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University of Maryland-College Park

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Introduction

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is a large, public university in College Park, Maryland. The university was founded in 1856 as Maryland Agricultural College. The first class began in 1989 on a 420 acre campus.

The campus was used as an army camp, first for Union soldiers, then for Confederate soldiers, during the Civil War. (There were sympathies for both sides at the university.) After the war the school went into bankruptcy and was converted to a boys’ preparatory high school for a couple years, the regained its legs as a state school in 1867.

In 1916 the school was renamed Maryland State College and opened to women. In 1920 the first graduate program began. It wasn’t until 1988, however, that the school officially became the University of Maryland and designated the flagship campus of the state of Maryland’s university system. Today, more than 37,000 students attend UMCP.

Campus

UMCP is home to several impressive and unique features, both traditional and contemporary. On the one hand, many of the buildings are aged, modest, and traditional, with trademark red brick Georgian architecture. On the other hand, newer buildings are larger—the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the single largest public building in the state—and cutting-edge, with a huge number of silver and gold LEED buildings.

One unique feature on the UMCP campus is “The Point of Failure”, the spot where the college’s original building burnt down in 1912. A sign on the campus warns student that stepping on the spot will prevent you from graduating in four years. Another is the well-known statue of a Diamondback terrapin known as “Testudo” is one of the feature landmarks of the campus. Many consider Testudo to be lucky, and students often rub his nose before exams or leave him offerings.

Today, the campus spans 1,250 acres. It is particularly well-known for its gardens and trees. There is a 400 acre urban forest with a system of trails, including portions of longer backpacking trails that extend past the campus in both directions. The university has several tours of its arboretums and greenery, such as a tree walking tour which visits 56 different species on campus.

Academics

UMCP offers 127 bachelor’s degrees and 112 graduate degrees. The university is organized into thirteen colleges: the A. James Clark School of Engineering; the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences; the College of Education; the College of Information Studies; the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism; the Robert H. Smith School of Business; the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; the School of Public Health; and the School of Public Policy. UMCP has a reputation for being particularly strong in the sciences, although several schools and departments throughout the university have records of excellence.

Research on Campus

UMCP has had a strong research orientation since a federally funded agricultural experiment station began on campus in 1887. The university is engaged in several cooperative projects with the National Institute of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

As a result, the university is rich in research facilities. The Physical Science Complex contains one of the world’s top quantum science laboratories. The newly constructed M Square Research Park is a 150 acre facility within the campus. UMCP hosts offices of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and several other agencies that do collaborative research projects with UMCP. Opportunities for students to get involved with significant research are numerous.

Academic Living Communities

The university has several living/learning programs, which students in a particular department or school to live together in the residence halls, work on common academic and research-based projects, and find other creative ways to network intellectually. Some of the more popular living/learning communities on campus are as follows:

University Honors Program meets the needs of high achieving, academic-focused students.

The Gemstone Project combines students from across the entire university into a research program that explores the interdependence of technology and science with society.

Honors Humanities is a second honors program for undergraduates in the humanities and the creative arts.

College Park Scholars programs for bring together students in the same program in the following areas: arts; business, society, and the economy; environment, technology, and economy; global public health; international studies; life sciences; media, self, and society; public leadership; science and global change; science, discover, and the universe; and science, technology, and society.

Hinman CEOs brings together students from several disciplines with an interest in entrepreneurship. The program provides students with resources to help them begin their own businesses.

CIVICUS is a living/learning program organized under the auspices of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It is based on the five principles of civil society.

Global Communities is a living/learning program for international students.

Language House brings students of foreign languages together for immersion in language and culture.

Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Fellow Program brings together students from mathematics, business, science, computer science, and engineering to work collaboratively on projects as they build a community.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Admissions to UMCP are highly competitive. Incoming first-year students in recent years have had average SAT scores in the 1280s and an average grade point average (GPA) of about 3.90.

Financial Aid

In addition to the standard forms of federal and state aid available to its students, UMCP offers a number of unique scholarships to its students. Some of the most prized include the Regents Scholarship and the President’s Scholarship, which pay up to the entire cost of in-state tuition, fee, room, board, and books for all four years.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2927th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Media

The school newspaper is named The Diamondback. It is published weekdays during the school year. It has won several awards for journalistic excellence in recent years. The student radio station is WMUC, broadcasting at 88.1 FM.

Residential Life

There are about thirty residence halls, apartment buildings, and suite buildings. Many students choose to live in living/learning communities or a fraternity or sorority. 10% of female undergraduates belong to a sorority and 13% of the male undergraduates belong to a fraternity. There are three Greek councils that oversee their activities.

Dining

There are three large dining halls, twelve cafes, and a food court with several fast food options. There are also two restaurants on campus—Adele’s Restaurant in the student union and Mulligan’s Grill and Pub on the university’s golf course.

Transportation

There is a recently developed bike sharing program and system of bike lanes throughout the campus, for those who prefer completely “green” transportation. The university runs a free shuttle service around the campus and to the DC metro stop, where students can transfer to trains into DC or to Baltimore. Two other bus services also have stops on the campus. For students who would prefer to drive, Zipcar services UMCP. There are three airports in the Washington D.C. airport, all of which are reasonably convenient to UMCP.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department at UMCP is known as the Terrapins, as the Diamondback terrapin is the school mascot. The Terrapins compete in 27 intercollegiate varsity sports in the NCAA Division I. Their athletic facilities have been recognized as some of the best in the nation.

Basketball is one of the most popular sports at the university, and baseball has been a proud tradition at UMCP since at least 1888, when the school played the first competitive games against the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College. The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are both considered to be excellent, as are the men’s soccer team and the women’s field hockey team. The marching band, Mighty Sound of Maryland, performs at all home football and basketball games.

Alumni

UMCP alumni include Nobel Prize laureates include Raymond Davis Jr., for physics, and Herbert Hauptman, for chemistry. Other award-winning alumni include Fields medalist Charles Fefferman and National Medal of Science winner George Dantzig.

Other well-known alumni of UMCP include Seinfeld producer Larry David, former House Majority Leader Steny Hover, news anchor Connie Chung, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, O magazine editor Gayle King, CNN CEO Jim Walton, and Jim Henson of Muppet fame.

Faculty

There are several Nobel Prize laureates among the faculty at UMCP, including William Daniel Phillips, who worked on laser cooling; John Mather, who discovered blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation, and Thomas Schelling, a game theorist. Other award-winning faculty include Field Medalist Sergei Novikov, Wolf Prize winner Michael Fisher, Japan Prize winner James A. Yorke.

Bibliography

About Us. Residential Life. University of Maryland College Park. Web. 24 Apr. 2011.

Academics. University of Maryland College Park. Web. 24 Apr. 2011.

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Maryland and 108th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maryland and 356th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.01
Robbery 7 0.02
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 67 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 41 0.11
Arrest 224 0.60

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2405

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 513th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,390 $7,390 $26,576
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,772 $1,772 $1,772
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $308 $308 $1,236
FT Graduate Tuition $10,314 $10,314 $22,248
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,446 $1,446 $1,446
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $573 $573 $1,236
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,734 $23,734 $42,920
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,712 $26,712 $45,898
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,116 $14,116 $33,302

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $21,796 $47,458
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,752 $1,752

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,655 $8,908 $8,655 $8,908 $26,026 $27,287
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,076 $1,130
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,877 $10,146
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,024 $3,162
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,877 $12,444
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,824(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,824(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 26,247 (12,878 male / 13,369 female)
Admitted 12,333 (6,187 male / 6,146 female)
Admission rate 47%
First-time Enrollment 4,020 (2,125 male / 1,895 female)
FT Enrollment 4,011 (2,119 male / 1,892 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (6 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment37,272

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic Coast Conference

SAT Test Admission

74th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 690
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 620 / 730
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1200 / 1420

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity12,708
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,153
Board Fee$4,677

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 1,025 942 593 1,364 13 5,657 292 10,138
Accounting 27 27 20 51 1 137 9 276
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 5 3 6 24 96 2 139
African-American/Black Studies 9 2 2 15
Agricultural Economics 11 5 1 3 24 45
Agricultural Engineering 5 2 2 27 38 1 75
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 1 13 14
Agriculture, General 1 1 1 19 1 23
American/United States Studies/Civilization 11 2 2 19 1 37
Analysis and Functional Analysis
Animal Sciences, General 1 4 9 2 52 71
Anthropology 5 5 11 1 32 1 57
Applied Mathematics, General 4 1 1 4 10
Arabic Language and Literature 1 2 9 3 16
Architecture 4 4 6 11 55 82
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 4 1 25 1 33
Art Teacher Education 2 1 1 4
Asian-American Studies
Astronomy 1 4 13 1 20
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 2 3 5
Biochemistry 2 7 2 19 22 2 54
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 1 1 5 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8 76 27 175 1 249 17 568
Biophysics
Business Administration and Management, General 74 47 11 69 1 300 20 526
Business/Commerce, General 256 23 1 14 1 39 8 344
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 1 2
Chemical Engineering 7 5 2 18 31 64
Chemical Physics 1 2 3
Chemistry, General 2 3 2 8 24 40
Chinese Language and Literature 1 3 10 16
Civil Engineering, General 25 14 11 12 98 4 167
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 9 11
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 4 2 5 44 2 61
Computational Mathematics 2 2
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 13 27 43
Computer and Information Sciences, General 36 17 5 48 109 12 238
Conservation Biology 15 1 16
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 5 1 3 9 21
Creative Writing 1 1 1 17 1 21
Criminology 16 50 49 35 1 222 14 394
Curriculum and Instruction 11 20 14 20 122 11 204
Dance, General 1 4 2 13 20
Demography and Population Studies 1 1 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 4 2 1 36 1 50
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 1 1 1 3 1 7
East Asian Studies 2 1 3 4 2 13
Ecology 2 4 7 1 76 94
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Economics, General 30 36 33 64 166 8 347
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 4 1 7 10 22
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 2 8 11
Educational Psychology 2 1 1 5 1 10
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 45 10 5 38 71 8 182
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 6 19 1 83 112
Engineering, General 39 24 8 31 89 7 203
Engineering, Other 8 1 2 4 35 2 55
English Language and Literature, General 37 15 31 165 8 266
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Entomology 1 1
Environmental Science 5 1 7 41 1 56
Family and Community Services 3 27 22 22 81 4 166
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Finance, General 22 14 12 60 178 8 296
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 10 13 19 47 4 97
Food Science 10 5 4 13 34 69
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 3 1 3 9 17
Gay/Lesbian Studies 1 6 8
Geography 7 5 9 34 1 58
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 8 11
German Language and Literature 1 9 10
Health Services Administration 2 2 1 1 6
Health Teacher Education 2 47 6 33 54 4 151
History, General 1 9 15 10 165 7 211
Human Computer Interaction 4 2 6
Information Science/Studies 24 15 4 28 26 6 106
International Business/Trade/Commerce 5 8 11 12 24 2 63
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 7
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature 4 1 7 5 1 20
Jewish/Judaic Studies 1 10 1 12
Journalism 5 15 7 15 118 6 168
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 1 4 3 16 26
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 28 21 26 1 172 3 259
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 1 5 11 1 20
Landscape Architecture 4 3 4 13 1 25
Latin American Studies 6 8 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1
Library Science, Other
Library and Information Science 9 7 4 2 113 6 145
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
Linguistics 3 2 2 11 3 22
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 5 3 3 11 47 70
Management Science 2 2 2 10 18 1 35
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 13 8 19 135 2 191
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 2 1 5 8
Materials Engineering 2 3 1 17 1 27
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 5 6 4 25 79 5 129
Mechanical Engineering 21 14 14 44 189 4 295
Microbiology, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 38 20 8 7 79 7 161
Museology/Museum Studies 2 2
Music Performance, General 1 1 1 23 29
Music Teacher Education 1 6 7
Music, General 2 3 3 38 1 48
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 1
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Neuroscience
Nuclear Engineering
Philosophy 1 5 4 29 1 41
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1
Physical Sciences 3 5 1 11 2 22
Physics, General 3 4 10 1 48 2 70
Political Science and Government, General 2 33 22 29 230 14 339
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies 2 2
Psychology, General 10 31 21 47 224 6 347
Psychology, Other
Public Health, General 3 4 1 5 11 1 25
Public Health, Other 1 12 3 4 3 2 25
Public Policy Analysis, General 47 11 15 9 1 123 13 222
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 2 6 10
Russian Language and Literature 3 11 1 16
Russian Studies 1 3 5
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Science, Technology and Society 1 1 1 7 11
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2 18 23
Social Sciences, General 1 2 10 13
Social Studies Teacher Education
Sociology 4 25 9 8 66 1 120
Spanish Language and Literature 4 13 5 21 1 46
Special Education and Teaching, General 11 4 5 58 2 82
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 31 20 28 199 6 296
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 3 1 12 1 19
Statistics, General 3 2 1 12 1 19
Systems Engineering 2 1 1 2 6
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 3 2 5
Telecommunications Engineering 127 1 4 1 1 134
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism 1 1
Toxicology
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 23 3 29
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 3 4
Women's Studies 3 5 2 1 15 1 29

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 87th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $114,602 ($125,654 male / $86,808 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,694 (1,084 male / 610 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,409
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $87,720,738
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