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The University of Maryland - College Park

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessD+ Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueF University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceC- Social LifeD
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
SafetyC
Describes the student body as:
Afraid, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Unhelpful

Female
SAT2010
Not so bright
Lowest Rating
Individual Value
F
Highest Rating
Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty
A-
She cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Mar 23 2011
Major: Agriculture/Horticulture (This Major's Salary over time)
I have been at Maryland for two years now and am finally transferring. I never saw myself here but made a last minute decision to go here after getting rejected or wait listed by my top schools. I started off as an architecture major, but I felt that the other students in the program were only doing it to get a job that seemingly paid well, and the faculty was often condescending and somewhat close-minded. I switched to environmental science, only to find enormous science classes with professors who are also researchers and therefore have very little time to devote to their students. And of course, many math and science TA's don't speak very much English—that being said, I have no problem understanding them, but I find they have trouble understanding me when I ask questions.

Even the first weekend at school, everyone already had friends and weren't about to leave their clique to meet new people (girls on my hall used to come into my room mostly to just borrow clothes). The school didn't make it any better by not providing enough well-advertised events for freshmen to meet each other. People here really seem content to settle for less than their best in many aspects of their careers as students. I think the only people who may be happy here are those involved in Greek life, but the process to join a sorority are superficial and there are so many girls rushing that no one can actually get to know each other, and the decision ends up being based on looks or clothes.However, people in sororities and fraternities seem pretty comfortable there. Other than that, extracurricular activities (and many school-run events) are either ill-attended or disorganized. I think it really is possible for SOME people to be happy here, but I recommend applicants know for sure what they want before they come. This school is big - it's easy to blend if you're into that but if you put in a TON of effort, you may get to know some professors. There is some "school spirit," but most sporting events are just excuses for people to get embarrassingly drunk and miss the whole game (not true fans, if you ask me).

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