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I hate this school and I hate collegeBrightPhilosophy
I hate this school and I hate college park city. It is my fault since I decided to go to school so close to home but it was the cheapest option honestly if you don't have a concrete idea on what you want to do take a gap year! I'm black/mixed with an international background, have traveled all of my life until I got to Maryland where I stayed for 8 years. I wantnothing more then to leave this state yet I enrolled in college here becauseI really didn't have any other options. This was a bad idea not only did itleave me with no with ethic but it was a waste of time and my parents trust and resources. Anyway UMD is boring if you dpnt share the common American interests of sports fraternities and repetitive bars. if you are very outgoing which I am not,I'm sure you will be she to find a more satisfying use of time than I did but if you are at all cultures out unimpressed by sub standard partying and entitled ugly girls then I guarantee you will find yourself conforming to have fun. I really think that my experience is a bit unique and as a result maybe you should not put asmuch weight into this review however I will say that overall I had a bad experience. I would have much rather gone to school somewhere in Europe for a fraction of the cost or a state with a significant international population. I am black to the university and although I did bit experience any racism directly I could definitely feel it. Parties are very weary in allowing minorities into there parties and for good reason. Many of the black student body are just plain irritating and can be violent. Seriously I think black people have a harder time here not because whites are intolerant but because other blacks have given such a bad reputation. The other problem is the surrounding area. College park is a shit hole,I've never been jumped ot threatened because I'm over6foot and black but I can see how others may feel intimidated. The minorities who live in collegepark can be straight up violent and I would assume that some parties cannot tell the difference. I would say if you are black but do notfit in the black culture i.e ask your friends are black then go to somewhere else like California or somewhere with a smaller black population.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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About Maryland:Quite Bright
About Maryland:
University of Maryland is a great school for the type of person that is interested in seeking opportunities.

Out of Maryland you can get an experience in which you were forced to find your own niche among the many that focus on getting their doctorate and the majority who can't see past the next weekend (NOTE: Overlap prevails). This is the variety of students one finds at Maryland; a variety caused by quickly increasing academic standards combined with legacy students that don't know how to graduate.

Maryland is an overall great school that has the resources (i.e. connections and research opportunities) to get you into the job or graduate school of your choice. While some come here to prepare for a doctorate at a costly private and/or ivy school (Typical Maryland Student: you were accepted the private and/or ivy out of high school but weren’t offered scholarships), others are content to party and not worry too much about the comfortable desk job they'll be offered upon graduation.

These two types of people are the ones who (like me) will graduate having loved University of Maryland. If you know what your goals are, and are willing to take the strides necessary to achieve them, you will enjoy this school. In truth, this self-actualized type of person will be OK at just about any selective school, and can save a lot of money by attending a public one.

This is a big school. If you come hear not knowing what you want (maybe your goal in college is to figure out what you want) you will struggle, probably prevailing with the pessimistic attitude of these recent posters (POI: Most of them are about to graduate). Come to this school not because of scholarships, because you like sports, or because you want to party; instead, know that like most selective schools in the US, you are just as likely to get an excellent as a lousy experience. It boils down to what you want from education.

PS. If you are looking to be spoon-fed your goals, two words: Ivy League.
About my Freshman year:

My deviation from the Typical Maryland Student (TMS) will be shown after each statement. I was going to do this TMS thing more until I realized that a lot of the stuff that is perceived as the ‘jock’ thing to do is stuff that is either done whole-heartedly or not at all, as such there is no typical Maryland reaction to these things, and so I simply provide my experience which I hope you can glean something useful from.

Scholars program provided me with a large clique of 15 with random other friends. I hang out with my high school friends rarely. Knew I wanted to do research, but rejected UMBC’s Meyerhoff program (TMS: Expected). Realized electrical engineering wasn’t my thing, and instead pursuing Math, Physics, Philosophy, and Computer Science (TMS: Common, most have enough AP credits to have class standing greater than the number of years they have attended Maryland). Physics book is the same as that used in ivy-league and ivy-league-esque colleges (TMS: Common within major). Continuing job at NASA over summer, offered permanent government position (TMS: most that pursue relevant jobs during college are offered full-time positions after graduation, i.e. most tend to stay in the area). Drink rarely, sometimes on weeknights. Enjoy sports games and large school spirit. Don’t do drugs, don’t plan to. Just as likely to go to a party as to stay in Scholars dorm and talk math/physics/politics speak all night (usually do both). Good grades while hating lecture halls. Taking no lecture hall classes next year (TMS: Most lecture halls end freshman or sophomore year). Car on campus. Oh, I think UMBC is a joke.

I realize I can’t tell much more about my personal time at Maryland without rambling (any more than I have), so feel free to e-mail me: .

1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: D+
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I honestly cant recommend UMD to non minorityBrightAerospace Engineering
I honestly cant recommend UMD to non minority students. The social life is god awful. Most people suck, especially in the honors college. My two biggest regrets are not joining a fraternity and joining the honors college. But its too late now, my social life sucks, and im very seriously considering dropping out since i do nothing but sit around all day. Classes are very unengaging - i end up doing almost no work even though i have a ton of free time. The facilities are outdated. Possibly the worst dining services in the country. Useless gen-ed classes and lots of them. Terrible math department. I HATE UMD.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2018
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Individual Value: F
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