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How the Program Works


This summer, learn to navigate the college experience with the University of Maryland’s Terp Young Scholars. During three remarkable 

weeks, academically talented students pursue an academic interest, engage with passionate faculty, and get a jump on college by earning three university credits. 

Terp Young Scholars offers two learning options—in-person or online. Both options provide innovative and engaging learning. Participants choose whether to commute from home or participate 100% online. Students who select the commuter in-person learning option discover UMD’s outstanding facilities and amenities while living at home and commuting daily to the UMD campus. Students who select the 100% online learning option engage in interactive virtual activities that provide insights into the UMD experience. 

Note: the program does not offer an option that provides campus housing.

Terp Young Scholars is designed specifically for high school students (rising grade 10 to graduating grade 12). The program delivers an academic experience that is at the forefront of theory, thought, and technology. Participants choose one three-credit course (offered in-person or online), attend class, study, work on projects, prepare for exams, and interact with their peers and regular UMD undergraduate students in a rigorous academic setting. Classes are held every day, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course. Classes generally meet for three hours a day between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and may include an afternoon session.

Terp Young Scholars is an academic program and admission is competitive. Participants are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which a grade and credits will be earned. The course cannot be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade and credits earned post to the UMD transcript and are part of the student’s academic record.

Before You Start the Application Process

  1. Select a Course. Courses are offered either in-person or 100% online.
    • Students who select a course offered through in-person instruction must participate via the Commuter Option.
    • Students who select a course offered through 100% online instruction must participate via the Online Option.
  2. Review Grade, Credits, and Attendance Policy.

Important Considerations

  • Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability. Early applicants are more likely to receive their first course selection and be guaranteed accommodations.
  • All students must demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, motivation, and a desire to succeed.
  • Attendance for the entire three-week program is mandatory. 
  • Participation in Terp Scholars does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at UMD.
  • Note: Terp Young Scholars does not offer an option that provides campus housing

Grade, Credits, and Transcript

Students in Terp Young Scholars are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which both grade and credits post to the official UMD transcript and are part of the student academic record. The University uses plus/minus grading. The course cannot be taken pass-fail or audit. If admitted to UMD as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, the grade will be included in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Attendance Policy

Students in Terp Young Scholars must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Anyone who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. Lack of course attendance can lead to program dismissal or lead to a poor grade posting on the student academic record.

Course Effort

UMD follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) policies on "contact hours," a shorthand term referring to the amount of time required in various forms of education to earn credit. Credit-bearing courses are divided into three types based on MHEC contact hour requirements: lectures, laboratories, and internships. This applies to courses delivered online or in-person.

One credit equals:

  • 15 hours of actual class time 
  • 30 hours of supervised laboratory or studio time 
  • 45 hours of instructional situations such as practica, internships, and cooperative 

In addition to the time a student spends in class, for every one credit hour of class time, successful college students spend approximately two hours outside of class studying. Below is a helpful chart that recaps a student’s obligation towards a 3-credit course. Some courses have longer meeting times due to studio, lab, and other course requirements. The additional course meeting times do not require additional study time.

3-credit Course Hours per day Hours per 5-day week
Class Meet Time 3 15
Study Time 6 30
Total Course Effort 9 45

Unlike high school, where a student’s time is structured with parents, teachers, and other adults setting limits, much of your time in the program is unstructured. Whereas in high school, teachers take formal attendance, check notebooks, use chalkboard or whiteboards, impart knowledge and facts, and teach to the text, college professors rarely teach the text, often lecture nonstop without white boards, etc., require research and thinking beyond the facts, and seldom take attendance. 

It is important to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day. This total effort shown in the chart above does not include other daily activities. The great challenge is to take responsibility, set limits, and design a plan of study.

Anne Baum, Associate Director, Summer, Winter, and Undergraduate Programs: Anne has spent over ten years working with students at the University of Maryland. Her professional background includes work with international professionals and community development initiatives in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. Anne earned her B.A. in Communication at Truman State University in her home state of Missouri. Her M.A. in Community Planning was completed at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Gennifer Godley, Manager, Summer and Winter: Gennifer is excited to work with high school students in Terp Young Scholars. Her professional background includes working as an academic advisor, a research and teaching fellow, and a librarian focusing on information literacy instruction. She is passionate about supporting students as they transition to college. Gennifer earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and her M.A. in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in England. Most recently, she completed her M.S. in Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Howard Ly, Coordinator, Pre-College Programs: Howard comes with extensive experience in supporting students holistically throughout their academic, professional, and personal journeys. His background includes counseling, program management, and nonprofit administration. Howard earned his B.A. in Human Development and Social Relations at Earlham College in Indiana and his M.Ed. in School Counseling at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Antoinette Dorzon, Program Assistant, Pre-College Programs: Antoinette enjoys working with students and enhancing their overall academic experience and personal development. She is excited to provide support to pre-college students participating in Terps Young Scholars. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as a mental health peer educator and served as a resident assistant. Antoinette earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Psychological Science here as well.

Mentors: Mentors are UMD undergraduate degree-seeking students selected for their campus leadership and problem-solving skills. Mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. Mentors are a resource accessible to students throughout the program, and are responsible for responding to any non-academic situation that may arise.

Ava Rambissoon, Lead Mentor: Ava is an undergraduate student at UMD from Baltimore, Maryland pursuing a degree in Education. Her experience includes planning, collaborating with teams to carry out events, and leading student clubs to create inclusive communities that foster a sense of belonging among students. Eager to contribute her skills and guidance, Ava is excited to lead high school students throughout their time in Terp Young Scholars.

Madiha Rehman, Lead Mentor: Madiha is currently studying Public Policy at UMD with a focus on Health Policy & Management. She has interned at the National LGBT Cancer Network and is a proud fellow in the Terrapin Think Tank in the School of Public Health. Madiha loves learning and is excited to work with bright young minds and see them flourish.

Mackenzie Smith, Lead Mentor: Mackenzie is a Psychology and Sociology double major at UMD. She worked as a Program Mentor in Summer 2023 and is excited to get to work with new and returning TYS students. Outside of TYS, Mack is on the executive boards for Kesem at UMD and Student Entertainment Events (SEE), and also works as a research assistant.

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