Preparing to be a Terp Engineer | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland



  • Challenge yourself with your coursework. Take the most rigorous course load possible, including Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available to you.

  • Don't overwork yourself. Know your limits and make getting good grades your priority.

  • Tackle standardized exams early on. Start out studying gradually until you are comfortable and ready to take on the real thing. Like your mom says, it's never too early to start studying.

  • Conquer procrastination! If you can beat it now, it'll only get easier in the future.




  • Engage in STEM-related extracurriculars, like summer programs/camps or after-school clubs.

  • Prove that you have an interest in engineering and possess soft skills like leadership, communication skills, or teamwork.

  • Browse the various Clark School of Engineering High School Programs and see which one is the right fit for you.




  • Dedicate time in your schedule for community service with friends and family.

  • Show that you go outside once in awhile by participating in local events.

  • Volunteer your tutoring services to individuals that need assistance with specific subjects or courses in your community.