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 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.
  • A $75 application fee is required. The program does not waive the application fee.
  • 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 Should confirmation not be completed by the due date, the offer of admission will be rescinded.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 permitting study, complete the International Student Application.

Deadlines: U.S. Citizens

  • Opens: February 20
  • Closes: July 1

How to Apply

Step 1: TYS Application Form Step 2: TYS Recommendation FormStep 3: TYS Transcript FormStep 4: TYS Health Insurance Information FormStep 5: TYS Confirmation of Admission

Terp Young Scholars has a five-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. Transcript and recommendation may be digitally uploaded upon application completion or may be faxed / emailed.

  • Home-Schooled Applicants: Provide an academic overview that includes course descriptions, books used, methods of evaluation, and the grades received (credit contracts).
  • Applicants who attended Terp Scholars in a previous year: The application fee is waived. Must submit new application, updated report card/transcript, and updated health insurance information. No recommendation is required. Contact ysp@umd.edu to receive the fee waiver code.

[Health Insurance Form coming soon; Application available February 18, 2018; Confirmation of Admission available March 1, 2018]

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 3.25 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, transcript, recommendation form, 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, 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.


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, including instructors, are prohibited from sharing individual information unless the student provides consent. To grant permission, the student must email ysp@umd.edu with a statement granting access. The email must include the student full name and University ID # (UID), parent/guardian full name, and parent/guardian email address. This access permission relates only to grades, class schedule, account balances, and unofficial transcripts.

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