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There are good and bad aspects to thisQuite BrightEnglish
There are good and bad aspects to this university. The size of the school can be intimidating, but if you are someone that is willing to adjust you will do fine. The diversity is okay. I think the percentage of minorities is quite low. It is said that this school is a microcosm of the U.S. That said, I think they can do better. Students like others that have commented need exposure to other cultures within this country. The attitudes toward minorities at this school are pretty bad. I think many of the students have preconceived notions and treat them accordingly. If I were a minority I would think carefully about attending UMD. It's not as minority friendly as some might think. That said, the student body overall is very competitive, arrogant and intelligent. I think Maryland is a good school but you have to have a certain personality to survive it. If you want to grow, learn tolerance and experience a quasi-urban environment, I think you will like it. If you are only comfortable with people that look, act and think like you, then you should not go to Maryland.
4th Year Female -- Class 2000
Education Quality: B+, Individual Value: C
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UMCP is a typical state university.Quite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
UMCP is a typical state university. The academics are, as a whole, just average. If you want to skate by and hardly learn anything, you can. But there are also some excellent programs you can get into if you're a motivated student, and I've seen plenty of challenged and satisfied smart kids. You really will get back as much as you put into it. Socially, this seems to be a big party school, and the student body is huge and diverse, so chances are that no matter what you're into, you'll find friends. But a warning - when you're a part-time or transfer student (I'm both) it's really really hard to make friends here. Maryland is not, in general, a very friendly place. People open up when they are new freshmen together in the dorms, or they stay at home with their parents and keep with their high school friends. So if you arrive late in the game or aren't a native here, you're out of luck. The proximity to DC is helpful, though, and that makes for great opportunities both socially and in terms of internships and the like. The university campus is pretty, but this is a high-crime area of the world and sometimes it spills over on camus, so it isn't entirely safe. The area immediately surrounding the school is particularly ugly and dingy, and you can't go for a walk in College Park any time of day without being approached by beggars. Still, just be smart (don't walk alone at night) and you're okay. Parking is a pain, but it's really not the end of the world. Both the students and the professors around here have the idea that it is some great travesty to have to walk more than 10 feet, and I find that much more exasperating than my far-off parking spot. Overall, I would love to be elsewhere, but this place does give you a good, solid value for the money if you work at it. You can get a good education for what you pay, a bargain compared to private schools, and if you like sports and frat parties, you'll be especially happy on the social side. UMCP is fine - it's just not anything special.
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Surrounding City: F
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Maryland is a HUGE school.BrightCriminal
Maryland is a HUGE school. If you like interaction with students and personal attention, do not go here. I am 22 yrs old and I feel like I'm back in high school. I really don't like the student body here. They are immature and snobby. I am trying to transfer to another school. Maryland is a good school academically, but it's too big for me.
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