What is Scholars?

College Park Scholars is a nationally acclaimed living and learning program that offers outstanding students the best elements of a small residential college and a large public research institution.

Each of our two-year programs for freshmen and sophomores provides a close-knit community and a challenging academic experience. We also connect students with exciting and unique research and internship opportunities available only at a major university located right outside the nation’s capital. We propel students to excel on campus, in the community, and in their careers.

Everything we do in Scholars is animated by our commitment to a core idea about how the mind and highly social human beings work: We learn better when we learn together.

Research universities emphasize analytical learning. College Park Scholars deepens that learning with an interdisciplinary framework for analysis. In colloquia and in a portion of their general education coursework, our students examine contemporary problems by thinking across disciplinary boundaries and drawing upon a variety of fields and perspectives.

College Parks Scholars promotes practical learning. Through simulations, fieldwork, group projects, and presentations, students develop skills in teamwork, problem solving, and communication. The required practicum gives students the opportunity to apply those skills in internship, research, or service settings, locally or globally.

Students in Scholars cultivate lifelong learning. Through substantive, shared experiences with faculty and peers, students integrate learning into the fabric of their lives. Scholars learning informs decisions about what further knowledge, skills, and abilities they seek, and a Scholars experience generates lasting connections between life and learning.