for Terp Young Scholars

Application Instructions

Considerations | Apply | Deadlines | Eligibility | Notification | International Students | Medical Info Form | FERPA

Important Considerations

  • Terp Young Scholars is an academic program. Students are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Term. Students are registered for one 3-credit university course for which a grade and credit will be earned. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade will post to the UMD transcript and will be part of the student record.
  • Students 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.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use their U.S. Social Security number. Not using the SSN will have implications on confirming program admission, accessing student information, accessing system information if the student is a dependent of a University-system employee, and affect any future applications to UMD.
  • The Confirmation of Admission process must be completed by the due date associated with admission. This includes payment. Should confirmation not be completed by the due date, the offer of admission will be rescinded.
  • Acceptance into Terp Scholars does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at UMD.
  • International Applicants, including permanent residents and students currently residing in the U.S. on a visa, have a separate application process.

How to Apply

Terp Young Scholars has a four-step application process. Program admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability. Early applicants are more likely to receive their first course selection and be guaranteed accommodations. Transcripts and recommendations may be digitally uploaded upon application completion or may be faxed or emailed to our office. Students who attended Terp Scholars in a previous year need only submit the application, report card/transcript, and medical form. The application fee is waived. Contact to receive the fee waiver code.

  1. Application (Summer 2018 application available February 2018)
    • NOTE: Please do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge to submit the application or payment of the application fee. Students using these browsers have received error messages after submission leading to the incorrect assumption that neither application nor payment was successful. Students receive an email confirmation following successful submission for both the application and payment of the application fee. If you did not receive both emails OR if you simply want verification, e-mail
  2. Recommendation Form
  3. Transcript
  4. Medical Information Form (coming soon)

Home-Schooled Students: Provide an academic overview that includes course descriptions, books used, methods of evaluation, and the grades received (credit contracts).

Application Deadlines

  • Opens: February 20
  • Closes: July 1

Eligibility for Terp Young Scholars

To apply and participate, a student must:

  • Be a rising high school freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduating senior;
  • Have an academic average of 3.25 or better (unweighted);
  • Demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, motivation, and a desire to succeed, and
  • Understand and agree that attendance for the entire three-week program, including the program’s orientation date, is required and mandatory.


Accepted students are notified via email approximately 10 business days after their file is complete. The file is complete when the application (with non-refundable application fee), transcript, recommendation form, and medical information form have been received.

Files are reviewed and admission made on a first-come, first-served basis. Reminder notices regarding missing items are sent to the email address provided on the application form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are sent and received. To inquire about the status of your application, email

Upon the offer of admission, student and parent must complete Confirmation of Admission by the due date associated with admission. This includes payment. Should confirmation not be completed by the due date, the offer of admission will be rescinded.

Medical Information Form

Students must submit the Medical Information Form as part of the admissions process. The form requests evidence of health insurance coverage and is used in the event the student requires medical attention. Should the student require such attention, s/he will be taken to the University Health Center or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. The parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to assume responsibility for the student’s health care. Although this form facilitates admittance, it does not permit the University to assume responsibility for a student’s health care.


Terp Scholars are admitted to the University of Maryland as non-degree seeking students for the Summer Term. As such, they are subject university policies, particularly the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA states that the access rights that parents/legal guardians have in the secondary school setting are transferred to students, once a student has turned eighteen, or is attending any post-secondary educational institution. UMD employees are prohibited from sharing individual information unless the student provides consent. To grant permission, the student must e-mail with a statement granting access. The e-mail must include the student full name and University ID # (UID), parent/guardian full name, and parent/guardian e-mail address. This access permission relates only to grades, class schedule, account balances, and unofficial transcripts.

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