The best combination of world-class academics, diversity, partying, location (Washington's just a metro ride away), athletic teams and facilities, and school spirit in the country, all for a fraction of the price of Miami, Penn State, or Virginia Tech. There's literally something for everyone.
Miami's got good athletics but is expensive and has a stuck-up student body. Virginia Tech's got good academics but Blacksburg's a shitty little town. University of Maryland has it all.