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Online Option


  • Responsible for making choices and organizing their time for course attendance, participation, course work, and program activities. Being an online student requires dedication and focus. Students attend class, study, work on projects, prepare for exams, and interact with their instructors, Terp Scholars peers, and UMD undergraduate students in a virtual academic setting.
  • Responsible for attending classes on their own and for productively managing their time with minimal supervision.


  • Log in and actively participate in all course-related activities without supervision,
  • Complete all course-related work independently, 
  • Participate in interactive virtual activities, and
  • Seek academic support from course instructors and teaching assistants.

Before applying, students should ensure that they can fulfill the following technical requirements.

Internet Access, Minimum Connectivity

  • Broadband (high-speed) minimum 3G or 4G Internet connection. If there are multiple devices using Wi-Fi, it may be helpful to obtain an Ethernet cable and connect your computer directly to the internet router with the Ethernet cable.

Minimum Operation Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OS X 10.10 and newer

Browser Information

  • Chrome 80 and 81
  • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Edge 80 and 81
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

Designated Learning Space

  • Online students should have access to a suitable location to engage in their online course. A student’s designated learning space will impact their own virtual learning experience, as well as that of their peers. The ideal designated learning space is free of noise, music, and other distractions. 

In the virtual classroom environment, Online Terp Scholars are supervised by course instructors and teaching assistants. Online students receive additional support from Terp Scholars Mentors. Mentors are UMD undergraduate degree-seeking students selected for their campus leadership and problem-solving skills. All mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. Mentors are a resource accessible to students in the online environment throughout the duration of the program.

The online option features interactive activities that provide an introduction to UMD’s resources. Online students are expected to attend and participate to the fullest.

Use the EXST contact form. Include your full name, program name, and a complete statement regarding the requested action.

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