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I was pleasantly surprised by this school's amazingQuite Bright
I was pleasantly surprised by this school's amazing facilities. So many student organizations exist. Teaching is not too great overall. Many good lectures though, but not a teaching school-my gpa reflects this. I have needed better explanations than what I've gotten and my opinion is you shouldn't have to go to office hours to get this. A good source for teacher reviews is

The bad part of this school is the students. I was shocked by the lack of cute guys who attend here. In terms of the white guys, they all look like geeks! To me, girls who wouldn't have given these guys a second glance in high school, do nothing all day, then get all dressed up starting 10pm just to go to a bar and get attention from them. The few cute guys this campus has have a girlfriend or have so many girls all over them all the time because they are in such short supply!

I heard that in college you can be yourself but at this school, you really can't. Drinking dominates. Maybe it's like this at most schools, but weekends, evenings, it's all drinking. This school has something like 11% of students in sororities, but the mentality (getting drunk, being hard to deal with, casual relationships, etc.) is more like 90% of the girls. It is unbelievable to me how students who had high gpas in hs and so many extracirriculars then only care about drinking and grades in college. If you don't drink, no one wants anything to do with you. If you don't drink or aren't a hard core Christian, it is very hard to find a niche, because you don't fit anywhere!

Besides alcohol and grades, students also care for one more thing...sports! Basketball and football are big here. Students get drunk before games, go to the game, and scream the whole time they are there. Again, geeky guys cheering for the jocks so a little bit of a puzzle and girls who like to watch 4 hours of football...interesting. More watchable sports to me like baseball and golf are not supported by the students at all. Students also play intermurals, but for the most part, you need a team when you sign up and you have to be good, so playing for fun or to learn isn't really an option.

The area closest to the school is DC. DC is grimy and unsafe mostly. PG county is also unsafe. Students can take the metro to get to DC or some places in PG or Montgomery County, Maryland. Word of advice: try not to get off anywhere on the green line, except to change stops because the areas are not safe at all. Bethesda is the best place, most clean and safe, to go. Dupont Circle is alright too, lot of business / government people work there. Many students go to Georgetown to shop, but you have to take a bus from the metro to get there, which eats up a lot of time. It's better to go to Union Station, stores are right at that station. Arlington, VA is 35 minutes by metro and is a nice area with a good mall right there.

Overall, so many opportunities exist at this university. It is just a shame more students don't take advantage because with a lot of fun things the university offers, such as clubs where you can go on trips: sailing, surfing, white water rafting, hiking, etc. a person can't really go by themself. Because students can join or start clubs, it is very easy to grow in leadership skills which I have immensely--did nothing in hs, have an unbelievable resume right now.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2006
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Surrounding City: D
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Getting a college degree was the single mostEnglish
Getting a college degree was the single most important thing I did to prepare for life. I was a hard worker and an A student in high school, but in college I was burned out and super lazy. I dropped out for a while, but returned and got my degree. It was hard work (because I was, after all, super lazy), but I am glad I did it. Try getting an interview without a college degree! Overall, I'm happy with my UM experience. It has a good blend of smart people and dumb people. It's good to mix with a variety because the world is a complete variety.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I and my siblings before me attended UMCP.Quite BrightMechanical Engineering
I and my siblings before me attended UMCP. The social life has diminished , but the academics have improved. The campus is really nice for a public school, fairly comparable to uva. Surrounding city lacks in appearance, safety, and night-life activities (4 bars, hookah bar and thats about it). However, DC and Baltimore are less than 30min away, which makes up for it. Engineering Dept and Business are constantly improving (although most business students are snooty)
5th Year Male -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: D
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