Making a Big School Feel Smaller

When students arrive at the University of Maryland (UMD), many feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the campus and its population. That’s why College Park Scholars works so hard to make a big school feel smaller. We do this by hosting events, encouraging discussions and connecting students with faculty and staff from day one—in other words, by building community.

Scholars FAQs

Every spring when incoming college freshmen are invited to join College Park Scholars, we receive questions from prospective students and parents, asking for clarification on various aspects of our program. Here, we’ve gathered the four most frequently asked questions (FAQs) to aid you in your college decision-making process.

Two students standing in front of Cumberland Hall

Coming from Delaware, sophomore Ayanna Wright (at right) found that the community aspect of College Park Scholars helped make the University of Maryland feel smaller. PHOTO: Ayanna Wright

Why UMD?

Everyone’s college decision process is different. Here are some examples of Scholars students who chose the University of Maryland (UMD) for distinctly different reasons.


Mari Lemmie

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Year: Senior

Major: Public policy

Scholars program: Justice and Legal Thought

Erin McCormick sitting on the bench

Education major Erin McCormick proactively chose Science, Discovery and the Universe as her Scholars program to expose herself to new areas of learning. PHOTO: Nicole Dolinish

Education Major Embraces Science in SDU

This blog post is the first in the "Choosing Scholars" series, which examines various aspects of College Park Scholars.

When Erin McCormick was invited to College Park Scholars last year, she knew that she wanted to pick a program that would expand her world view and teach her something different.

“I wanted to expose myself to subjects I wasn’t confident in in high school,” McCormick says.