College Park's schools of education, business, engineering and computer, mathematical and physical sciences are all highly ranked, and its championship Terrapins basketball and football teams have greatly enhanced the school's national reputation. Throw in a stellar, 17-acre performing arts complex, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, which hosts the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz combo the Yellowjackets in six different theaters; a reputable student newspaper, The Diamondback, (where TV journalist Connie Chung got her start); more than 300 student clubs and organizations, and proximity to Washington, D.C., and what more could a student want? Georgian architecture? It has that, too!
- University of Maryland, College Park
Fast Facts: University of Maryland, College Park at a glance
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Mitchell Building, College Park, Md., 20742
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- Enrollment Fall 2004:
25,140 undergraduates, 9,793 graduates
- Minority report:
32 percent of undergraduate students
36 residence halls ranging from fewer than 100 occupants to more than 600. All residence halls are co-ed, except one. Men and women are separated by floor or by section.
Some 20,000 applications are received each year for 4,000 places in the freshman class.
The Theodore R. McKeldin Library is the main library, with 1.6 million volumes. There are specialty libraries for many other schools.
- Costs for full-time undergraduates:
Maryland residents $7,410; non-residents $18,710; room and board $7,791
- University of Maryland -- College Park
Dating to the 1850s, the university comprises 1,500 acres. The first class had 34 students, including four sons of Charles Calvert, a former governor of Maryland and the third Lord Baltimore. Past presidents include a son of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
But the university's early leaders could never have envisioned campus life today. There are more dining options than you'll find at the average mall. And when it comes to recreation, choose from activities such as martial arts, squash, saunas, weight training, badminton, volleyball and Ping-Pong, housed in four different facilities around campus.
Distinguished faculty members include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winners, as well as such luminaries as Ronald Walters, professor of political science, and David Driskell, professor emeritus of art. And opportunities abound for community service, independent study, foreign study, research and internships.
With all this, it's no surprise that lots of young people want to enroll. Admission to College Park has become much more competitive in recent years. The Admissions Office says it receives approximately 20,000 applications for 4,000 spots in each freshman class.
Those fortunate enough to attend College Park must complete a CORE liberal arts and science studies curriculum in addition to fulfilling the requirements of their major. CORE constitutes about one-third of an undergraduate's courses and consists of courses designed to achieve the following: Basic competence in writing and mathematics; exposure to a variety of disciplines including the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, mathematics and history; advanced study in a desired field outside the major and an appreciation for cultural diversity.
At any college, big or small, it's up to the student to carve out an experience that's enriching, challenging and rewarding. At a huge university like College Park, the menu of choices might seem overwhelming to some. But for those who enjoy the stimulating atmosphere and can find their niche, it can be a smorgasbord where no one is left wanting.