Frequently Asked Questions
Is attendance mandatory for all the program activities?
The following activities are mandatory: Orientation Day and the Undergraduate Admissions Presentation. In all other cases, you are expected to attend. Your course package—residential or commuter—underwrites the costs of all scheduled program-related activities. This fee is charged whether or not you attend these activities or not. We do not pro-rate. Upon the completion of the program, we ask students to complete a survey. The results consistently demonstrate that those students who fully participated in the scheduled events were the ones with the highest satisfaction rating.
What should all participants have with them on a daily basis?
You must carry your UMD ID card and a photo ID at all times. For more information, click here.
Can parents have access to their student's information?
Students enrolled in 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 are prohibited from sharing individual information unless the student provides consent. To grant permission, the student must e-mail email@example.com with a statement granting access. The e-mail must include the student full name and University ID # (UID), parent/guardian full name, and parent/guardian e-mail address. This access permission relates only to grades, class schedule, account balances, and unofficial transcripts.
Is transportation provided to and from the airport?
Students make their own arrangements for transportation to and from the airport of choice. Airport shuttle services may be obtained from the following Web sites: www.airportshuttles.com/ or www.shuttlefare.com/
How do I activate my directory ID/password and UM e-mail account?
What is the TBD Service Desk?
The Service Desk for all residential participants is in the Lobby of TBD Hall. It is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week, during the program to perform a variety of functions. The main purpose is to ensure your comfort but it is also a 24-hour emergency contact center and information hub. This is the place to: pick up any messages and mail, report maintenance/other problems with your room, report lost keys or get a spare key if you are locked out.
What about mail?
Address all mail as follows: Student Name, Attn: Summer Guest, Terp Young Scholars, TBD Hall Service Desk, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742. Students must go to the Service Desk to check the message board or ask a staff member at the desk about mail.
Will my room be cleaned daily?
Rooms are cleaned before students' arrival and after departure only. You can request basic cleaning supplies, or report any cleanliness issues upon move-in at the Service Desk or to your mentors. Before checking out, you are expected to remove all trash to the outside receptacles.
What if I have a problem with a roommate or suitemate?
You need to muster the courage to first discuss the problem with your roommate or suitemate. If you can't resolve the issue(s), you should speak to your mentor, who will help. If you do not bring any issues to the attention of our staff, we cannot help make your stay an enjoyable experience.
How much spending money should I bring?
The course package fee covers most course expenses as well as most meals. About $25 per week should cover incidental expenses (e.g., gifts, snacks, one Sunday lunch, toiletries). Books and other supplies are not included in the package price unless specified.