CM’s Guide to University of Maryland, College Park

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The University of Maryland is an enormous state flagship public research university. It takes about 30 minutes to walk all the way across the campus, which features a wide-open grassy mall lined with columned brick academic buildings. 

Maryland boasts over 800 student organizations, and huge soccer, basketball and football fanbases cheering their Terrapins, aka "Terps," to year-long victory.

Looking for academic rigor? Maryland is no safety school; a degree from its business, journalism or engineering programs goes a long way in today’s job market. Its prime nearby D.C. location and classic campus traditions make for an unforgettable four years of undergrad.


The Vibe: Classic big school
By The Numbers

27,000      Undergraduate Enrollment

63%          4-Year Graduation Rate

18:1          Student to Faculty Ratio

90             Undergraduate Majors

$24,214    In-state tuition + room & board/year

$44,507    Out-of-state tuition + room & board /year

$12,986    Average financial aid package

Top 3 Majors

1. Social Sciences

2. Business/Marketing

3. Engineering

Bragging Rights
4. Division 1, Big Ten Conference
5. Ranked #21 in National Public Universities by the U.S. News and World Report,
6. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s No. 7 best value in public higher education for in-state students

(The "M" circle, located on Campus Drive in South Campus. Photo courtesy of

Getting In

Selectivity: 47% admitted

SAT Critical Reading Mid-Range Test Scores:  580-690 

SAT Math Mid-Range Test Scores: 620-730 

Application Deadlines:

  • November 1st priority application (best consideration for admission; only consideration for scholarships and living-learning programs
  • January 20 regular application

(Photo courtesy of

Join the Community

Where to Live

Greek Life

Where to Hang Out

Where to Study

Where to Eat On Campus

Death to the Dining Hall

Caffeine Fix

Goodbye Freshman 15

We're Going Streaking Through the Quad

Annual Bashes

Celebrating Your 21st Birthday

Getting Outside the College Bubble



(main photo courtesy of UMD Archives)

Lyla Lawless

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