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    mtm105 is offline Registered User
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    Univ of MD UC - where is the hype??

    UMUC claims to be THE largest public Univeristy in the country.

    If that is the case, then why isn't there any hype to be found anywhere from anybody??

    It seems like there isn't a student body. If there is, then where is everybody?

    From what I understand most is distance learning. But I've never met anyone who has gone there.

    I am a student at UMUC. I graduated from a DIV 1 college. On-line suits my needs. I did 39 GRAD credits at another State school, only to not turn in my thesis. After so many years the credits expire and NO ONE (except Excelsier, but only after defending each class by class) will recognize them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtm105 View Post
    ............... But I've never met anyone who has gone there...............
    I believe are at least two students or graduates of UMUC that post on degreeinfo (plus you) - so hang around to see their posts.

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    My wife did her bachelor's (more like the final two years) in a mixture of online classes and more traditional studies through UMUC-Europe. Throughout Europe, they have numerous training sites on or near U.S. military installations.

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    I'm a grad student at UMUC. I took a few undergrad classes with UMUC while in the military stationed in Japan, but I also earned my undergrad from a Div 1 school (SIUC). I think they're the "largest public university" simply because you see them on nearly every US military base world-wide (military gets in-state tuition as well). This is probably why they don't need to advertise much, at least not to the general public. The student body is huge, but scattered around the world.
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    I forgot to mention; a lot of UMUC's classes delivered on bases is face to face. They offer most of the general education requirements in person taught within the education facilities on the bases. Usually it is the upper classes toward the major that are only offered online (for undergrad degrees, that is). Graduate education seems to be nearly all online, with the only face to face classes that I know of are here in Maryland.
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    They are a freaking big school....but not the largest by far. I've got a lot of issues with the school becasue of claims like that. They are always make some wild claims....check out this email I got from them a year or so ago.




    Did you know that UMUC has the highest level of accreditation possible?

    Dear Cody:

    Many top employers know the difference between regional, national, and specialized accreditation. Maybe it’s time you did, too.

    Regional accreditation is a measure of academic quality. Institutions with regional accreditation must meet academic standards that are more rigorous than those required for national or specialized accreditation. There are six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. UMUC is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Earn a highly respected degree from a regionally accredited global university. Take the next step. Apply to UMUC online now, or contact a UMUC representative at 888-473-7094. They will gladly answer any questions and guide you through the entire process.
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    Ouch! I wonder if UMUC feels threatened by the NA schools that are mostly cheaper. I wonder if they would pull the same argument over IACBE versus AACSB versus RA since they mention specialized accreditation...
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    According to Wikipedia, the largest single-campus university in the USA is ... Arizona State University with 58,371 students.

    When counted by total enrollment (ie all campuses of a university added together) University of Phoenix comes out on top by far with 532,672 students!

    Of course these don't come close to the largest universities in the world, the largest being Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan with 1,806,214 students! O_o
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    Wow, that's a lot of students! I found this UMUC link which claims 190,000 online enrollments in FY2009. If that's true, then their claim of largest public university seems true when up against the Wikipedia data; well, highest number of enrollments that is for a public university.
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    UMUC's most famous graduate is probably Ray Lewis who completed after opting out Senior season at Miami.

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    I did a combo of face to face and DL before finally finishing last fall. UMUC is a huge school, but I think it is because of the satellite locations and DL. At least it is better than UoP (at least I hope so).

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    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28 View Post
    They are a freaking big school....but not the largest by far. I've got a lot of issues with the school becasue of claims like that. They are always make some wild claims....check out this email I got from them a year or so ago.
    They don't claim to be the largest school. They claim to be the largest public school, which is likely true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28 View Post
    They are a freaking big school....but not the largest by far. I've got a lot of issues with the school becasue of claims like that. They are always make some wild claims....check out this email I got from them a year or so ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by AUTiger00 View Post
    They don't claim to be the largest school. They claim to be the largest public school, which is likely true.
    Back in the mid-80's they claimed that they were the largest university in the free world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom H. View Post
    Back in the mid-80's they claimed that they were the largest university in the free world.
    That's believable, but thirty years is a long time.

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    I should have provided a better explanation. I was trying to point out that UMUC has made that claim for quite a while and point out the Cold War-era reference with "the free world." UMUC was a big provider of educational services to the military even back then.

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