University of Maryland - College Park Reviews

  • 286 Reviews
  • College Park (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,216
95% of 286 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 286 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"It's a really decent university, has good faculties and facilities. The only concern that I have is about the safety."
Lauren Belle
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2016
  • Degree: Landscape Design
"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."
Alferd
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2016
  • Degree: Finance
"University of Maryland is an ok sort of school for graduate program specially for finance. There is nothing special or great about the school to be recommended to anyone. The school take hell lot of students and it's feel crowded. The selection criteria is liberal and relaxed and it doesn't feel part of being any special offers great school. The diversity is almost zero as 95% intake is from one country so doesn't seems we are taking good course in USA. The place doesn't seems to be secure and with the frequent incidents of shooting and robbery in near buy places. The campus placement services is of no use and the shuttle services can be improved to cater to more areas near buy. Overall an AVERAGE school."
Ben
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2016
  • Degree: Finance
"I joined the R.H. Smith School of Business (University of Maryland) for the Masters in Finance program. I must say that the instructors here are really good. They are knowledgeable in their field and are able to put that across to students very well. There are a number of elective courses to choose from, hence we can pick courses suited to our needs. However, this year they have also included tracks (risk management/asset management/ corporate finance/ general finance) in addition to the option of picking courses according to our choices. If one joins a track, one would complete the course in 24 months, else it would have to be completed in 16 months. One drawback is the class diversity. It's not diverse to the extent one would want. But the folks in the class are really competitive. So you need to work well. If you are a local student then i feel this is a good place to be, even in terms of getting an internship/ job as Washington D.C. is close to campus."
ML
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"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."
Briana
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2016
  • Degree: Systems Engineering
"The Systems Engineering program at the University of Maryland, College Park is greatly committed to preparing students for the real world. As a current part time student who is also working in the industry, I have been able to see a direct correlation between the material I am studying in school, and the skills I need to become a better engineer in the field. The faculty is committed to making sure you fully understand the material at hand, and are not just memorizing information to take an exam. The courses can be challenging, but they are also extremely rewarding when abstract concepts and theories finally start to click thanks to the efforts of the amazing faculty."
Efrata Obsa
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2016
  • Degree: Business
"The Robert H. Smith School of business has professors that are well educated and passionate about the classes they teach. Many of them were former students of business programs at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford. I believe I received a solid education at the school but would have appreciated more practical courses that involved exposure to positions in various companies. I also believe that the Global program is unfairly priced with little to no opportunities for scholarships offered. This is in addition to the traditionally high business school tuition charged by the school. All in all, I am satisfied with the in class education I receive but believe the school can improve its program by adding more practical learning opportunities and making the global programs more affordable."
Juliana Wong
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2016
  • Degree: School Counseling
"The Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park is renowned around the country, yet the faculty and staff are extremely humble about their reputation. Although similar to the Higher Education program, the Student Affairs Concentration (SAC) specifically invests in cultivating scholar-practitioners to bridge theory and practice in both academia and student offices and centers. In addition to an academic advisor, I am also matched with a professional advisor, a current UMD student affairs professional, that serves an extra source of guidance and support during my graduate school journey and beyond. SAC does not explicitly market themselves as a social justice oriented program, but the faculty representation (all women of color), their research, courses, and cohorts of students represent their commitment to using critical consciousness to create a more equitable education system and society. Specifically, I appreciate that the large public research university provides a variety of resources to create the practical and experiential opportunities that are meaningful to me as an individual. From doing a practicum at the multicultural center to volunteering for the college access office or interning in Washington DC, UMD provides me with spaces to explore and merge my intellectual curiosities and passions together. One of the most exceptional aspects is that they prioritize funding the program for all of their students, and work diligently to make sure that everyone secures an on-campus assistantship to receive tuition remission to offset the financial burden of obtaining a Masters degree. Overall, the faculty and university at large recognize the potential of SAC students, and genuinely believe in their power to carry out the institutional mission and create impactful social change."
Carlos arias
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
"As the first person in my family to graduate from college, obtaining my degree from the University of Maryland, College Park will not only allow me to satisfy my yearning desire for a better understanding of the world, but also give me the means to move beyond my own experiences. I feel that the faculty and coursework have provided me with the necessary education needed in order to succeed. Not only do I desire to work in a field that is challenging, but also to create positive global transformations in the areas of health, policy, and education. I want to do the absolute best job that I can in working toward these goals and I believe the University of Maryland has given me the resources needed to accomplish my goals."
William
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"Most of the professors are highly skilled and have experience with real world applications. Even though this is an evening program, the atmosphere in the classroom is generally one of collaboration with a strong desire to learn. First years are enrolled as a cohort and spend the next year taking core classes together. This further expands on the collaborative nature in the classroom and allows students to feel comfortable expressing opinions with each other."
Ahmed Bryan Sylla
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2016
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"This is my first semester in the program so I am still getting a general feel for things. But so far I like my professors and the way class is moving. It is very hands on and we learn a lot in software engineering as it pertains to the real world. My classes are full of people from all over the world! People in my classes are Indian, Middle Eastern, European, African,etc and it makes the class environment so much richer. Unfortunately the one thing I do not like about the school are the crime related incidents that frequently happen outside of campus. But I will admit that the Maryland police and UMD police do a really good job of containing everything and keeping us updated with the turn out of events. The financial aid services department also has not been of great help to me. They do not frequently contact students or go out of their way to assist. My personal experience with the financial aid department was not the greatest; they kept on just referring me to different departments to handle my questions. I am definitely glad I chose this major at this school as there are tons of networking events and fortune 500 companies literally visit us almost everyday for information sessions and socials. I have yet to meet my adviser in person but the few messages we exchanged through email were pleasant. I specifically made sure that all my classes were on campus because I like being engaged in person with the professor. On the other hand my graduate program does let students take any class online which is great if one plans on having a peculiar or irregular schedule for a semester. Overall great school and a very rich environment and I would definitely recommend this school."
@liya
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2016
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"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."
Shea Cashen
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2016
  • Degree: Real Estate Management
"I am enrolled in the Masters of Real Estate Development program at the University of Maryland College Park. So far, I have been impressed by the courses offered and the quality of the professors on the staff. This program is made up of 100% adjunct faculty, meaning that all of the professors are working professionals in the real estate industry. The courses are all offered at night which allows for a flexible schedule for working professionals. I have spoken with many industry professionals who have recommended the program at University of Maryland as well as alumni of the program who have all had positive reviews. The student body is made up of a diverse collection of everything from local students to international students and all ages from recent college graduates to working professionals with over thirty years of experience. I believe this program will become the foundation necessary for a successful career in real estate development in the Washington, D.C and greater Baltimore area markets, as well as presenting opportunities nationwide and internationally."
Mingjie Feng
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2016
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
Alex King
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is nationally ranked as one of the best schools out there. The faculty is very knowledgeable, the classes are interesting and relevant, and the Office of Career Services is incredibly effective in preparing students for the next step in their careers. I live in Baltimore, so the satellite campus here is very convenient, while the campus in DC is great for networking. I've made many crucial connections, as well as some life-long friendships."
Sydney Sawyer
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Phill
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2016
  • Degree: Economics
"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."
Akshay Prasad
  • Reviewed: 7/26/2016
  • Degree: Systems Engineering
"Excellent support from faculty. Research opportunities with faculties belonging to different backgrounds. Multidisciplinary course structure enables you to take courses from a variety of departments. Coursework is elaborate. Industrial tie ups help obtain internships and jobs."
Ibraheem Catovic
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2016
  • Degree: Economics
"Its a top 20 econ program, and the best econ program in the DC area. They do quite well on the econ job market given their ranking. The school overall is a diverse school with a wide variety of departments. The campus is quite green and beautiful, nicer than many other university campuses."
Sandy Malcolm
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2016
  • Degree: Journalism
"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."