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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

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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

78,368
Hours of service to the community over 25 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

2/22
Scholars Program Preference Form due for invited students
2/19
Student Activism Panel, co-sponsored by College Park Scholars and Free The Vaccine
Register: go.umd.edu/ActivistPanel
2/26
Admitted Student Open House (first of three)

Latest News

  • College Park Scholars Announces Creation of Rebecca Basena Kampi Memorial Endowed Scholarship

    Rebecca Basena Kampi. PHOTO: Sade AyindeCollege Park Scholars has announced a new scholarship, the Rebecca Basena Kampi Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

  • Scholars Citation Class of 2020 Recognized at Virtual Awards Ceremony

    When the Scholars Citation Class of 2020 arrived at the University of Maryland in fall 2018, they were wide-eyed freshmen who took part in the usual rites of passage in Scholars: Service Day, excursions related to the annual theme, a kickball tournament the spring of their freshman year. And, while the 984 students’ second year in Scholars fell during the program’s 25th anniversary, “that year turned out to be anything but ordinary,” observes Scholars Executive Director Marilee Lindemann.

  • Media Scholars Director, Known for her Care of Students, Steps Down

    Following a year’s leave of absence, Kalyani Chadha has stepped down from her position as director of the Media, Self and Society Scholars program. Alison Burns, interim director of the program during 2019–2020, will be her replacement, starting immediately. The appointment was made by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Chadha, only the second director of Media, Self and Society, had headed up the program since 2004. During that time, she oversaw a gradual shift of the program’s focus from primarily popular culture to issues of particular resonance in society today.