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How the Online Program Works


This summer, prepare for college through rigorous academics, dynamic instruction, and virtual activities offered by the University of Maryland. With Terp Young Scholars-Online, academically talented high school students pursue an academic interest, engage with passionate faculty, and get a jump on college by earning three university credits.

Designed for high school students (rising grade 9 to graduating grade 12), Terp Scholars-Online delivers an academic experience that is at the forefront of theory, thought, and technology. Participants choose one three-credit course, attend class, study, work on projects, prepare for exams, and interact with their peers and regular UMD undergraduate students in a virtual academic setting. Featuring rigorous online learning, classes are held weekdays, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course. Classes generally meet for three hours a day between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and may include an afternoon session.

Terp Scholars-Online is an academic program and admission is competitive. Terp Scholars are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which a grade and credits will be earned. The course cannot be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade and credits earned post to the UMD transcript and are part of the student’s academic record.

In addition to the academic experience, Terp Scholars-Online features interactive virtual activities that provide insights into the University of Maryland experience.

Before You Start the Application Process

  1. Select a Course.
  2. Review Grade, Credits, & Attendance Policy.
  3. Review Technical Requirements.

Important Considerations

  • Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability. Early applicants are more likely to receive their first course selection and be guaranteed accommodations.
  • Participation in Terp Scholars does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at UMD.
  • Students must demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, motivation, and a desire to succeed.
  • Attendance for the entire three-week program is mandatory.

Grade, Credits, and Transcript

Students in Terp Scholars-Online are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which a grade and credits will be earned. The University uses plus/minus grading. The course cannot be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade and credits earned post to the student’s official UMD transcript and are part of the academic record. If admitted to the University of Maryland as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, the grade will be included in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Attendance Policy

Students in Terp Scholars-Online must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Anyone who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. Lack of course attendance can lead to program dismissal or lead to a poor grade posting on the student academic record.

Course Effort

UMD follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) policies on "contact hours," a shorthand term referring to the amount of time required in various forms of education to earn credit. Credit-bearing courses are divided into three types based on MHEC contact hour requirements: lectures, laboratories, and internships. This applies to courses delivered online or face-to-face. 

One credit equals:

  • 15 hours of actual class time 
  • 30 hours of supervised laboratory or studio time 
  • 45 hours of instructional situations such as practica, internships, and cooperative 

In addition to the time a student spends in class, for every one credit hour of class time, successful college students spend approximately two hours outside of class studying. Below is a helpful chart that recaps a student’s obligation towards a 3-credit course. Some courses have longer meeting times due to studio, lab, and other course requirements. The additional course meeting times do not require additional study time.

3-credit Course Hours per day Hours per 5-day week
Class Meet Time 3 15
Study Time 6 30
Total Course Effort 9 45

Unlike high school, where a student’s time is structured with parents, teachers, and other adults setting limits, much of your time in the program is unstructured. Whereas in high school, teachers take formal attendance, check notebooks, use chalkboard or whiteboards, impart knowledge and facts, and teach to the text, college professors rarely teach the text, often lecture nonstop without white boards, etc., require research and thinking beyond the facts, and seldom take attendance.

It is important to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day. This total effort shown in the chart above does not include other daily activities. The great challenge is to take responsibility, set limits, and design a plan of study.

Terp Scholars-Online is designed to introduce students to rigorous college-level coursework. The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. UMD maintains an electronic learning management system (ELMS) used to organize teaching. ELMS delivers online course content through easy-to-use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. To be successful in the online program, students should have access to or can fulfill the following technical requirements.

Internet Access, Minimum Connectivity

Broadband (high-speed) 3G or 4G Internet connection. If there are multiple devices using Wi-Fi, it may be helpful to obtain an Ethernet cable and connect your computer directly to the internet router with the Ethernet cable.

ELMS Requirements, Minimum Operation Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OS X 10.10 and newer

Browser Information, ELMS Supported

Make sure to use most current version of the preferred browser. Note: JavaScript must be enabled to run ELMS-Canvas.

  • Chrome 80 and 81
  • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended Releases are not supported) 
  • Edge 80 and 81
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

Designated Learning Space

Students should have access to a suitable location to engage in their online course. A student’s designated learning space will impact their own virtual learning experience, as well as that of their peers. The ideal designated learning spaces are free of noise, music, and other distractions.

Anne Baum, Associate Director, Summer, Winter, & Undergraduate Programs: Anne has spent over ten years working with students at the University of Maryland. Her professional background includes work with international professionals and community development initiatives in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. Anne earned her BA in communication at Truman State University in her home state of Missouri. Her Master’s Degree was completed at UMD. 

Jamie Stednitz, Manager, Undergraduate Programs: Jamie focuses on programs that serve pre-college students, first-year freshmen, and transfer students at the University of Maryland. Her professional background includes working as a career counselor, academic advisor, and service learning coordinator which have allowed her to gain an appreciation for students’ growth in and outside of the classroom. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Ashley Mena, Coordinator, Pre-College Programs: Ashley is pursuing her Master's degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in Latino and Caribbean Studies. Her background includes working as a college readiness mentor and summer bridge program administration. She is passionate about helping students grow into better versions of themselves and looks forward to spending the summer with Terp Young Scholars!

Hope Fagundes, Program Assistant: Hope is pursuing her M.Ed. in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is originally from California where she graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2017. Before coming to Maryland, she worked at an educational non-profit that provided comprehensive academic, financial, and social emotional programming to prepare students for the expectations of college and beyond. She is really excited to be a part of Terp Young Scholars! 

Gennifer Godley, Program Assistant: Gennifer is pursuing her MLIS with a specialization in academic and school librarianship at the University of Maryland. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, and her MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Her professional background includes library service administration, event coordination, and youth mentorship. Gennifer is a current Research and Teaching Fellow for McKeldin Library and is passionate about creating inclusive learning spaces and providing student support.

Mentors: Mentors are UMD undergraduate degree-seeking students selected for their campus leadership and problem-solving skills. All mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. Mentors are a resource accessible to students during the program and support students in a range of methods, from mentor drop-in hours to answering questions about the program and student life.

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