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The University of Maryland - College Park

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsC-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
Highest Rating
Faculty Accessibility
He cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.
Date: Oct 31 2005
Major: Computer Science (This Major's Salary over time)
Great school people. Awesome.

College town? Excellent. Frats houses everywhere, college bar (Santa Fe), drugstore that has everything you need, little restaurants, video store, smoothie place, haircutters, subway sandwiches, bookstores, coffee/tea house, everything. Absolutely everything. Lots of independent stuff (other than TGIF and Applebees) that you can remember. Cluck-U-Chicken is the greatest wings you'll ever have in your life.

The University? Very good. Lecture which has 500 students but Recitation which has 20 students. You will get individualized attention.

Dorms? Eghh.. kinda crappy. Very small and no air conditioning and/or cable TV (when I went there, maybe things have changed). Boy does it get hot in those dorms. But they are building alot of new dorms there and look very cool. Im sure standards are being raised.

Campus? The most beautiful campus you'll ever see. Maryland puts alot of heart and soul and $$$ into Univ of Maryland College Park. Very unlike my home state of New York. They care about culture and learning in Maryland, which can be seen in their institutions. NY, on the other hand, zero culture (the gov't pays for) but good to business.

Food? Good food. I liked it.

Computer Science Department? Ahhh here the good stuff stops. Is it a good school? Yes. It is easy? No! Expect cutthroat competition and for it to be extremely difficult. Expect these guys to be extreeemely picky in your projects. Expect the profs to want to fail you in order to keep only the brightest students at the end. Do comp sci here only if you expect to really really excel at this field. And let me tell you people, alot of coding is getting outsourced to India so I don't see the point of doing hardcore coding if your going to live in the USA. You might as well do business so that you can manage these offshore people. Coding is like manufacturing - it is excruciatingly horrible and tedious. This is why Americans dont want to do it! So unless you want to work at Microsoft and have a real real real interest in this stuff, dont do comp sci at Maryland. Youll work veerrrry hard and you dont even know if you'll have a job as its being outsourced.

But if your doing anything else? Go there! Its great! You'll meet people from everywhere. Great school. You'll have the time of your life.

The area? Ahh - its ok. Its in suburban Washington DC. Its OK I guess - Prince Georges County (where UMCP is located) can be ghetto in some areas. The Metro trains going into DC area beautiful and very clean, but can stop running after 1am. DC is like a suburban area with no good city center. Long Island has NYC - but suburban MD and VA have crappy DC…its good for school but I don't think I'd like to live in the DC area…

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