The University of Maryland’s College Park campus is a party school. But what does this mean?
The Princeton Review, which runs an annual survey ranking colleges based on their students’ responses to its questions about campus life, has for years listed the University of Maryland as one of the top party schools in the country.
In recent years, however, other publications have begun questioning whether this label is deserved. The editors at Fiske Guide to Colleges wrote in 2011 that “the university’s reputation as a party school isn’t totally fair.” Similarly, U.S. News & World Report wrote in 2012 that “the University of Maryland isn’t really known for its partying.”
This suggests that there might be some truth to both sides: UMCP can be considered a good place for students who want to have fun and go crazy on weekends (or at least pretend they do), but it’s also a place where plenty of people focus on academics instead of parties and have fun in other ways instead of getting drunk or high at midnight every night.
As far as I know, no one has done an empirical study of UMCP’s party culture — but there are plenty of anecdotal accounts online by current students (and alumni) who say they’ve had fun.
Last modified: August 16, 2022