Terp Young Scholars

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Considerations | Deadlines | Apply | Eligibility | Notification | International StudentsFERPA

Important Considerations

  • Terp Young Scholars is an academic program. Applicants 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 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.
  • Application Student Information: All student information collected in the Terp Young Scholars application system is used to create a University of Maryland student account. Please ensure student information (Name, DOB, etc.) is correctly entered on the application. Once an application is submitted any errors with student information can only be updated after a birth certificate or social security card is sent for verification.
  • Application Fee: A $75 application fee is required.  
  • Returning Students: Applicants who participated in TYS in a previous year must have a B average (3.0) in all coursework completed at the University of Maryland to be eligible to return to the program. Students dismissed from the program are not eligible to return.
    • Returning Students Application Fee: The $75 application fee is waived for returning students. Email ysp@umd.edu before submitting the Terp Young Scholars application to receive a fee waiver code.
    • Returning Students Application Forms: Returning students must submit an updated high school report card and health insurance information form.
  • Attendance: 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. Lack of course attendance can lead to program dismissal.
  • Social Security Number: 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. All applicants planning to utilize UM Tuition Remission must include their SSN on the Terp Young Scholars Application.
  • 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 permitting study, complete the International Student Application.

Deadlines: U.S. Citizens

  • Opens: February 19
  • Closes: June 15

Terp Scholars Eligibility

To apply and participate, a student must:

  • Be a rising high school freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduating senior;
  • Have an academic average of 3.0 or better;
  • 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 mandatory.

How to Apply

To view a form, click the corresponding box below.

Step 1: TYS Application FormStep 3: TYS Transcript Form Step 4: TYS Health Insurance Information Form



(The Terp Young Scholars Application is now closed and will re-open in February 2020.)

Terp Young Scholars has a three-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. 


A transcript of applicant's secondary school academic record must include grades and cumulative GPA for all secondary schoolwork completed, including current coursework. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Applicants may submit transcripts directly to the application system.  

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

Health Insurance Information Form

All students must have health insurance to participate in Terp Young Scholars. During the application process, you must complete the Health Insurance Information Form and provide copies of health insurance cards.


Accepted students are notified via email approximately 10 business days after their file is complete. The file is complete when the application, transcript, and health insurance 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. Check your spam folder. To inquire about the status of your application, email ysp@umd.edu.

Upon the offer of admission, Terp Scholars 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.


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Terp Scholars are admitted to the University of Maryland as non-degree seeking students for the Summer Session. 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, including instructors, are prohibited from sharing individual information unless the student provides consent.

Granting Parent Access to Student Records: After admission, Terp Scholars can grant parent access to student account information by visiting the Registrar’s website. The University has implemented an enhanced system to provide a more secure means for parents/guardians to access student information online. Parents/guardians who wish to access their student's records must do so using a UMD account. Once the parent UMD account is created parents can log in directly to student records. This access permission relates only to grades, class schedule, account balances, and unofficial transcripts. 

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