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Look into a more prestigious school.Business - Management and Administration
Look into a more prestigious school. Although this wasn't a bad program, the name brand doesn't go far as other programs. Also, be warned of unethical behavoir with other students. I felt constantly mistreated being of a minority background. Not sure if it was my minority status or something else, but the grading without a doubt was not fair. If you go to this program, go to learn, not for the grades. Also, if you're judging students here, don't use grades as an indicator of capabilities. Not an accurate indicator.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Please. Save yourself.BrightNutrition
Please. Save yourself. Its too late for me but save yourself from this incredibly disorganized and negative environment. You will feel like a number the entire time. Advising is COMPLETELY useless. Admin is completely useless as well. They will never help you with a dang thing unless you have a very specific question and then all of a sudden its very important and "how could they forget to tell you?". Most people never get to graduate on time due to lack of information they received as freshmen and sophmores. You will never get any attention except for when you owe money. They will pull the carpet from underneath you like "no more paper bills" without ever sending a single notice out to the students. Or the good old "no more senior housing" in mid april when most people have already found housing for the upcoming year. OR even the "you cant graduate on time because this class isnt applicable because you took it when you had 59 credits, not 60". WHY DOES IT MATTER!? I am graduating in may (thank god) and I do not know a single person that has anything really good to say about this school. Most even feel the same as I do.

another note: NEVER become a dietetics major unless you enjoy years and years of upper level science classes with no pay-off and dealing with the snobbiest classmates this school has to offer. Good school if you just want to get drunk all the time while having some joke major.

4th Year Female -- Class 2009
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F
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Well, I was a transfer student from aSuper BrilliantPsychology
Well, I was a transfer student from a small college. I went to MD because of: (a.) cheap in-state tuition, (b.) closeness to my extended family, (c.) diversity in programs, (d.) few of my good friends go here.

Racism: Immediately, I experienced immense racism--you would have thought it was 1940. From the Terp-Bus, to the classrooms, there was nothing, but pure racism. The majority didn’t accept what they didn’t understand. I didn’t fit in with my fellow minorities and I also didn’t fit in with the majority because they’ve never seen individualized minorities before and realized that they can’t use the TV as a social guide to another race. Most of the older professors were extremely racist, but the younger ones were cool.

Social Setting: There is no social scene for transfer students. If one doesn’t begin living on campus their Freshman year, there is no hope for you. You will not make friends because nobody cares to know you. Also, even though it helps to join a club/organization, the hours are obscene because most people live on/near campus. So, how about going to Photography club from 9pm-11pm? Right. The students mainly consist of drunks, fraternity/sorority goers, jocks, and rich kids that judge people with real personalities and real character—they may be book-smart, but are not socially smart, nor street-smart. Going here is like attending high school in the Valley of California: “Like, OMG! Totally! Like, Like, Like. OMG. Like!” No joke; no lie, that’s all you hear. It only seems that emotionally intelligent students know better and actually have a real brain. Others, don’t have a personality outside of the stereotypical TV screen. The boys always wear sweatpants and gym shorts, while the girls wear leggings and t-shirts. If you are a conservative who doesn’t drink every night of the week…DO NOT COME HERE. They shun you for not drinking or supporting the football games—that’s all they do. However, there are a lot of hot, sexy people here. If open enough, you’re bound to get a hookup or two. BUT you must fit in, or you’ll be lonely and depressed.

Classes/Prof.: Really good classes, but watch out for graduate teachers and TA’s—they don’t care about you. They’re just there for their grade. My Math teacher taught two classes at the same time. She got there 40min. late and left 15.min early. When the normal professors were done with two classes, she was done with four! There a million different classes to take, but you have to fight for them. MONEY MUST BE IN ON TIME; OR, YOU WILL NOT GET TO REGISTER! Mostly, the rich kids get the classes they need. The professors with real careers are great. This school is a PowerPoint/go read the book institution. Nobody can really teach from their heads. So, you have to basically teach yourself with the online student guides.

Administration: UNHELFPFUL! The Financial Aid office is the best office because they are actually nice and will help you. If they could give you more, they would. Sweethearts. Other advising and registration staff is awful! They are more concerned with clearing the office than helping students. At UMD, you are a number. They do not care about your issues or your academic background. There is nothing, but Red Tape here and if you want personal attention, social diversity, and class… go to another school—a private school.

1st Year Male -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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