Location: College Park, Maryland
Size: 37, 631
Percent Women: 47%
Tuition (one year): In-state: $24,214 Out-of-state: $44,507
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Business/Marketing, Engineering, Biology, and Communications/ Journalism
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 46.8%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, please visit http://www.admissions.umd.edu
Why Choose UMD?
Sunset over Mckeldin- Jaclyn Turner
“I visited as a senior in high school during the fall, and I fell in love with the beautiful campus. Then I fell in love with the journalism school and program. It really helps to be inspired to do well in school when you are surrounded by such beauty. And the mall when the sun is shining is my favorite place to write papers!”“The medical school was attractive! It's in my home state where most of my neighboring community attends so it feels like home to me. As a transfer that was something that made me love my decision to come here. Maryland is so big that it encompasses so many different programs, people and opportunities. There is NO way you can't make a home for yourself.”“To be honest, for the in-state tuition. But, Maryland because is the perfect balance of an academically respected school and research institution, a big school with great sports programs, and a beautiful campus close to the nation's capital providing cultural learning opportunities and a great place to find internships.”"Maryland had EVERYTHING: nationally accredited academic programs, parties, athletics and hundreds of opportunities to get involved. Prospective students should look at Maryland as the best of both worlds: we like and know how to have fun AND we make it to class the next morning and rock our tests/ quizzes."
Welcome Sign- Kelsey Catterson
“Maryland has everything that you would ever need in a college, except a beach of course. From the route 1 bars, food, and adventures to big sports. What more can a college kid ask for?”“I've lived in Maryland all my life. I could never see myself rooting for any other school. I was born and raised a Terp. The atmosphere at UMD is unlike any other. They're is so much life on campus and there is always something to do.""I loved the campus and the atmosphere of the school. It was exactly what I was looking for in a college."
A+ FeaturesPhoto: Jaclyn Turner
"I love the beautiful campus. I also love my professors. I have never had relationships with teachers before in high school, and I do now- even in large lectures! I think the student- teacher relationships in school is great! Especially in intimate classes like the journalism school offers.
“Hanging out with my friends in Courtyards”
“Testudo. The campus - especially the mall. Our sports teams, even when they aren't the best. The Maryland flag and seeing it everywhere on campus.”
“How pretty our campus is, the social life, the greek community”
Photo: Jaclyn Turner
“Traditions and school spirit”
"I love the strong community, how the school is so large that it seems small when you see 5 familiar faces on the way to class. I love the historical feel of south campus, and the plethora of opportunities available to me- especially when they are free! Also, the Coffee Bar makes THE BEST CARAMEL MACCHIATOS! "
"Our campus is stunning. It is the typical movie-esque college campus. UMD is also a community. There is Greek life, athletes, members of academic fraternities and sororities. But at the end of the day, we're all Terps and we all hate Duke"
Needs ImprovementPhoto: Jaclyn Turner
"The grading scale like the plus/minus system! Teachers, especially in the science departments, who care about students!
“Better relationship between Greek life and the rest of the school.”
“An easier way to cross Route 1”
"I would like to see updates to the dining hall, it seems dated. Also, the large lecture classes such as econ200 have a hard time keeping me engaged. "
"Maryland needs to improve its advising practices. Advisors should attempt to get to know their students more or at least be trained in all of the hard questions. Occasionally, they either don't know about the major they're supposed to be advising in or they give you inaccurate information."
New Collegiette on Campus
"It is exciting to be a freshman on campus, but also scary!! Do not be afraid to ask a stranger for directions to a building. It is worse showing up late. Trust me, I've been there and it is embarrassing.”
“Find your niche and stick to it! Find what works for you in this huge diverse environment and succeed. Make friends, because honestly, they will not only get you through rough times but having more than one classmate can help you with your studies as well!”
Photo: Jaclyn Turner
"Being a freshman on such a big campus can be overwhelming, but it also allows for everyone to find their niche at Maryland. The important thing is to get out there and get involved. Thankfully, the First Look Fair in the beginning of the year is the perfect time and place to find out about the things you want to get involved in."
"Freshman year is a blast but it can be a little intimidating. Try not to sound/look like a basic Freshman. You get a week to figure out the bus system, after that you will be judged when you ask if Orange takes you to the Varsity. Also, GET RID OF THAT LANYARD."
"Always rub testudo's nose, ALWAYS."
"Never sit in your room alone. Go sit in the coffee shop or library or stamp. In general just be around people. Definitely go to the first look fair and join clubs. You will be amazed at how many different opportunities there are!"
Photo: Jaclyn Turner
1) Go to all of the football games. When you live on campus it is the only time you will actually be able to make it to the games because the walk from College Avenue is just too far
2) DO NOT wear your lanyard around your neck. Especially not when you go out.
3) If you hide your chicken nuggets under salad at the dining hall it is a lot cheaper.
4) Get a buffalo chicken wrap with FRIED chicken. It'll be the best decision of your life.
5) Invest in a lot of Maryland gear. Its easy to throw on in the mornings with a pair of yoga shorts and you'll look like just about everybody else.
6) Look into Fall recruitment if you have 12 credits. It takes the stress off of going through formal recruitment in the spring.
7) Choose one or two clubs that sound amazing and like something you want to spend a lot of time on. You can normally guage how great the club is by their First Look Fair table presentation.
8) Join Greek Life.
9) Stay in at least one night over the weekends and hang out with your floor. You all will not only rest up but you will also get to know the men and women you are living with for a whole year.
10) Be nice to your RA's they give you free things.
11) Walk to all of your classes the day before they start so you don't get lost (I'm a junior and I still don't go to the right classes)
All About Academics
Photo: Kelsey Catterson
“Registration is great if you go to your advisor early and discuss what you still need to take and what you do not need. Advisors are so helpful and I would never register without seeing mine first! they make the process so easy and clear- I always feel more confident about knowing what I need to take when I leave my meetings!”
“Registration is sometimes frustrating because you won't know if you can get off the waitlist until the first week of school and you're going to as many of the sections and classes as you can to find a spot!”
“It depends on the major to be honest and your perspective of workload. Language majors seem to have it tough with 6 credit beginner classes but on the other hand biology/chemistry majors don't have homework and only exams. This leaves all the learning to the student which is also a workload on its own.”
"Workload depends on your major. Engineers always have work. Journalism majors less so but that's because you're expected to get involved! Make sure you go to your advisors just to make sure everything is in order. Registration is very nerve-wracking. Try to come in with some AP or IB credits they help out a ton and get you earlier registration dates.”
Photo: Kelsey Catterson
"The workload is what you make it. Don't put things off, then you get overwhelmed. Stay on task and make sure you have a major you enjoy, so at least some of the work can be fun! The Business school is really popular, and we're noted for our Engineering program! But, all majors are pretty awesome as long as it's what you like doing. The GenEd requirements can usually be fulfilled by many different classes and if you need a certain class for a certain semester, most advisors are very helpful if you're on top of your requirements. On line registration is very easy if you plan before your appointment time. Avoid any and all academic and financial blocks as registering in person can be an annoyance."
"I would suggest using the 4-year plan document they give you and update it frequently."
Learn from the Best
"Professor Auchard with ENGL241. I took this English class as an elective and absolutely loved it. This teacher was funny, so with it, and had so much to teach. He so loved his work, which made me so love the work. I would take anything else he teaches in a heartbeat."
"Professors vary. Jessica Lu is the most beautiful and intelligent professor on this campus. No doubt. Take COMM 200 with her. It's a little tougher than COMM 107 but she's worth it."
"Most of my professors have been awesome! Of course there are a few bad ones everywhere, but they can be dealt with. I LOVED Professor Katarina Keane in the history dept. Professor Ross is also exceptional. My favorite class was probably a tie between Pocketbook Politics/Consumer History and my HIST208 where I learned how to write a research paper… really helpful"
"Like any other college you have the good, the bad, and the ugly professors. Sometimes, you can't help which professor you end up with. I have found that the more you interact with professors, the more they are willing to work with you. Go to office hours, TA hours, email them (not too much)."
"Marsha Guenzler-Stevens was the best professor I have ever had! She truly cares about each and every one of her students as if they were her own. I still talk to her to this day and I took her class 2 years ago."
"Go to basketball games. Stay at football games for the band."
"SOCCER would be the most famous team. We love our school even if we don't make it big time! That's why I love our school spirit."
"We are a very spirited school when it comes to tailgates and such, but the attendance at games is lacking. Football games definitely don't attract many people, but basketball games are better in attendance, although it could still be better."
"HUGE school spirit - Maryland pride is great. There is an athlete culture, with the basketball team being the most "famous" on campus."
"School spirit is mediocre. There are the few and proud hard core fans, but for the most part, the culture is about the tailgates. The best teams are the basketball teams and lacrosse. Football hasn't been so popular since we have not been doing so well."
"Everyone plays intramural sports, it's a great way to get involved when you aren't on a team."
"Win or lose, Terps look good and cheer loud!!! Football may not always win, but we've been ranked! Basketball is well known… Alex Len anyone? We respect and admire our athletes, but they are still students who take classes with us and are our friends."
"There is an athlete culture at our school We don't have the best sports teams, but UMD loves their sports. Thus, varsity athletes are treated like celebrities complete with free ipads, scooters and premium housing. "
"Intramural sports are also super popular, and happen many times throughout the year for short periods of time so that they don't take up too much of your time. The downside is that some of these games start at midnight."
Interest and Involvements
"Greek life is really prevalent on campus. Some of the most popular clubs are Images, who give the tour guides, Terpthon, Jewish Student Union or any of the acapella clubs!"
"In the fall, we have First Look Fair to find out about clubs, and in the spring we have Stampfest- which is great because all of the clubs are inside."
"Club swim is awesome if you start young. Don't try and join late they aren't very inclusive."
"Greek life is huge, as are club and intramural sports."
"There are like 800 clubs for every person, shape and size!!! Quidditch is really competitive and interesting. The First Look Fair in the fall on the Mall and in Stamp for the Spring are awesome, almost every club is represented and there are soooo many to sign up for. I'm a member of Delta Gamma, Relay for Life, Class Council and many honor societies."
"Starting your own club is so easy, and STAMP is awesome to work with. They encourage students to come up with a plan and start their club, and they want to help!"
"I think students are very active in clubs and organizations on campus. Just seeing how many different clubs and organizations there are alone helps to show the enthusiasm our campus has. Greek life is definitely big, as well as business associations and intramural sports."
"There are definitely resources for women on campus and many women's clubs like women for physics or engineering."
"There are many women's clubs and organizations around campus also. There are women's empowerment groups, women's rights groups, and more. I think the resources and support is astounding!"
"Girls sometimes dress very typical on this campus, especially in the Greek community. Our stereotyped dress are the uggs and leggings with plaid shirts."
"It's actually surprising how hard girls go when it comes to dressing up. You'll always see that girl that put in so much effort just to get to class. Don't judge her, commend her. She's looking fierce."
"Being a girl at UMD is great! Nightlife comes with it's issues, but being smart should be natural anyway. Girls can wear whatever they choose…. one day i'm in a blouse and boots, the next yogas and a baseball hat. I've never felt openly judged or uncomfortable for what I wear to class. There all women's sororities and fraternities, both social and cultural, as well as, many a cappella groups, sports teams etc. I've never felt wildly outnumbered on campus, I don't know the ratio, but it must be close."
Food and Drink
"Food is always accessible! There's the food court which great food, you've got the salad option as well. Diner food is as expected not as great as outside food but it does you right until you get tired of it. My favorite is Moby Dick's speciality rice...noms."
"Quality and price are at a good ratio if not a little expensive, especially in the convenience shops!"
"The South Campus Diner is definitely a better alternative to the Diner on North Campus"
"Off campus....there's a chipotle....what more do you need?"
"The diners aren't the best, but they're not awful. 251 is easily the best dining hall on campus. There are plenty of options of restaurants a short walk off campus, and several options in the student union, so when you get tired of the usual dining hall food its easy to go elsewhere."
"Salad bar on South campus rocks. I like the salad bar on South Campus and the wraps from North Campus. The best part is South's easy access from the mall and the worst is sometimes the food choices can suck."
"The Route 1 food gives you a variety, but you've gotta pay so that could be a turn off. Route one food is usually worth it. I live in an apartment and cook for myself mostly, but I'll venture out for Bobby's, Shanghai Tokyo or Pizza Kingdom.”
The Infamous Trough from Adeles
"I wish we had more places specific to UMD campus to eat. Pretty much everything on Route 1 (besides Bagel Place) is a chain. I would like to see more places like Busboys and Poets closer to campus, having unique places to eat on campus. Since everything is a chain, prices are a little high, but still manageable."
"Despite what everyone says, this diner food is not THAT terrible. Coming from a school with actual terrible diner food, and not many choices, this diner was like heaven. There are always options which is nice to know."
"The campus has its own dairy and makes its own ice cream! It's delicious! My favorite flavor is Mocha S'mores."
"Most people go out Thursday-Saturday, with Tuesday also being a big night in CP. Tuesday nights are big at Cornerstone and Bentleys. During the weekends there are a ton of fraternity parties, as well as social between frats and sororities if you're involved in greek life."
"People drink on the weekends - heavily. Maryland has a big drinking culture, but that's to be expected at a big school. People tailgate football game, party on the weekends, go to the bars. Weekday drinking does happen, but its not as big as the weekends."
"There are plenty of other activities for students who don't want to drink, like sporting events, movies on campus, and other events put on by clubs. Getting around at night is easy because of the great bus system on campus."
"Many people go out to bars or parties, but others study or just hang out. I find most people do a combination of al of that. There are lots of house parties and apartment parties and of course the bars. Some people go out on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The buses are awesome, they run until late on the weekends and get you many places. I've never witnessed drug use honestly, but people drink. There are a lot of other things to do, just hanging around with friends, going to sports games, nights in DC. I've never felt out of place going out, theres something for everybody."
"Alcohol is very prevalent on this campus, almost everyone has a fake ID. So that's why the bars are usually the place to go."
"For students who don't want to drink or go out, there are sometimes movie nights, and STAMP hosts something called "SEE Second Saturdays," which a lot of clubs and organizations will host some really cool events like craft nights, roller skating, even carnivals! "
"There are tons of great options for housing on and around campus. The Varsity, The View and Hartwick are great for freshman connection students or upperclassmen. There are also tons of houses back around frat row and the graham cracker that are good for upperclassmen as well. For those in greek life, sorority and fraternity houses are a good place to live for a period of time during college. For an on-campus option that is technically off-campus there's also Leonardtown."
"No one is required to live on campus. Some specific programs may require it, but the school as a whole does not. The dorms aren't the greatest - some are definitely better than others. But, they aren't anything to be scared of. The best places to live are often reserved for older students, and some can be competitive to get into. Roommates are random, although you can request roommates. Dorm bonding is common, although it does require individuals to make the effort."
"Freshman are encouraged to live on campus. They typically live on North Campus. Those dorms are pretty typical of freshman housing. Not great, not terrible unless you don't have A/C. Try to get into living and learning programs. Honors Humanities and Global Communities get you in dorms right in the center of campus on North Hill. These are the best housing options for freshman."
"After sophomore year, people start moving off campus into commons, sorority houses, the varsity and cheaper housing. "
"Students participating in freshman connection will live in the view or the varsity apartments. The apartments are really spacious and nice, but they are known as party central, which means they get pretty loud."
Exploring College Park and DC
"Awesome, but sometimes sketchy, you've gotta be smart. I study at the library, I go out with friends, I cook and bake in my apartment or I go to UMD events. There are bars and a new club, which is cool. Many people go shopping in DC or get dinner in Georgetown. In CP, there's slices, bobby's and chipotle. Oh, and Starbucks is usually crowded for studying/socializing!"
"College Park is definitely a college town, with many students making up the population surrounding campus. There are plenty of things to do, such as running around the nearby lake or taking the metro into Washinton, D.C. The one thing I would change would be to decrease the crime rate nearby, but that less common closer to campus. Nightlife options include several bars, or the DC bar scene if you want to get away."
"Busboys and poets is a great choice for a restaurant with really good food, it's a drive from campus, but worth it if you have a car to get there. Or, learn how to use Shuttle UM and be surprised about all the places you can go"
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