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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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27th Annual Academic Showcase

Thank you Scholars, mentors, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests!

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Be sure to sign up for Orientation! The Scholars-specific orientation dates for Summer 2023 are:

  • June 5–6
  • June 20–21
  • July 17–18

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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

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

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Ruth Murdoch '23 Environment, Technology and Economy
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  • Ewaoluwa Obatuase Advocates for Undocumented Immigrants

    College Park Scholars Graduate Assistant Ewaoluwa Obatuase was so instrumental in crafting state legislation to allow qualified immigrants to obtain professional licenses that the Maryland law has been dubbed "Ewa's Bill."

  • Science, Discovery and the Universe Scholars Program to Close After Successful 25-Year Run

    College Park Scholars has announced that, after 25 years of providing students with an interdisciplinary curriculum examining the role of science in society, the Science, Discovery and the Universe (SDU) Scholars program will close at the end of this academic year. The decision was made by mutual agreement between College Park Scholars and the Department of Astronomy, which sponsors the program.

  • Practicum Offers Hands-On Ways to Learn About ‘Complicated Issues In and Out of the Classroom'

    Incoming students often hear about the various experiences that Scholars take on in their practica–the capstone project or culminating hands-on learning all College Park Scholars are required to complete in their second year. Though specific practicum requirements vary by Scholars program, students are commonly able to meet program needs by engaging in an internship, doing service-learning or conducting research. 

  • Paper Co-Authored by STS Undergrads Receives Best Paper Recognition at National Conference

    During Sona Chudamani’s first year at the University of Maryland, she volunteered to be a subject for a research project. Her reason? “I didn’t have much to do during my freshman year, especially with everything being online,” she says.

  • Scholars recognizes Citation Class of 2022, Founders Circle Award winners

    Students in College Park Scholars’s Citation Class of 2022 began their University of Maryland (UMD) careers in the fall of 2020, under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. They spent their first year almost entirely online: Some Zoomed into their program colloquium from their double-turned-single dorm rooms; others attended virtually from their families’ homes, away from campus.

  • 2 Scholars alums named Merrill Presidential Scholars

    Two Scholars alumni were among the 19 graduating seniors named this year’s Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars. The program recognizes the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors—as chosen by their academic colleges—and additionally honors the university faculty and K–12 teachers they cite for their mentorship. The two alums were: Alexia Ayuk, Business, Society and the Economy Katelyn Wang, Environment, Technology and Economy

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