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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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Here's what to do next

1. Meet us at one of UMD's in-person Admitted Student Open Houses! The first one is Monday, March 1. College Park Scholars will host a general information session at Noon in the Stamp Student Union. Follow us over to the Cambridge Community for an opportunity to meet students and faculty in your Scholars program at 1 p.m. and a residence hall tour at 2 p.m. 

2. If you are unable to join us for an Admitted Student Open House, register to attend one of our five In-Person Info Sessions! Our first one is Monday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET. These sessions are being held in conjunction with UMD's Next Stop Maryland visit days, which offer a condensed open-house experience. Please note that you will need to register for Next Stop Maryland and the In-Person Info Session separately.

3. Did you miss our online info session? Don't worry! You can view the replay on the Scholars YouTube channel

4. Dig deeper into all things Scholars! Read up on our 13 unique programs and check out the 'About' and other pages on our website.

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Programs that enhance your studies

Each College Park Scholars program covers a thematic area that allows students to connect their major and other interests and gain new perspectives

Learn About Our Programs
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28th Annual Academic Showcase

We look forward to seeing our Scholars, mentors, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests on May 3, 2024!

2023 Highlights

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
Internships, research projects and service-learning initiatives completed for sophomore capstone
Percent of Scholars who do at least 1 internship while at UMD
Percent of Scholars who complete 3+ internships while at UMD
Percent of Scholars who participate in research while at UMD
Approximate number of majors in each Scholars cohort

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  • Two Scholars Named 2024 Patty Grace Smith Fellows

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Patti Grace Smith Fellowship recently announced the selection of 29 students to participate in its award-winning program that connects the United States’ leading aerospace companies with talented Black students.The Class of 2024 Fellows hail from 17 colleges and universities spread across 13 states and Puerto Rico. Each Fellow has earned a challenging summer aerospace internship, as well as a scholarship worth thousands of dollars, a pair of personalized mentors, and more.Two College Park Scholars were named recipients of the 2024 Fellowship:

  • Out of the Shell

    The following excerpt is from Terp Magazine:"When I arrived in 1992, there was no official place on campus or entity on campus that advocated for LGBT people, to make them feel welcome, like they belonged and were supported. There was an invisibility from an institutional standpoint," said Marilee Lindemann, executive director of College Park Scholars.

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Dying

    The following excerpt is from Terp Magazine:The objective: Survive a hypothetical night in the frigid woods making do with only the items found in a discarded trash bag.It’s all part of Schlake’s “Creative Problem Solving” class in the Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) program of College Park Scholars, where students are charged to think creatively and quickly, and adapt through unconventional exercises.

  • ‘Why Doesn’t Everybody Want to Do This?': A New Teacher’s Midyear Reflection

    The following article originated in EducationWeek:Saxon Brown, a College Park Scholars Arts program and UMD alum, possesses a rare combination of childlike idealism and old soul pragmatism. Both traits have come in handy to the first-year English teacher at Bel Air High School, a large school of about 1,500 students in a suburb north of Baltimore. The 22-year-old is far closer in age to his students than he is to his colleagues, most of whom range from 40 to 65.Earlier this month, Brown spoke to Education Week about how he’s faring in his first year, which is widely seen as the start of the “make or break” period for new teachers.

  • Two More Programs Added to Scholars for 2024-25

    COLLEGE PARK, MD. – College Park Scholars in Fall 2024 will add two programs to its roster of two-year living-learning experiences for academically talented students, but one will look and sound familiar.Data Justice will debut, and the University of Maryland’s CIVICUS program will relaunch with a new name: Civic Engagement for Social Good.The expansion will bring the number of Scholars programs to a record of 13 and provide 150 additional first-year students with the opportunity to begin their college journeys as members of an intellectually rich and socially vibrant Scholars community.

  • GPH Scholars Honored During Annual College Park Scholars Awards Ceremony

    Four Global Public Health Scholars and a Science, Discovery and the Universe Scholar were among the students honored last month during the annual College Park Scholars citation and awards ceremony.

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