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College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, and perform accuracy checks for every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college oruniversity receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction in each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427401755
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

During my sophomore year at Maryland, I decided that I wanted to be a motivational speaker and author. Fast-forward and here I am, authoring my first book, which coincidentally is about the University I attended. Given that I am now an official author, no longer promoting myself as just a former UMCP Diamondback columnist, I can relish in sharing with others one of the most important decisions of my young life—joining and contributing to the UMCP community.I would like to thank a few people for investing in my character, in my ambition, and in my passion for life: to Dr. Glenn Schiraldi for introducing me to his wonderful world and perception of stress management, personal growth, and self-knowledge, to Professor Bill Nickels for teaching me the power of relationships, marketing, and self-promotion, and to my Mom and Dad for being both challenging and supportive, and for finally giving into the fact that I have and hopefully always will live my life by making passion-based decisions. This book was written based on such passion, and I have them to thank for motivating me to write it.Thanks also to my "big" brother, Seth, and sister, Samara, for being honest with me and interested in my life's adventures, to my best friends, Ben and Vito for being such great friends, to Ben and Vito's families, the Zapps's and the Mazzas's, respectively, for including me in their families and for giving me some great advice through the years, and finally to Michael, for being a friend, a mentor, and most importantly a second father to me.Jared MeyerJared Meyer is a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur who helps clients achieve in designing and implementingeffective educational and promotional programs. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earned a BS in business administration while majoring in finance and extensively studying stress management and human development. During his last three years at Maryland, Jared was a fifth-floor RA in Ellicott Hall. His senior year, he wrote two bi-weekly self-management columns, "Facing Reality" and "Meyer for Hire" for The Diamondback, UMCP's daily, independent student newspaper. He may be reached at and welcomes your inspirational stories.
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 12
Safety & Security 19
Computers 25
Facilities 30
Campus Dining 35
Off-Campus Dining 43
Campus Housing 51
Off-Campus Housing 64
Diversity 68
Guys & Girls 73
Athletics 79
Nightlife 86
Greek Life 92
Drug Scene 97
Campus Strictness 101
Parking 105
Transportation 110
Weather 117
Report Card Summary 121
Overall Experience 122
The Inside Scoop 126
Finding a Job or Internship 131
Alumni 133
Student Organizations 137
The Best & Worst 147
Visiting 149
Words to Know 155
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