In 2017, College Park Scholars welcomed more than 800 freshmen to what would become its 24th citation class, the Scholars Class of 2019. All who successfully completed the requirements of their Scholars program received their official Scholars citation. But there were some that went above and beyond the expectations, leaving a lasting impact on the community.
College Park Scholars was created with the goal of transforming the student experience at the University of Maryland. The idea: a program that combined elements of both student affairs and academic affairs, where students not only lived together but also attended class together as part of a predetermined curriculum.
In fall 1994, the first class of Scholars students arrived in College Park to give life to that idea.
As Scholars turns 25 this year, the following timeline tracks key moments in the program’s history:
First-year Scholars students have a lot to absorb in their first couple of weeks at the University of Maryland (UMD): rooming with someone who may be a stranger, navigating a large campus, understanding the expectations of their professors, making new friends.
At Scholars Convocation during the first week of classes, these new college students received advice from Scholars students before them on how they can make the most of their time on campus. Here we share the hard-won wisdom of those students—as well as the advice of other Scholars students and alumni.