University of Maryland - College Park Reviews

  • 285 Reviews
  • College Park (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $39,469
95% of 285 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 285 students said they would recommend this school to others
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09 Grad
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2020
  • Degree: Sociology
"Great experience academically and socially with the added benefit of in state tuition. Academically diverse with options to not only focus on major but add additional areas of study. Campus is large and easy for anyone to find their niche. Dormitories we’re lacking when I was enrolled and many were forced off campus. Off campus provides few affordable and safe options. Since then, they have added more dormitories but not sure if it resolved the issue. Lots of development off campus ensure students have what they need for school and everyday life. Located between DC and Baltimore, easy to have diverse internship opportunities and experiences. UMD has contracts and with many area businesses and agencies that give graduates a leg up on the job market. My internship at a campus-based center lead directly to my first job out of college. Networking with other graduates helped me with my current position."
Lindsay D
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2020
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"Receiving my Bachelors Degree in Studio Art at the University of Maryland- College Park was extremely rewarding. Obtaining a degree from such a well-known institution allowed me to have many job opportunities in the arts upon graduation. The professors that I had at UMD within the arts department were all excellent and challenged my artistic practice, which allowed me to grow in my style and intention while in this Undergraduate program. A few of my professors also connected me to individuals within the area, which ultimately allowed me to work on arts based projects outside of the university. The arts program at UMD is small enough that you get to know your classmates in your courses and are able to bounce ideas off each other while in class. This is also encouraged by the faculty and the arts department felt more like a community, rather than a winner-takes-all situation. I would recommend this arts program to all artists working in any sort of medium (except ceramics as there is no easily accessible kiln on campus). The university has well-kept studio spaces for large scale wood and metal sculpture, as well as a clean and well-lit studio for printmaking. For those practicing digital art there is a new classroom that is well equipped for this ever-changing medium. If you are lost in your practice the professors are always helpful in setting up a time for you to meet with them to discuss your goals and are able to guide you along the way."
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"The psychology program at the University of Maryland, College Park is top-notch. The program is rigorous and will challenge students to give their best, grow intellectually, produce stellar research, and be good consumers of research. I was able to complete my thesis with a good advisor who coached me through qualitative research analysis. UMCP is a good investment of students' time and money."
Azsanee Truss
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2019
  • Degree: Information Systems
"The University of Maryland - College Park is a great school with a wide variety of programs to choose from, many of which are some of the best in the country. There are tons of opportunities to get involved on campus in meaningful ways, which can really help to build relationships with other students, professors, and often times organizations/companies as well. The diversity of students on campus was also a huge benefit and really made my college experience."
Azsanee Truss
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2019
  • Degree: Information Systems
"The University of Maryland - College Park is a great school with a wide variety of programs to choose from, many of which are some of the best in the country. There are tons of opportunities to get involved on campus in meaningful ways, which can really help to build relationships with other students, professors, and often times organizations/companies as well. The diversity of students on campus was also a huge benefit and really made my college experience."
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2019
  • Degree: Criminology
"My experience at University of Maryland was great. I had to great professors who would input there work experiences into the class lectures. I had the chance to have a variety of professor's who were lawyers, police officers, and detectives. They taught me how to use the knowledge in the classroom into the real world."
Simon Hartley
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2019
  • Degree: Executive MBA
"I joined the Executive MBA program to learn from strong faculty and classmates, to tune into leadership at the exec level, better match team roles with strengths, and round out my business knowledge. The program delivered on all my expectations. Rather than taking away from my day job, the ability to apply lessons from school immediately added a lot of value. Why Exec MBA and why here? The Executive MBA is in parallel with a career, so avoids the opportunity costs of a full-time program and the long drawn out Online or Part time programs. Smith, I believe, is the premier business program in the Washington-Baltimore area and Top 10 in the US according to the Economist and Financial Times. It has a huge local alum network and rather than resting on its laurels is striving to improve year upon year. EMBA tends to be the flagship program at any University, with the strongest faculty, and the most experienced students to learn from. I really liked the executive coaching and mastery sessions that are the core *differentiation* at Smith. The program focuses on IQ and EQ, not just learning the business frameworks but the leadership and mastery to apply them in today's team based and multiple stakeholder environments."
Samantha Chu
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
"The University of Maryland, College Park as an educational institution as a whole is a good university. There are many opportunities to get involved, be a part of research, find internships, and receive employment opportunities. The university boasts of the opportunities it houses due to its proximity to Washington D.C. While this is true, there is only one program on campus, in particular that integrates students and makes those opportunities accessible no matter what major of study. And this program is the Federal and Global Fellows Program. It is a program you must apply to and it becomes more competitive each year. However, the experience is definitely worth it if one is accepted. The Federal and Global Fellows Program serves as an example of ones experience at the University of Maryland. There are many good programs to be a part of at UMD, but one must find them. Programs such as the QUEST Honors Program, or the HighRisers Overnight Stay Program. There are also many community and service organizations whether its a student organization or a third-party organization there are opportunities to serve breakfast to the homeless, become a tutor at a tutoring program, or volunteer at blood drives and medical facilities. There is a plethora of good experiences, but one must actively be looking for them, and striving to get involved. With involvement, many good friendships are created, and the entire university experience is enhanced. The overall atmosphere of the university is not super competitive, and while there are driven students, one can always find people in the same boat as them or with similar interests. While the university experience as a whole is a rewarding one, my experience in my specific degree program is only sufficient. The Nutritional Science major is housed within the Agricultural school, and while this used to be UMDs premiere college, when the university first opened, it has now become the least funded college. As a result, the specific degree program sometimes lacks resources and benefits other colleges within the university have access too. The chemical labs are not as advanced in technology, and the professors focus much more on their research than they do on educating. Overall, while I would recommend my University as a whole, and a solid state school, I would not recommend studying in the agricultural college, due to the lack of resources, and the overall feeling of not being prioritized as a student in that college. This is not to say that its a bad college, but rather as the world becomes more technologically driven, perhaps the relevance of degrees within that college as decreased, and the agricultural college is no longer as popular as it once was."
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2019
  • Degree: Library Science
"I hate this place. Lousy professors, vindictive administrators, and poorly run MLIS program. They claim they stand for diversity and inclusion, unless you have a disability. I withdrew and entered a better program in Boston. Stay away. Not worth the grief."
Clarise Lebong
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"As an international student, this was one of the best investments I had to make in my life. The Smith school is highly ranked and it has an amazing faculty that is supportive. The diversity and inclusiveness is one of a kind and am proud to be a Terp."
Debra Plummer
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2018
  • Degree: Human Resources
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"The MFA in Dance at University of Maryland, College Park is an incredible program. It is one of the few programs in the country that trains you in almost every aspect of the dance world including: technique, choreography, teaching, research, ethnography, somatics, performance and more. I felt incredibly supported by the faculty and like I was guided on a path I never thought I'd be on."
Chukzy Chukwunalu Edemenya
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"The following are my stand out: Outstanding academic environment Highly knowledgeable and reliable professors and academic advisors. The level of class diversity is amazing. Friendly academic environment Rigorous academic work. Numerous opportunities for internship(s) through industry collaboration"
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2018
  • Degree: Business
"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."
Emilie D.
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2018
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"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."
Melissa Borts
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2018
  • Degree: Business
"The University of Maryland College Park's Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a superior Master's of Business Administration degree. The cohort is cultivated to be a collaborative environment that support one another. The teachers are willing to take the time to work with each student and help them understand concepts and discuss interests. Opportunities to become involved with the community and extra-curricular activities is abundant."
Gregory Comer
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"The part-time MBA program is an excellent choice for prospective students looking to further their education outside a 9-5 work schedule. The class range and multiple locations offered make the program easy to accommodating. The MBA program's teachers have a vast background which are conducive to a intellectual atmosphere. Like all programs, you get out what you put in. The classes have allowed me to be a more integral participant in my current job as my business knowledge has greatly expanded. Overall an excellent program that will help one expand their minds, understand business, and become a more knowledgeable individual."
Willem Kalbach
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2017
  • Degree: History
"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."
M. Marius
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"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."
Julie R.
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"I have had an outstanding graduate experience so far at University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. I have 27 credits out of the needed 52 and am looking forward to my next round of classes, as all of the classes have been immediately applicable to my career. I particularly liked the accounting course and professor. I have finally learned how to read and interpret annual reports and financial statements, which I wish I would have learned as an undergraduate."