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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.

Learn How Scholars Works

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Here's what to do next

1. Register to join us for our last Scholars Only two-day New Student Orientation date of the summer (July 15-16)! You'll be able to learn more about your specific program, meet your program staff, register for your Fall classes and more! Don't worry if your schedule doesn't align with this date! You'll have an opportunity to meet with Scholars Central staff during any of the other Orientation dates.

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

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

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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
academic showcase

28th Annual Academic Showcase

What a time! Thank you to all the mentors, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests who came out to support our Scholars!

View 2024 Academic Showcase Photos

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
8,000+
Internships, research projects and service-learning initiatives completed for sophomore capstone
85%
Percent of Scholars who do at least 1 internship while at UMD
41%
Percent of Scholars who complete 3+ internships while at UMD
35%
Percent of Scholars who participate in research while at UMD
83
Approximate number of majors in each Scholars cohort


Important Upcoming Dates

Scholars Info Session Webinar replay from February 1, 2024

Deadline to commit to attend University of Maryland – June 1, 2024

Deadline to submit your 2024-2025 UMD Housing Application – June 1, 2024

Latest News

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  • Terp Awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarship

    A rising University of Maryland junior is one of 129 students nationwide awarded a 2024 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scholarship to support the research of exceptional undergraduates.As a recipient of the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, atmospheric and oceanic science (AOSC) major Olivia Griffith, an ETE alum, will receive up to $19,000 over two years, plus professional development opportunities and a paid summer internship at any NOAA facility nationwide. Since the program kicked off in 2009, 55 UMD students have been awarded Hollings Scholarships.

  • Scholars Alum Wins Pulitzer for Washington Post AR-15 Series

    Emily Guskin ’06, a Media, Self ad Society Scholars alum, has a front row seat to Americans' perspectives on some of the day’s most pressing politics and policy matters. As a polling analyst at the Washington Post, the communication and government and politics alum conducts surveys, analyzes data and generates reports that provide insights into Americans’ attitudes, preferences and behaviors.

  • Biologist Nicholas Fletcher Named Director of Life Sciences Program

    Nicholas Fletcher, a lecturer in the University of Maryland’s Department of Biology, has been appointed director of the College Park Scholars Life Sciences program.“We are delighted to welcome Nick Fletcher to College Park Scholars and Life Sciences. Nick is a creative and caring teacher whose commitments to hands-on learning and inclusive community align perfectly with core Scholars values,” said College Park Scholars Executive Director Marilee Lindemann. “We look forward to working with him to extend the proud legacy of Scholars Life Sciences in exciting new directions.”

  • Kosko Receives Inaugural Outstanding Global Classrooms Faculty Award

    The University of Maryland's Office of International Affairs (OIA) recently honored Stacy Kosko, program director of International Studies (IS), as the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Global Classrooms Faculty Award.A decade ago, Kosko launched UMD’s first global classroom on human rights with Tel Aviv University. Her commitment to, and success in this pilot served as the inspiration for scores of UMD faculty to participate in the Global Classroom Initiative (GCI). Today, UMD can boast more than 70 global classrooms involving universities around the world. Global classrooms have now become embedded in the curricular fabric of the university is now offered by every school and college on our campus.

  • STS Scholar Named Finalist for 2024 University Medal

    Only five students are selected to vie for the most prestigious award for a graduating University of Maryland senior. The University Medal stands as the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior. The award recognizes academic achievement, service to the community and exceptional character. Nominees must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.96 and 60 or more credits during their undergraduate career at UMD.One of the finalists was Guise Pham, a Science, Technology and Society (STS) Scholar.Fleeing postwar Vietnam, Pham’s mother dreamed of a better future for her children.

  • Scholars Demonstrate Diverse Talents at Academic Showcase

    Launched in 1997, the annual College Park Scholars Academic Showcase took place Friday evening at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. Students from 11 different Scholars programs presented slideshows, posters and more that reflected on their experiential learning outside of the classroom.

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