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The Office of Undergraduate Studies strives to create and deliver an exceptional undergraduate experience through seamless university-wide integration of academic excellence, personal development, and professional preparedness.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies engages the campus community to foster a sense of pride, belonging, and accomplishment within its undergraduate student population and among faculty and staff.  The Office acts with integrity and inclusiveness to cultivate and deliver high caliber, high impact programs focused on student academic excellence, personal development, and professional preparedness.

The Dean for Undergraduate Studies has campus-wide responsibility for undergraduate education initiatives, student success practices, and retention and graduation rates.

Some highlights:

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Top Undergrad Researchers

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research honors the achievements of seven undergraduate researchers

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Incentive Awards Program

Celebrating two decades of the Incentive Awards Program, which helps underserved students thrive

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20-21 National Scholarships

Congratulations to the recipients of these prestigious scholarships, fellows, awards and honors

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Honoring the graduates

Students involved in UGST programs are senior marshals and medialists. A Gemstone alum is the student speaker

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Students from the Honors College, College Park Scholars, and Federal Fellows among the top seniors

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Donna Hamilton
Teaching Awards

Two faculty members are recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching

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Lt. Collins

The first recipient is Joshua Winston ’22, a Germantown native and member of Army ROTC

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ROTC cadets from Maryland’s Detachment 330 learn about Air Force careers as part of training exercise

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College Magazine features ten Gen Ed coures at UMD that show how interesting Gen Ed courses can be

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Stop Anti-Asian Racism

History of Anti-Asian Bias and Importance of Reaching Across Racial Lines

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Dinosaurs to Diets

OneClass highlights 15 interesting Gen Ed Classes at UMD

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Incentive Awards Program

$6.8M Gift to Expand the Incentive Awards Program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary

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Welcome Class of 2024

Hello to all 4,300 first-year Terps, including these students from CP Scholars, Gemstone and more

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2020 Merrill Scholars

The Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honors UMD's top graduating seniors and their mentors

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AAP Awarded Federal Grant

Funds provide additional counseling and academic services to low-income and first-generation college students

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First Gen

Contribute to a new website for Terps who are the first in their families to attend college

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AAP Celebrates 50 years

For 50 years, Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) has provided thousands of low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students with college access and retention support services.

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Big 10 Course Sharing

Want to take a course on animal-computer interaction, but it’s not offered? Intrigued by a class called Pests, Plagues, Poisons and Politics? Register for a class offered through the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program .


University Honors Reimaged

From tracing the links between the American Revolution and SoundCloud rappers to brainstorming ways to improve their own school, University Honors students step into a redesigned program this year meant to stretch the bounds of their thinking.



Keep Learning with strategies for being successful in an online learning environment, including advising resources and FAQs about policies. Plus: information about Internet access, Zoom, and on-campus quiet study spaces.

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New Course for Post-College Life

In the newest UNIV offering, students learn the practical details of life after college, from 1099 forms and paycheck deductions to developing career goals and retirement plans.


2020-21 First Year Book

Maryland Today highlights "Weapons of Math Destruction" by Cathy O'Neil and the importance of exploring biases in algorithms.

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Gemstone's 25th anniversary

The Honors College's Gemstone Program is celebrating 25 years of inquiry and impact. Highlights include a virtual event with Gemstone Directors and a crowd-sourcing effort among alum sharing wisdom with current students. .

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Grand Challenges

Freshmen invited to course taught by President Pines looking at tough issues of our times in their historical and current contexts and to share their own perspectives and stories in hopes of effecting change. Three lectures are open to campus.