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This school sucks
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Friendliness: C+, Campus Aesthetics: D-
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If you are a person who likes toQuite BrightBiology
If you are a person who likes to be robbed and mugged then this is the university for you. Robberies are the only predictable thing about this campus. This university is also a great campus to attend if you want your car stolen. It is alright though if you get your car stolen because you can't park it on campus because of the constant construction that is going on. This school feels that constantly upgrading facilities will make the school better. What they don't realize is that they have the same shitty faculty teaching. I know foreign people are smart but they can't teach. You can't have a chinese guy who speaks broken english teach an upperlevel biochemistry course. This school also doesn't give a shit about its students. They have raised tuition + room and Board from $18,000 when I got here to $22,500 now. They raised the tuition but I didn't see anything getting better on campus. This school is not worth the money. Highschool students that come to visit the campus in the spring are tricked. This university plans all its construction to be done by the spring so when highschool seniors come to visit they don't see giant cranes and pickup trucks and they don't have to take detours all the way around buildings. If you really want to see what the campus looks like come in the late fall and winter. also every year this campus boasts how smart the incoming freshmen are but when you look around campus all you see are thugs and rap stars. Because this school prides itself on diversity they let in any instate minority that applies. This is great for diversity but these people are just not doing anything for the academic quality of this school. The minorities are the reason why UMD has a six year graduation rate of 63%. How the fuck can you not graduate in 6 years. UNC chapel Hill has less minorities and a six year graduation rate of 86%. If you are a minority this is a great place to go because you can basically do whatever you want. Every weekend activity that the school holds is geared towards minorities. If you are white go to a better school where you would get your moneys worth.
4th Year Male -- Class 2003
Education Quality: B, Individual Value: F
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If you want a quality education with a friendly positive atmosphere, UM is NOT the place for you. No one cares about you at all. Students are not friendly and most could care less about their education. What is important to a school like this is sports, beer, and getting publicity so they can make more money. It is by no means an educational atmosphere. I don't understand why it is supposedly 'difficult' to get in here, because most of the students I have come in contact with strike me as slackers who would choose their career based on what the easiest major is. Basically any instate student can get in, and once they are they have no incentive to work. Dorms are like prison cells, dark with a single 3 X 5 window. Many times 3 or 4 people are forced to cram into a room meant for two because the University admitted too many students. Everything is over priced especially the food. If your meal plan isn't below a certain amout by specific dates designated by the dining services, they just take the money away from you. With a school of over 30,000 that becomes a lot of money that the school basically steals from you. If you're interested partying and getting completely trashed all the time, UM is a great place for you. Although on some weekends there are a few other things to do, all most students want to do is spend 5 hours getting ready to just stand cramped in someone's backyard or basement and drink cheap beer with a few hundred other kids. Most students at UM only care about that, not themselves or their futures. People say that in a large school you'll be more likely to find people like you, but I disagree. Perhaps there are people like you, but they are very difficult to find, especially when everything is overshadowed by the loud-mouth jerks that come in mass quantities. The choice is yours, but I'm leaving as soon as I can.
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Extracurricular Activities: A-, Individual Value: F
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