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While a good school,Accounting
While a good school, UMD didn't prepare me for the real world i.e. the job world. It could do better in helping its undergrads' future employment like other reputable schools.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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College Park is an average university at bestBrightAccounting
College Park is an average university at best and with increasing budget cuts, it may even drop below this. The campus is very average looking however, a lot of the buidlings are falling apart and some just look plain ugly. For example, the art building has a semi landfill that has not been cleaned up and has stayed there for the 3 years I've been here. You can blame budget cuts for this. In addition, the university hires a lot of adjunct faculty, basically temporary workers who don't care much for students and don't mind failing half the class.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: C-, Useful Schoolwork: F
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Overall this whole experience hasn't been great.Quite BrightAccounting
Overall this whole experience hasn't been great. The professors aren't really that helpful and care more about their salaries than if their teaching methods are effective or not. I've been able to do fine just reading the book. In theory I'm supposed to be surrounded by other bright students who have come here to learn and broaden their horizons. Instead I'm surrounded by a lot of self absorbed kids who rather party and get wasted than care about their academic work.

Campus life is alright if you like getting drunk and visiting the 4 ghetto bars around campus. Another thing about this school is the lack of safety on campus, and I'm not talking about isolated incidents at 2 in the morning. What I'm talking about is how kids are being mugged in broad daylight! In fact this past summer a student was randomly shot at by thugs in broad daylight. If you're planning to go here, be prepare to watch your back day or night!

As for the housing, the dorms really are a disgrace for the money you are paying, they are run down, roach infested and many of them lack air conditioning. Another thing about the dorms is the heating, it doesn't gets turned on unless the school decides it's cold enough to run the heat so be prepared. If you're looking for a great college experience, avoid College Park at all costs and save your parent's or your hard earned money for somewhere else. If you're an in state student and low on funds (like me) so you don't really have another choice, feel free to give it a shot.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2006
Collaboration/Competitive: C+, Education Quality: F
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