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University of Maryland, College Park: Narrative Description


College Park, MD 20742
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1856. Setting: 3,688-acre suburban campus with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, DC. Endowment: $293.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $372 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9964 per student. Total enrollment: 35,262. Faculty: 2,097 (1,575 full-time, 522 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 25,028 applied, 43% were admitted. 56% from top 10% of their high school class, 89% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 112 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 22,979 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 2,400 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 159 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 12% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 140 members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations. Required for some: resume of activities, auditions. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/20, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 2/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $6200 full-time, $258 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $17,500 full-time, $729 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1210 full-time, $276 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7931. College room only: $4796. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 515 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 9% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Black Student Union, Asian-American Student Union/Jewish Student Union, Commuter Students Association. Major annual events: First Look Fair, All-Niter, Art Attack. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus police, video camera surveillance. 10,771 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. McKeldin Library plus 6 others with 3 million books, 541,175 microform titles, 34,091 serials, 244,911 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $21.3 million. 773 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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