Moving to maryland or d.c. in a year. Please help and give me your advice!!!

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    Like my title says I will be moving to maryland or d.c. in june 2013. So a little more than a year left. I'm looking at schools in both states. I will be moving with my family. We definitely won't be living in baltimore since my mom has been there many times for work and knows the area pretty well. Can anyone that has lived or currently resides in those areas give me advice.

    Right now I'm majoring in biology on a pre-med track. I'm looking at possibly changing my major to Health Sciences. I will be living on campus in the dorms. I know that John Hopkins University is in Maryland but I don't think I could get into there for undergrad. Definitely keeping it on my list for med schools. I've visited the websites for U of Maryland, GW, Georgetown, and JHU and requested info from all schools.



    What is the LGBT attitude/ acceptance level?

    What schools are LGBT friendly?

    Which colleges/universities would you recommend?

    Any thing else that you can think of will be greatly appreciated. I have an idea of what schools i will apply to transfer too
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    Apr 25, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    LakeErieMonsters saidLike my title says I will be moving to maryland or d.c. in june 2013. So a little more than a year left. I'm looking at schools in both states. Can anyone that has lived or currently resides in those areas give me advice.

    What is the LGBT attitude/ acceptance level?

    What schools are LGBT friendly?

    Which colleges/universities would you recommend?

    Any thing else that you can think of will be greatly appreciated. I have an idea of what schools i will apply to transfer too


    Gay marriage is legal in Maryland, obvi a very progressive state. The University of Maryland (U of M) is a great school. Again, obvi very "LGBT" friendly and accepting. DC is knows for a gay friendly atmosphere as well, etc.

    you'll prob like. It has a cool enegery about it and affluent vibe in general, I think.... However, Baltimore, is hood as fuck
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    Apr 25, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Maryland did just pass gay marriage, however it still will likely go to referendum and may be struck down, so don't count on that option right now.

    University of Maryland is the best public university in the area. DC of course has Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, etc.
    All are pretty LGBT friendly. If I had the money I'd probably transfer to Georgetown or GWU, just for reputation. However, GWU is one of, if not the most expensive schools in the country. University of Maryland is a good choice if you get in state tuition.

    DC has a large gay population, especially in the nicer areas (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Georgetown, etc.)

    I haven't seen a whole lot of gay people in Maryland to be honest. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but aside from the small gay population in Baltimore, most seem to migrate towards DC.

    And yes, while Maryland is a blue state, it has a large black democratic population that's largely anti-gay, as well as some of the more rural counties being more conservative.

    The down side to this area, is it's ridiculously expensive. Something like half of the top 20 most expensive zip codes in the country are all in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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    Grew up in Maryland in a place halfway between DC and Baltimore. As far as LGBT things wise it is pretty accepting. Attitude is in some parts still very just need to know basis, dont ask, dont tell kinda vibe, but for those out it's not bad. As with all places, there's acceptance and then there's not.

    Both areas are very diverse and you will come across a wide array of people, from all different creeds and walks of life. That is one of the pluses of the area. State schools are usually LGBT friendly, you'de have College Park or UMBC, as well as Towson, and DC schools are just a melting pot of people, so you should find a niche there.

    I'de recommend the bigger schools. More people, more to do and see. Maryland/DC are east coast regionally but still can get that small town vibe to them. Personal preference says go big, but thats up to you. College Park has a good reputation as a school, and there actually a lot of really well known/respected schools in the region. It's hard to go wrong.

    Gay scene= not the biggest nor the greatest, but DC has some venues to explore.
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    Apr 25, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    Kane9126 saidGrew up in Maryland in a place halfway between DC and Baltimore. As far as LGBT things wise it is pretty accepting. Attitude is in some parts still very just need to know basis, dont ask, dont tell kinda vibe, but for those out it's not bad. As with all places, there's acceptance and then there's not.

    Both areas are very diverse and you will come across a wide array of people, from all different creeds and walks of life. That is one of the pluses of the area. State schools are usually LGBT friendly, you'de have College Park or UMBC, as well as Towson, and DC schools are just a melting pot of people, so you should find a niche there.

    I'de recommend the bigger schools. More people, more to do and see. Maryland/DC are east coast regionally but still can get that small town vibe to them. Personal preference says go big, but thats up to you. College Park has a good reputation as a school, and there actually a lot of really well known/respected schools in the region. It's hard to go wrong.

    Gay scene= not the biggest nor the greatest, but DC has some venues to explore.


    Great first post!!!!!
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    Apr 25, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    Fiyero27 saidMaryland did just pass gay marriage, however it still will likely go to referendum and may be struck down, so don't count on that option right now.

    University of Maryland is the best public university in the area. DC of course has Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, etc.
    All are pretty LGBT friendly. If I had the money I'd probably transfer to Georgetown or GWU, just for reputation. However, GWU is one of, if not the most expensive schools in the country. University of Maryland is a good choice if you get in state tuition.

    DC has a large gay population, especially in the nicer areas (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Georgetown, etc.)

    I haven't seen a whole lot of gay people in Maryland to be honest. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but aside from the small gay population in Baltimore, most seem to migrate towards DC.

    And yes, while Maryland is a blue state, it has a large black democratic population that's largely anti-gay, as well as some of the more rural counties being more conservative.

    The down side to this area, is it's ridiculously expensive. Something like half of the top 20 most expensive zip codes in the country are all in Maryland and Northern Virginia.


    Everything you said is spot on!!!!
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    I lived in Baltimore for 4 years and loved it and really do miss the Bmore/DC area since I moved to Texas last year.

    Import and Fiyero27 provided some good information. Towson University is a very good school located just north of Baltimore and they have a good size LGBT community on campus.

    Maryland and DC both allow same-sex marriage. You could also look into Equality Maryland for more information

    Mt. Vernon is Baltimore's gayborhood, yet it's very small compared to DC's Dupont Circle and Thomas Circle (where all the gays are now flocking to).

    Both cities are great and a lot of fun. I'd definitely move back to DC!

    Good luck!!
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    I don't know what else to add that hasn't already been said.

    I went to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) myself, and I would recommend it. As much as you would like your school to be LGBT friendly, don't forget that whatever your intended major is should be the primary reason you pick a school. Having said that, UMCP does have an LGBT Equity Center, http://lgbt.umd.edu/, and it is a good school all around.

    If you are going to live in Maryland, I would suggest somewhere in Montgomery County. UMCP is in Prince George's County, but it's close enough to Montgomery County.
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    DC is a ton of fun. I plan on moving back there in a few years. I agree with what the earlier posters said about UMD and the area in general.
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    LakeErieMonsters saidMoving to maryland or d.c. in a year. Please help and give me your advice!!!
    Pay me and I'll help.

    Advice is free, though.

    My advice:

    Stop worrying about it. I recently moved across the damn country on a 3 day notice with my job, after living at my previous location for a little over five years.

    In fact, don't worry about it till after the move is finished. I never stressed once about this move till I got here and saw how totally fucked up the climate is.
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    LakeErieMonsters saidLike my title says I will be moving to maryland or d.c. in june 2013. So a little more than a year left. I'm looking at schools in both states. Can anyone that has lived or currently resides in those areas give me advice.

    What is the LGBT attitude/ acceptance level?

    What schools are LGBT friendly?

    Which colleges/universities would you recommend?

    Any thing else that you can think of will be greatly appreciated. I have an idea of what schools i will apply to transfer too


    Gay marriage is legal in Maryland, obvi a very progressive state. The University of Maryland (U of M) is a great school. Again, obvi very "LGBT" friendly and accepting. DC is knows for a gay friendly atmosphere as well, etc.

    you'll prob like. It has a cool enegery about it and affluent vibe in general, I think.... However, Baltimore, is hood as fuck


    Thanks Import for your info. I have heard that Baltimore is really hood. haha
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    LakeErieMonsters saidMoving to maryland or d.c. in a year. Please help and give me your advice!!!
    Pay me and I'll help.

    Advice is free, though.

    My advice:

    Stop worrying about it. I recently moved across the damn country on a 3 day notice with my job, after living at my previous location for a little over five years.

    In fact, don't worry about it till after the move is finished. I never stressed once about this move till I got here and saw how totally fucked up the climate is.


    Thanks. I do have to worry about transferring schools and getting my transcripts and stuff mailed to the school on time. That is really the only thing I am worried about to be honest with you
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    creature saidI don't know what else to add that hasn't already been said.

    I went to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) myself, and I would recommend it. As much as you would like your school to be LGBT friendly, don't forget that whatever your intended major is should be the primary reason you pick a school. Having said that, UMCP does have an LGBT Equity Center, http://lgbt.umd.edu/, and it is a good school all around.

    If you are going to live in Maryland, I would suggest somewhere in Montgomery County. UMCP is in Prince George's County, but it's close enough to Montgomery County.


    Thanks for the link. I have been on the site quite often over the past few weeks.
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    AthleticNLean saidI lived in Baltimore for 4 years and loved it and really do miss the Bmore/DC area since I moved to Texas last year.

    Import and Fiyero27 provided some good information. Towson University is a very good school located just north of Baltimore and they have a good size LGBT community on campus.

    Maryland and DC both allow same-sex marriage. You could also look into Equality Maryland for more information

    Mt. Vernon is Baltimore's gayborhood, yet it's very small compared to DC's Dupont Circle and Thomas Circle (where all the gays are now flocking to).

    Both cities are great and a lot of fun. I'd definitely move back to DC!

    Good luck!!


    Thanks for the well wishes. I am also looking into playing Rugby and joining the rowing team also. I cannot live without doing some type of sport to stay in shape.

    Did you play on any sports teams when you were there?
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    Kane9126 saidGrew up in Maryland in a place halfway between DC and Baltimore. As far as LGBT things wise it is pretty accepting. Attitude is in some parts still very just need to know basis, dont ask, dont tell kinda vibe, but for those out it's not bad. As with all places, there's acceptance and then there's not.

    Both areas are very diverse and you will come across a wide array of people, from all different creeds and walks of life. That is one of the pluses of the area. State schools are usually LGBT friendly, you'de have College Park or UMBC, as well as Towson, and DC schools are just a melting pot of people, so you should find a niche there.

    I'de recommend the bigger schools. More people, more to do and see. Maryland/DC are east coast regionally but still can get that small town vibe to them. Personal preference says go big, but thats up to you. College Park has a good reputation as a school, and there actually a lot of really well known/respected schools in the region. It's hard to go wrong.

    Gay scene= not the biggest nor the greatest, but DC has some venues to explore.


    Thanks man I really appreciate your input and info. i would prefer to also go to a big school. I'm leaning more towards the bigger schools. I'm glad to hear that both areas are diverse. I love meeting people from different walks of life.
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Fiyero27 saidMaryland did just pass gay marriage, however it still will likely go to referendum and may be struck down, so don't count on that option right now.

    University of Maryland is the best public university in the area. DC of course has Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, etc.
    All are pretty LGBT friendly. If I had the money I'd probably transfer to Georgetown or GWU, just for reputation. However, GWU is one of, if not the most expensive schools in the country. University of Maryland is a good choice if you get in state tuition.

    DC has a large gay population, especially in the nicer areas (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Georgetown, etc.)

    I haven't seen a whole lot of gay people in Maryland to be honest. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but aside from the small gay population in Baltimore, most seem to migrate towards DC.

    And yes, while Maryland is a blue state, it has a large black democratic population that's largely anti-gay, as well as some of the more rural counties being more conservative.

    The down side to this area, is it's ridiculously expensive. Something like half of the top 20 most expensive zip codes in the country are all in Maryland and Northern Virginia.



    Thanks. I have heard that it is quite expensive to live in the area. I know that Baltimore alone is 64% black. wow!
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Born and raised in Maryland and have lived in various areas. I went Towson University (close to Baltimore) which is a good school (second largest in the state). Of course College Park is the flagship state school, but also take a look at UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County). They have developed a great national reputation as one of the best up and coming universities.

    As far as areas, don't count out the Baltimore area. There are lots of schools in a pretty small radius (Towson, UMBC, Hopkins, Loyola, Goucher, and a few more). You also have downtown Baltimore which is great. Are there dangerous parts of the city? Yes. But none of the universities are in what I would call dangerous areas.

    So I would say look at College Park, the Baltimore area, or DC. They're all pretty good.
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
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    Fiyero27 saidMaryland did just pass gay marriage, however it still will likely go to referendum and may be struck down, so don't count on that option right now.

    University of Maryland is the best public university in the area. DC of course has Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, etc.
    All are pretty LGBT friendly. If I had the money I'd probably transfer to Georgetown or GWU, just for reputation. However, GWU is one of, if not the most expensive schools in the country. University of Maryland is a good choice if you get in state tuition.

    DC has a large gay population, especially in the nicer areas (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Georgetown, etc.)

    I haven't seen a whole lot of gay people in Maryland to be honest. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but aside from the small gay population in Baltimore, most seem to migrate towards DC.

    And yes, while Maryland is a blue state, it has a large black democratic population that's largely anti-gay, as well as some of the more rural counties being more conservative.

    The down side to this area, is it's ridiculously expensive. Something like half of the top 20 most expensive zip codes in the country are all in Maryland and Northern Virginia.



    Thanks. I have heard that it is quite expensive to live in the area. I know that Baltimore alone is 64% black. wow!


    And Baltimore County, which is where a lot of schools are isn't majority black. It's actually 64% white. Not sure why you mentioned it, but since you did...lol
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    Apr 25, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Before I fall asleep. Currently a senior at UMD, be prepared to pay $800-1500 per month for rent. And no, that is not for the entire apartment, that is for a single person.
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    LakeErieMonsters saidMoving to maryland or d.c. in a year. Please help and give me your advice!!!
    Pay me and I'll help.

    Advice is free, though.

    My advice:

    Stop worrying about it. I recently moved across the damn country on a 3 day notice with my job, after living at my previous location for a little over five years.

    In fact, don't worry about it till after the move is finished. I never stressed once about this move till I got here and saw how totally fucked up the climate is.


    Thanks. I do have to worry about transferring schools and getting my transcripts and stuff mailed to the school on time. That is really the only thing I am worried about to be honest with you
    Fuck dude, that's the easy part. You've got several months notice. I'd fucking party as usual till the last week or so and still get everything done efficiently.
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    Studinprogress saidBefore I fall asleep. Currently a senior at UMD, be prepared to pay $800-1500 per month for rent. And no, that is not for the entire apartment, that is for a single person.


    One of my buddies goes to school in the DC area and lives in Alexandria, pays $450 with 5 others to share a house plus shared utilities.

    Cheaper options are out there if a dorm isn't in the cards.

    A consideration I'd keep in mind is getting around if not living on campus. Traffic in DC-MD-VA..... is not fun.
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    Studinprogress saidBefore I fall asleep. Currently a senior at UMD, be prepared to pay $800-1500 per month for rent. And no, that is not for the entire apartment, that is for a single person.


    One of my buddies goes to school in the DC area and lives in Alexandria, pays $450 with 5 others to share a house plus shared utilities.

    Cheaper options are out there if a dorm isn't in the cards.

    A consideration I'd keep in mind is getting around if not living on campus. Traffic in DC-MD-VA..... is not fun.


    Good advice. Traffic in this area is horrible. I used to work in Montgomery County and the drive from Southern Maryland would take at least an hour and 15 minutes. EACH WAY!!!
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    Apr 25, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
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    LakeErieMonsters saidMoving to maryland or d.c. in a year. Please help and give me your advice!!!
    Pay me and I'll help.

    Advice is free, though.

    My advice:

    Stop worrying about it. I recently moved across the damn country on a 3 day notice with my job, after living at my previous location for a little over five years.

    In fact, don't worry about it till after the move is finished. I never stressed once about this move till I got here and saw how totally fucked up the climate is.


    Thanks. I do have to worry about transferring schools and getting my transcripts and stuff mailed to the school on time. That is really the only thing I am worried about to be honest with you
    Fuck dude, that's the easy part. You've got several months notice. I'd fucking party as usual till the last week or so and still get everything done efficiently.


    i'm going to guess you were trying to be funny with those last two lines. Lots of the schools i looked at don't have rolling admissions. The deadlines are usually jan-march 2013 for transfer students that want to enter in the fall.
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    Apr 25, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Studinprogress saidBefore I fall asleep. Currently a senior at UMD, be prepared to pay $800-1500 per month for rent. And no, that is not for the entire apartment, that is for a single person.


    Thanks. I will be living on campus in the dorms, unless they run out of housing. If that happens then i will be staying at home and commuting.
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    Apr 25, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
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    Fiyero27 saidMaryland did just pass gay marriage, however it still will likely go to referendum and may be struck down, so don't count on that option right now.

    University of Maryland is the best public university in the area. DC of course has Georgetown, George Washington University, American University, etc.
    All are pretty LGBT friendly. If I had the money I'd probably transfer to Georgetown or GWU, just for reputation. However, GWU is one of, if not the most expensive schools in the country. University of Maryland is a good choice if you get in state tuition.

    DC has a large gay population, especially in the nicer areas (Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Georgetown, etc.)

    I haven't seen a whole lot of gay people in Maryland to be honest. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but aside from the small gay population in Baltimore, most seem to migrate towards DC.

    And yes, while Maryland is a blue state, it has a large black democratic population that's largely anti-gay, as well as some of the more rural counties being more conservative.

    The down side to this area, is it's ridiculously expensive. Something like half of the top 20 most expensive zip codes in the country are all in Maryland and Northern Virginia.



    Thanks. I have heard that it is quite expensive to live in the area. I know that Baltimore alone is 64% black. wow!


    And Baltimore County, which is where a lot of schools are isn't majority black. It's actually 64% white. Not sure why you mentioned it, but since you did...lol


    I mentioned it because I was talking about Baltimore the city and not baltimore county.