About University of Maryland-College Park

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland-College Park. is a Public college. Located in Maryland, which is a city setting in Maryland, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 28,472 full time undergraduate students, and 10,611 full time graduate students.

The University of Maryland-College Park Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1803 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Maryland-College Park include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline
Application Fee75
SAT Range1210-1420
ACT Range29-33

Admissions at UM are considered More Selective, with ,344% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 91% were in the top quarter, and 71% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Maryland-College Park.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
16%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
22%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
5%
“I”m always terrified”
16%
“I only go out in groups”
56%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
24%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
78%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
19%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
14%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
5%
“Available in class”
76%
“They keep regular office hours”
15%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
77%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
10%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
57%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
51%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
16%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
22%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
5%
“I”m always terrified”
16%
“I only go out in groups”
56%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
24%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
78%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
19%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
61%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
14%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
5%
“Available in class”
76%
“They keep regular office hours”
15%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
77%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
10%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
57%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
51%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Maryland-College Park REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    588 Students rated on-campus housing 2.9 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    545 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    660 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    683 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    683 Students rated class size 3.6 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    682 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    680 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    684 Students rated academics 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Maryland-College Park?

218 Students rated University of Maryland-College Park

Amy - 01/21/2022

Overall great school. The professors are nice and there’s a lot of people to meet and make friends with. However, the school does seem to be a bit cliquey but you’ll find your people. The food is meh and the one thing I hate is how there’s really not that much to do AROUND campus without taking public transportation. College park is not like the city so to find something to do you have to plan instead of just walk which is very annoying so take that into consideration. Dorms are pretty good, can be moldy but I feel like that’s the case for most schools. So yeah, it’s what you make of it.

Suad - 09/09/2021

The University of Maryland has a very diverse and accepting community, as well as many opportunities for students on campus to interact with other students and faculty. It also has a variety of resources for students and faculty to help them achieve their full potential. The Univesity of Maryland also really values not just the intellect of students but their creativity, therefore offering them lots of opportunities to express themselves in many ways.

Wenzhuo - 03/27/2021

1

Eric - 12/30/2020

I think the University of Maryland is one of the best on the East coast. Although the rigor of the academics can be frightening to some, it is a school that provides endless opportunity. Obviously, as with anything, there are some downsides. As a commuter for all four years, I had multiple negative run-ins with DOTS, more specifically the aspect of being given tickets and not always having access to the lot you pay upwards of 200 dollars for. As heard from many, the food selection in the diners aren't optimal, but can always be tolerated. However, the school is great! Go terps!

University of Maryland-College Park FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Maryland-College Park?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Maryland-College Park is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    make sure you would be happy at the campus. don't just look at the academics.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are usually shy and keep to themselves until midterms and finals; we then all begin to help each other more often.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Class sizes. As a student in two popular major programs most of my classes were in large lecture halls, it made it hard to get to know the professors, other classmates. Some classes were offered with the convience of a discussion group, but these were often handled by graduate students some of whom did not have a firm grasp of the material being taught

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    Social Life. A lot of parties.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    When I was in high school, I was a decent student, but I really didn't know how to study. I would do most of my homework, but I never really studied, mostly because I didn't know how . When I got to college, I had a pretty good start, but things were rocky at times. It wasn't until my 3rd year in college that I learned that I had to read my textbooks. I also took notes on what I read. This skill allowed me to get a 4.0 during my last four semesters of college.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is incredibly diverse and provides many opportunities for its students to flourish, academically and extra-curricularly/co-curricularly.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    An individual who is very hardworking and goal-oriented.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    At the University of Maryland, learning extends beyond the classroom. By walking on campus the average student experiences new cultures everyday, thus enabling the ability to learn and grow in indelible ways. The amount of extra curricular activities is so extensive, I often find myself overwhelmed with possibility. In addition, the type of student that Maryland attracts makes it the perfect school. I have made the ‘lifetime-best friends’ I had been searching for throughout my adolescence. These best friends along with the foundations of academics will become the structure to lead me in whichever path I choose after graduation.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is not dedicated to academic excellence should not attend this school. Neither should a person who is neither focused nor willing to strive for success.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is known for the many opportunities it offers to its graduate and undergraduate students. It is an excellent research university. In addition, it has many state of the art laboratories that are used to conduct research. Examples of such laboratories include the wind tunnel and the buoyancy tank. It is known for a very good football team.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is campus parking. There are not enough spaces, and parking passes are overly priced, and tickets are expensive.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Our campus is beautiful and one of the best things about Maryland. Walking around campus and taking in the scenery is a great stress reliever. In addition, going to athletic events is exciting and a great experience.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    1. The Mall 2. Parking, Department of Transportation 3. TOO big, no room for housing 4. No surprise, since I am an instate student 5. Work or my room in Commons 6. Weak attempt to be a college town 7. Disorganized and difficult to get one task done in one department, often will have to be transfered to numerous places before one answer is given. Advisers often do not even know the basic requirements for graduation and they are replaced so quickly it is not even worth it to consult them. 8. Campus safety, i.e. Noose at stamp, many crime reports, shootings, etc. 9. Varies, I think the school is either incredibly devoted or incredibly apathetic 10. Not really. 11. Studying abroad in London 12. Parking, lack thereof. Also the poor quality of apartments/suites/dorms, and/or the overpricing of them.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Very rigorous/challenging, but definitely worth it. I am an engineering major, so i am glad that the academics is rather challenging because i am learning a lot.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Although stereotypes are often wrong, there is still some truth in it. Maybe football players were hit one time too many in the head, and maybe they do all want to be business majors. But let's face it there are other student in the business school and although I can't speak for all of them, there are some really smart football players. One of my friends who is a football player is a pre-vet student, and let me tell you it is just as hard as pre-med (it's the same requirements after all) and he is doing just fine :-)

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    University of Maryland paintball team scrimmages other college teams, during Summer 2007.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    yes and no. it can be a party school if you want it to be, the bar scene is kind of lame if you ask me but I'm ACTUALLY 21. There are a LOT of New York and New Jersey kids, but there are a LOT of students! Like I said, there are a lot of students, so you can find yourself in the most active and socially conscious bubble of students who are the opposite of apathetic, but then also it holds true in a lot of ways as well.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    upper class, suburban people from MD, like to party, drink, and tailgate

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Athletic events are very popular social gatherings. Students of every age come and get together. The spirit and liveliness that Maryland students bring is surreal. Attending my first Maryland football game, as an actual student, was beyond fun. It was raining outside, yet everyone huddled together and cheered on our team. The amount of students that still showed up was unbelievable.

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  21. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    I'll never forget my first day at Maryland. The experience of moving in and meeting people was so new and exciting. Shortly after getting settled in, I met a girl moving in next door to me. We had so much in common and so much to talk about. Right away, we could tell that we would be great friends. Over three years later, she is still my best friend who I can share anything with.

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Student Body

Students

47%

female

53%

male

28,472

Total Undergrad Enrollment

10,611

Total Grad Students

27%

Out-Of-State

69%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

815

Student Organizations

36

Fraternities

27

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

33%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
16%
% Black or African-American
13%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
50%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

72% of students attending University of Maryland-College Park receive some sort of financial aid. 14% were awarded federal grants. While 31% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$32,045

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$12,078

Room and Board

45,323

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$7,645
$30 - $48K
$10,573
$48 - $75K
$16,013
$75 - $110K
$20,346
$110K & UP
$22,922

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