Program Description

The goal of the Clark School Pre-College Scholars Program is to recruit talented students to attend the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  The program recruits students in the 10th and 11th grade (rising juniors and seniors) who have an interest in and aptitude for mathematics, science and/or engineering.

Program Components

  • Extensive SAT preparation in a small classroom setting
  • Introduction to high-level mathematics, equivalent to Calculus (New program component as of 2022)
  • Engagement with University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff to gain experience in the field of engineering
  • Workshops on college admissions and applying for financial aid
  • One-on-one assistance with the college application process

There will be approximately 38 hours of SAT prep class instruction and 11 hours of math prep instruction, over the course of 3 weeks, Monday through Friday. Students will also attend information sessions from each of our eight engineering departments.  All programming will be held in-person, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Students in the program are required to attend all sessions, mandatory orientation, and administration of the pre- and post-tests. 

Program Dates

Date Activity
TBD Student/Parent Orientation
Monday, July 8 Program Start Date/Pre-Test Administration
Friday, July 26 Program End Date/Post-test Administration

Please note that participation in the Pre-College Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to the University of Maryland.

Sample Daily Schedule*

Day Time Activity
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. SAT Prep - Math
Monday - Friday 10:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SAT Prep - Critical Reading
Monday - Friday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Departmental Presentation or Intro to Calculus

*Students will receive a detailed schedule prior to orientation and the start of the program.


The entire program costs $300 per student.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.  Please email for more information.


All students attending a high school in Maryland are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to students who attend school or reside in Prince George's County or Baltimore City, Maryland, Washington, DC, or one of the select high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland:

  • Albert Einstein HS 
  • John F. Kennedy HS 
  • Northwood HS 
  • Wheaton HS

Students MUST also meet the following requirements:

  • Currently in the tenth or eleventh grade (i.e. rising juniors and seniors).
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Materials/Technical Requirements

Program participation will require:

  • Access to Laptop Computer/Desktop Computer/Tablet with broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.
  • A student account set up on the College Board and Khan Academy.
  • Additional materials may be needed at the request of the program instructors.

How To Apply

Students must submit*:

  • The online application which includes a personal statement essay addressing the following prompt:  Why would you like to participate in the Pre-College Scholars Program?  What are your interests in the University of Maryland and the Clark School?  Please feel free to share your past experiences, extra-curricular activities, and strengths in your essay.
    • Essay should be one page, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced using Microsoft Word or PDF format only.
  • An official or unofficial copy of high school transcript
  • An official copy of PSAT and/or SAT scores (if applicable)

*The University of Maryland recognizes and values the privacy of university community members and its guests and strives to be leaders and set the standard in which we manage personal information. For more information, please review the University of Maryland's Privacy Notice.

Application Deadline


Contact Information

Ms. Aishah Briscoe, Program Manager for Undergraduate Outreach and Recruitment

A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

1126E Glenn L. Martin Hall, College Park, MD 20742