAUSE I AM A JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR STUDENT

    Tips for prospective students

    MEET WITH AN ADVISOR AND , GET A MAP OF THE SCHOOL. AND APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID..ITS EASY

    In three sentences

    THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IS WONDERFUL FOR THE PRICE I AM PAYING. ITS A BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL. THE STUDENT BODY IS DIVERSE, AND EXTRACURRICULARS AND SPORTS VAST

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am involved with the sports area of the school, I have also been involved with a community service fraternity. You can also attend concerts on campus, sporting events. or just hang out.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different food opitions available on campus in the dining hall and other places on campus, meal plans are a big help for freshmen. There is Subway, salad bar, seafood and fast food style.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are safe and secure. You make an agreement with your roommates and all parties are expected to respect it and abide by it. There are other dorm rooms available as you go farther into your education.

    Academic Rigor

    Your adviser help when you ask for it. The education you receive here is one that brings with it a lot of respect. The classes are what you make of them, you attend class and study you can go far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your goal high and keep your grades high. Do not give up on your dreams of being a TERP. Learn as much as you can about the school and the opportunities you have here.

    In three sentences

    The professors are excellent with outstanding care for their students. The extra circular activities including sports, fraternity/sorority are excellent with much diversity. The advisers help you plan your tack and keep you on it, with help when there is an issue.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College Park has a lot of crime, but the campus safety does a good job of sending us text messages right when a crime occurs so we can be safe. Campus at night feels a little sketchy though. I never walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is becoming a large part of UMD. Unfortunately for those who are not in Greek Life, nightlife is very limited. Greek Life keeps to themselves in a way.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, theatre, music, sports, everything, is available for students. You can create a club if you want too! Some clubs even have tryouts and auditions because they are nationally ranked.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a social butterfly and being a part of something huge, Maryland is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Testudo is the bronze turtle whose nose is always being rubbed! If you rub his nose he will bring you good luck. During finals week we all make sacrifices to Testudo and leave him anything we think he would like: coffees, candy, sandwiches� one person gave him their bike this past semester! We believe our sacrifices will help us ace our finals. Its absurd but fun and everyone takes it seriously!

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, my tuition is reasonable for such a great school. If I was an out-of-state student however, I probably would not attend UMD because I would not have the money for it. I think Maryland is a great school but it really depends on how much you are willing to spend.

    What to do for fun

    DC is just a short metro trip away! It's so easy to head into the city for a day and shop or eat. There are also tons of clubs and sporting events on campus for students to attend. Sporting events are always free for students!

    Food and Dining

    The food is one of the worst qualities of UMD. The options are very limited, and many of them are unhealthy, like french fries, chicken tenders, pizza, and desserts. Everything is fried or soaked in salt and grease.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and many of them do not have air conditioning, which makes dorm life torturous during the beginning and end of the school year. Otherwise though, the location of the dorms are very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken very seriously at UMD. If you plan on partying all the time, do not apply to this school. A's are what everyone strives for and the workload is rather heavy, but I enjoy a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are hundreds of clubs on campus. It may be hard to find your niche at first because the school is so large, but everyone is looking for a group too! Making friends is incredibly easy.

    In three sentences

    UMD has the best school spirit out of any school I have been to or visited. Terps are ready to learn, excited to win, and known for being extremely successful after graduation. UMD is a 9/10.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe, the surrounding area sometimes is not the best. Have a buddy system and you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    You can avoid it or join it!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have the first look fair in the beginning of the year. If you want to join a club they have it, if not you can make it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a member of traditions committee. There are tons of traditions, climb to the top of Byrd Stadium, swim in the ODK fountain, rub Testudo's nose for good luck, etc..

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do on Rt. 1. There are also exponential amounts of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls really try to make things interesting. However, after a year of eating the same food you start to order out more often.

    Dorm Life

    I am in a Living and Learning program so my dorm is different than most. However, I have been extremely pleased with where I live.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that Maryland holds high standards of academia. It has challenged me and yet it has also rewarded me!

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key. Have fun and study hard!

    In three sentences

    I love it here! There is so much to get involved with. This year has been great.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many restaurants near the campus and many organizations that one can join.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should just be yourself, work hard, and meet new people. Definitely learn how to balance all your activities with your schoolwork.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland College Park is an academically challenging institution, where hard work pays off. There are many students and organizations, so there is no challenge meeting new people and making new friends. The academic opportunities are endless with the number of opportunities and great faculty.

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Maryland has an amazing amount of activities to do. Between going to soccer, basketball, and football games, attending concerts, guest speakers or chilling on the mall, Maryland has it all. Plus, D.C. is just a half hour metro ride away!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of every opportunity thrown at you. You'll never believe what activity or club will be your perfect match!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is an incredible school. They provide an incredible education with amazing opportunities. They have mastered how to make a big school feel like a small community.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, and there are many measures to make sure that students remain that way. However, the surrounding city of College Park is not and sometimes students who live off campus have issues. There is a system used to alert students whenever there are incidents on or near campus to make sure that everyone is informed, but the general rule is to never go anywhere alone. The bus system on campus is very helpful to ensure that students do not have to walk back to their dorms or apartments alone late at night.

    Greek Life

    There is a big presence of greek life on campus, and they do a lot to contribute. As someone in greek life I have seen the impact that they have made to the campus, and it seems to be a good one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an enormous amount of clubs on campus, many of which I probably don't even know about. Whatever you can think of, UMD probably has a club for it. Even if it doesn't exist yet, it is very easy to start one. It is also easy to join and discover clubs at the beginning of the year with the First Look Fair where all the clubs come out on the mall and show their faces.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Maryland is a school that can be for any type of student. It is such a diverse campus that it seems everyone finds their place. However, it is a large school and sometimes it feels even more so when dealing with administrative matters. Sometimes you might feel like a number and may not get the one-on-one attention you want in lecture or even with administrators. You kind of have to be able to push for what you need in those moments.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the main traditions is to swim in the fountain located in the middle of The Mall before graduating. When it comes close to the end of the spring semester, you'll find many seniors running in to go down the length of the fountain. Another tradition is rubbing the nose of a statue of our mascot Testudo outside our main library. Closer to finals, people like to leave out gifts for Testudo in their last hopes of getting good grades. This past semester they even left a deep fryer!

    Bang for the buck

    Maryland is a very large research university that is located in a really great location for students who want to intern in DC, or other locations such as the NIH. A lot of students come there for the rising ranking. As an in-state student it is very affordable and reasonable for the amount that I am getting out of attending school there. For out of state students is a little harder because of the higher tuition, but there are so many that it seems that it is also worth it for them as wel..

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus, and many clubs that can be joined. Also, since DC is so close, a lot of students take the Metro down and enjoy their days and nights off campus.

    Food and Dining

    I would say that the dining halls are satisfactory. The food is not healthy most of the time, and many times people run out of dining points much earlier than when the semester is over. The food is a bit pricey for the quality, but there are some good tasting things that are available. It is also great that in one of the diners there are vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really what you make of it. Some halls will be louder and more sociable than others, but in the end there is always some form of bonding. The Resident Assistants really try and make sure that there is a safe and comfortable place for all the residents, but you can't control the chaos that occurs from time to time.

    Academic Rigor

    Many majors at the university are very rigorous. However, there are some majors and classes that are not, and many students in those majors do not spend quite as much time stressing about class. It depends, but in general the school is competitive with a lot of life sciences courses and engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit campus to see what it is all about. Make sure that you look into the many different majors that are offered, or even making your own personalized major. It is important to try and make yourself look outstanding for the admissions office because most of the people I meet have impressive resumes.

    In three sentences

    It is a large beautiful campus with a great location for many events to be held. There is always something going on, and the students are for the most part very active. All in all a great place to study and learn.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go into DC! It's so easy to get there and there's so much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food is also average. It might take a little while to figure out what you like, but there is something for everyone. The diners might get boring, but Stamp is always a good option.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are average - rooms are small and many people share one bathroom, but most of the dorms are conveniently located.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to put in a lot of work for your classes. During the semester you might hate it, but when finals end, you'll feel so accomplished and come away with a lot of new knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club, or sorority/fraternity so that the huge campus doesn't seem so large. Having a smaller group of friends really helps to make campus less intimidating.

    In three sentences

    After just finishing my first year at UMD, I can honestly say that I love it and that it is the perfect school for. UMD really has the perfect balance of academics, athletics, and the arts. I guarantee that you will find many things that you love here.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    College Park students are notorious for having fun... Join some clubs and organizations that you are interested. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby that you can go to.

    Food and Dining

    I've only tried the diner food once, and it wasn't that bad. However, I've heard from students that it isn't too healthy. Also, food at school can be quite costly.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in dorms, but from the ones I've visited, I would say that they seem a bit old and in need of remodeling.

    Academic Rigor

    College Park is known to be tough, and that is certainly true if you slack off and don't pay attention in class. However, I find that if you stay focused and do what's required of you, you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is difficult to succeed in any school without effort and passion, and this is certainly true for College Park. Try to get a balanced schedule that will allow you to have enough time for breaks and social life, as well as study time. And of course, as a rule of thumb, try to AVOID PROCRASTINATION.

    In three sentences

    College Park is known as being on of the most prestigious schools in Maryland. From my experiences here, I would say that the professors are indeed passionate about and dedicated to their work. However, it has also been mentioned on the yahoo! news that College Park has poor professors.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and being the huge school that is there is always something going on. Plays, concerts, events in the student union, the dorms almost always have some sort of even every other week. And if the weather is nice all you really need to do is walk around the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get repetitive but it isn't necessarily bad. You get sick of it quickly but there are many restaurants in walking distance if you need a break from the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are your typical dorm rooms. Nothing special but they aren't bad. You'll usually be in a double and they are currently working on getting AC in most of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class is different, since there are so many options for classes to take it is really impossible to judge the different academic rigor. Definitely ask an adviser what they know about the class and you can use ourumd.com to see student reviews.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the school! Nothing can tell you how you feel about a school than when you are actually there. Visits, tours and prospective student events are the best thing to do when you're trying to decide.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a fun school. It is really large but there are a lot of options to get involved, through greek life, clubs and their academic programs you can easily meet smaller groups of people with the option of expanding your interests.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty dangerous at night because UMCP isn't in the safest neighborhood but if you don't wander off of campus, you will be pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty big on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a Spring and Fall fair that you can check out once a year. The campus is very diverse and full of many different clubs that you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love sports. There is a strong sense of pride on campus and a lot of people attend the football and basketball games.

    What to do for fun

    There are a couple bars in front of the campus and DC is only 10 minutes away. You can easily ride the metro during the weekend to explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the South Campus diner is better quality than the food at the North Campus diner. You will eventually get sick of the diner food but that's why we have tons of restaurants right outside of campus!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are a bit cramped and some buildings don't have air conditioning. Most of the north campus dorms aren't that great besides Oakland. Oakland is like a hotel

    Academic Rigor

    Most electives are pretty average...I think it depends on the professor. As long as you manage your time well, you will do well. Computer, math, and science related courses are pretty difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    WORK HARD

    In three sentences

    You will learn to love UMD. Walking around the huge campus gets a bit annoying though...especially when the weather isn't nice. The campus is HUGE

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The biggest downfall of the University of Maryland is the community surrounding it. College Park is a dangerous area and it seems that everyday there is notice of a robbery, theft, armed suspect, etc.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is it's own community at Maryland. You know who's in Greek Life and you'll want others to know you're in Greek Life. Many students who are not a part of Greek Life feel somewhat left out.

    Great for these types of students

    Looking for something diverse Southern, but not too Southern New Jersey/New York kids looking to get away from home Maryland students who need a home away from home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Washington, D.C and everything it has to offer is only a metro ride away.

    Bang for the buck

    When compard to other academic institutions, Maryland has one of the cheapest in-state and out-of-state tuition prices.

    What to do for fun

    Drink. Maryland may not be your #1 party-school, but it is, in fact, a party school. There are several bars within the vicinity and parties going on everyday. If you like sports, Maryland may not be the school for you. We tend to tailgate for the games -- not actually go to them.

    Food and Dining

    The food provided by the University's dining services is awful. However, there are many restaurants in walking distance that provide a wide variety of food options, from Mediterranean to Thai and, of course, Chipotle.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms at Maryland are awful. If you end up in dorm that does not have air conditioning, be prepared. However, if you are lucky and wind up on South Campus (which you should by junior year) it's really not that bad. South Campus Commons are probably the best place to live on campus, although pricey.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and the classes you take. However, within each major you will have a weed-out class that is extremely difficult. For the most part, students are challenged and if you're slacking off, you'll see the consequences.

    Tips for prospective students

    One bad semester can (and will) impact your entire GPA. Don't allow yourself one crappy semester because you're going to have to fight to bring your GPA back up. Start out strong and continue. Also, if you have TA's, use them. They're your best friends. They're really the ones responsible for your grades, not the professors.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is an extremely diverse community that provides a lot of opportunities for its students. However, if you don't put yourself out there, you're gonna be miserable. There are hundreds of organizations and activities available, but you have to be willing to go out and find them.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe- unless like 2am. but then you're dumb for being out there

    Greek Life

    Not in it but the kids who are- they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and club sports!

    Great for these types of students

    All! Very diverse but it is a big school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    WE HATE DUKE! Tons of Maryland Pride!

    Bang for the buck

    In Top 10 education for dollars! In-state is only $10,000 and many of the colleges/schools at UMD are well ranked

    What to do for fun

    Go out, play sports, watch sports! DC is a 20 minute metro ride which is awesome!

    Food and Dining

    Decent. Great choices at the Stamp.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in one!

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty hard but I know I am learning more than my friends who attend other schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not granted on-campus housing live off campus; its not that bad! Join clubs, there are many diverse clubs!! Have fun!

    In three sentences

    Great school! Best decision I have ever made! Can't wait for my three years!

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Ranges from Quidditch club to Honor roll societies. If you don't find what you are looking for, you can make up your own club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Try the Dairy :) They have special ice cream flavors for finals week

    What to do for fun

    Check out online what daily events are going on, read The Diamondback (you will learn about upcoming events around the back of the newspaper), attend sport events, be members of a club, etc... (make friends and hang out with them?)

    Food and Dining

    I think its awesome for a University.

    Dorm Life

    Never really been in a dorm, so I can't judge. I know however that students are asked to fill out a survey about whether they study in their dorms (quiet dorms), whether or not one considers him-or herself clean etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor and course you take. Also depends on one's talent and skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you know how to study for each type of course you take 2. Also make sure you know how to manage your time excellently 3. Study more than you have fun (resist temptations)

    In three sentences

    It is a great University for several reasons: there are more opportunities (research etc) than I think I will ever be able to go over during my stay at this University, the workload and the amount of fun you can have are, I believe, pretty much equal, and the university experience will really help you grow up.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus itself is pretty safe, but once you step off of it you have to be careful. College Park can be sketchy, so never walk alone and always use the buddy system! If you do that you will be completely fine :)

    Greek Life

    While being in Greek Life is a major part of some peoples' college experience, here at Maryland you don't have to be in a fraternity or sorority in order to feel like you belong.

    Clubs and Activities

    Think of the most random, wild club or organization you can....... ..... yep. Maryland has it. (Basket weaving, a quiddich team, trail club...etc) And if you ever think of one that you would like to create, it's easy to make one on your own!!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any kind of student!! Although it is a very large school, it can easily feel small once you join a few clubs or organizations and become involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudo's nose gives you good luck! During finals, students leave Testudo offerings in exchange for good grades. The fountain on the mall is absolutely beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value for the education you are getting, especially if you are in-state. You get a very good education and learn many practical life and people skills along the way.

    What to do for fun

    Join intramural sports teams, clubs, hang out with friends from your floor, picnic on the mall, play beach volleyball/other sports on LaPlata Beach or the mall, go bowling on the bottom floor of STAMP... the list goes on. On Friday and Saturday nights, go to fraternity parties, or just stay in watching movies.

    Food and Dining

    While at first the diner food may seem very exciting and above-average, you will soon come to realize that there are few healthy options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The food also becomes quite redundant, with little variety and few healthy choices. But there are plenty of restaurants in College Park one could go to or order take-out from if he/she gets bored of diner food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Although freshman dorms are not the most attractive, they foster a sense of community within the students and aid in the formation of friends and a social life. My dorm (Hagerstown Hall) was not air conditioned, which was a struggle in the first and last few weeks of the year. But this brought my floor together, as we would all just hang out in the floor lounge. That is how we met each other and became such good friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, so do not come in thinking they are not and spending all of your time hanging out with friends. Find a healthy balance, and you will earn good grades and still make lifetime friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the First Look Fair and walk around to all of the tables set up at the mall to learn about all of the organizations you could become a part of. Go to club meetings to narrow down some of your choices, and once you have a few good ones you are very passionate about, become involved!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is one of the top public research institutions in the country. There are a ton of different clubs, organizations, and groups to become involved in, making your experience here a whole lot more personal. Besides the top notch education, the University is also known for it's stellar sports teams and wild night life.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    If you choose to get involved, Greek life is great. But if you don't, it's not a big deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week, students give offerings to our mascot, Testudo, for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, the value is great. UMD is a public-ivy, so you definitely get your bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Go into D.C. (the Metro stop is close). Relax on the mall. Go bowling in TerpZone. Bentleys and Cornerstone are popular bars for students. Route 1 has plenty of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food is okay. The dining halls are neat and clean, and have good hours.

    Dorm Life

    My tip for incoming freshmen is to live in the freshman dorms. It's a great experience. Although the buildings may not be amazing, the experiences you gain and the people you meet are well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    UMD is a wonderful school, academic-wise. It's considered a public-ivy. The business school is top class, and that's just one example.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshmen - live in the dorms your first year. Living off campus doesn't get you the same experience.

    In three sentences

    Overall, UMD is a great school. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The atmosphere, the education, and the people are amazing.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At College Park, we have emergency towers that light up blue at night. Each tower has a phone where you can dial 9-1-1, and from each tower you can see another to ensure maximum safety on campus. Like anywhere on Earth, there is of course a chance of danger, but they try to make is as safe as possible. Travel with a friend at night and try not to roam campus around 2 am, for they say that that is prime crime time.

    Greek Life

    I, personally, do not partake in greek life because I don't feel as though I would be able to balance the time spent with my sorority sisters and my schoolwork. Many of my friends are in sororities, including Delta Phi Epsilon and Alpha Chi Omega. Each sorority (and fraternity) has a philanthropy that may interest you. You go through rush week to figure out which is most fitting for you. I have heard that you make friends with great people that share the same interests as you. You may want to research sororities and what you are getting yourself into before you decide to join one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot is Testudo, a fun-loving terrapin. Around campus, there are bronze statues of testudo located in front of various building, such as the Comcast center where basketball is played and in front of McKeldin (our library). Every time we walk past testudo, especially before a big test, we rub testudo's nose for extra luck.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is absolutely worth the money. You can take out as many loans as you need for each semester so you can pay them off later if you are not financially able to at the moment. Scholarships are also something you can apply for to pay. There are many other things to do around campus to help you pay for school, such as applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA) of a dorm floor. This will cover your room and board (about $8000).

    Food and Dining

    To be completely honest, the food is going to be extremely different from a home-cooked meal. As a Freshman, you will most likely choose to have a dining plan (unless you are living in an apartment and you will buy your own food). The dining plan is available on your swipe card (your ID) and you swipe it for each meal you buy at the Diner, either the North or South campus diner. You have various food options to choose from, such as a sandwich/wrap line, a pasta line, a burger line, and a salad bar. Over time, it does get old, but this will help you make your decision on whether or not to get the dining plan the next semester.

    Dorm Life

    Being a Spring-admitted student, I have only experienced dorm life for one semester. In this time, I made great friends from my floor and from the floors of friends that I already had prior to college. It takes some adjustments when you have to share a living space with a completely random person, but usually you will become comfortable with them. Make sure you read up on the list of things to bring to your dorm prior to move-in day so you can discuss with your roommate what each of you will bring.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors

    Tips for prospective students

    Do some research about the school prior to move-in day. This should include looking at maps of the campus (since it is very large) and where your classes will be located. It may take months for you to get adjusted to college life, but once you figure out how to balance your schoolwork and social life you will soon realize how awesome this university truly is.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a great college for not only in-state students, but out of state as well. The classes are challenging and allow one to expand their mind when it comes to academia. The friends and alliances you will make here, including professors, will stay with you forever.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus in my experience is very safe, of course there's some crime but just like any other school.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome but you don't have to be apart of it if you don't want to. The campus is not run by greek life but it is still a big part which is very nice. There are so many sororities and fraternities to choose from that if you want to join there is definitely a fit for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot! Everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Active, social, knowledge hungry, fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We rub our mascot, Testudo's, nose for good luck. The failure point on campus is one spot you DON'T want to step. The echo platform in front of Montgomery hall is really cool! Breaking into Byrd stadium is something you have to do before graduating, to see the view of dc.

    Bang for the buck

    In state, this college is a steal. Of, course buying anything on campus is a rip off but the in state tuition for the level of education you're receiving is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    So much! College park has an incredible amount of clubs, activities, parties and more. There is ALWAYS something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food is repetitive, beg your mom to cook.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms aren't the best but they are renovating. However, dorm life is awesome! Its everything you would want, good and bad!

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard but its keeps you challenged which is a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small campus this is probably not the place. You will meet a crazy amount of very different people with different opinions, genders, sexualities. So just be prepared. You will be in for a pleasant surprise.

    In three sentences

    This school is the environment suited for a fun outgoing person who loves to learn. The people are great. The campus is great,

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very big for those involved and highly recommended, although the people that are not in it dont seem to mind

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Throwing bagels at sorority rushes

    Bang for the buck

    You get alot of cool activities and events

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life and athletics

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to do business, it is much easier to get in before you get to school.

    In three sentences

    It is a smart and fun school. Alot of the people are into academics, but also like to have fun. It is comprised of mostly east coast students.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have security posts all over campus and even off campus. I feel more secure knowing I could press one in case of an emergency

    Greek Life

    We have a huge greek life on campus and its something to try for sure!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many options for everyone to get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Giving testudo gifts during finals week!

    What to do for fun

    Washington DC is right around the corner, theres malls, and tons of food!

    Food and Dining

    I love all the off campus food places! The dining halls arnt bad either.

    Dorm Life

    There are some dorms that dont have AC...enough said.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever your soul desires. There's a ton of diverse things to do on campus at any time of the day. You just have to get out there and get involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your attendance to class definitely portrays your GPA.

    In three sentences

    This school is definitely a great place to pursue your education. It's literally like it's own city where you can create, develop, and contribute to making the school as a community better.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I know a lot of people don't, but I actually really like the food. The pasta station is great, as are the subs, and there's even a place for vegans/vegetarians. While it does get a bit old eating the same things every week, the food is pretty decent and the dessert is great.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year you'll probably be stuck on North Campus, where the dorms aren't the nicest. However, the rooms are a reasonable size for two people, and I never had a problem with the bathrooms (they get cleaned daily). My biggest problem was the people in my hall screaming and running around during quiet hours when I had an early class.

    Academic Rigor

    While I skated through high school and managed to get good grades without much work, things definitely changed when I came to Maryland. For the first time in my life I found myself doing hours of reading and, amazingly, studying! However, while I do have to work a bit harder now, I have never had a problem getting the grade I wanted. If you study hard and actually go to your lectures you shouldn't have a problem.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    -A night try to walk along paths that are lighted, don't go off campus by your self. -If you don't want to walk to your dorm and its after midnight call night ride

    What to do for fun

    -Movies -Hang out in stamp -go to football and basketball games -going out to eat in the shopping centers

    Food and Dining

    -The Diners on North and South campus are pretty nice, and have really good food. -There are dining facilities available in the Stamp Student Union as well. -There are so many stores in the shopping centers around the campus

    Dorm Life

    -If you want to live on campus, try to get in on South Hill because it is close to the library and most of the academic buildings. -If you find the dorms to be a little to expensive, Courtyards is another great option, it is the cheapest apartment on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    -Study, study, study -Don't procrastinate on your assignments -The library is open 24/7 for UMCP students so take advantage of that -If you are struggling in any of your course seek tutoring, there is tutoring available for all subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't be afraid to explore, its a large school with many opportunities -Don't be afraid to meet/talk to people -Don't get overwhelmed by the number of people, they are just chasing their dreams like you. -Join clubs and fraternities/sororities

    In three sentences

    Is a great school with a lot of opportunities, there are so many majors, clubs and Greek life available. If it close to Baltimore and DC. The professor are more than willing to help if you make the effort.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Skinny dip in McKeldin Fountain. Lay tribute to the King of all Turtles, Testudo. Last year someone gave Testudo a deep frier and a surfboard to him.

    What to do for fun

    Grab some friends and, as cliche as it sounds, throw a frisbee around. Decent cardio and it makes you feel like an idiot collectively with those new friends you have. Hit the gym and/or swim. Consume alcoholic beverages if you are of age. Watch Quidditch practice. Participate in Quidditch practice.

    Food and Dining

    Dining points are frustrating. I really wish there was a meal-a-day kind of deal, but nope. You'll find that at the end of the semester you will have that one friend with a butt load of points and you will have 10 and you will mooch and mooch and everything will be fine.

    Dorm Life

    Memorable isn't a word to describe my stay on-campus at Maryland. I have nothing bad to say, but then again I have nothing fantastic to say about it. Most students make friends with, and stay friends with, the people on their floor. RAs for me have been R-A-D...ha. They've been pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are only hard if you don't show up. Some are intended to be severely frustrating and difficult to weed out people from the business school...but if you use your TAs you won't feel like you're floundering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put the King in Biking and zoom by pedestrians. You get from class to class faster and its fun to see how many people you can startle along the way. Go to class. Even if its just to fall asleep. You will start to learn by osmosis. Don't know what osmosis is? Maybe you should go to class and learn. Get in touch with OurUMD.com. It gives you the rundown on teachers, classes, and grades. Join a club or greek life. If you aren't in greek life, you can laugh at their tradition with other GDIs. If you are in greek life you can laugh at the GDIs. Either way, everybody is laughing and having fun...in theory. Get to know, and use, your TAs. They grade papers, not the professor.

    In three sentences

    Longest College Mall in the United States. An overzealous adoration for all things Testudo and Maryland. Big enough to avoid or get to know whomever you please.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMD is a public/open campus, so there are a few cases of crime a year. However, the campus police system, along with the Prince George's County police system, does a great job of keeping students alert to their surroundings. The campus is scattered with blue lights, where you can press for help and police will be there within minutes. Overall, UMD is a safe environment, but as always, students must be aware of their surroundings at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everybody! Chances are you can find a club that serves your best interest easily. Most clubs host events, retreats, and serve the community. Since Maryland is such a big school, the clubs and activities can really make or break your experience here. Visit stars.umd.edu for a list of all the clubs UMD has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, Maryland is a great fit for any and every type of student. However, the ideal UMD student must know how to tap into resources and take initiative, because the school is so big and the faculty, staff, and administration cannot know what is best for each individual student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most students rub Testudo's nose every time they pass him on campus. There are 5 bronze Testudos on campus. Rubbing his nose brings academic success, especially around exam time! Students often leave the original Testudo, which is located outside of McKeldin Library, offerings such as food, drinks, money, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Like most universities today, UMD is getting more and more expensive. When you break down the tuition rates to the cost-per-class, you see that each class period you have is about $100 or so dollars. The education you receive, plus all the extra help and resources that are there for your benefit, is definitely worth the cost. There are tutoring programs, extra help sessions, and office hours that are free for students to take advantage of. In addition to the cost-effectiveness of UMD's academics, there are a great deal of amenities available for students to use, like the gyms (Eppley and Ritchie Colosseum), the libraries, and sporting events (free for UMD students!). As long as you utilize the resources available, you can definitely say UMD is money well-spent.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun at Maryland. There are usually various activities such as movies, bowling nights, performances, and parties in the Student Union, and there is usually always some type of club event going on. Most students grab food on Rt. 1 for fun on the weekends. The older Terps hang out in the bars on Rt. 1 on weekends. Usually, people associate college with drinking every weekend. At Maryland, if that isn't your scene, there are so many resources advertising alternative ways to have fun on campus. There's never a dull moment unless you make one yourself!

    Food and Dining

    For a school, UMD's food is pretty good. There are 2 main diners on campus (North Diner and South Diner) that serve your typical college food (pizza, salad bar, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc.). There is also the 251 Diner, which is a self-serve station where you swipe once to eat all you want. For special occasions, there is Adele's in the Stamp Student Union, where you can get real meals using your diner points. Overall, the food on campus is decent. There is always something for even the pickiest of eaters. The food staff even has themed food days, which are always fun to try. In addition to the typical diner food, there are restaurants scattered across campus, so you'll never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus really depends on the luck of the draw. Usually, if you're in a special program, you're in one of the nicer, air-conditioned dorms. However, some dorms have no A/C and pretty old and disgusting (for lack of better words) bathrooms. Since UMD is a large, state university, the dorms are not the main focus or priority of the administration. None of the dorms are unbearable, though. You just have to make due with what you're given! Even if you do end up in one of the less-than-ideal dorms, there are a lot of activities planned by your RAs and community councils that encourage bonding and networking. They usually include free food, too!

    Academic Rigor

    Maryland is known for its academic rigor. However, depending on your major, the course load is not too heavy to the point where you can't manage at all. Even if you start to feel that way, there are lots of resources to help you succeed in your harder classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the size of the school, both campus- and student body-wise, intimidate you! There are so many opportunities to find your niche within UMD. Coming into UMD possesses a great opportunity to dip your feet into anything and everything you think you'd be interested in, so don't be afraid!

    In three sentences

    Maryland is a large school, but can easily feel like a small, private school if you plug into the right sources. There really is something for everybody here. While it is known for its rigorous academics, it is also known for its incredible social scene; its a great fit for most.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Sociable, outgoing, not afraid of adventure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school pride is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    Everything you can do in and midsize town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    It's clean, and newer.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are dificult, yet the professors and TA's are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The professors are outstanding. The student body is extremely diverse.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you live in Maryland, UMD is undoubtedly the best education you will get for the price (assuming you didn't get a full ride elsewhere). College is expensive and doesn't guarantee anything. Be smart.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food isn't horrible, but it never changes. Make sure to stock up on food in your dorm and try not to eat the same thing everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms on campus are standard: cinderblock walls, small cramped spaces, a communal bathroom with a floor of guys/girls with questionable hygiene. Many don't have A/C. Regardless, living on campus is an incredibly enjoyable experience. There are tons of great people here and always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor depends on your major, but things can get really difficult here. Make sure to take advantage of TAs and free campus tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland, College Park is an all around amazing school. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't love it here. It's a pleasure to be a Terp.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say that the campus is pretty safe you just need to be alert if you walk alone at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week or whenever there are exams people like to give tributes to testudo in front of Mckeldin library. Some people give food, posters, electronics, really anything. I think it is silly but other people are really serious about it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the gym and play racket ball, basketball, go swimming. There are also many outdoor activities like rock climbing which is fun. There are also tennis courts and a golf field across the street.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but I am a vegetarian so once I ate the vegan food. I had a vegan quesadilla and it was not so good. That is probably because I do eat dairy so the vegan sour cream and cheese was off to me.

    Dorm Life

    The bathrooms seem to be clean from when I visited a friend and the people seem nice. I do not really know much about dorm life because I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses in this school are never slow especially science and math classes. They are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club. Go to the provided tutoring such as GSS or Math success. Do not be afraid to speak up in class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a really good place to challenge yourself especially in the math and sciences. You meet a lot of different people and there are many opportunities to join clubs. The overall atmosphere is very peaceful and not too loud.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and do your best in your studies. Try to be a role model in your community and try to participate in clubs and organization. But most of all be yourself and see if this school is the right choice for you.

    In three sentences

    Its a very friendly and large school with an overall welcoming environment.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The sports available are football, soccer, basketball, golf, swimming, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball. The different clubs this campus has are ultimate frisbee, a cappella group, fencing, basketball, sprint football, boxing, heavy lifting, badminton, golf, ice hockey, water polo, cycling, rugby, squash, figure skating, wrestling, and the black belt club.

    What to do for fun

    There many activities to do at the University of Maryland. The common place is the mall area where people are playing football, frisbee, and even quidditch. Many people stay active there, but there is also a recreation center to play basketball, lift weights, go swimming, and play table tennis. This place is usually crowded on a daily basis trying to avoid the freshman fifteen.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many places to do one's assignments with little distractions here like the library, student union, or cafes.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus filled with friendly people in a diversified area. The learning environment is easy to adjust to from high school to college. Also, the university is rich with different activities to keep students involved on campus.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bars

    Dorm Life

    Average

    Academic Rigor

    Hard and also depends on major choice

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay Focused! There are a lot of drinking and social activities but remember why you are here!

    In three sentences

    I love Maryland and being a Terp! School spirit is off the charts. Great because it is a big school so you can make it small.

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everybody would have something to occupy them here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shoemaker has the nicest lecture hall, which makes a perfect study room on weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    College in general is expensive. I was in-state at a public university, so it was better than it could have been, but still expensive. Although I definitely think it was worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Sports games, cafes, restaurants, concerts with Mac Miller and MGMT, comedians like Aziz Ansari, movie screenings with Ice Cube, visits from the Dalai Lama, and probably over 200 different clubs and student groups to keep you plenty busy.

    Food and Dining

    The diners on campus at UMD aren't bad. But you get tired of them very quickly. A lot of the options for food on campus aren't covered by Maryland's dining plan either, which doesn't allow for much variation.

    Dorm Life

    I was in the College Park Scholars program. So a bunch of very similar, like-minded freshmen were all put together in the same dorm, most of us sharing at least one class, if not more. So we all bonded very quickly, and most of us even stayed in the dorm for our sophomore year. I've heard the bigger dorms aren't as family-like, but I still recommend dorm life for at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. I started as an engineer, which was, as you may expect, extremely difficult. When I changed over to an Arabic studies/Government and politics double degree program, the classes weren't any easier though. It's definitely a tough school.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's on the large side, so I strongly recommend you live on campus. It makes it much easier to make friends, and there are always new places to study, or work, or meet up with people. Registering for classes is on the incredibly complicated side, so even though you'll get help your first semester, it's still okay to ask for help. I didn't actually get the hang of it until my fourth semester.

    In three sentences

    It excels in everything it offers. There are actually limitless opportunities here. It is really the perfect university.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Game of ultimate frisbee on McKeldin mall? Join a club on campus! Study? LOL

    Food and Dining

    Food gets old quick. There are a lot of restaurants on nearby Route 1 however. There is also fast food in Stamp student union.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms do not have AC. La Plata and Oakland are the best dorms on North Campus. Most people get apartments in junior and senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    The +- system has really separated out students. Classes are challenging and definitely expand on what was learned in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't BS your essays, they really look at those. Make sure you file before the priority deadline. Don't BS your Honors College/Scholars picks if you get in those

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a great place to study, especially for people interested in scientific research. The campus is near places like NIH, FDA, USDA, etc. which are all hubs for major scientific research. The campus itself is a great place for student research.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are capable of sometimes teaching themselves along with loving big places and lots of people. The campus is huge so I hope you don't mind walking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We give offerings to Testudo, during finals. You'll see things from food and drinks to furniture and clothing.

    Bang for the buck

    Why not?! A D1 school, with awesome people, and an awesome atmosphere. What is not to love about UMD?

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of organizations, clubs, and societies. Of course there are parties but the office of student involvement throws tons of things for students to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Good the first month, the remaining months tend to be repetitive and tiresome. There are tons of food options besides the diner on and off campus. Taco Bell, McDonalds, Starbucks, Chipotle, Potbelly, Papa Johns you name it!

    Dorm Life

    You can live in a high rise, hall, apartment, and there are several off campus options. High rises are not that bad, just community bathrooms gross me out at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Study study study, and study some more. Sometimes you may feel like you want to pull your hair out but if you are like me it is worth it. Just takes a little hard work and elbow grease along with some tears.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get that GPA up and practice on time management along with organizational skills. You will need those while at UMD. Though UMD is considered a party school don't come here with partying on your mind. You will hit a 1.9 so fast and UMD will have no problem with kicking you out.

    In three sentences

    Classes can be a bit tedious and large but the school in itself is great! UMD provides its students countless resources to ensure success, its up to the student to take advantage. There are tons of things to do no matter what your taste is, you'll love it here.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe and there are emergency blue lights everywhere on campus that can easily contact the police with the press of a button.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for kids who know how to work hard and take school seriously, but also know how to have fun and enjoy themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When people have exams, and especially during finals week, they will leave offerings to Testudo (the turtle statue) by the library in order to help them do well on their tests. In addition to that, people will just rub his nose to bring them good luck. There are also echo spots desgined on campus where you can hear your own voice echo back at you.

    Bang for the buck

    I do love the school, and luckily am in state so it isn't too expensive, but for out of state kids, I don't think the school is worth the price. Housing is probably the worst and most ridiculous expense.

    What to do for fun

    Most people go to parties, if I'm being completely honest. However, at nighttime on the mall (the big grass field in the center of campus), if it is warm, people will play glow in the dark frisbee or flag football. People also go swim in the fountain on hot days.

    Food and Dining

    There are a couple of good things to get at the diner, such as buffalo chicken wraps, but most of the diner food is nothing special, and they constantly have the same things. There is also the food court in Stamp which has typical places such as Chick Fil A, McDonalds, Panda Express, and Auntie Anne's (just to name a few), but the downside is that those you have to use actual money since they aren't covered in your dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    There is a mix between good and bad dorms on campus. Some dorms are really nice and private and quiet, while others are loud and very social. Some dorms are very nice and feel much more like an actual home, while some of them have the typical cinder-block walls and cold tile floors. It all depends on which side of campus you live.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes have been pretty difficult, especially if you have a science or mathematical major. There is a lot of studying involved and the professors will only help you if you take the effort to go to them and ask for help yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to push yourself, and be able to study on your own before coming here. Also, don't let the size scare you. I often see many familiar faces. The longer you're here, the more you love it. I was originally afraid that it would be an unsafe area, since it's close to DC, but I have not felt unsafe, and the campus is beautiful.

    In three sentences

    It is an extremely diverse school with people from all different kinds of backgrounds. Most of the students here take school pretty seriously. It is a large school that has a lot of school spirit and pride.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are generally a lot of people playing soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, or basketball at la plata beach. For the night life there are usually parties during the weekend either in the commons, frat row or the varsity.

    Food and Dining

    the food is generally pretty good but it can get old very quick if you like variety in your life. everything is very well cooked and prepared.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun but can be irritating sometimes if you usually like to study in your dorm but people around you are being loud then it can be a hassle. people are usually friendly if you are friendly towards them.

    Academic Rigor

    The work hat you have to do is challenging but if you study and put time into it, it will be much easier for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not skip any classes even if you think the professor isn't going to talk about anything important. The professor could give out extra credit to attending students or give information on future things. Also if you are going to live there have fun while it lasts but always remember why you're in school.

    In three sentences

    It is a very social and diverse place. Every person there nice to each other. The environment is pleasurable.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CP is notorious for being in a dangerous area, but I've never felt threatened or in danger on campus. Off-campus is just like anywhere else, be careful and don't make stupid decisions and you'll be fine, the area immediately surrounding the campus is almost entirely students so it's pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    It's prominent, but definitely optional.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's pretty much an organization for whatever you're interested in, both career or education-based as well as just for fun, and if not, starting one is really easy (speaking from experience).

    Great for these types of students

    In-state students definitely, UMD has a lot of high-ranked programs like the engineering, journalism, architecture, and business schools, as well as the #1 criminology program in the United States.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions, but you'll learn them once you get there.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, this was one of my best options- I received large scholarships from out-of-state schools like University of South Carolina, and College Park was still much less expensive, with higher-ranked programs as well.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do both on and off-campus; greek life is relatively big but not necessary to have a social life. There's usually some sort of athletic event (soccer, basketball, and football are the biggest), and getting to DC is very easy.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely some questionable choices at the dining halls, but it could be a lot worse.

    Dorm Life

    There are some very nice dorms and some very gross ones, it all depends on luck your first year, and then your housing lottery number.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes can be very challenging, though it does differ by professor, especially in 100-level courses. A lot of the rigor depends on your major (an aerospace engineering major will end up with a lot more work than a communications major anywhere), but personally, I have always felt challenged, but not to the extent that I couldn't pass a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA isn't everything, especially in-state- I had a high school GPA below 3.4 but a good SAT score and lots of extracurricular involvement and was accepted early action. Definitely apply early action (I don't think they have early decision), since that's when most people apply and are accepted.

    In three sentences

    An all-around great school. As with any school, you get out what you put in, so getting involved around campus is the best way to get the most out of your education. There are some aspects that aren't perfect, but it is what you make it; it's a big school but never feels that way.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are several security measures taken since College Park is so close to the city and has a higher than average crime rate. The campus is always equipped with officers and security personnel. Also, no one can drive on campus after a certain time without a University ID. There are also several 24-hour facilities working to keep us safe, other than the police. There are rarely any crime-related problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    Maryland has several fraternities and sororities and it is a big part of college life for those who are interested. It is not too hard to get involved if you want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities offered at UMD. The variety is almost overwhelming. Make sure not to overload yourself with extracurricular activities so you can still get decent grades. There are also many opportunities for leadership in clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UMD is honestly great for every type of student. However, you must be focused and hard working to excel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There has been a rivalry between Duke's basketball team and UMD's. Every year, the home game against Duke is the most lively. In 2013, UMD beat Duke twice after having not beaten then for years. There was a bonfire and non-violent rioting through the streets on Baltimore Ave. It was so amazing to see all the students come out and celebrate UMD's victory. This is a day everyone will always remember.

    Bang for the buck

    Although you may be little skeptical about attending the University of Maryland because of the size and location, it is a choice you will never regret. It is an amazing school and it feels good to know that you will be going places just because of the connections you make at UMD. There is a place for every type of person at UMD and no one ever feels left out. The size actually works to the benefit of students because there are that many more opportunities to learn and grow as individuals.

    What to do for fun

    UMD is so huge and diverse that there is just about everything you could imagine to do for fun. Don't limit yourself to parties on the weekends. There are many clubs, shows, and concerts to attend. DC is also just one metro ride away if you get tired of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am going to be brutally honest, the food in the diners is not the best. It definitely is not a four or five star restaurant. Thankfully, there are alternative places to eat such as Stamp and Adele's. Adele's is very convenient because you can use your money on your meal plan but the food is much better. It is expensive though so if you are low on diner points, Adele's may not be your best bet.

    Dorm Life

    South Campus is the best place to live. It is so close to route 1 which gives you access to night live. However, the North Campus freshman and sophomore dorms are not as glamorous. Although they are not, that is where I met most of my good friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Although a lot of your classes may seem easy, UMD is definitely not an easy school. In order to excel, you must be prepared to work hard and remain focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before starting your freshman year, it is important to look at all the classes provided to be well prepared and aware of what classes you must take. Look at your major requirements if you are entering with a declared major. If you are undecided, look at the core requirements and take classes you think may help you find your perfect major. Do a lot of research! Come to orientation prepared with a list of classes you want to take, so that you will not be persuaded into taking courses you are not completely sure of. While browsing classes, have ourumd.com open in another browser window. This website shows you professor ratings, average GPA data, as well as the grade distributions for the class. However, keep in mind that every class that seems easy may not actually be easy for you. Everyone has different approaches to classes, so take ones that you are interested in. I have learned that taking classes about topics I am passionate about have made college so much easier. Of course, college is not all about classes! The University of Maryland is very diverse so it is important to enter college with an open mind. Have fun and make the best of your time at the University of Maryland. Time moves by so fast at UMD so cherish every moment!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland has become a second home for me. Although it may seem overwhelmingly large with over 30,000 students, it can also seem very small for someone who has been there for years. Faces start to seem similar and when you find your place on campus, it becomes smaller and smaller.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on campus. You can always see cops driving around and the blue lights all across campus.

    Greek Life

    There is a frat or sorority for anyone whether you are into partying, philanthropy, or community service. And if you're not into that, you can still hang with the remaining 80% of students not involved with greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever our basketball team played Duke, there tended to be a riot after the game whether or not we won.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the dorms, there are always things going on. There is also an endless list of clubs on campus. If clubs and sports aren't for you, then there is great social life on campus. There are always parties and the bars to go to at night or check out some of the restaurants for dinner with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    I am not a fan of the food. I think the quality can be better and there should be more options. However, I had many friends visit me over the course of my undergraduate career and they all seemed impressed by the food as compared to their smaller schools.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are pretty standard and awful. Some are just starting to get AC installed and the heat can be pretty brutal. They are also very loud, cramped, and can be dirty. With that being said, I have the dorms to thank for my amazing friends. Had I not been forced to live with so many people my freshman and sophomore years, I may never have found the people I grew to care most about. I am thankful for the opportunity to meet so many people who were in the same boat as me.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but not impossible. They push you to do your best as they should. Maryland has a great academic reputation that will surely help come time to look for a job. Take your classes seriously though, even when your social life tempts you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early on. Being on such a large campus can be overwhelming as a freshman. Making friends immediately allows you to feel more comfortable as you explore this vast campus. Remember that everyone used to be in your shoes at some point. Take advantage of your resources as well!

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is an enormous and diverse school. You have the choice and ability to stand out or blend into the mix. The opportunities are endless and the education is priceless.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week, students sacrifice items to the statue of the school mascot in front of the library. It is believed that by doing so, students will be rewarded with superior performance on their finals. Personally, it has never failed me.

    What to do for fun

    You can do a variety of thing for fun. There are plenty of clubs for all interests. There are also a variety of intramural sports to participate in as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is first of all not that great. Second of all it is extremely over-priced for the quality of food that you get. Lastly, there is very little variety in food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are older and thus have their issues. In terms of people, it all depends on the dorm in which you live. For example, I lived with a bunch of people last year who only did school work, whereas this year I have made more friends in my dorm because people in my dorm have social lives this year.

    Academic Rigor

    Maryland is considered a public ivy. Thus, it it not surprising that academic expectations and standards are so high at the school. Definitely need to put in a significant amount of work if you want to succeed at Maryland.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely a great school for the above mentioned reasons. If you come here, be prepared to work. This is a very difficult school to get into and then stay in, so you must be willing to put in the work necessary to succeed.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a great school for any student who wants a mix of social life, academics, school spirit, and intercollegiate sports. It is a place where making friends and meeting new people is easy. Overall, professors care about their students and want their students to succeed as much as the students want to succeed.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This university is only a metro ride from Washington DC which provides a huge access for activities on the weekend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, not in everything but into something. This is the best way to make a large campus feel small.

    In three sentences

    Maryland is very diverse. This university provides many opportunities for students with activities, study abroad options, internships, and post graduate opportunities. This university is large but your experience is what you make of it.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do from a short metro ride to dc, or playing sports and going out around college park, and our campus is beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining offers a lot of different options which is better than most colleges.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived on campus so I can't say much from my experience but from what I hear, dorm life is a great experience, while south campus is more convenient to live in than south campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering school is extremely competitive so students have to reach their potential and it teaches us greatly.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for a freshman or a first year transfer student is to live on campus to have a greater social circle than by living off campus right off the bat.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland offers great opportunities for students in various majors including my engineering major. They also offer great academic and athletic extra-curricular activities, since I am in the Society of Automotive Engineers and in Club Basketball.

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Superb, some say the police are overly watchful, I say its perfect. They monitor who drives in and out at night. If it's late and you're walking you can use the free night service shuttle.

    Greek Life

    HUGE. Although, of course the fraternities are much more respected and taken care of than the sororities. But, Greek life is huge. Maybe 1:4 people are a part of it if not more. Greek row is an amazing site and always active with excitement and willing to recruit. I hear hazing is tough though, so spots are well deserved. Plus, theres a greek family for every type of person.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY. I'd dared to say that you'll be disappointed because you can't do as many as you'd wish. They meet at accessible times, some travel near and some travel far. Grant money is beneficial when it comes to paying for trips, supplies and more. Clubs are a pride of Maryland.

    Great for these types of students

    All, it is exactly what you make of it. I see a diverse group of people from all over ranging in interests, ethnicity, religions and more. Maybe not good for those who enjoy the warmth all year round.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Testudo the Terp. He's a statue out front of the main library, McKeldin, which you rub his nose and bare him gifts during exam time.

    Bang for the buck

    A great college with a nice atmosphere. I'm proud to say I'm a Terp and I feel I am very much getting my money's worth in education and experience.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of tons of tons of clubs, sports, and activities. Its a very friendly atmosphere so you can just as easily be invited to a friends place. Plus, DC is just a few metro stops away.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious, large variety but can be pricey. One evening they offered fresh lobster, but on the other hand you can pay $10 per salad. Also, you pay per item, not a swipe per enter.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in an apartment right off campus (which I love) but, I've heard dorm life ranges because of the differences between residence halls but its normal and a great social atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your studies and major. It challenges you and pushes you in a successful way. For my major (kinesiology), it's ranked third in the country so it's expected to be rigorous. Capable of completing in four years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and sit through a class/lecture. Also consider apartments over dorm life.

    In three sentences

    UMDCP is a great college for people looking for a diverse, friendly and social atmosphere. It is full of school spirit & pride. However, athletes and sports seem to be a top priority when it comes to assistance and financial aide.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    With so many clubs and organizations on campus, it's impossible to not find a right fit for you!

    Food and Dining

    The food at UMD is not as great as restaurant quality but it's not too shabby. However, it is pricey for the quality.

    Dorm Life

    Although I did not personally live in a dorm thus far at UMD, I have often visited my friends' dorms and the community is very welcoming and friendly. On the down side, dorms feel very cramped and are not aesthetically appealing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic classes are no joke at UMD. The time that it takes to complete assignments should not be underestimated. I was put to my limit from the demanding course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can picture or imagine yourself attending UMD and sitting in a classroom when you visit the campus, I would say that's a good sign that UMD is right for you (especially because of how relatively affordable UMD is compared to most other colleges).

    In three sentences

    UMCP is definitely a challenging college as far as academics go, so a degree here definitely means something. All over campus, there are many activities/organizations happening that can help relieve some of the stress. The campus community is very helpful and welcoming, setting a comfortable atmosphere for students, visitors, and alumni.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you like sports and being active, there are many big open fields with grass that pretty much anyone can get some friends and play on. Also there is many intramural sports to sign up for.

    Food and Dining

    tThe diner food is average. The only good thing I have to say about the food is to try and go to Adele's or 251 North (Buffett). But the off campus food places are not to far to walk.

    Dorm Life

    The RA's and RD's are very much involved in your everyday dorm life. They plan activities so that your floormates and yourself can connect and possible become friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends what major you are but compared to high school is much harder. Every test must be studied for, or you will not like the outcome.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are positive you want to attend a big university than UMD is the right choice.

    In three sentences

    University of Maryland is a very diverse college. With the multiple programs, it is not hard to find a group of people who share the same interests that you do. The academics are very tough

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls on campus, one on north campus and one on south campus. The food was decent, but after a while of eating it I got pretty sick of it. The dining halls have a burger station, a salad bar, meal of the day, sandwich station, and more. In addition to the two dining halls, there's a more high end all you can eat buffet that you get to eat at once a week, as well as a classy restaurant in the student union. There's also numerous cafes around campus and convenience stores to grab a snack.

    Dorm Life

    For the first two years of school, I roomed in a high riser dorm. It was recently renovated, clean, and it had AC units. It was 8 floors, with 2 elevators often had issues. The rooms were decently sized, shared with another girl, and there was one bathroom for all the girls on the floor the share. Each floor had guys and one side and girl on the other. My dorm was right across from the music building where I had most of my classes- really convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is challenging and engaging. In addition to all my music classes, I have to take many core classes in different areas of study. There is a large variety of classes offered and I have always been able to find classes to take that interest me and work with my schedule. I always feel adequately challenged, but not overwhelmed by the work.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being on the campus itself is okay, but I would NEVER recommend walking by yourself as a woman on or off of campus. If you feel unsafe, they have a police escort service and are willing to walk with you to your dorm or car. There are some shady characters around the College Park area, so you must be attentive and aware of your surroundings at all times.

    Greek Life

    So much Greek life...we have Frat row and countless sorority and frat houses that are behind the main strip. The week of Greek games is absolutely insane and unfortunately, we have the obligation of claiming Rebecca Martensen as one of our fellow terps.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many great campus organizations that you can find out about at the first look fair, which occurs at the beginning of every semester. Ranging from sailing, to catan club, and even Cru Christian ministry, there is just about every type of club imaginable. Plus, there are countless club and intramural sports teams to become involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, social, assertive, go-getter, the erudite student, focused, determined, and the extreme multi-tasker that thrives in high pressure situations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Testudo's nose every time that you pass the statue is a must... and also make sure that you take a swim in the fountain at least once during your college career.

    Bang for the buck

    The location is super ideal; so many internship opportunities are in this area and I love the Urban feeling without being in the heart of DC.

    What to do for fun

    Go into DC, hang out on Route 1 and get food, play intramural sports, work out at the gym, and hang out with people to party.

    Food and Dining

    The food is tolerable and they have one of the largest selections for vegetarians...definitely not your mom's cooking, but there are still relatively healthy choices (and not so healthy if it's what your heart desires). Make sure to try our ice cream that is homemade on campus- you will not want any other type of ice cream after trying it!

    Dorm Life

    I loved the community and how easy it was to make friends in this setting, but the dorms at UMD are very noisy and not a very good place to try to get homework accomplished. If you want to study, go to the library; if you want to hang out, stay in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biochemistry/Neurophysiology double degree, I have been throughly challenged during my time as a student, to say the least. Many late nights, all nighters, and I don't even know how many gallons of coffee later, I am a senior and the end is in sight.

    Tips for prospective students

    It can sometimes be very easy to get lost in a sea of faces unless you get involved. Don't let the advisors push you around; you have to be your own advocate. Please do not act like an idiot and sacrifice anything and everything to Testudo the week of finals.

    In three sentences

    It is a big school atmosphere with tons of exciting things going on all of the time. There is a very serious academic environment here and there is a large pressure to succeed. Maryland students tend to be segregated depending upon the major; science majors on one side of the campus and humanities majors on the other.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Stamp and other places around campus have the reg fast food places and the diner is pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    Overall the dorms are pretty good, but there is one downside: some of the freshman and sophmore dorms don't have air conditioning. But everyone looks pass that and totally enjoys their dorm experiences. The upperclassmen apartments and dorms are very nice and modern! And I believe they're still building some new dorms now.

    Academic Rigor

    The STEM and Business majors are very competitive to get into. the Engineering nad Business schools are highly ranked globally, and some of the other STEM subjects are too.

    In three sentences

    UMD is an amazing institution in every way. Socially, the school has A LOT!! of school spirit and it's very infectious! That combined with the education you can receive is an amazing opportunity you can't let pass by!

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. There's a lot of emergency call stands and the campus has a safety alert systems to alert students of emergency cases around campus. When I went to school there, there were cases of peeping Toms but no one I knew who went there had an unsafe experiences. I'm sure there are many universities with similar cases but always have a friend to walk to the dorm at night with just in case.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub Testudos nose for good luck before your exams, it's campus tradition! Always get the Diamond back campus newspaper. They have a lot of interesting articles and it's something to do until class starts. Maryland and Duke are huge rivals so any game we have against them is usually sold out. If we do end up winning, there a huge party on route one and it's tradition for students to burn there mattress (this sounds crazy but it's all in good nature, nothing to make you not want to come to the school). All about school pride!!! Under armor began thanks to a couple of UMD students!

    What to do for fun

    UMD has a million things to do for fun. They have a vast array of intramural sports like soccer and volleyball. There are a list of student union and clubs to join listed on UMD's website. There a lot bars around the college and places to eat which are all super close by.

    Food and Dining

    I was a commuter all throughout college so I didn't have much experience at North or South campus diners for those that live on campus. Of course, anyone can eat there (commuter or not) and sometimes my friends that live on campus that had a certain amount of diner points to get rid of would treat me to lunch. You can eat homemade/campus made ice cream that comes from the cows on the farm on campus which I think is really cool. The food at the diner was really good, definitely better than a high school cafeteria. However, I would always eat at Student Union where you would find salad works, panda express, chick fila, mody dick, a sushi place, taco bell, McDonald, and a couple other places. Throughout the campus, there were places where you could get food too. For example, the Mathematics building had a taco bell and a deli as well as a convenient type of store in the lower lever so that you wouldn't have to walk all the way to Student Union or the diners if you had only a couple minutes in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter throughout college but my best friend lived on and off campus. Living on campus, the security of her building was really good. Everyone had to check in and out of the building. The room was a little small and the air conditioner didn't work but it wasn't anything unbearable. Her dorm was close to the gym which was really ideal. The girls and guys were separated being on opposite sides of the hallways and there was a student lounge where students could go study if they needed a quite place. They also had dorm managers that would take care of problems they are having with there dorms or any complaints the students had.

    Academic Rigor

    Alot of the teachers are there so research money and are required to teach, or at least most of the sciences teachers are. They all are required to have office hours and some will even give your there cell phone numbers and have an open door policy. It all depends on the teacher and how you like to study. I have a calculus teacher who was absolutely amazing and even made me want to change my major because I enjoyed it so much. My organic teacher was the hardest one on campus but the B I relieved in her class, felt like an Aplus because she really made you understand the material and held office hours 3 times a week, had an open door policy, would response to emails timely, and even held 3 hours study sessions every Tuesdays! The school is rigorous but very doable if your work hard and focus on your studying. You have enough time to take part in clubs and activities or just hang out with friends!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely research about the school and the major that you are trying to study. There's a program called the early assurance program that can ensure a guaranteed spot at the George Washington medical school without having to take the MCAT and many other types of programs for other majors. So keep in touch with counselors and your department chairs to find out what you can do.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is about as safe as you can make it. There are some things that are really hard for an institution to completely eliminate to make students feel entirely secure, but UMD does its best. There are many safety lights on campus, buses run most of the night to take you wherever you need to go, and Nite-Ride will always come pick you up if you need a ride and don't have a way to get home, as are police escorts. Important phone numbers are on the back of all student-id's so you always have them. I feel like RAs and campus safety people do a good job trying to inform students about things like Crime time and how to maximize personal safety.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of greek life, but it isn't entirely impossible to avoid. Many students do choose to pursue it, and if that's what you want, there are very many options. But many don't, and their isn't much of a stigma against refraining from getting involved. They seem to do a lot of good, though. I know during fall semester, I saw a few campaigning for greek safety and not hazing. We even have an LGBT Frat/Sorority which is kind of unique and great if you want to be a part of greek life without fear of having your lifestyle and identity targeted.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs it's almost overwhelming. There's really something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    People who don't mind a big school environment (and the walking/biking that it entails!) People who may not know what they want to do (so many options to help you decide.) People who DO know what they want to do (all of our programs are really great, and have notable alumni in every field.) People who like sports (we're officially a Big 10 school, and there are A LOT of sports.) People who want academically motivated peers without the ivy-league pricetag (when you're in an honors college especially, you'll realize that you're sitting in classes with people who had the grades and essays to get into the best schools in the world but chose to be here instead. You aren't sacrificing intellectual peers by going to a state school -- there's still a huge foundation of intelligence and passion that draws a lot of people to big-name, big-price schools.) People who live in Maryland (because it's great to be close to home. You never know when something will go wrong, and it's great to have your family close by!) People who care about the environment (we're a super green school!) People who want to be involved with the LGBTQ+ Community (UMD has a big LGBTQ+ community and is generally accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals and is passionate in its pursuit of equality and understanding of the difficulties they face.) People who want to be near a big metropolitan center (DC!) And... People who like a college-y looking college (you'll hardly find a more American looking University than Maryland. Seriously. It's beautiful.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We've got the fountain on McKeldin Mall, which is fun for splashing in. There are also the squeaky circles on Hornbake Plaza, which make this cool noise when you clap while you're standing on them. There's an echo stone on south campus, as well as the Memorial Chapel garden which is so serene and a great place to sit and do your homework or reflect on life or whatever you please.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't speak for out of state students, because I know it is significantly more costly if you aren't from Maryland, but if you are in-state, it's worth it. You're getting a good education, with access to immense resources for anything you want to do, from knowledgeable faculty. Before you even graduate you're part of a network that connects you with opportunities for careers and internships (I was contacted about a technical writing internship with the Department of State through the Careers4Terps site -- and I'm only a freshman -- because the boss was UMD alum.) And maybe most importantly, you don't need too much financial aid to graduate debt free. I have a few merit scholarships, nothing spectacular, and I'm not going to have to take out any loans -- which is huge when I think about the fact that one of my other choices was going to leave me trying to pay $80,000 in my first year out of college with an English major (which doesn't always pay as much as one might hope.)

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of organizations on campus, and you'll probably sign up for half of them at the fall first-look fair. There are service groups, theatre groups, religious groups, club sports, and things you would never even think of making a club for. There really is no lack of extracurriculars to get involved in. Beyond those, the student union regularly has little workshops and things, the student event council hosts movies and brings performers to campus, and there are always flyers for cool things posted all around campus. We're also right be DC and on any day you can catch a free bus to the CP Metro station, pay a few bucks, and end up pretty much anywhere you like. The national zoo, all the museums, chinatown, and more are all within easy traveling distance and are always fun ways to spend your weekends or days off.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but with limited options it gets old pretty fast. They do make an honest effort by rotating through value meals which are usually good for a change of pace and are slightly more interesting or seemingly healthy foods. There are also some places like the pasta and salad stations where you can pick your own ingredients which is nice if you need to shake things up. The dining halls do offer vegan options, but they're pretty limited and not always so good. There's also a kosher dining hall on campus. Late night dining is really nice if you're a night owl. Sadly they don't really do it during the weekends, but during the week you can get pizza, nachos, mozzarella sticks, and other yummy snack foods until midnight.

    Dorm Life

    There are several good dorms on campus. Unfortunately, the best are reserved for specialty living-learning programs (not unfortunate if you're in one of those programs, of course!) or upperclassmen. Most freshman have to live on the North Campus highrises, some of which don't even have air conditioning. It's not impossible to live in, but it isn't ideal either. The nice housing for upperclassmen isn't a guarantee, either. It's assigned via lottery and if you don't get in, you have to find off-campus housing, which, while it is also not an impossible thing to live with, may not be ideal for everyone. Also be aware that Maryland has a very strict set of policies built around room assignment if you don't like your room or roommate. Some schools let you just move in with a friend whenever you like, but Maryland has a limited window of time in which you have to do it, during which you have to fight for open spots and hope you get them. For some living-learning programs, you can't move out of your dorm and you have to hope that there's another space open somewhere in the building. The best thing about UMD dorm life is that if you can find a single, they cost the same as doubles, so you aren't paying more for your own space!

    Academic Rigor

    For academically advanced students there are many opportunities such as the honors colleges and scholars programs, as well as specialized living-learning programs for those who want to integrate their academic interests into their daily lives. Most classes are offered with the option of taking honors versions, which is required for honors college students, but is also just a generally good way to get a bit more out of classes that interest you (plus- it looks good on your transcript!) Generally classes are as hard or easy as you want them to be. UMD has a ton of options in every field, so you can stay within your own comfort zone when it comes to difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus! It is a very big school and that intimidates some people, but is invigorating for others. It's best to stand on the grounds of really any school you're applying to just to get a feel for it. UMD was the first school I visited and I remember telling my mom I didn't want to go back to high school and that I was ready to move in that day. So I think being physically at a school can tell you a lot about whether it's for you or not. (And don't forget: November 1st is the priority deadline! ALWAYS apply priority deadline!)

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a big school with access to resources and research opportunities abound. It's a single metro ride from any type of recreational or career opportunity you can imagine, and has a wealth of these same opportunities even within the boundaries of its campus. Regardless of what you're looking to study or what you want to be, Maryland is a place that will always help you on the path to your goals.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We recently had a robbery, but this was only due to some students unintentionally letting a stranger into the dorms.

    Greek Life

    Not a part of Greek life, but I heard it has gotten very popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have every club you can think of and welcome you to create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who is academically driven yet want to keep it at a moderate pace and enjoy college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students who pass by our mascot (Testudo) would touch the tip of its nose for luck. Some would go as far as to give food offerings.

    What to do for fun

    We have a recreation center, numerous libraries, and you could always attend many of the events they hold here.

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty good for the first few weeks, but I got tired of it as the year progresses. The meal plan they offer is good, but I think a lot of the food and items are overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    It's easy and convenient. I live in a small dorm in a community and the location is not far from the diner and convenience store.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are relatively challenging. However, some classes are harder than others depending on what your strong subjects are and how many credits they offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's best to know what you are majoring in before entering college.Try to apply for early decision to get the best possible program offers.

    In three sentences

    The transportation and services here are very good. The campus is beautiful, and the professors I have are great. Best of all, College Park is very cost-efficient and offer great financial aid.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The fact that public buses run through campus allows for non-students to enter. I have never had any issues.

    Greek Life

    Didn't join any.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    The rec center is awesome, the sporting events are always fun as well. There are many club and intramural sports to join, and of course there are parties.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't starve, but looked forward to going out or going home for meals!

    Dorm Life

    The 2 dorms I lived in were not the fanciest, but I hear there are nicer ones. The people were the best part of the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your walking shoes because the campus is very big! Try to stay for entire football games. Study hard from the beginning of your freshman year--there is plenty of time to play later.

    In three sentences

    UMD is very diverse. UMD has a very loyal alumni base. UMD is a nice community within a larger urban community

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College Park is a pretty accessibly city. It's not the safest place given the crime rate in the are. I am from this are, though, and have never had a problem. Just like any place, just make sure you avoid walking home alone at night.

    Greek Life

    TONS of sororities and fraternities to choose from. Rushing is a big thing on this campus-- when rush occurs, everyone knows it. It is usually hung up on fliers and written in chalk on sidewalks all over campus. Plus there's frat row, where there's tons of frat houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    All sorts of clubs and activities for just about everyone. There's a Garden Club, a snowboarding club, tons of religiously-affiliated clubs. You can find almost anything and if you can't find it-- you can create it!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in state this is certainly an affordable school. It is a well-known school with amazing professors. With all the helpful services provided, it is certainly worth it. You have Eppley's center to work out in, Counseling Center to have someone to talk to if you need it, and DOTS provides the buses to get your way around campus and to train stations nearby. Out of state, it can be costly, but it isn't anything that is above and beyond what it costs to attend any school out of state.

    What to do for fun

    There's always some sort of event going on at the campus. Lounge on the mall on a nice day, go to a party in the dorms or with the frats, or study in your choice of library. The campus itself also offers useful services such as workshops for resume building, internship workshops, the all-nighter which is filled with evens at the union, Maryland day, and various events on the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the diner is okay at best. There is an assortment of choices to choose from, but these options hardly change. As a vegetarian, it can be difficult to find something to eat at the diner. Luckily, there's the student union with restaurants that everyone is a little more accustomed to. We have all the fast food favorites. And if you are a vegetarian like myself, there's also salad places and a co-op in the downstairs area. The area the school is in, College Park, also has some eateries to choose from that are sure to satisfy whichever craving you are having.

    Dorm Life

    I have not personally lived in a dorm but I have been in quite a few. Most of them are what I believe to be pretty normal dorms-- a bunch of people sharing a floor and a communal bathroom. These can be pretty fun for meeting new people. The downside to them can be when you want to study/sleep and there are people in other rooms who want to do just the opposite and party. There are also nicer dorms if you are part of certain organizations that are provided for these students-- such as the Language house. These dorms are nicer than the higher buildings of Denton or Easton. Either way, it'll be an experience you will never forget.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Maryland certainly has some bright students! Our business school is especially competitive and rigorous. I am a Communication major and even an arts major is a limited enrollment program. This simply means you have to have a certain GPA and qualities to enter these programs. Even as a transfer student you must make sure you have at the very least a 3.0 to get into our beautiful school. I assure you, it will be well worth becoming a terrapin.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students, enjoy your years here at Maryland! If you are having trouble acclimating to the course work I encourage you to approach your teacher aids and professor's office hours; this will help you immensely. There is tutoring provided in select locations throughout the campus, do not hesitate to utilize these services. Additionally, if you have some trouble finding friends make sure to join a club/organization. There are so many to chose from, it's quite amazing actually; there's bound to be something for everyone. My last piece of advice would be to make sure to have fun, do not let the stress of things get to you. Use every resource this wonderful campus has to offer to their terrapins!

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland is a beautiful big campus with so much diversity that you meet people from all walks of like. Don't let Maryland's big size intimidate you, it provides clubs and organizations to involve yourself with. Maryland offers tons of opportunities for students to take an assortment of different classes that are not necessarily required for your major-- there's even a one credit swimming class!

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus to get involved with no matter what your interests may be. You have clubs, games, or just hanging out with friends. If you want to venture into Washington D.C., take the metro.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining halls on campus, the food is good. There are also many eatting establishments in close proximity.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the apartment style housing on campus. I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. The Professors are great teachers and very helpful. Counselors are very knowledgeable and provides guidance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete application and submit early. Highlight attibutes involving academics, leadership, and voluntary services.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maryland College Park is a great university. The campus is huge and beautiful. Student life is exciting!

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything. There are alot of clubs to partake in. From golf, to soccer to mountain climbing; its all at Maryland.

    Food and Dining

    They havee really great food here. I most certainly love the Buffets.

    Tips for prospective students

    It really is a good school to be. So I believe you made the right choice by looking into it.

    In three sentences

    A Stellar Institution. A place i would most certainly want to be for the next four years. I really cannot wait to start.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD, Police Auxiliary, and off campus PD all work together to create the largest number of police in one area I have ever seen. You cant walk more than fifty yards without seeing police of some sort or another.

    Greek Life

    Only 16% of students on campus are greek, but they have a HUGE presence. Great organizations, and enough variety for anyone interested to find a place where they fit in.

    Clubs and Activities

    Awesome club sports, and all of the pre-profesional and hobby clubs you could ask for.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, independent, and adventurous people. Being shy is definitely not ideal, and you wont get nearly as much out of your experience here if you aren't willing to put yourself out there.

    Bang for the buck

    Payscale.com has UMD rated as the third best school in the nation for return on investment in relation to campus social life. I think that is pretty self explanatory.

    What to do for fun

    As soon as you get on campus, look in to joining a club that is related to your interests. All of them, and I mean all of them, have social events outside of the club, and they are an awesome way to meet people and make friends. The Greek life on campus is also awesome, and I would definitely recommend that everyone at least give it a look, but its definitely not everyones cup of tea.

    Food and Dining

    It wont kill you, and some of it is pretty good, but when you are making food for that many people, it is never going to be great. Dining plan has plenty of points though, you definitely wont starve.

    Dorm Life

    Met my best friends in the dorm, and while I probably wont live in the same one again, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. The department of resident life does a pretty good job, and if you have any problems with your room or your neighbors, they are sorted out quickly and efficiently

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty can range depending on your major and school, as a freshman, business, art, history, etc all seem to have much easier classes than the more concrete majors like bio, chem, any sort of engineering. Its also all very dependent on the teachers you get, make sure to look up teacher reviews while making your schedule. Also, coming in with lots of AP credits makes life way easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your GPA isn't great, make sure you kill it on your SAT scores, or you will have a hard time getting in. They love extracurricular stuff, if you plan on playing a non-club level sport, don't plan on having a social life, make sure you put yourself out there. Oh, and if you even think you might want to go into the business school, make sure you try and get in as a freshman, it is way harder to get in to it once you are already a student.

    In three sentences

    Best decision I ever made. Great teachers, great campus, great parties, great everything. I've never felt more at home.

  • 04/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus does the best i can to make sure students are safe there are alteast 2 blue lights in view where every you go in case of emergency so you can call for help.The buses run late until 3 and until 4:30n on the weekends so you dont have to walk after that there is nite-ride which is like a taxi you can call to pick you up even if you are not on campus to drop you off safe in front of your dorm.Some things they cant help though such as the surounding location which isnt the best.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is here but not overwhelming.It is fun for people that are in them but you will not feel like an outcast if you are not in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything literally.We have quitcage(harry potter) ,fencing , ballroom dancing , anime, crew, PB&J making ,break dancing sunbathing et cetera the list goes on on forever.There are also alot of events on campus you can usually find out about by just reading the chalk on the sidewalks.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals and midterms everyone makes offerings to testudo the turtle for good luck and rubs his nose,Some how last semester he got set on fire it was quite a spectacular site.

    What to do for fun

    Having fun here is more based with the people you are around people go on the mall or beach a lot to play soccer or volleyball.The night life is big at umd and the weekend starts on thursday here, even then there are some people you will see out everynight even on a tuesday at the bars conerstone or bentleys are the best.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is gross and sometime you will just stay in room instead of walk to get dinner because it wont be worth it.Especially if you are a finicky or healthy eater it gets boring really quick.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are honestly pretty bad but you get used to it.After the second month you dont realize all the things wrong with the building bc your having fun .There has been however a push to fix this since students pay a good lump of money to go here especially all the out of state kids from NY or NJ .Oakland is a new building and you dont have to share bathrooms and they are finishing another on south campus called Prince Frederick.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very doable but you have to put in the effort.If you are the type of person who did well in high school but never once opened the book (like me) your first semester is going to be a kick in the behind.Also take advantage of your TA's and tutoring in campus.You make think only dumb people need tutoring but in college this is not the case.Be able to ask for help when you need it.Also look up the instructor before you sign up for a class.A good vs bad professor can be the difference between you having to retake a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come here it can be a culture shock depending on where you are from , but there are many people from different backgrounds.The campus is very diverse , dont stick to one group of people and branch out. It is very easy to feel isolated or alone on such a big campus but everyone is nice so all you have to do is talk to someone to make a new friend.Do not be afraid of going out of your comfort zone and get the most out being on campus by going to the free events they have. Maryland is known as a party school for a reason , do not be that freshman that cannot handle their liquor and has to get their stomach pumped the first night.In the same respect do not let your someone you are with get to that point and if they already are just call the police.You cannot get in trouble for being drunk just underage possession of alcohol.This is a BIG problem on campus.

    In three sentences

    Best bang for buck if in state.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's SO much to do on this campus. If you ever catch yourself saying you're bored, you're not looking hard enough. Seriously, something is always going on.

    Food and Dining

    Both diners are pretty decent, although you will get tired of diner food seven days a week. 251 North, which is the all-you-can-eat diner on North Campus, gives you a nice break from diner food. There are lots of places and cafes to eat around campus in academic buildings, so you can always grab a snack on the go if you don't have time to stop by the diner. Route 1 also provides a nice array of food options, including (but not limited to!) Chipotle, Noodles & Co., and Five Guys.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome here. It's great getting to know your neighbors and your floor mates because nine times out of ten, those same people end up being fellow classmates and friends as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said before, the school earned its title as a Public Ivy. It's no walk in the park being a student here, but it is so worth it when you put in the hard work. You will definitely see the results in your grades and in your new-found wealth of knowledge. If you ever feel like you're falling behind, there are resources everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Your professor's office hours, counseling in Shoemaker, The Writing Center, Math Success, tutors in every possible subject and topic - take advantage of that while you're here!

    In three sentences

    UMD is definitely earned its title as a Public Ivy. The university has so much to offer, in all things social and academic - it's hard to turn such a great school down. You'll definitely thrive here.

  • 05/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Cheap yet great school for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Watch team sports

    Tips for prospective students

    My brother will graduate from here next week in Computer Engineering. He has turned down interviews for Google, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, etc. Maryland gives you tons of opportunities, you just need to take the leap and try!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Rigorous course-load. Inviting atmosphere.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that it is hard not to find one to like. Many are really relaxed so you can move freely from one to another to see what you like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you sacrifice to Testudo. He does wonders, just don't set him on fire.

    Bang for the buck

    Try to go to 251 every week or you'll run out of points for food.

    Food and Dining

    Obviously food gets tiring after a while but every two or three weeks there's a special dinner food and there is late night foods. There is a special buffet and Adele's for extra dining needs so it does vary.

    Dorm Life

    RAs or usually lenient and give warnings when you do things wrong. Most dorms do not have air conditioning and our dorms are on the smaller side but not too cramped if you organize the space well.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a pretty hard curriculum and it is getting harder as we climb up in the ranks. One will have to study extensively to pass classes so it will take effort.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food options. I don't you'll have to worry about the freshman 15 either because the campus is so big you'll probably burn off anything you are on your way back to your dorm from the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of fun things to do bu the dorms aren't all that.

    Academic Rigor

    I heard for BIO mayors and Sciene Majors the coursework is extremely hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save up!!!!

    In three sentences

    UMD is a great school from what I've researched and seen so far. The programs are great and the campus is beautiful. The only thing too watch out for is although the tuition is low especially for in stat students the financial aid awarded per student is extremely low.

  • 07/02/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the point of failure - you won't graduate in four years if you do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but there are lots of dining halls and other places to get food. As a plus, the school has its own creamery located in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    My brother is an RA, and he always has a fun floor theme for his residents. Additionally, he plans events for students in order to make dorm life fun and intimate.

    In three sentences

    While I do not attend UMD, my brother is a rising senior there, and I have visited multiple times. The feel of the campus is great - it always seems like there is something fun going on. Although the school is quite large, to quote my tour guide, You can make a big school feel small, but you can't make a small school feel big.

  • 07/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    When I visited the dorms they were not anything better than I have already seen at other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't attest to the academic rigor of the school, but what I know is that it is a selective school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student myself. Any tips would be nice!

    In three sentences

    Maryland is a school for those who want a feeling of belonging and community. Maryland is a school for those who dream to innovate. Maryland is a school for those students who are well rounded.

  • 08/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuters so I wouldn't know much about this

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your desire to learn

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your application early, which also includes asking for recommendations early. Also be involved in your current school with extracurricular, you don't have to participate in many as long as you can show that you are committed strongly to few.

    In three sentences

    Maryland is great not only because of the cast amounts of resources that it provides each student with but also because of its strong will to create a sense of community between its student body. I love it here.