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It’s college application time for high school students and if you’re like most, there are plenty of choices to be made. What makes a college the college you choose to attend? Do you go for the academics? Or the parties? Here are 10 reasons a high school student should seriously consider going to the University of Maryland come fall 2018.

1. The Academics

UMD is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report as among the top universities in the nation. UMD was ranked 15 among all universities for Computer Science. The Business School and Engineering School are also incredibly competitive.

2. The Nightlife

When the sun goes down, the party doesn’t stop! UMD has an excellent night scene with many shops out on Route One. We were ranked near the top when it came to best party schools. So we do know how to throw one heck of a party!

3. Friendly Community

College is a great time to make lifelong friends, but what if you’re afraid of meeting new people? Not to worry! UMD has one of the friendliest communities around! Need help finding a class? Need help making friends? Just ask around! More than likely, people will be happy to give you directions or be your friend. All you have to do is ask.

4. Work Opportunities

UMD is located really close to the Washington DC area. And that’s great news if you’re looking for a well paying job! You can work for the government as an intern if you’re a political science major for as an intern for the NSA i you’re a Computer Scientist. I hear Lockheed Martin is looking for people as well in the area so you can apply if you’re a Computer Scientist or Engineer.

5. The girls

A great reason to come here if you’re a guy looking for love is the female population on campus. I’m not saying this is the number one reason, but it’s certainly a perk of coming to UMD. The girls here on campus are among the most attractive on any college campus. And not only are they attractive, they’re also smart (See #1 reason). So if you’re a guy and into attractive intelligent females, consider coming to UMD

6. The Diversity Reason

UMD is a very diverse campus. Don’t be fooled by the 50% white population. There are a lot of white people of different nationalities on campus. There are also a ton of Asians on campus. So if you’re looking for an SO, then come here! If you want to meet different people, come here!

7. Friendly Professors

Most of the professors here are very friendly people. They care about your well-being and honestly want you to succeed in life. For instance, my Statistics teacher cares so much about you passing the midterms that she lets you bring in a heat sheet for exams and work together on quizzes.

8. Clubs Galore

Do you care about the environment? What about world affairs? The elderly? Want to protest against police brutality? All those clubs exist! UMD has hundreds of clubs so you’re bound to find at least one you enjoy!

9. Tolerance factor

UMD is an incredibly tolerant community. Are you lesbian, gay, transgender? No need to fear because we won’t judge. Here at UMD, we have safe spaces for people who feel victimized to speak out about their experiences. There is no such this as a liberal snowflake here!

10. Last reason is…you

That’s right, you make UMD special. We recognize that every individual has something to contribute. No matter your race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, you belong here because you are you. You make UMD unique.

 


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Benjamin Mao

Computer Science student at the University of Maryland. Bibliophile and enjoys trying new things and hanging out with friends.


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