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

Headshot of Kate Starbird

A former WNBA basketball player, Kate Starbird is now an expert in crisis informatics, studying how misinformation spreads following disasters.

Hoops Star-Turned-Scholar Talks Career Paths, Connections

How, exactly, does someone go from playing professional basketball in Ibiza to researching crisis informatics at the University of Washington? According to Dr. Kate Starbird, the answer is less about a single decision, and more about the hundreds of tiny decisions that help us all find our paths.