Stretching from the front doors of McKeldin Library to the front doors of the Main Administration building, McKeldin Mall is 1,343 feet long, encompassing 16.28 acres of land.
Prior to the early 1990s, when the current configuration of sidewalks was put into place, the mall stretched all the way to Anne Arundel Hall, rendering it the largest academic mall in the country.
The mall is an open space on campus for students to do anything from studying to playing Frisbee. It has also served as the location for a number of events in the university community, including annual events like Art Attack, the First Look Fair, and Maryland Day, as well as an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest pillow fight that was made on April 17, 2009.
McKeldin Mall was the site of the university’s memorial service for the victims of 9/11, and the Peace Garden near the Main Administration building remains as a remembrance of the tragedy.
The Mall has also been the site of numerous campus demonstrations, such as protests against the Vietnam War and Apartheid. Democracy then and Now. Vote!