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Univerity of Maryland is a large, large university.BrightCivil Engineering
Univerity of Maryland is a large, large university. Its easy to get lost among the large classes, and large amounts of freedom, especially your freshman year. However, as most people will say, college is what you make of it. By getting involved in something you're interested in it was very easy for me to make a huge campus into a small one. what also helped me to establish some friendships, even before i came in as a freshman, was to do some pre-college programs -- eg TENTS, RISE, orentation, GEMS camp. Certainly however, making friends in classes and on your hall was not only easy, it was almost inevitable.I love UMCP, and wouldn't trade the school experience for many other schools. There's always a place to go, thing to do, or people to hang with, no matter what your interest.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Extracurricular Activities: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: D
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In my opinion, EE programs are all prettyElectrical Engineering
In my opinion, EE programs are all pretty comparable at the undergrad level. They all start out with basic circuit, system theory and then applications such as communication system. There is nothing at MIT that you wouldn't be able to take here at UMD. That being said, the quality of students here at UMD vary widely. There are some supersmart kids here but there are also kids that aren't that bright. As a result, UMD's EE program is highly flexible, perhap too flexible. You can actually get a EE degree here without taking any real EE courses like commuication system, DSP, control etc. For the highly motivated, if you always seek out the tough course, the quality of the program is comparable to any top notch program in the country.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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As with any other big school, there areSuper BrilliantElectrical Engineering
As with any other big school, there are plenty of resources for you to excel but you are on your own to seek them out. Professors are generally friendly and approachable. In my opinion, the first two years of EE is mainly busy work. I had good preparation in high school, AP calc, physics etc. and it was mostly review for me. The last two years of EE has a lot more interesting/useful courses. There is a lot of flexibility in the program, perhap too much. Its possible to gradudate with an EE degree without taking any real EE courses such as Communication System, DSP etc. However, these classes are available to you. If you are motivated enuough to take them, the quality is comparable to any top notch program in the country.
4th Year Male -- Class 2004
Surrounding City: A+, Innovation: C
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