University of Maryland - College Park Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (56)
The university itself is amazing! There are many departments, recreation spots, events that are mostly free for students. However because the campus itself is so large, the classes reflect that. It is hard to get to know the professors. This usually isn't a problem later in the degree program because the classes get smaller and you are able to interact with professors in and out the class
The four years I spent University of Maryland were the best four years of my life thus far. I made strong and lasting relationships with friends and colleagues, and I met my future husband. I joined a sorority and was given opportunities to contribute to society, enhance my resume, make life long friends, and have a lot of fun. As a student in the Robert H. Smith School of Business I had the opportunity to network with future employers on a daily basis, I had access to top professors and a number of other resources that contributed to my success upon graduating.
University of Maryland-College Park is a great institution unfortunately the Economics program did not provide its students the access to career networking as some other programs such as the Business School & Engineering. The classes were challenging and very interesting.
I have mixed feelings about my baccalaureate degree. On the one hand the quality of instruction and the preparedness for career is absolutely top notch. On the other hand I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA). During an economic downturn it was really hard to keep having to explain that my degree was a mix of bachelor of arts and sciences at the many job interviews I went on outside of the field. I wish UMD would have a BSLA degree instead. That way it would still be a"typical" degree in case like me you don't end up becoming a landscape architect. I will say though that the skills and creativity instilled in me through the rigorous curriculum have been applicable to me for my entire career. I am by trade a graphic designer and event planner. The projectized environment created in the program and the numerous critiques we had throughout the program have really made me shine in roles at the World Bank, the National Academy of Sciences, and M-NCPPC. It feels really good to be able to stand up in front of groups of 5-5,000 and feel comfortable in my own skin while presenting. The creative mindset taught to me in the Landscape Architecture program has also helped me to adapt to a variety of work situations and cultures with ease and helped me push innovation through at each and every job. I am a very very proud graduate of the program, its the name of the degree itself that I take issue with. If you are considering applying get ready for the ride of your life and 60+ hours of studio time a week. Its intense by nature and design but will prepare you for anything you may encounter in your career afterward. I am currently pursuing my masters degree in homeland security public health preparedness and I know that without the foundation built at University of Maryland, I would not be prepared for many of the upcoming challenges.
Going to UMD college park was the best decision I've ever made. Its a mix between incredible academics (we're ranked fairly high) and a fun atmosphere. The teachers are for the most part pretty awesome and helpful. Yeah, the campus food is a 5/10, but the food off campus is fairly decent. Out of the thousands of people I've met here, I've only heard of 2 transferring, THAT'S BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL IS AMAZING. You can find any club, activity, sport, whatever you want UMD is bound to have. If you're thinking medicine is the route, you're in luck. Great classes that really prepare you for your future. Also, Maryland Athletics is incredible. All sport games are free to students. I cannot say enough good about this school. If you are blessed with that acceptance letter, I don;t see how you could choose anywhere else.
UMD is the best school by far. The school has reputation both in research and academic. Good way to leverage your academic experiences to establish your dream career. I have had the privilege to back and continue my graduate study even for better advancement.
UMD has excellent tutoring and other assistance for undergraduate and graduate student veterans. The Terp Vets has and is making huge differences in military veterans and their spouses's life while attending college. They do kayaking, deep diving lessons, canoeing trips, and tons volunteering help us get involved and build relationships. I 100% agree that is should be every separating military service-members' top choice for public higher education, and for addition scholarship needs. The level of networking and bonds and immersion into college life for former military students is unmatched in any other school.
My overall experience at the University of Maryland was fantastic. The professors are well versed in their craft and I made memories to last a lifetime. I truly felt like I was a part of something special which attending UMD. I liked my experience so much that I decided to return in order to obtain my MBA. My second time around, I am a military spouse and have found UMD to be extremely accommodating towards my military lifestyle. I was able to defer my enrollment in preparation for my husband returning from deployment, which was extremely important to my family life.
UMD has a small school feel in a big city. With the location so close to Washington D.C. you have endless possibilities. One thing everyone asks themselves as they go to school is 'Can I find a job afterwards'. With its proximity to D.C. there is a ton of entry level jobs for anyone. As far as the school and the education I feel that the school give their students all the tool you need to succeeded. One negative thing I will say is sometimes you feel like you're at a cattle farm of students. With class sizes 350+ it is hard to get that one on one time with professors.
I went to the University of Maryland almost thirty years ago so it has changed quite a bit. But I got a great education and have been thrilled to see how much effort has gone into upgrading the already strong Journalism program. The real-world, work experience opportunities are exceptional. I have a would hire a Maryland graduate without hesitation.