This article is part of The Diamondback’s 2020 Orientation Guide. Click here for the rest.
As the state’s flagship university, UMD has a lot of history — and a lot of fun facts. Brush up on your trivia before the semester starts!
- You can see the Washington Monument from the top of Maryland Stadium.
- UMD has six — count ‘em, six — libraries on campus.
- More than 100 couples get married in the chapel on campus every year.
- There’s a spot on campus that is supposedly cursed — if you step on the Point of Failure, you won’t graduate in four years.
- UMD researchers made a computer that can beat Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
- There are six different Testudo statues around the campus.
- In 2011, Maryland fans were named one of the worst fan bases in the U.S., due to repeated riots after basketball games.
- People leave offerings to the Testudo statue in front of the McKeldin Library. One time, things got out of hand and Testudo caught on fire.
- Some of National Treasure: Book of Secrets was shot on McKeldin Mall, and part of St. Elmo’s Fire was filmed on Fraternity Row.
- Part of the music video for Hootie & the Blowfish’s song “Only Wanna Be With You” was shot at the Reckord Armory.
- UMD has its own golf course.
- UMD also has its own farm! It’s featured a lot of cool stuff over the years, like a living cow with a hole in its side.
- Queen Elizabeth II of England attended her first American football game at UMD.
- McKeldin Mall is considered the longest collegiate mall in the country!
- The Testudo statues on the campus are based on an actual Diamondback Terrapin, whose taxidermied body is in the University Archives.
- The Maryland men’s basketball team won the 2002 National Championship, and the women’s basketball team won the national title in 2006.
- Morrill Hall is the only academic building that survived the 1912 Great Fire.