Maryland, United States
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) is a public institution that was founded in 1856. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,250 acres. The University of Maryland has highly ranked graduate programs in education (top 30 universities in USA) and the noted A. James Clark School of Engineering (ranked at #22 on US News Rankings), as well as well-regarded offerings through the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The university regularly earns accolades for its sustainable and clean energy initiatives, such as its plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and campus-wide efforts to compost dining hall waste. It ranks #51 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.
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Located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the University of Maryland offers students a suburban lifestyle within easy reach of big-city experiences. The flagship campus in College Park, which has its own subway stop on the D.C.-area Metro transit system, is often considered a commuter school. There are a lot of things to do as far as recreation is concerned. Southern Maryland has the Chesapeake Bay where there is fishing, crabbing, boating, jet skiing, windsurfing, and hunting. There are a lot of shopping malls, parks, and restaurants. Annapolis has a lot of night clubs and is close to Washington DC. The cost of living however is way too high.
Being at the western edge of Atlantic coastal plain, College Park has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are warm and humid with the hottest month being July with 30-degree Celsius. Rains are frequent during summers. Winters are mild with the coldest temperature being 7-degree Celsius. Springs and autumn are particularly pleasant.
Faculty to student ratio is 1:17 with total faculty and staff to be around 9000. The class sizes go from about 30 to 40. UMCP has been home to 4 Nobel Laureates who have been faculties. Students know the Sciences classes to be very hard and the English classes to be extremely delightful. Professors are known to be passionate about subject and teaching. Students find it very difficult to get good grades here and one needs to work very hard. Popular professors are Dr James Glass (Politics), Dr Eugenie Clark (Oceanography), etc.
Having a huge campus of 1250 acres, UMCP is known for its Red-brick Georgian buildings. The Center point for the university is a lawn called McKeldin Mall, the university with a spectacular number of 7500 trees on campus. The Mall houses the McKeldin Library (named after an ex-governor) which has a good collection of books and study space. The most popular Testudo statue, which as a tradition is touched for good luck, is placed right outside the library. The XFINITY Center is where great basketball games are played. Another stadium is the Capitol One field Stadium which is the older one and is used for smaller games. The University also has a beautifully designed auditorium called the Clarice Smith Performing Center with comfortable seating and acoustics with performances happening all year round.
The University of Maryland houses 40% students in college-owned housing and 60% live off campus. On-campus housing may cost about $12,000. Some of the popular places to live are Seven Springs, Paint Branch Trail and Graduate Hills (specifically accessible for graduate students). Dorms on campus are Allegany Hall, Baltimore Hall, Cambridge Hall, Charles Hall, Bel Air Hall, etc. Walking from the dorms to your class could take 10 minutes or 40 minutes depending on where your classes are. It's a huge campus! Apart from this, the living-learning programs allow students to live in the similar residential community. Off-campus housing can be found within the range of $750 to $1100 per month.
At UMCP, the in-state fees is $10,000 and out-state fees is about $30,000. There are various recruitment fellowships such as Flagship Fellowship, Ronald McNair Graduate Fellowship, University, Dean's & Merit Fellowship. Merit-based awards for academic excellence are All STAR Fellowship, Phi Delta Gamma Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Assistantship Award, etc.
Students appreciate the internships (62% students opt for paid internships in over 167 internship experiences) that they get their hands on during their study in the college. Average alumni salary is $50,000 with agriculture, biological sciences and education related majors fetching $45,000 and Engineering and related majors fetching $60,000-$75000. Highest salary range (above $1,00,000) is seen in Technology, Biotechnology and Consulting firms. UMCP MIS under the Robert H. Smith School of Management is one of the best courses of this University. It thus provides exceptional ROI throughout the alumni’s career.
Notable employers are Deloitte, Boston University, Hatcher Group, U.S. Air Force (and other government departments), World Bank, RAND Corporation, The Solar Foundation, etc. The college promotes entrepreneurship and a lot of students start their own organizations or business after college.
It’s a large school which can show you big dreams. Students can become invisible if they want or they can also find their niche. If you don't like big campuses, only then this school is a challenge.
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