Randy Ontiveros

This professor has taught: AMST328Q, ENGL142, ENGL289M, ENGL301, ENGL327, ENGL358A, ENGL358F, ENGL370, ENGL373, ENGL428X, ENGL437, ENGL658A, ENGL748A, HHUM105, HHUM206, HHUM328, HHUM329
Information Review
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A
Naruto
11/28/2022
Quizzes are easy and you have unlimited time, to do 5 question quizzes where the answers are directly in the readings/videos. Everything else is just basic classwork, and discussions/lecture are mandatory. Had a 100 in the class before the final project brought my grade down. Final project isn't hard either
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL358F

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/16/2022
Prof. Ontiveros is a great professor, he's really passionate about what he teaches and he gives you a good selection of material. Class isn't hard, work-wise, but make sure not to fall behind on readings.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
08/05/2022
Professor Ontiveros is a really nice professor who is definitely passionate about Maryland literature and history. Unfortunately, I was often bored in this class. We spent too much time analyzing and reanalyzing the same work of fiction until we all ran out of things to say. Then the silence dragged on. We had a few long-term assignments, but they were not difficult. As long as you do the readings, take notes in class, and watch the videos, you'll do fine on the final exam. The final is composed of multiple choice questions and one long-essay question that focuses on an overarching theme in the class.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/18/2022
Class is easy, if you do the work. Work every week, but it's easy.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Anonymous
05/11/2022
You can tell he definitely is passionate about the class and gets really into the material. He's a nice and caring guy. Amazing professor The class itself isn't too bad for 3 gen eds worth but compared to a normal 100 level class it is a lot of work. Mostly small assignment but a lot of them.
Randy Ontiveros
HHUM105

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
04/27/2022
(took class Fall 2021) Dr. O is really an amazing professor. I took this as a part of my Honors Humanities program (so I didn't really have a choice), but I really encourage that anyone take his classes. He is one of the kindest professors I've had at UMD. Despite having over 100 people in the class, he took the time to speak to every student one-on-one just to get to know them. It is also a very easy class, I think I ended up with something like a 99.5%, but the material is very interesting, and he took time to draw relations with the humanities and other disciplines. He is a fun guy, jokes with his students, but also respects our needs (he made the final open book).
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
04/23/2022
This man might be one of the most chill professors i've had. Although the class (ENGL142) wasn't that interesting, each lecture with Randy was like listening to a ted talk (which kind of grows old tbh).
Randy Ontiveros
HHUM105

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/17/2021
AMAZING PROFESSOR! SO FREAKING COOL! he is always so hip and vibey with his class. There are literally no words I could say to describe how chill this man is. Do yourself a favor, and TAKE HIS CLASSES. Although I only had him for my honors program class, I can just tell he is such a fantastic human being and would be a good professor in any course that he teachers. Randy, if you read this I just wanted to let you know that you have really nice hands.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
05/13/2021
When I tell you that this guy is the goat I MEAN IT! Overall a wonderful Gen Ed to take if you are looking for an i-series. His class was really chill and I learned a lot more about maryland history and its iconic characters than I originally thought I would. He also includes a lot of discussion time in his class which makes it very easy to stay engaged. There is a pretty big capstone project at the end of the semester, however, he is very very lenient with what you do with it and he's very encouraging with that whole process. 10/10 Randy is the man.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL142

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/05/2021
Professor Ontiveros is amazing! He really cares about his students and is just so open and honest that it's refreshing compared to other professors who act like their the only ones with busy lives. I also just loved the ENGL142 course but I definitely believe that it is Ontiveros who made it so interesting and engaging. I 100% recommend taking any course he teaches!
Randy Ontiveros
HHUM105

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/20/2020
Awesome professor! He obviously cares about his students and about the course material. He offered to take students out to lunch and just talk about life, which is a really cool way to make a connection especially during online learning. The class itself is not too difficult, and as long as you do the work and keep up with the readings (so that you can speak up in class) you should be fine. Love Dr. Onitveros, and if you have a chance to take one of his classes before you graduate do it!
Randy Ontiveros
HHUM105

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/18/2020
The class was pretty easy. The material was pretty interesting, but there was very little order to it. He often just kinda had assignments that were pretty random and didn't have to do much with the course itself. It seemed a lot like just having an assignment so that we don't ever not have an assignment.
Randy Ontiveros
HHUM105

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/16/2020
Dr. Ontiveros is absolutely wonderful, and one of the nicest, most approachable, and most understanding professors you can get. This was his first semester as a part of Hohum, and I think he did a great job. Hhum105 can be a lot of work, but none of it is particularly difficult. Dr. Ontiveros actually restructured the course partway through the semester to make it easier on us, and occasionally would cancel/postpone readings or assignments to lessen our work load. The only downside to this class was the reading. The main textbook is very dense and drags on a lot. There are also many supplemental readings throughout the semester, but as long as you just push through them you're good. Other than that, hhum105 was a lot of fun, and people were always willing to participate and discuss in class. There are a couple of smaller projects and then one big capstone at the end of the semester, which counts as the final, and they are only as hard as you make them. The grading was super easy, so as long as you turn things in on time, you'll probably get an A.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL301

Anonymous
08/15/2011
Great great teacher! I will admit at first I signed up for his class because he had the highest percentage of A's AND best reviews, but after the first essay, you find that he has made his engl301 class more difficult. It really is not an easy A. After my first submission, I was sorely tempted to drop the class, but he promised to teach us a lot, so I stuck with it. Best decision ever. He taught me so much in one semester and made it seem as though the grade really wasn't important. If a teacher can make students care more about learning than what they got in the class, then that's just amazing. I highly recommend this class! By the end, you will have improved your writing and come out still loving English.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL301

Anonymous
05/13/2011
Ontiveros is a fantastic teacher. Be warned, though, he has made his 301 class a bit more difficult, so don't expect an easy A (the grade breakdown is therefore inaccurate, as he will warn the students on the first day of this.) I still don't regret taking this class (even though I might not get an A) just because I have learned a great deal about writing from him. He's super knowledgeable and a great teacher.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL437

kcr123
12/18/2010
I loved this class and LOVED Ontiveros. He picked great texts, taught them incredibly well, and he is just an insanely intelligent, friendly, AWESOME guy. One of my favorite classes I've taken at UMD.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL301

Expecting an A
Allie Jandro Gibeily
08/02/2010
Professor Ontiveros is by far one of the best professors i have had at UMD. He seriously cares about his students, and LOVES when people come to office hours. In the Literary subculture, I have found that many people take themselves too seriously and would rather hide behind a facade of intelligence than actually explain the things they think and believe -- Ontiveros is everything BUT that. He never tries to intimidate students, and seems to really love what he teaches. That said, 301 being a gateway course, he couldn't take that much liberty with the curriculum... but when he could, he did (making literary comparisons to Eminem and The Hills... unheard of, but AWESOME). Take any class with him you can, I absolutely plan on it.
Randy Ontiveros
ENGL479F

Expecting an A
mc3267
05/20/2010
No one's reviewed Dr. Ontiveros yet!? Wow, he's a really good professor. He does everything he can to make the course inclusive by refraining from use of jargon, making grades a secondary concern, and encouraging discussion. "Literature of the Chicano Movement" is definitely one of my favorite courses at UMD. It was a real eye-opener and shifted my English concentration from Shakespeare Studies to Latino/a Studies. Ontiveros is the man.