Terp Young Scholars

Residential Option

Residential Students

Supervision | Residence Hall | Roommates | Dining


Terp Scholars are responsible for making choices and organizing their time as part of exploring the independence of university life. Residential Terp Scholars are supervised by undergraduate program mentors in the residence halls (15:1 student staff ratio) and during all program-related activities. All mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. University of Maryland world-class faculty and staff teach all Terp Young Scholars courses and supervise students in the classrooms. With the exception of scheduled course field trips and planned program activities, residential students are required to remain on the UMD campus at all times. With parent permission, Terp Scholars are permitted to leave campus outside of class times. After admission, parents are directed to the Terp Young Scholars Permission to Leave Campus Form. Residential Terp Scholars are expected to:

  • Wake up each day in a timely manner sufficient to eat breakfast and attend class without mentor supervision,
  • Walk to and from class and all campus scheduled activities without mentor supervision,
  • Seek academic support from course staff, including instructors and teaching assistants,
  • Eat meals without mentor supervision, and
  • Complete all course-related work without mentor supervision.

To help Terp Scholars acclimate to the University of Maryland campus, program mentors escort students to class and meals for the first three days (July 8- July 10).

Activities and Events 

In addition to innovative courses, Terp Young Scholars also offers afternoon, evening, and weekend activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s rich campus life.  For an overview, see Sample Activity Calendar

  • Campus Tours include visits to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Campus Farm, UMD Observatory and Neutral Buoyancy and Robotics Labs.
  • Workshops feature an Undergraduate Admissions presentation, Art and Learning Center drawing and printmaking classes, and fitness workshops lead by University Recreation & Wellness, including Zumba, Yoga, and Bodycombat. 
  • Social activities include a weekend day-trip to Washington, D.C., pool parties, mixers, ice cream social (with UMD ice cream), movies, and more.

Residence Hall

Residential students are housed in traditional-style, air-conditioned campus dormitories. Occupancy ranges from one to four persons of the same gender. Each floor accommodates either males or females. Residents have access to study lounges and laundry facilities. Some rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities.


Roommate and room assignments are made on a random basis, although we try to assign roommates according to course enrollment, and age. Students should expect to live with a student of the same gender in a double bedroom; however, there are cases in which a student is assigned a room with no roommate. Assignments will not be provided until program check-in day. 

Roommate Request: To request a specific roommate (for two to four occupants) Terp Scholars must complete the Roommate Request Form after admission by June 15. Requests from all roommates must be received or the request will not be processed.

Dining Services

Residential students enjoy meals in a designated campus dining hall or at various on-campus eateries. If your course has a scheduled all-day field trip, lunch is provided. Lunch is not provided on the Sunday of the Washington, D.C. field trip. Students need to have sufficient cash to purchase lunch on this day.

Students who require dietary accommodations will submit a request after admission.

Kosher: The Maryland Hillel is not operational during Summer Term. Dining Services supplies a limited selection of Kosher pre-packaged airplane-style meals. Kosher meals are delivered to the designated Dining Hall. Residential students must eat all meals in the dining hall to receive accommodation. Dining Services cannot accommodate Kosher needs that are vegetarian or dairy-free. 


The program package fee does not include a parking permit. To park on campus, students must have a valid permit. Campus parking regulations are strictly enforced at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The University's Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) uses a License Plate Recognition system. Enforcement officers scan license plates and, if the plate is not listed in the database for that parking lot, a ticket will be issued. After admission to the program, students can purchase a summer II parking permit from the UMD Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) website

Find Out More