Terp Young Scholars

Residential Option

Residential Students

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Residence Hall & Roommates

Residence Hall Layout

Residential students are housed in traditional-style, air-conditioned campus dormitories. Occupancy ranges from one to four persons of the same sex. Male and female students are housed in the same residence hall and each floor in the residence hall is designated for a specific sex. Traditionally, female students are housed on lower residence floors and male students on upper floors. 

  • All students receive a twin bed, desk, chair, chest of drawers, and closet space.
  • There are no refrigerators, televisions, telephones, lamps, end tables, decorations, or alarm clocks.
  • Each room is complete with an activated data jack for each residential participant.
  • Rooms- bedrooms and common areas are cleaned prior to student arrival and after departure only. It is a student’s responsibility to maintain a clean living environment.
  • Restrooms are cleaned daily on weekdays by University staff.
  • Students use the coin/Terrapin Express operated laundry facilities located in the residence hall basement.


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 sex 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 Special Housing Accommodation Request  after admission in the Confirmation of Admission process by June 15. Requests from all roommates must be received or the request will not be processed.

Housing Accommodations

It is the goal of the Terp Scholars program that students are housed in a room that satisfactorily meets their needs. In addition to roommate requests, students are also able to submit a Special Housing Accommodation Request in the Confirmation of Admission process to request housing accommodations such as a single room, or a room near a bathroom or elevator for a disability, chronic health condition or other medical or personal issue(s). Transgender or gender nonconforming residential Terp Scholars can be housed in a single room on the floor of their choice.

Residence Hall Security

As a part of ensuring the safety of scholars while they are at UMD, there are number of security measures in place including the following:

  • 3-Point Swipe Access for Building Entry: Swipe entry is needed to access residence hall lobby, elevators, and floors with scholars’ rooms. A metal key is then required to access rooms.
  • 24 hour Service Desk staffed with UMD Community Assistants: UMD Community Assistants manage building facility concerns, keys, lockouts, and packages for students and staff members.
  • TYS Mentors on Duty 24 hours a day: Mentors will be available via phone call or text message for the duration of Terp Scholars. The Mentor on Duty phone number will be shared in the residence hall and at student orientation.

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.

  • Breakfast/Lunch: For breakfast and lunch residential 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.
  • Dinner: For dinner residential students visit the North Campus diner, a buffet-style diner near the residence hall.
  • 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 in the Confirmation of Admission process.


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

  • Academic Excellence and College Readiness: includes an Undergraduate Admissions presentation, study groups, and visits to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Campus Farm, UMD Observatory and Neutral Buoyancy and Robotics Labs.
  • Health and Wellness: includes access to the Eppley Recreation Center and fitness workshops lead by University Recreation & Wellness, including Zumba, Yoga, and Bodycombat. 
  • Community Development: includes social activities such as Mixers, Pool Nights, Roommate activities, and House Points.
  • Self- Exploration and Leadership Development: includes Community Service Project, Art classes, Mentor 101 sessions and True Colors.


Terp Scholars are responsible for making choices and organizing their time as part of exploring the independence of university life. In the classroom, Terp Scholars are supervised by course instructors and teaching assistants. For residential Terp Scholars, program mentors provide supervision in the residence halls, at all program-related activities, and at dinner.

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. Mentors supervise students in the dormitories to ensure safe, appropriate behavior. Mentors also supervise activities, encourage students to explore the University and accompany those students to dinner who are uncomfortable going alone or cannot find a group to eat with, and provide participants with an insider’s view of what college life is like. The mentors live in the residence hall with the program participants (15 students: 1 mentor ratio). Mentors are responsible for responding to any situations that may arise, and for doing nightly curfew checks.

Terp Scholars will be responsible for attending classes on their own and for productively managing their time with minimal supervision during the day. This allows participants to explore the independence of college life while still having a modicum of supervision and guidelines in place. To help Terp Scholars acclimate to the campus, program mentors escort students to class and meals for the program’s first three days. 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 meals 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.

Terp Scholars has a strict Curfew Policy:

  • 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. Residential students are required to be in their assigned residential room Sunday through Thursday night, 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday night, midnight to 6:00 a.m. Mentors conduct curfew checks. Should a student be unaccounted for, program staff immediately will contact the student’s parent/guardian. Campus police will also be notified.

Terp Scholars has a strict Permission to Leave Campus Policy:

  • Residential students wishing to leave campus for special events, weekends, etc., must have permission from their parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must submit an electronic Permission to Leave Campus request at least 24 hours in advance. The permission to leave campus form link is shared with families after admission. 
  • No guests or visitors are permitted in the Terp Scholars residence hall. Guests are defined as any person not enrolled in the Terp Scholars program. Only professional staff who have completed required background checks, and Terp Scholars students (residential and commuter) are allowed access to the Terp Scholars’ residence hall.


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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