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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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I really appreciated my time at Maryland.Not so brightSociology
I really appreciated my time at Maryland. I thought it would be hard to make friends since I transferred from out-of-state and I was living off campus. But it was surprisingly easy. I live in an apartment complex that is a 3 minute drive or a 15 minute walk to campus. There are about 5 off-campus apartment complexes filled with students and that makes it easy to make friend. I also joined organizations. As a black male, I think it's important to join things like NAACP, Black Student Union, and other orgs like that because black people only make up 13% of the student body. And it can really freak you out if you have no one to talk to about your specific thoughts and problems. The large diversity here has allowed me to better appreciate different cultures. But it has been hard to make friends with the white community. I've met some great white people but there are a lot of subtle hints of racism. The black and white communities, rarely if ever, collaborate on events. The white sororities and fraternities are very hesitant to let a group of black people into their parties. My friends and I have been turned away to a couple parties and we ended up giving up on them all together. It's nice having DC 15 minutes away. It's important to note that grading here is very difficult. The most minor things will get your grade reduced. I now tell people that "if you want an A at Maryland, you have to be able to teach the course like the professor would." Campus is beautiful and there are a lot of fun things to do.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Scholastic Success: C
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Just finished my freshman year and UMD seemsBrightCriminal
Just finished my freshman year and UMD seems pretty competitive and academically challenging. I like a lot of the courses available but unfortunately we have WAY too many core requirements, some of which I think are really a waste of my time.

We have more food around here than anyone could ever need--Starbucks, Vitos, Jimmy John's, Bagel Place, etc. and bus transportation is great--but parking costs way more than it should.

The party scene used to be better with the Turtle but it's still decent--so long as you make sure to drop your red solo and run for it when you see those obnoxious flashing car lights that just scream I'M TAKING YOU TO COURT FOR DRINKING ONE YEAR UNDER THE LEGAL AGE. The faculty is usually helpful but the cops in this town are more concerned with chasing drunk students on a Friday night than catching real criminals. Also don't ask them questions even if you're sober, a lot of them seem to think that's a crime too.Too many people get jumped around here--definitely don't walk by yourself at night, even if it's not that far!

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Campus Maintenance: A+, Surrounding City: F
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