College Park Scholars

Information for Students who Self-Nominate for Scholars Admission

Self-Nomination is now closed.

Admission to College Park Scholars (Scholars) is by invitation. Students who have applied to the University of Maryland by the University's priority deadline receive Scholars consideration. We review applications with a broad set of criteria that can be organized into three main areas: academic ability, potential for contributing to our living-learning community (factors such as dedicated involvement in activities outside the classroom), and the potential for enhancing or encouraging discussions, both inside and outside the classroom, that address issues from a variety of perspectives. We have no set high school grade point average or SAT criteria for students whom we invite; whether an applicant is selected is up to our admissions review committee, which is made up of members of the Scholars faculty and staff.

We plan to enroll approximately 900 new students for the fall 2014 semester to fill our different programs. At this time we have extended all of the invitations we plan to extend. In the event that any individual program falls below (or projects to fall below) its enrollment goal, we will consult a Self-Nomination pool of interested students. If you are interested in being placed considered for Scholars, you should complete our College Park Scholars Self-Nomination Form and submit the form to our office.

Should space be available in programs, we will examine your Scholars Self-Nomination Form (including your application essay) along with your University of Maryland application on file with the Office for Undergraduate Admissions. Students expressing interest in programs that we project to be available will have priority; however, program preference will not be the only factor for admission. Decisions will also be based on the applicant's qualifications.

Being placed on the Scholars Self-Nomination pool in no way guarantees that a student will be admitted into any College Park Scholars program.

Please note that due to the nature of the Self-Nomination process, we will not be able to notify you about your admission into Scholars until after the May 1 deadline. 

Self-Nomination Process FAQ

Where do I send the Self-Nomination Form once I have completed it?

The Scholars Self-Nomination Form can be sent

via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

via fax to 301-314-9843

or in the mail to Scholars Self-Nomination Form, College Park Scholars, 1125 Cumberland Hall, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742-9331.

Will I get into Scholars if I fill out the Self-Nomination Form?

Scholars can make no guarantees that students will be placed into a Scholars program. Determinations will be made based upon the spaces that become available.

What do you look at when considering students who are Self-Nominated?

We consider a number of factors including:

  • students’ high school academic performance
  • community involvement, and
  • essay on the Self-Nomination form. (Those who have been invited to a Scholars program and wish to be considered for another Scholars program are not required to complete the application essay. )

If I don’t get my top preference, will I be placed in any available program?

If you choose the option to be placed in any available program on the Self-Nomination Form, then we will try to place you in any available program. But, determinations on program placement will depend on the spaces that become available in Scholars.

What is the structure of the Self-Nomination process?

All students will be considered as part of a pool, and decisions will be made considering program preferences, high school academic performance, community involvement, and application essay.

When and how will I be notified of any decisions regarding my request to participate in Scholars?

We cannot guarantee an offer for Scholars before May 1st, the deadline to confirm your enrollment to the University. After that date, we hope to have a solid picture of the spaces available.  We will strive to make almost all decisions before the first College Park Scholars Orientation. We will notify students about their status on the Self-Nomination process primarily through the email address the university has on file. Please make sure this email address is up to date. 

What do I do about Orientation and Housing?

Students who submit a Self-Nomination form should submit their housing application by the May 1 deadline and register for a non-Scholars Orientation program. If you are invited to Scholars from the Self-Nomination process, we will work with you to coordinate a Scholars Orientation date and to update your housing status to Scholars housing.

If you have any further questions regarding College Park Scholars Admissions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling us at 301-314-2777.


College Park Scholars Self-Nomination Form

College Park Scholars

1125 Cumberland Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Ph 301.314.CPSP (2777), Fax 301.314.9843, Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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