Terp Young Scholars

How to Apply-U.S. Citizens

How to Apply – U.S. Citizens


Application Opens: February 18
Application Closes: June 15

The Terp Scholars U.S. Citizen Application has a 4-step process.

Important Considerations

  • Eligibility--A Student Must:
    • Be a rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduating senior; and
    • Have an unweighted academic average of 3.0 or better.
  • Student Information: All student information collected in the 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 copy of birth certificate or social security card is sent for verification.
  • 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 Scholars application.
  • Application Fee: A $75 application fee is required for all first-time applicants. With the exception of returning students (see below), the program does not waive the application fee.
  • Returning Students: Applicants who previously participated in Terp Scholars must have a B average (3.0) in all completed coursework to be eligible to return to the program. Students dismissed from the program are not eligible to return.
    • The $75 application fee is waived for returning students. Email ysp@umd.edu before submitting the application (see Step 1) to receive a fee waiver code.
    • Returning students must complete Steps 1 - 4.
  • International Student application process

Step 1: Submit Application

Terp Young Scholars U.S. Citizen Application

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

Step 2: Submit Transcript


A transcript (report card) 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 or fax/mail per instructions on the transcript form.

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

Step 3: Submit Health Insurance Information Form

Health Insurance Information Form

All students must have health insurance to participate in Terp Scholars. Applicants must also provide copies of health insurance cards.


Accepted Terp Scholars are notified via email approximately 10 business days after their file is complete. The file is complete when Steps 1 through 3 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.

Step 4: Confirmation of Admission

Upon the offer of admission to Terp Scholars, parents/guardians and students 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.

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