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The University of Maryland is a public university founded in 1856 and is the largest university in the state with over 40,000 students. Located in suburban College Park just south of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, this school has over 120 departments and 112 different graduate programs with an emphasis on research activity and community-based learning. The University of Maryland is known for its red-brick Georgian campus architecture and the iconic McKeldin Mall reflection pool.
The University of Maryland has a range of reputable academic programs in fields such as public policy, engineering, and business, and Maryland residents receive in-state tuition at a much lower rate than applicants from out-of-state. On-campus, the University of Maryland Office of Sustainability operates The Chesapeake Project, a program that encourages the integration of sustainability education into existing curriculums across disciplines. This project has led University of Maryland students to participate in environmentally-conscious competitions such as the Solar Decathlon and to inform the university’s Climate Action Plan.
Outside of academics, the University of Maryland athletic teams, represented by their campus mascot Testudo the Terrapin, compete in the ACC with an annual football rivalry with the University of Virginia at XFINITY Center. Notable alumni include former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, U.S. Men’s National Team keeper Zack Steffen, and comedian Larry David.
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Those who shouted “Go Terps” during their undergrad and graduate days continued into a wide range of careers. They include academics such as Nobel Laureates Raymond Davis Jr. (Physics – 2002) and Herbert Hauptman (Chemistry – 1985) and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina took the technology route. Actor/writer/producer Larry David, Muppets creator Jim Henson, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney went into the entertainment/educational fields. Super Bowl winning quarterback Boomer Esiason and ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian found their futures in sports. In the government sector, UMD graduated U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Executive Director of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Jeff Trandahl, U.S. Congressman (California) Eric Swalwell retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Norris.
If you’ve seen “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” then you are already somewhat-familiar with the UMD grounds. Yes, the movie was filmed on campus, Nicholas Cage and all. Founded in 1856 and burned to the ground (except for Morrill Hall) in 1912, the campus is noted for the red-brick Georgian buildings surrounding McKlendin Mall, the large central lawn. Stroll among the 7,500 documented trees and garden plantings and you’ll quickly realize why the campus has been designated as the UMD Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Walk near Stamp Student Union on Campus Drive to find Jim Henson (class of 1960) and Kermit the Frog seated on a park bench. The street crosses Regents Drive at M Circle, where the letter is always in bloom with red flowers.
If you have a computer with high-speed Internet access and the skills to navigate it, you can take courses taught by university professors who divide their time between in-class and online instruction. UMD offers an online learning environment that allows you to engage with faculty and fellow students using the latest eLearning technology. The nice thing is you won’t be going it alone. ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) provides access to syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes as well as facilitating discussion groups and live chats. “Keep Learning,” the buzzwords of OES (Office of Extended Studies) allows you to take free non-credit interactive courses taught by UMD faculty in a variety of areas such as entrepreneurship, understanding terrorism, programming mobile apps, and software/hardware security.
UMD is a member of the Big 10, which includes schools such as Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers. Maryland sponsors 20 men’s and women’s varsity teams. No wonder men’s basketball is one of the most popular – the team has made two Final Four appearances and won it all in 2002. Not to be outdone, the Lady Terps took their first NCAA national title four years later. If you attend a game played on Williams Court at XFINITY Center, be sure to dress in the school colors of red, white, black, and gold to match those on the state flag. You’ll be led in a cheer by Testudo, the diamondback terrapin mascot. That’s right, a ferocious turtle. Those who can’t imagine an autumn Saturday without football will be led by the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band, which deliveres pre-game performances, then converts to the UMD Pep Band for basketball season.
Maryland is tied for 57th in the 2016 “US News & World Report” rankings of national universities and 13 areas of study are among the magazine’s top 100, including geoscience (14th), physics (18th), economics and business (22nd) and space science (23rd). The university offers its 90 undergraduate majors, where students can pick one of two areas or create their own individual studies program, and 106 masters and 83 doctoral degree programs across 14 colleges. You can even explore a new interest with a minor or certificate, participate in a pre-professional program, or be among the approximately 1,000 undergraduates invited each year into the highly-selective honors college. When fully built, M Square, the state’s largest research park, will encompass two million square feet in a public-private partnership. Its physical and programmatic location links students, staff, and researchers with federal laboratories and private sector companies to explore environmental and earth sciences, food safety and agricultural police, and language and national security. The university congratulates its own with the UMD Invention of the Year awards. The winners for 2013, for example, developed a better material for the 3D printing of vascular implants, a new technology that makes cloud storage more secure and efficient, and a low-cost, high-energy solid state lithium-ion battery.