Students Say

The University of Maryland—College Park is a grand mix of “twenty-minute walks to class across one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, [an introduction] to high-level courses taught by the nation’s top researchers, [and] a motivated ‘green’ campus” as well as “crowded, smelly frat parties, [and] livinglearning communities that can make the gigantic campus much smaller.” Students are quick to boast about sports, too, especially the school’s titles as “the 2008 national champions in men’s soccer and women’s field hockey.” In short: It’s a quintessential large university, offering “a great experience with a variety of opportunities that are what you make of them.”

Overview

Applicants
26,268
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
4.15

GPA Breakdown

85%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 690
SAT Math
620 - 730

Deadlines


Regular
January 20

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Maryland—College Park is a grand mix of “twenty-minute walks to class across one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, [an introduction] to high-level courses taught by the nation’s top researchers, [and] a motivated ‘green’ campus” as well as “crowded, smelly frat parties, [and] livinglearning communities that can make the gigantic campus much smaller.” Students are quick to boast about sports, too, especially the school’s titles as “the 2008 national champions in men’s soccer and women’s field hockey.” In short: It’s a quintessential large university, offering “a great experience with a variety of opportunities that are what you make of them.” Students crow about Maryland’s “nationally recognized business program,” a “top-ranked criminology program,” a solid engineering school, a great political science department that capitalizes on the school’s proximity to Washington, D.C., and the “topnotch honors program.” Most of all, they love the “great price. This school gives you a great education for a really cheap price.” Low cost doesn’t translate to budget accommodations. On the contrary, “the administration shows a desire to always upgrade facilities, as can be witnessed by the tremendous business school and the brand new engineering building.” In conclusion, students applaud “the widely diverse opportunities available at UMD. You can never get bored because there is always something to do.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,442
with Terminal Degree
1,969

1,493
Men
949
Women
478
Minority
67
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture, General
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Food Science

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Community Services

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Iranian/Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sergey Brin
Co-founder, Google, world billionaire; '93 Mathematics and Computer Science

Sade Baderinwa
Anchor, WABC-TV New York 5&11 o'clock newscasts, '93 Agriculture.

Dominique Dawes
Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast; 02' Communication.

Steny Hoyer
House Minority Whip, MD's 5th Congressional District; '63 Political Science

Jeff Kinney
Author, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," '93 Criminal Justice

Kevin Plank
Founder, Under Armour; '97 Robert H. School of Business.

Giuliana Rancic
Co-anchor, E! News; '96 Journalism.

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for undergraduates in the 2006-2007 academic year were $7,969 for Maryland residents and $22,208 for out-of-state residents. Room and board costs are approximately $8,854 per academic year.

Financial Aid

Scholarships, grants, loans, student employment, and other financial aid programs are available to qualified undergraduates. Interested students must have their FAFSA received and accepted by the FAFSA processor by February 15 in order to receive consideration for maximum need-based financial assistance; this is the University's priority financial aid deadline. Students who are talented academically or creatively are eligible for several merit scholarships that the University proudly offers. Each year, around $4 million is awarded through these scholarships. Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships must submit an admission application by December 1. Sixty-nine percent of full-time students who applied for financial aid last year received it, and they were awarded an average of $7,445.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

College costs may be on the upswing, but the cost of an education at the University of Maryland—College Park is still a very good deal. Tuition and fees for Maryland residents is just $9,400 drawing in many from around the area; though nonresidents can expect to pay three times as much. All students who decide to live on campus can expect to pay an additional $10,600-plus in room and board. When you factor in the cost of books and supplies, the total cost of a UMD degree is $21,190 for all those who hail from the state, and $41,483 for those who don’t.

Bang For Your Buck

University of Maryland—College Park offers a comprehensive aid program for students who demonstrate financial need. But it’s the university’s full suite of merit-based scholarships that make a UMD degree an exceptional value. Highlights include the Banneker/Key Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious merit scholarship, which may cover up to the full the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and a book allowance each year for four years. The President’s Scholarship provides four-year awards of up to $12,000 per year to exceptional entering freshmen. Maryland Pathways is a new financial assistance program set up by the university to assist low-income families by reducing the debt component and increasing grants to those who receive it. National Merit, creative and performing arts, and departmental scholarships are also available. To be considered for most merit scholarships, entering freshmen applying for the fall semester must submit their complete application for undergraduate admission by the priority deadline of November 1. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary. Award notifications begin in early March.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,655

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,656

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,379

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,131

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,142

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,612
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,905
Required Fees
$1,815
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,130

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,120
Transportation for Commuters
$956

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“The University of Maryland is a very large school,” so “there is no ‘typical’ student here. Everyone will find that they can fit in somewhere.” Better still, “different groups are very accepting of other groups. Students in Greek life are just as accepting of students in non-Greek life. Athletes blend in with nonathletes. UMD provides a great environment for students to meet people they would normally not know and helps to provide great connections with these people.” UMD is “an especially diverse school,” and this makes people “more tolerant and accepting of people from different backgrounds and cultures.” A student from New Jersey explains it this way: “Coming from a very diverse area, I thought it was going to be hard to find a school that had that same representation of minority and atypical students until I found Maryland. I don’t think I have ever learned so much about different religions, cultures, orientations, or lifestyles. All of them are accepted and even celebrated” at UMD.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
27,056
Out of State
20%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
79

Demographics

16.59%
Asian
13.30%
African-American
9.61%
Hispanic
54.34%
Caucasian
1.81%
Unknown
3.94%
International

46% female
54% male
20% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Life at UMD is awesome,” with “a good mix of fun activities” including “school-sponsored parties, games,” a “campus recreation center that has virtually everything you could wish for, including pools, an extensive gym, a rock wall, squash courts, an indoor track,” and a student union “loaded with fun places like the arcade area, bowling alley,” and “tons of places to eat as well.” In addition, “there are always open games of soccer, football, or ultimate Frisbee being played on the mall and elsewhere.” There are bars close to campus, and “students are always having parties,” especially along College Park’s raucous Frat Row. Terrapin sports are a passion for many. If all that isn’t enough, “the proximity to D.C. makes clubbing, nights out on the town, and general visits to D.C. frequent.” With all this going on, no wonder students say that “the social life at UMD is unsurpassed.” Some warn the surrounding area is dicey; “It’s pretty annoying and scary to get crime alerts from the police informing us of incidents close to campus,” one student explains. Undergrads also warn that parking regulations are brutal. “Bus transportation around campus provided by the university is great, but for students and visitors with cars, it’s a huge hassle. Permits are expensive, and free parking for visitors is impossible to find. School officials are strict with violations, and tickets are seventyfive dollars. They are hard to refute and very costly.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
44%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
63
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
77

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jo Ann Hutchinson, Rh.D, CRC, LCPC

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psycho-eductional or neuropsychological evaluation (including Apititude and achievement testing). We will review IEP's for specificity and if specific enough, they may suffice as adequate documentation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Neuropsychological or Psycho-eductional evaluation (including Apititude and achievement testing)or a comprehensive letter from a licensed counselor or psychologist, or a psychiatrist.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
724
Number of Honor Societies
49

Number of Social Sororities
24
Number of Religious Organizations
52

13% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Terrapins)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Terrapins)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.omse.umd.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: George Washington University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The University of Maryland—College Park, located in the D.C. metro area, has signed the ACUPCC, and published its Climate Action Plan. The Sustainability Studies minor is the school’s most popular minor. UMD works to integrate sustainability across the university curriculum, and the school has been recognized as a leader in the green movement by such organizations as the Maryland Green Registry, Climate Culture and Sierra Magazine and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with a STARS Gold rating. The University Sustainability Council is in place to advise the president, the Office of Sustainability, and the campus community about issues related to the integration of sustainability into campus operations. UMD Dining Services has been a heavy participant in campus sustainability, leading the way with their expanding rooftop gardens, a sustainable food truck, a campus vegetable farm, and a campus food pantry. The student-led Food Recovery Network helps to salvage and donate unused leftovers. Many other green initiatives have been put into place across campus, including: a commitment to LEED Silver for new buildings; energy-conserving renovations; green roofs; an impressive storm water management system; low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads in dorms; water- and energy-efficient dishwashers used by dining services; a composting program; discontinued use of Styrofoam containers in favor of biodegradable ones; and use of water-conserving grass on the university’s golf course. Recycling is also a success story at UMD: The campus recycling rate has more than tripled since 2004. For students looking for a career in the green sector, there is the sustainability studies minor and the Career Center hosts an annual Green Jobs Fair to help students incorporate sustainability into their career plans.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
37

Average Number of PC's per Lab
33

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Phone
3013148385


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Eppley Recreation Center
Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium
Comcast Center
6. Memorial Chapel 7. Riggs Alumni Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Washington DC attractions
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Historic Annapolis

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8:00am-5:00pm and 9:00am-3:00pm
3013148385

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Call in advance for current schedule
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M - F

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Available during open house programs; call 301-314-4255

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baltimore-Washington International Airport is 25 miles from campus. MARC trains (800-325-7245) and airport shuttles are available for the trip from the airport to the campus. Washington National Airport is 15 miles from campus. Metrorail trains (202-637-7000) are available for the trip from the airport to the campus. Amtrak and Greyhound are available to Washington, D.C. Switch to Metrorail at Union Station and take it to College Park. University shuttle buses (301-314-2255) provide transportation from the College Park MARC and Metrorail stations to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Baltimore and the north, take I-95 S. to the Capital Beltway (I-495 around Washington, DC); follow signs to College Park. At Exit 25, take U.S. 1 S. for approximately 2 miles, then turn right into campus at the Visitor's Center. From the west, follow the preceding directions from the Capital Beltway (I-495). From the east, take U.S. 50 W. to the Capital Beltway (I-495); head north on I-495 to College Park. At Exit 25, take U.S. 1 S. for 2 miles and turn right into campus. From Washington, DC, take New Hampshire Ave. (U.S. 29) or Riggs Road (N. Capitol St. in DC, Maryland Rte. 212) north to the East-West Highway (Maryland Rte. 410); turn right onto Rte. 410 and proceed to U.S. 1 and turn left on it. Continue on U.S. 1 to the campus, turning left at the Visitor's Center.

Local Accommodations
Nearby: The Center of Adult Education (301-985-7300), a conference center on campus, has moderately priced rooms. The Quality Inn (7200 Baltimore Ave.; 301-864-5829) is half a mile away. Slightly less expensive is Econo Lodge (9113 Baltimore Blvd.; 301-345-4900), 1 mile away. Your rock-bottom budget choice is Comfort Inn (9020 Baltimore Blvd.; 301-441-8110), a mile and a half away. For a more upscale chain motel, try the Holiday Inn (10000 Baltimore Blvd.; 301-345-6700), or Courtyard by Marriott (8330 Corporate Dr., Landover; 301-577-3373). There is an even fancier Marriott, the Marriott Greenbelt (6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt; 301-441-3700), 15 minutes away. Two bed-and-breakfast referral agencies with listings in the area are The Traveller in Maryland (410-269-6232), and Amanda's BandB Reservation Service (410-225-0001).
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Key Stats

26,268
Applicants
27,056
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists