Terp Young Scholars

How to Apply- U.S. Citizens

How to Apply- U.S. Citizens


  • Application Opens: January 7
  • Early Admission Period: January 7- February 17
  • Rolling Admission Period: February 17- June 15
  • Final Application Deadline: June 15

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, 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: Students dismissed from the program are not eligible to return.
    • The $75 application fee is waived for returning students. Email tys@umd.edu before submitting the application (see Step 1) to receive a fee waiver code.
    • Returning students must complete Steps 1 - 4.

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

Step 1: Submit Application

Terp Young Scholars U.S. Citizen Application

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).
  • GPA Exception Appeal: If there are extenuating circumstances that have negatively impacted your GPA, you can submit a GPA Exception Appeal to Terp Young Scholars via email (tys@umd.edu). This appeal should be no longer than 250 words and include your name, intended Terp Scholars course, circumstances that have impacted your GPA, and how you are prepared to succeed in the Terp Scholars program despite these previous obstacles.

Step 3: Submit Health Insurance Information Form

Health Insurance Information Form

All students must have health insurance and required vaccinations to participate in Terp Scholars. As part of the Terp Young Scholars health insurance information form, all applicants are required to confirm that they have received the required age-appropriate immunizations and also provide copies of health insurance cards. Applicants do not need to submit medical records.

Immunization Requirement:

The following excerpt from the DHMH Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) applies to schools:

“A school, public or private, may not knowingly admit a student to or retain a student in a:

  • Preschool program or kindergarten through the 12th grade unless the student's parent or guardian has furnished evidence of age-appropriate immunity against: (a) Tetanus; (b) Diphtheria; (c) Poliomyelitis; (d) Measles (rubeola); (e) Mumps; (f) Rubella; (g) Hepatitis B; (h) Varicella; (i) Meningitis; and (j) Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis acquired through a Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.”

Special Populations: Homeless Students- Students who are identified as homeless according to COMAR 13S.05.09.05 may not be denied enrollment due to immunizations.


Admission decisions for complete applications received during the Early Admission Period (January 7- February 17) will receive admission decisions the week of March 2.

All applications received after the Early Admission Period are reviewed on a rolling basis. Accepted Terp Scholars are notified via email approximately 10 business days after their application is complete. An application is complete when Steps 1 through 3 have been received.

Applications 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 tys@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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