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The University of Maryland - College Park

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB
Surrounding CityC+ Extra CurricularsB+
SafetyB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Self Absorbed

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Super Brilliant
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C+
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She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Jul 11 2008
Major: Communications (This Major's Salary over time)
I don't see why people are making such generalizations about people here—not everyone here is snobby, racist, immature, etc. I've finished one year, and I've met so many people in my dorm, my classes, sororities, fraternities, my on-campus job, and other groups (like the interfaith dialogue and the gamers symphony) who are all friendly, open-minded and driven people. Of course you're going to meet the idiots and assholes, but you'll meet them anywhere you go.

The student body is a mixed bag: really diverse in their backgrounds, lifestyles and their interests. You'll definitely find people you can connect with. Yes, the campus is really big with over 30,000 people so the living-learning programs are indispensable. I'm in college park scholars, and through that, you get to have a few classes with the same people, and you live with them all in the same dorm—it really gives a community feel. If you weren't invited to join a living learning program, then definitely try to get involved in a group that meets regularly. Maybe you can write for the Diamondback or one of the many newspapers on campus, join an on-campus group or join a sorority or a frat. I also know that you can apply to some living and learning programs after a year—like the Language Houses, the Writer's House or Global Communities—where you'll meet and live with people with similar interests. I also know that UMD is also working on creating "communities" for people who are not in living-learning programs.

My best advice is, just be open and friendly; everyone is on the same boat as you!

The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and the stamp student union is planning things all the time so—aside from all the various groups- there's always something to do.

The courses are usually very good, but you'll come across professors and T.A.s who really shouldn't be teaching in a classroom. I think all the departments are pretty strong from what I've heard and experienced, except for the ARHU department. I think that definitely needs work! But overall, education is what you make of it and it's up to you to be dedicated.

I also love how Washington D.C. is so close. My friends and I go out to D.C. nearly every week to go clubbing or check out various ethnic restaurants. You just have to hop on the UM shuttle bus, then take the metro and it's a 15-20 minute ride away.

Overall, Ive had a great year and I cant wait to go back for my sophomore year.

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