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Overall, the University of Maryland, College Park isBrightAerospace Engineering
Overall, the University of Maryland, College Park is a great school if you are from Maryland. If you are from out-of-state, you'll often find yourself screwed. The administration seems to tailor everything to their precious in-staters, completely disregarding their New Yorkers, New Jerseyans, and Pennsylvanians (or wherever you are from).

The University of Maryland is very much a suitcase school. It's about 3/4ths in-state. And about 3/4ths of the student population go home every other weekend. If you are from out-of-state, you'll find that there will be weekends when almost everyone you know is gone.

If you get invited into College Park Scholars, don't do it! All it is is extra work. Supposedely, it's a "living/learning program," but hat is crap. You'll find yourself in a community no matter where you live. There are lots of people in my College Park Scholars dorm who are NOT Scholars. They don't seem to be missing out on anything. In fact, I am envious of them because they dont have to do all the extra week that we have to.

The parking policy is ridiculous. No freshmen residents can park at all. There are a "limited number of spaces" for sophomores - the catch? You must provide proof that you NEED to have a car on campus (i.e. you have a job or an internship). That's where the out-of-state students get screwed yet again. Out-of-state sophomores can't park on campus without a job/internship. Yet, they cant get a job/internship without a car - It becomes a chicken and the egg situation. In-state students, on the other hand, can easily go home and get their cars on the weekends (when parking meters are not enforced). They can easily find a bull-shit job or internship. Or, in-state students can easily have their old high school employers "re-hire" them to work an hour or two a week.

Also, the room & board is a huge rip-off.. While the rooms are decently sized, they are either sizzling hot or ice-cold. There is no in-between. It seems like every dormitory has major roach infestations. They'll crawl into your room, into your closet, onto your desk, or even onto your stuff without any warning. You could be talking on the phone and when you put the receiver down, there will be a roach on it (true story, by the way). The maintenance crew seems to clean out the bathroom only once a week. The food here is alright at first. But give it a month or two and it seems like you've eaten everything there is to eat. The menu has about a million variations of a Chicken Sandwich, and you'll notice that it's offered as the "Special" two of three times a week. Finally, the meal plan is a declining point balance. You get about 933 dollars to spend a semester. But if you break it down, it's about 8 dollars a day. There is NO WAY you could spend only 8 dollars a day. The food is unbelievably overpriced. A Cheeseburger, French Fries, and a Soda costs around $7.74. Once again, they integrate into the meal plan the assumption that you are going to eat out or go home on the weekends. That is simply not true of everyone.If you like to party, you'll definitely love this school. There is an abundance of alcohol and drugs and it doesnt take a rocket scientist (no pun intended) to figure out how to get them. Most of the kids I've talked to love it here. I guess it depends on what kind of a person you are. If you partied and drank a lot in high school, you'll probably enjoy UMD. If you preferred to spend your free time shooting pool or going bowling (stuff that doesnt involve alcohol), you'll probably find yourself wishing you were somewhere else.

1st Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A, Individual Value: D
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This university is good because of the funding made available for research. This university is bad because the funding is not distributed equally. Before you decide to attend UMD, make sure you are able to adapt to being at a university with 40,000 people.
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A, Collaboration/Competitive: D
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Maryland provided a fine general education in socialGeography and Geosciences
Maryland provided a fine general education in social sciences and history for an average student - like I was. The research and writing skills I was forced to sharpen there have served me well. My major was in a soft science, not particularly highly sought after, yet I was able to land a job relatively quickly in the enormous governmental establishment in nearby Washington, DC. I have found gainful employment in the federal government ever since. The DC area job market is consistenly one of the strongest in the nation, which is an obvious plus for Maryland graduates in any field of study. The large campus provides many activities, but is somewhat impersonal and could overwhelm the timid. Finding a strong niche interest helps students feel more engaged. Since I remained in the local area after graduation, my large alma mater has always had strong name recognition. Regardless of how "sporty" you are, the great recent successes at Maryland in NCAA basketball and football are an undeniable source of pride and prestige for alumni.
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