University of Maryland
“The university gave me lots of opportunities to explore the community and the campus; but it mainly helped me begin to figure out who I am, who I want to be, and what type of impact I want to have. I’m surrounded by such smart, strong and motivated people all the time, which only encourages me to be better.” -Anika Reed, Journalism, Class of 2016
“I struggled with finding the rhythm of things, whether it was academics, personal life or work. It’s so fast paced, I kept missing the beat on certain things… but towards the end of the semester I definitely got the hang of it.” -Liriam Quintanilla, Government and Politics, Class of 2019
“My experience at UMD has been amazing! I can’t emphasize how much I’ve grown as an individual. I’m in love with both my majors that have made my academic side everything I hoped for. When I first got to UMD I was overwhelmed by what a big school it was but once I found my niche with friends and clubs UMD became a home and not such a big school.” -Erika Quito, Family Science and Psychology, Class of 2016
“I’ve taken some challenging classes but each has been a good learning experience. I love my friends and all the opportunities a big university has to offer and I hope to take even better advantage of them in the future.” -Michaela Taylor, Psychology, Class of 2017
“Despite the fact that I live off campus, UMD has honestly become a second home. I work here, I attend classes, I go to basketball games. I didn’t even do that in high school..” -Nicole Twardowics, Kinesiology, Class of 2018
Academic Quality: A+
Greek Life: A-
Social Life: B+
Typical big college experience. You can meet someone at a party or in class and never see them again. Curse or blessing? You decide.
What it Feels Like to Go Here
It’s huge. Like, “leave 30 minutes early ‘cause that’s how far your dorm is from your class” huge. But on those long walks, there’s really beautiful scenery. UMD has amazing neoclassical style architecture, with rolling hills (except for Stamp hill, which rose straight from hell) and trees that look absolutely breathtaking in the fall. You’re bound to pass at least 10 kids on your walk wearing free Under Armour t-shirts, thanks to CEO and Maryland alum Kevin Plank. There are literally hundreds of clubs to choose from–your first couple weeks of classes will bring you the First Look Fair, where hundreds of tables on the mall will turn your walk to class into a trek through the kiosk section at the mall. Maryland has everything from a pre-med society and a pre-law fraternity to a Quidditch team and a Nerf activities club, so you’re bound to find something that fits.
Never Have I Ever…
Q: How much are students partying?
A: In the famous words of some girl in my comm class: “There’s always a party around, you just have to find it!” UMD students party pretty hard, as made evident by the guy that went streaking across Route 1 this semester. You just have to know where to look. (Hint: Route 1.)
Q: What will you get in trouble for at your school?
A: Maryland is pretty strict on underage drinking and the use of drugs. (You didn’t hear it from me, but an RA at Centreville was fired for selling drugs to the students in his hall.) Basically, don’t have it in your room. Otherwise, party on.
Q: How much sex do students have?
A: Whether it’s a casual hookup or committed lovemaking, students at Maryland are active. There’s even a secret sex club that does it in McKeldin Library. I really wish I didn’t know that.
Top 5 Quirks
- Rubbing Testudo’s nose
- Swimming in the McKeldin Mall fountain
- Reading the newspaper during basketball games
- Offering tribute to Testudo during finals
- Sleeping on the Mall
Top 3 Majors
- Biology and Biological Sciences
- Debuted the 2015-2016 season at #2 in Big Ten men’s basketball standings by ESPN
- Ranked #19 in Top 20 Public Universities by U.S News and World Report
- Ranked #1 in Criminology by U.S News and World Report
- Also gave you the muppets and Google. You’re welcome.
UMD puts emphasis on the “well rounded student.” You need more than just the brains to get into this school: The application also focuses on diversity, leadership and extracurricular activities, so don’t worry if your last semester wasn’t your strongest. Maryland’s acceptance rate is close to 50 percent, but still requires at least a 3.0 GPA to get in.