University of Maryland - College Park Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (55)
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.
The economic degree path, although not my first choice was indeed an excellent choice. I had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in Urban economics, sharpen my analytical skills, ability to look dissect a problem, acknowledging different viewpoints, laws, previous and current research, and give possible solutions to current problem/affairs.
I attended University of Maryland in various locations in Germany. The Instructors were flexible with the curriculum given we were in a war status. Classes were well attended and the assignments kept up with real world situations in business, economics, psychology, etc. I was able to apply my military experiences to papers and projects and for that I am grateful
I was a transfer student from Montgomery community college as Electrical Engineering student. The first day I started at UMD, I was extremely overwhelmed with the size of the campus, the parking, and the number of people. It seems so large at first, but then it gets much smaller. Most of my classes took place in one building so I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The teachers are excellent. Business and Engineering programs are nationally ranked. I am still in touch with few of my professors. I am going to start my graduate class this fall. I would recommend it to someone looking for a diverse community, rigorous academics, and a good degree. I got a job less than a month after I graduated and have been employed since.
University of Maryland provided endless opportunities. From meeting other students from different backgrounds to offering a huge variety of majors/minors/clubs/greek life/study abroad programs to take part in. Looking back, I feel like I could've taken better advantage of these opportunities, so I urge anyone looking to attend a school that puts a copious adventures are your fingertips, University of Maryland is the place to go. I took part in Residential Life as a Community Assistant, worked Security with Student Entertainment Events, played intramural soccer, and studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain, just to go you an idea of what type of experiences I was able to have -- and yet I still wish I did more!
I was a transfer student from a small community college. The first day I started at UMD, I was extremely overwhelmed with the size of the campus, the parking, and the number of people. It seems so large at first, but then it gets much smaller. Most of my classes took place in one building so I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The teachers are excellent. I am still in touch with one of my professors. She wrote me a letter of recommendation for graduate school. It's a really good school, I would recommend it to someone looking for a diverse community, close to two cities (Baltimore and Washington, D.C.), rigorous academics, and a good degree. I got a job less than a month after I graduated and have been employed since.
I attended UMD as a nontraditional student - returning to school as an adult, veteran, transfer, commuter student. What I loved the most about UMD is that there no matter what walk of life you come from, there is some form of support available here to help you. In the same vein, no matter what your interests are, because this is such a large school, there are undoubtedly others who share your interests. Diversity of one of Maryland's greatest strengths!