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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Maryland is a highly rated public university located in College Park, Maryland in the Washington, D.C. Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 27,708 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Maryland acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Information Science, Economics, and Biology. Graduating 86% of students, Maryland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,200.
7999 Regents Dr
College Park, MD 20742
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About University of Maryland - College Park...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference

University of Maryland - College Park Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
47%
Application Deadline
January 20
SAT Range
1290-1470
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,790/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,965/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
74%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.293 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.328 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.326 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,708Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,160
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 203 responses
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  • There's so many different types of students
    48%
  • Spirited
    14%
  • Open minded
    12%
  • Determined
    9%
  • Well-rounded
    6%
  • Individual
    2%
  • Inspiring
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.405 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.470 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 219 responses
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  • There's a place for everyone
    28%
  • School Pride
    19%
  • Place for everyone, Huge, School Pride
    15%
  • Go Terps!
    15%
  • HUGE!
    13%
  • The best decision you'll make
    5%
  • We have a few great departments
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$62,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.181 responses
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University of Maryland - College Park Reviews

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The campus itself is beautiful, and don't let the size intimidate you! Once you get to know your area, navigating will be a breeze. There are so many clubs, volunteer groups, teams, and Greek life, that the only obstacle in the way of your campus involvement is you! Academic-wise, we are always forming group chats and study groups, even in the most simple or advanced of classes, so you never have to worry about struggling alone. The professors are, on the whole, very decent. There are only a few "clunkers" in the mathematics department, and one in the chemistry department. The school prioritizes academics, to the point you have to write an "honor pledge" on every exam, and the office of transfer assistance is extremely helpful in terms of ensuring that your credits are going to line up in the way you hope. While College Park, MD, is not the safest area, the high amount of light and many little “safety buttons” make I, a small female, not mind walking around all the shops at night.
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I love UMD! I'm so glad that I transferred here. My biggest regret is that I didn't transfer sooner. There is pretty much always something to do on campus, whether you're hanging out with friends, going to a sporting event, going to a school sponsored event, you won't be bored. The level of difficulty is what you expected when it comes to college, yes you will have to study compared to high school and you will have to do the readings even if they're not mandatory. But I think it's worth it.

My only complaint is that UMD screws transfer students, you're chance at getting on-campus housing is 0%. You're treated like a second class student here. How are you supposed to make friends if you don't know anyone and don't live in the dorms?

Sure it's not perfect but no college is, I think it should be you're number one choice to go to if you really want the college experience at an extremely affordable price with a very reputable college name.
University of Maryland - College Park offers a wholesome university experience and is one of the best places to be to attend college. The scenes during Fall and Spring are one of the few reasons to go to college here. The environment here fosters learning and the professors are really helpful! The dorms, though average, really help students in getting friends for life, and at the least, homework help! The classes at UMD are pretty challenging and really shape your thought process and stimulate you intellectually. Whatever type of personality you are, there is definitely a niche for you on campus and there are hundreds of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Overall, to sum it up, UMD is a "public ivy" - offering you world-class resources, facilities, faculty and activities at affordable prices! I hope this review helped you in making your college decision. Whatever decision you take, good luck!