Life on Campus
The Terp experience is much more than classes and homework. It encompasses residence hall life, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and even off-campus destinations. All students here have the opportunity to create a unique identity and to grow as individuals even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community.
Nine of every 10 freshmen at Maryland choose to live on campus. That’s 9,450 Terps living in 37 residence halls, whether in traditional rooms, suites, semi-suites or apartment-style accommodations. The Department of Resident Life can connect new students with potential on-campus roommates and help them pick the right housing option for them. For more information, visit reslife.umd.edu.
Maryland’s highly respected living-learning programs bring together students with a common interest—the environment, law, entrepreneurship, the digital humanities and many others—to share residence halls, classrooms and faculty. These students bond with each other and their instructors as they participate in special out-of-the-classroom opportunities designed to enhance their education. More than half of all first-year students participate in one of the 29 living-learning communities, including the Honors College, CIVICUS and College Park Scholars. Learn more at reslife.umd.edu/llp.
Our students take part in more than 800 organizations, focused on sports, the arts, academics, service to the community, religion and much more. All it takes is eight people on campus with a common interest to start a new club.
Fraternity and sorority life is active at Maryland, with 17 percent of undergraduates participating in UMD’s 59 Greek-letter organizations. These include 28 social fraternities, 16 social sororities and 15 culturally based fraternities and sororities.
Wherever students live, the Department of Transportation Services offers a variety of options for reaching any destination.
Buses: Shuttle-UM provides free bus service on and around campus, and D.C. Metrobuses frequently stop at UMD, too.
Bikes: bikeUMD offers bike rentals, free maintenance and discounted safety gear. (All bicycles on campus must be registered.) mBike is a bike-share system launched by UMD and the city of College Park, with bikes at 19 stations on and around campus. More information is available zagster.com/mbike.
Vehicles: Students can register online for an on-campus parking space, which are in limited supply. Beginning in Fall 2017, parking is unavailable for freshman resident students. Carpooling is encouraged through the TerpRider program, which has discounted parking. Zipcar allows students who need a car only occasionally to rent one on campus.
Recreation and Wellness
University Recreation & Wellness, known as RecWell, offers a huge variety of options for having fun and being active at its sites:
Eppley Recreation Center: The biggest fitness hub on campus, Eppley includes an Olympic-size indoor pool; outdoor pool; 55-foot climbing wall; challenge course; basketball, racquetball and squash courts; martial arts rooms; fitness and weight rooms; and sauna and steam room.
Reckord Armory: This indoor facility houses basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, and is home to the intramural sports program, which has more than 7,000 participants each year.
Ritchie Coliseum: The former arena for men’s basketball features a gym, fitness room, weight room and multi-purpose room.
Outdoor spaces: Try them all: La Plata Beach (turf fields, half basketball courts and sand volleyball courts), Engineering Fields (rugby, cricket, flag football, softball and Ultimate Frisbee), Turf Fields (flag football and hockey/soccer fields) and tennis courts.
University Golf Course: The home for the Maryland men’s and women’s gold teams is an 18-hole, Audobon-certified public course.
Students and sponsored guests are welcome at any of 100 drop-in fitness classes offered weekly, such as yoga, cycling, Zumba and hip hop shake. There are also more than 45 sports clubs, including boxing, figure skating, paintball and sailing.
For Terps who like to be active outdoors, the RecWell Adventure Program offers backpacking, caving, kayaking and other trips as well as outdoor gear rental and a campus bike shop for bike rentals and free maintenance. For more information, visit recwell.umd.edu.