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As an in-state, environmental science major, I likeBrightNatural Resources
As an in-state, environmental science major, I like UMD. I'm not sure it would be worth the high tuition for out-of-staters, but in-state students get a good price for a good education. I love how big UMD is. So many people and so many opportunities. Some people say you're like a number, but at an university, especially a big one, it's ALL what YOU put into it. If you put in the work and take opportunities you will get noticed - if you plod along quietly in the background without motivation, you won't. UMD has so many connections to the surrounding area (Washington DC!!!!!), both socially and professionally. The campus is beautiful. Intro classes suck (as they do at every university) - hundreds of people, don't really know your professor, etc. - but it does get better. Close to DC, good price, good education - I'm happy.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Scholastic Success: C
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2 main reasons why I really regret pickingQuite Bright
2 main reasons why I really regret picking this school.
1. A large percentage of students are unmotivated. They simply don't care about school. Then you get put in a group project with them. Who ends up doing the work? The few motivated students have to carry the others on their backs, because they neither work hard nor show any intelligence. 2. Class registration is hell. Classes fill up instantly, and if you don't get that one class you need for your major, then tough luck: you're graduating a semester late. The advising office couldn't care less about you and your classes. THEY DON'T CARE.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Friendliness: A, Innovation: F
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UMD was my dream school -- until IQuite BrightCultures/Civilization
UMD was my dream school -- until I attended. The faculty approaches your potential as a burden. They make sure you know exactly how much debt you're in, but can't bother to give you an idea of which classes will suit your major and personal preferences. I transferred as a freshman in the spring semester with a 4.0 and was put in 400level classes. What. The Hell. Professors are narrow-minded and will fail you just because they don't like you or your views; I saw this happen on more than one occasion.

There are a lot of student groups, but it's difficult to get into them because they don't campaign or promote -- leaving newbies feelings like outsiders.

Not to mention that half of the teachers don't speak English, and don't care if their students are failing from lack of proper communication. I do not recommend this school for anyone who considers them-self an individual with exploratory ideas and projections. If you want the prestige, the riots, frat parties, being treated like an ant, and the infamy -- by all means, you may enjoy it.

1st Year Female -- Class 2008
Useful Schoolwork: A, Individual Value: F
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