Commuter student Marlen Cruz looks up from her laptop

Scholars alum Marlen Cruz graduated from the University of Maryland this December, with a degree in public health science from the School of Public Health. She has served as a voice for commuter students through College Park Scholars, showcasing how commuters can get involved on campus.

A Day in the Life of a Commuter Student

Marlen Cruz has taken on many roles in her scant 20-some years. First-generation American. First-generation college student. And: a commuter student.

“My parents live five minutes away from campus. They were like, ‘There’s no way you’re living on campus,’” she relays, laughing.

‘All-in’ Alum Offers Lessons for Other Scholars

Katie Bemb hadn’t intended on becoming a Terp. As a high school senior, she applied to the University of Maryland (UMD) regular decision but was strongly considering another university in the Washington, DC, metro area.

That inclination began to change after her best friend—who had applied early action to UMD—got accepted into College Park Scholars. Students who apply early action are automatically considered for the living–learning program.

From softball to swab kits: SDU supports Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 5th year

More than 20 years ago, a University of Maryland sophomore created a Scholars-wide charity softball tournament for his Scholars practicum project.