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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Information SummaryRanks 3rd in Marylandand 108thoverall
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|Overall Score On StateUniversity.com (about)||95.0|
|Total CostOn-Campus Attendance||,734|
|SAT75 %ile scores||1420|
|Student RatioRatio of students to faculty||19 : 1|
|Retention(Full-Time / Part-Time)||95% / 80%|
|EnrollmentTotal (all students)||37,272|
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Campus Crime StatisticsRanks 0th in Marylandand 356thoverall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
|Incidents||per 100 Students|
|Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter||N/A||N/A|
Carnegie Foundation ClassificationResearch Universities (very high research activity)
|Undergraduate||Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence|
|Graduate||Comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary|
|Undergraduate Population||Full-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in|
|Size & Setting||Large four-year, primarily residential|
|Title IV Eligibility||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
|Highest offering||Doctoral degree|
|Years of college work required||N/A|
Special Learning Opportunities
|ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force||— / /|
Student Tuition Costs and Fees
Ranks 513thfor total cost of attendance
|In District||In State||Out of State|
|FT looks on Campus: Luz - UMCP Undergraduate Tuition||,390||,390||,576|
|FT Undergraduate Required Fees||,772||,772||,772|
|PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour||8||8||,236|
|FT Graduate Tuition||,314||,314||,248|
|FT Graduate Required Fees||,446||,446||,446|
|PT Graduate per Credit Hour||3||3||,236|
|Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus||,734||,734||,920|
|Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family||,712||,712||,898|
|Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family||,116||,116||,302|
Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields
|In State||Out of State|
|Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition||,796||,458|
|Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees||,752||,752|
Student Tuition Cost History and TrendsPrior year cost comparison
|In District||In State||Out of State|
|Published Tuition & Fees||,655↓ ,908||,655↓ ,908||,026↓ ,287|
|Cost (regardless of residency)|
|Books & Supplies||,076↓ ,130|
|On-Campus – Room & Board||,877↓ ,146|
|On-Campus – Other Expenses||,024↓ ,162|
|Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board||,877↓ ,444|
|Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses||,824(N/C)|
|Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board||,824(N/C)|
|Application Fee Required||N/A|
|Undergraduate Application Fee|
|Graduate Application Fee|
|First Professional Application Fee||N/A|
|Applicants||26,247 (12,878 male / 13,369 female)|
|Admitted||12,333 (6,187 male / 6,146 female)|
|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)|
Admission Criteria= Required, = Recommended, = Neither required nor recommended
|Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record||/ /|
|College Prep. Completion|
|Formal competency demo||N/A|
|Admission test scores|
Admission Credits Accepted
|Advanced Placement (AP)|
Athletics - Association Memberships
SAT Test Admission74thfor 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|
|Academic / Career Counseling|
|PT Cost-defraying Employment|
|On-Campus Day Care|
|First-time Room / Board Required|
|Meals per Week||N/A|
Student Completion / Graduation Demographics
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering||5||3||6||24||96||2||139|
|Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other||1||13||14|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization||11||2||2||19||1||37|
|Analysis and Functional Analysis|
|Animal Sciences, General||1||4||9||2||52||71|
|Applied Mathematics, General||4||1||1||4||10|
|Arabic Language and Literature||1||2||9||3||16|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation||1||4||1||25||1||33|
|Art Teacher Education||2||1||1||4|
|Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General||2||3||5|
|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|
|Business Administration and Management, General||74||47||11||69||1||300||20||526|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology||1||1||2|
|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|
|Computer Engineering, General||1||2||13||27||43|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||36||17||5||48||109||12||238|
|Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services||3||5||1||3||9||21|
|Curriculum and Instruction||11||20||14||20||122||11||204|
|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, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other|
|Educational Administration and Supervision, Other|
|Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement||4||1||7||10||22|
|Educational Leadership and Administration, General||1||2||8||11|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||45||10||5||38||71||8||182|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||2||6||19||1||83||112|
|English Language and Literature, General||37||15||31||165||8||266|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education|
|Family and Community Services||3||27||22||22||81||4||166|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General||1||10||13||19||47||4||97|
|Foreign Language Teacher Education|
|French Language and Literature||1||3||1||3||9||17|
|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|
|Human Computer Interaction||4||2||6|
|Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics||7||7|
|Italian Language and Literature|
|Japanese Language and Literature||4||1||7||5||1||20|
|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|
|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|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management||5||3||3||11||47||70|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||9||13||8||19||135||2||191|
|Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling||2||1||5||8|
|Mathematics Teacher Education|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other||38||20||8||7||79||7||161|
|Music Performance, General||1||1||1||23||29|
|Music Teacher Education||1||6||7|
|Musicology and Ethnomusicology||1||1|
|Natural Resources/Conservation, General|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||1||1|
|Political Science and Government, General||2||33||22||29||230||14||339|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology||3||2||5|
|Theatre Literature, History and Criticism||1||1|
|Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General||1||3||4|
Faculty Compensation / SalariesRanks 87thfor the average full-time faculty salary.
|Average FT Salary||4,602 (5,654 male /,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|
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