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Welcome to Scholars

A nationally acclaimed living–learning program

The attention of a small college, the opportunities of a cutting-edge research university.

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Programs that enhance your studies

Each of College Park Scholars' 12 programs covers a thematic area that allows students to connect their major and other interests and learn across fields

Learn About Our Programs

This program sends me forward equipped with knowledge, skills, a network and the courage I need to continue my growth.

Ruth Murdoch '23
Ruth Murdoch '23 Environment, Technology and Economy

82,036
Hours of service to the community over 25 in-person Service Days
8,000+
Internships, research projects and service-learning initiatives completed for sophomore capstone
83
Approximate number of majors in each Scholars cohort

Important Dates

  • August 25, 2022

    Scholars Under the Lights

    First-year Scholars students will kick off their Scholars experience with a fun evening getting to know their fellow Scholars through active games and other community-building activities.

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  • August 26, 2022

    Service Day

    First-year Scholars kick off their college experience with a day of service in the Greater College Park area. Service Day offers an active way for students to build community with their peers while also bettering their community.

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  • September 1, 2022

    Convocation

    What does it mean to be a Scholars student? During this event, freshman Scholars will learn what makes our living–learning program unique and what it means to be a part of this community at the University of Maryland.

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  • September 2, 2022

    Scholars Block Party

    With the first week of classes under your belt, come to the Scholars Block Party to let off some steam, have fun, meet new people and learn more about Scholars student organizations and other ways to get involved at the University of Maryland.

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Latest News

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  • Smith School Professor with Expertise in Scenario Planning to Lead Business, Society and the Economy Scholars Program

    Dr. Oliver Schlake, a clinical professor at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, will be the new director of Business, Society and the Economy Scholars, effective July 1, 2022.Dr. Oliver Schlake, a longtime clinical professor and senior executive teaching fellow at the University of Maryland Robert H.

  • SDU Director, Who Emphasized Interdisciplinary Thinking, Departing UMD

    Dr. Alan Peel, who has been a director of Science, Discovery and the Universe (SDU) Scholars program since 2007, is stepping down from his position. He is pictured here at a Scholars Convocation as his colleagues enjoy an SDU student call and response.Dr.

  • 6 Scholars Alums Selected to Serve as Spring Commencement Senior Marshals

    The University of Maryland has announced its senior marshals for Spring Commencement, slated for Friday, May 20. Six College Park Scholars alumni number among the 60 graduating seniors serving as marshals:

  • 4 Graduating Scholars Alums Recognized With Prestigious University Awards

    Four Scholars alumni are among the handful of graduating seniors recognized this month with some of the University of Maryland’s most prestigious awards. Gabriela Winter, an alum of the Public Leadership Scholars program, received the Wilson H. Elkins Citizenship Awards, presented each year to one of the top students in the graduating class who has displayed outstanding involvement and leadership in campus activities.

  • GPH Director Receives Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

    Dr. Lis Maring (middle), director of the Global Public Health Scholars program, poses with Dean William Cohen, associate provost and dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Samantha Miller, one of the students who nominated her for the Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies. PHOTO: Thai NguyenDr.

  • Course provides safe space to unpack power, privilege

    When Michelle Pinkrah strolled into her first Thursdays-at-3:30 p.m. class of the semester in late January, she had no idea what she’d signed up for. She had signed up by accident, actually. The class wasn’t her first choice for her practicum course requirement with College Park Scholars, where she is a student, and she’d quickly forgotten it was even on her schedule. Pinkrah sat down in the circle of her peers and encountered something she hadn’t expected: a dialogue class, or, a class that centers around group discussion of life and experiences.

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