Terp Young Scholars


Course List | Choosing a Course | Textbooks | Computers | Accessibility | Course Changes | FERPA

Course Overview: Terp Young Scholars

Terp Scholars enroll in one three-credit course that is at the cutting-edge of theory, thought, and technology.   All Terp Scholars courses are taught by world-class University of Maryland faculty and staff. Courses may feature field trips designed to broaden understanding of the field through career discovery. Outside of class, students should expect to spend several hours a day on course-related assignments.  Both credit and grade earned post to the UMD transcript and become part of the student record. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit.

On the Terp Scholars application, students will be asked to select a first and second-choice course in the event the first selection has filled. Course selection is processed on a first-come, first-served basis when the complete application packet has been received.

Students must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Any student who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. 

Course List

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

College of Arts and Humanities

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

ENGR-Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute

School of Engineering

College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

College of Journalism

School of Public Health

Choosing a Course

Courses are offered in a broad range of academic disciplines from UMD’s Colleges and Schools. Classes meet every day, Monday- Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course.

Before selecting a course, click on the course link to view the description, meeting times, and sample syllabus. Each course description features a link to the sample syllabus that lists specific requirements for that course. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to read the course syllabus in its entirety. Particular attention should be given to the material covered in the course and the times the course is offered. It is the student’s responsibility to review the course material and ensure they have the proper academic preparation to be successful in the course.

Course Textbooks

Your course may or may not require a textbook. Textbook requirements are posted by the instructor, at least three weeks prior to the course start date. Your course may or may not require a textbook, and you will need to periodically check the link below to see if the instructor has posted a textbook. Textbooks may be purchased from any textbook store or online vendor. Textbook costs are not included in the Terp Scholars residential or commuter program package fee.

  • Visit: www.testudo.umd.edu 
  • Select Schedule of Classes
  • Select Summer Session
  • Select Course Listing
  • Select the course/department acronym, e.g., ARCH for Architecture.
  • Find the course you are registered for with the section number of "YS41" or "YS42"
  • Select Books


Due to course content, some courses require students to bring a laptop to class. Laptop requirements are noted on the specific course page. There are numerous campus computer labs available for students to use during the day. A variety of equipment is available for hourly loan at the Tech Desk in the Terrapin Learning Commons, McKeldin Library, as well as at other library locations.

Students may find, however, that having a laptop is helpful for working on assignments. If you bring a laptop or any other expensive item, exercise extreme care in securing and monitoring your belongings. 

Classrooms and residence halls are setup for wireless network access. Wireless broadband internet access is provided through the university’s campus network. Students need a device that has wireless connectivity to access internet by using their directory ID and password to log in. Standards and computing needs will vary from individual to individual.

Accessibility and Disability Support Services

Students with a documented disability are eligible to receive the accommodations necessary to ensure equal access to campus programs. To receive these accommodations, you must register with University of Maryland's Accessibility and Disability Support Services. Students with temporary disabilities (broken or sprained limb, etc.), must contact the University Health Center 301-314-8180. Students with a disability seeking housing assistance must email tys@umd.edu in advance to ensure proper accommodation upon arrival to campus.

Changing Courses

Terp Scholars have until June 15, 4:30 p.m., to change course selections. Change requests will only be accommodated if the course has space. Send your request to tys@umd.edu and include:

  • Student full name and University ID # (not your SSN)
  • Your current course information, and
  • Your new course request.

Course Cancellation Note

Credit courses in Terp Scholars are part of UMD’s Summer Session. Courses follow University policies and procedures and are subject to change. The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons it deems necessary.


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 and confirmation of admission process, 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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