Terp Young Scholars

Commuter Option

Commuter Students


Terp Scholars are responsible for making choices and organizing their time as part of exploring the independence of university life. The Terp Scholars commuter package is designed for independent students who will self-advocate and actively engage with their TYS peers and community. In the classroom, Terp Scholars are supervised by course instructors and teaching assistants. For seminars and workshops, instructors for provide supervision during these events. Commuter Terp Scholars who remain on campus to complete course assignments, participate in study groups, afternoon, evening, and weekend activities, are supervised by program mentors.

Program mentors are selected UMD undergraduate students who work under the guidance of the program’s professional staff. All mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. The mentors supervise students in the dormitories to ensure safe, appropriate behavior. Mentors also supervise and provide participants with an insider’s view of what college life is like. The mentors provide supervision using a 15 students: 1 mentor ratio. Mentors are responsible for responding to any situations that may arise.

Commuter Terp Scholars are expected to:

  • Arrive and depart the University without supervision,
  • Attend class and eat lunch without supervision,
  • Walk to and from class and all scheduled campus activities without supervision,
  • Complete all course-related work without supervision, and
  • Seek academic support from course staff, including instructors and teaching assistants.
  • To help Terp Scholars acclimate to the University of Maryland campus, program mentors escort students to class and meals for the first three days. Commuter Terp Scholars meet program mentors at the Terp Scholars’ residence hall at least 30 minutes prior to course start time.

Residence Hall

Commuter students have access to the Terp Scholars’ residence hall for the purpose of study groups and community building activities. Commuter students are not permitted to spend the night or store belongings in the residence hall.

Dining Services

The commuter student package includes lunch, Monday–Friday, available at various on-campus eateries. If your course has a scheduled all-day field trip, lunch is also provided.

  • Lunch: Commuter students use their Terrapin Express card, a prepaid meal card accepted at over fifty participating locations across campus. Terrapin Express cards give students to flexibility to eat where they want, when they want.
  • For more information, including Kosher, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free options, see Meal Plans and Dietary Accommodations
  • Students who require meal options and/or dietary accommodations will submit a request after admission.


The program package fee does not include a parking permit. To park on campus, students must have a valid permit. After admission, students can purchase a Summer Session II parking permit from UMD’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS).

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