StudentsReview :: The University of Maryland - College Park - Comments and Student Experiences
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
George Washington University -- District of Columbia, DC
Boston College -- Chestnut Hill, MA
University of Delaware -- Newark, DE

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

The University of Maryland - College Park

There are 181 Comments


Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
University of Maryland is boring.Quite BrightEconomics
University of Maryland is boring. Here are exactly the people you will be around, students from upper montgomery county (the w schools, sherwood, and damascus), howard county, and a few fredrick county. The other people comprise of other rural areas of Maryland, surprisingly these towns are 95+ percent european-american ancestry so you can get an idea of the open-mindedness of their viewpoints, no fault of their own. The out of state students come from, in most to least order, New Jersey, suburbs of New York, and other areas in the New England/Mid-Atlantic regions. Generally, these kids have a lot of money, so they have an entitled attitude, especially the ones from Jersey. The demographics of the school are 25% foreigner (Africans, Asians, Europeans, Indians, Middle-easterners, ect). The other 75% consists of 2% latino american, 8% black american, and 65% white american. However, if you live on campus, you will notion that this school is 90% white and 10% other. There are few first generation college students, and the students that get in are generally upper-middle class, and there are a great deal of 1%ers [household income of 394,000 and above].

To explain why I think it is boring, it comes down to the population of the students. They're simply not fun, a lot of them do not go out, and the ones that do often have their guards up. It is very group-oriented instead of community based. Meaning, you will be at a party and everyone will be in their cliques, not dancing because the females are "above" that because it is "ratchet" (white and black). Also, a lot of the students are just plain. Plain-looking, plain-acting, there is no uniqueness to this institution or the people here at all, it attracts suburbanites that are afraid of city living.

So a party at Maryland, and even our THREE bars, consists of a lot of different groups not interacting with each other. When a man hits on a girl at the bar, she automatically declines due to the stigma that all guys are "thirsty", even the athletes at the university experience consistent rejection from the ladies here.

However, this is not always the case, there are some times when a man and a woman meet at the bar and hit it off, it is rare, but it happens. Most of the time the lady will be particularly unattractive and the man will be average to above average (if not in looks, then in game). This presents a very interesting dynamic. There is something called the Maryland Complex.

It stems from the over capacity of males at this university who want to get laid so bad that they will take anything. First let me note, if there was a scale from ugly to good looking (1-10) Maryland's average would be a 3.9, I will talk about the unattractive females later in this review.

Back to the Maryland Complex. It is when a female, who did not get any play (attention) in high school because there was more competition in the female arena, comes to Maryland and realizes she is no longer the most unattractive girl and males start hitting on her regardless of whether they think she is attractive or not. Of course the man knows that this girl isn't the best looking, but in the females mind, since coming to UMD, she believes that she is ridiculously attractive now since guys give her a lot of attention. As a result the female internalizes this and her ego becomes inflated. Thus, these once 3's and 4's in high school get treated like 7's and 8's and it reflects in their attitude.

This also has an impact on the females that are actually 8's and 9's (less than 8% of the student population), they think that they are untouchable, you cannot tell them anything. Their ego sky rockets because they were just another pretty girl in high school, but now that the beauty curve leans so far towards the lower and of the spectrum, they get the pick of the litter. As a result, they walk around campus with the assumption that every guy wants to talk to them. This too reflects in their attitude, man: "excuse me miss are you going to park there?" UMD "8" with newly found confidence: "get away creepo" or "silence". So that is the Maryland Complex explained. If you are a girl, you have the upper hand at this institution in terms of getting play (attention), so maybe that is a good thing.

Now to the overall nightlife, there is a bar called Bentleys, nicked name "Whiteleys" because while every bar in college park is predominately white, this one is sure to be 99% white every night. Terrapin Turf, Cornerstone, Big Play, and Looneys are the other bars. All of these bars are not fun, Looneys is good for happy hour and the music at Big Play is good, although its always empty, but thats about it. To rate the bars on an objective scale, I have been to Madrid, Spain, and NYC and from the best bar I've been to being a 10, I will rate these accordingly:

Bentlys: 5/10 - for the european-american frat boys and girls. Music country and top 40.
Corner Stone: 6/10 - for the european-americans who do not want to go to Bentlys or are not in greek life, a sprinkle of diversity there, black male athletes, and "brown" people. Music is top 40, electronic, and pop culture hip hop such as flo rida.

Terrapin Turf: 6/10 - Music electronic, crowd differs everyday. They have tables you can rent for $200/ night.

Big Play: 6/10 - Music hip hop and sometimes top 40. Crowd was mostly black until recently. It is usually still mostly black on friday and saturday nights, college park students stay away from this bar because sometimes locals and people from surrounding communities come here, in short college park students are elitist.

Looneys: 4/10 - Unattractive population, bad live music, happy hour good.
(I was being generous with the ratings)
In terms of the education, the classes at Maryland are hard. There is not one class that you can go to, pay attention, take notes, and end up with an A-. Every class requires studying, even the 100-level courses. The professors you choose makes a big impact on your grade. They give an extreme amount of work. My syllabus for my intermediate macroeconomics course last semester was from UPENN, the ivy league. A lot of the exams are not fair. If order for you to do well at this university, you have to be on top of it all the time. 8 hours a sleep a night, 3 meals a day, study during the week, don't smoke weed, limit drinking, it is truly a lifestyle change.

I will give an example. Last semester, and this happens often in econ courses at UMD, the average on a test was 30% and it was projected to be 30% because the material is difficult, they don't teach it very well, and they plan to curve the course at the end. The problem with this is that it is very stressful to not know how you are doing in a class because the curve is going to end up being 20-some percent. ie, I received a 54% in a econ course this winter term, it turned out to be a C-. It is a school where you will have to retake multiple courses, even if you thought you put in a lot of time for the grade. Professors do not budge on grades, there is no sucking-up, especially with majors that have many quantitative math courses, business econ stem.

4th Year Male -- Class 2014
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Not so brightBiology
This school is highly overrated. If I had the option to pick colleges again, I would've gone with Duke. Screw Maryland.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
I love this school.Not so brightPolitical Science
I love this school. The people are generally friendly, the academic work is definitely at the level you would expect for a college of this status. Walking around campus, you see plenty of construction for new buildings/renovating old ones. The only problem I have is that the state has cut some funding to the school, which the campus is definitely feeling. Also, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences does not receive enough money for the amount of students it has. Other than that, it's a great school. I love being near DC. You can go to clubs, museums, and it's great for internships. All you have to do is hop on the metro!
1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
The University of Maryland - College Park
Compare UMD/UMaryland-College ParkSave UMD/UMaryland-College Park

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→