Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our beautiful and green 1,250-acre College Park campus is eight miles from Washington, D.C. and 30 miles from Baltimore, MD. (not to mention only 30 miles from the Chesapeake Bay!) This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal and state departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled.
The city of College Park and the surrounding area offer many amenities, eateries, and local attractions. The area provides the opportunity to see some of the world’s best monuments, landmarks, and sporting events, and engage in a wide variety of cultural and athletic activities (GO NATS! GO ORIOLES!). The greater DC/Baltimore metro area (or as we call it around here, the “DMV” for DC, Maryland, and Virginia) is also home to many other top ranked colleges and universities, so you’ll be in good company!
With more than 36,000 graduate and undergraduate students and over 90 undergraduate degree programs, our students are engaged, focused, and BUSY! 43% of our undergraduate students are students of color and 77% are in-state students. 92% of new first-year students and 40% of all undergraduate students live in university-owned housing. Over 800 student organizations are registered with OrgSync.
UMD’s Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment has developed a series of graphic profiles about our students – learn more at the UMD IRPA website.
The Department of Resident Life serves a highly diverse population of approximately 12,500 undergraduate students living in traditional residence halls, apartments, and suites including some public/private partnership properties. Almost half of all residents are enrolled in 18 living-learning programs covering a wide array of academic areas.
The residence halls are arranged in six residential communities located on North Campus (primarily traditional halls with community bathrooms) and South Campus (traditional halls, suites and apartments), including several public-private partnerships halls. Our goal is to create smaller learning communities within larger ones, tailoring our programs and services to the needs of our students.
Resident Life employs a diverse workforce of over 90 full-time and graduate staff members and about 600 undergraduate student staff members. The Department actively seeks candidates who can represent and serve the diversity of persons who live and work in the University of Maryland’s residence halls. Additional information about the Department of Resident Life is available on our website and in our Community Living Handbook.