University of Maryland - College Park Reviews
I enjoyed attending the University of Maryland because they had a broad curriculum that enabled me to reach my goal of higher education. The class structure and the professors met my expectations. The University of Maryland also provided the opportunity for me to take classes on campus and online. I really appreciated this privilege because I could attend classes around my work schedule. The college experience at the University of Maryland was enlightening and I received the resources that I needed to succeed. The faculty were very supportive and readily available. The library had all the information you needed to do any type of research. It was a great opportunity to be able to have the library staff to direct you and provide the necessary information for any class requirement. The university was very diverse and students could learn from each other. There were many opportunities to network and share ideas with one another. I was also grateful for the technical support. The staff in this division repaired any technical difficulties while completing assignments. The career counselors were also very helpful and guided the students through the transition to employment. I received a lot of help from them about how to prepare a resume, do a cover letter and a mock interview. They also kept you abreast about career fairs and told you how to benefit from them. Attending the University of Maryland was such a remarkable experience that I achieved a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree. These degrees enabled me to successfully gain employment in the same field as my college education. I am so happy that I attended this university.
UMD has a ton of great resources - from the career centers to the speakers and club offerings. The business school is especially well connected with top employees which launches you into a successful career. The professors are very accessible and ready to support you in the classes. One consideration for prospective students is the size of the school - it creates a lot of opportunities but also requires you to be a go-getter to find your niche.
The University of Maryland Dance program is an excellent choice for those students who already feel comfortable in their technique and are looking to bolster their creative talent in choreography, improvisation, and movement exploration. The school has a focus on post-modern dance and has somewhat limited offerings in other styles.
The history department at the University of Maryland (UMD) was amazing for me during my four years of undergraduate study. Aside from one or two introductory courses, class sizes were small and professors were encouraging and incredibly easy to approach. Additionally, the school offers top notch academic resources through their libraries, the university archives, and easy access to Washington, D.C. On top of that, UMDs abundance of resources proved especially helpful to me for my coursework. On the negative side of things, towards the end of the program, most elective courses began to feel too formulaic and the few discussion-based and challenging classes like the capstone HIST408 felt far and few between. However, at the same time, the slowing down provided more opportunities for me including the abilities to pursue a second major, academic and athletic extracurriculars, and student employment at the university archives. Overall, at the undergraduate level, UMD presented me with a major which I could tailor to both my academic and career interests.
The University of Maryland is a highly diverse educational institution. Its proximity to Washington D.C. and other landmarks offers UMD students a unique variety of educational and future employment opportunities. If a student needs assistance, UMD staff is ready to help. Whether its academic advisors to help guide students in their academic progress or the campus career center to introduce students to many resources that will enable graduates to find jobs after earning their degrees, the UMD staff are ready and willing to take the time to assist students with a wide range of resources. The dormitories also allow for a comfortable living experience for students who are new to living away from home for the first time. There are also several campus events, clubs, and various other social opportunities for students to network and create long lasting friendships that will last a lifetime. The University of Maryland is a place for new beginnings and opportunities for students who are ready to take that next step forward.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. I initially pursued a Biology degree for the first 3 years, but ultimately attained my degree in Kinesiology. Both degree programs prepared me for entry into a graduate program. However, I moved to California after college and gained employment in the transportation industry. Ive decided to go to Santa Monica College to retake science courses that act as prerequisites to eventually pursue a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies. I need to retake college courses over again in review to promote my success at a Masters Program for Physician Assistant studies at a university of my choice.
Overall, I think the bioengineering program offered at UMD is a good entryway to a career in biological engineering because of the variety of classes offered and the expertise of the faculty. The courses offered covers the foundation of skills necessary to pursue the career, from the fundamentals of mechanics to the special applications of bioengineering. One suggestion I would make regarding my experience with the program is the lack of emphasis in the "specific tracks" of the program. The tracks are used to tailor elective classes for a specific subfield of bioengineering. Unfortunately, I feel that they are not effective. I do realize that the program recently underwent reorganization of the curriculum, so tracks could be more effective currently. The program has improved and is more robust than before.
Choosing to go to the University of Maryland, College Park has been one of the best decisions I've made. Before enrolling, I was only aware of the school because the majority of my family members had graduated from the school and loved it. After I enrolled, I realized how beautiful and welcoming the campus, faculty, and students were. The campus is huge, which requires a lot of walking but that only gives you more time to enjoy all aspects of the school. All of my professors were pretty great. They were always there when you needed help or just to talk, and they were friendly and approachable. While an undergraduate there, I was able to form many lasting relationships with my former professors. I even had various opportunities to work alongside them in assistantships. The classes offered here are undoubtedly rigorous, but they do push you to become better students and in most cases, you leave having the sense that you learned something great and applicable to your future. Overall, my experience as an undergraduate here was an amazing one.
I appreciated the flexibility and corporations of the teaching personnel. As a Navy veteran who recently transitioned back into civilian life understanding that our work weeks were never only 40 hrs made completing homework and tasks much more manageable.
I have been very frustrated with this program. The interaction is very limited, with no response from the University for any problems. I've been automatically dropped from classes by some decision in the system 2 or 3 times for example... very frustrating. E-mail to program director, no response. E-mail to school president, no response. Tell tech support, student advising or teacher in class dropped from, gee, sorry... nothing we can do about that. During some courses, with perhaps a hundred pages of required reading per week, you are often given the actual reading list just at the beginning of the week. Assuming you wanted to read it, this likely means that you will not be able to read the required reading. Labs too, for this IT class, can often not work. Technical support does indeed answer the phone and try to help, but on more than one occasion I have been told that they would try and get back to me within 24 hours! Teacher can't help. Hmmm, lab is 20% of grade, due tomorrow night. Rise in blood pressure. The assignments have apparently been used for years, so there are many copies of completed assignments returned with a Google search (sadly not the reading list, however). What will a future employer say about a degree from such a program? Not sure, but it is a worrying thought. The syllabus has been out of synch with the class in a couple of classes, and the teacher wasn't aware of this. Again, missed work, missed learning experience, and increased frustration. The material covered is interesting. The price is low. Just wish they'd fix a few things... and there seems to be no way to send feedback to the system.