Opportunities & Support

Student Groups and Organizations

The University of Maryland Soil Judging Team

Soil judging develops and tests a student’s ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world natural systems. To “judge” a soil, students spend one hour in a 5-foot-deep pit describing the characteristics of the various soil layers.

These layers that have developed in the soil, the ability of the soil to transmit and retain water and support roots, the geological history of the site, the long-term processes of soil development, the classification of the soil, and the potential challenges of using the soil for land uses such as building a home.

Lean more about UMD's National Champion Soil Judging Teams: UMD Soil Judging


The mission of RESTORE, the ENST Society, is to enhance the educational experience of society members and other students by providing members with the opportunity to participate in educational, service, recreational, and social activities. Members gain better preparedness for the work force, while making a positive contribution to the field of Environmental Science and Technology as well as the community.

RESTORE was founded by ENST undergraduates about 20 years ago, previously named The Natural Resources Management Society, and has always been completely student-run. The society attends a variety of “green” events on and off campus all year round.

RESTORE is now open to students of all majors! We welcome anyone with an interest in environmental science, sustainability and activism. Just attend meetings and/or events to participate. If you have any questions, feel free to email us (restore.enst@gmail.com) and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and join our TerpLink page!

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support the professional development of minorities.

Green Roots

Green Roots exists to advance sustainable and urban agriculture through innovative techniques. We grow food through hydroponics, which is the production of plants without soil, by integrating a number of diverse disciplines.

Student Support

Resources to assist current undergraduate and graduate students in managing their studies at the University of Maryland:

Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad is a great opportunity for students to gain skills and experiences on a global scale:

Scholastic Opportunities

Campus Opportunities

  • Beyond the Classroom
    Beyond the Classroom (BTC) is an interdisciplinary living and learning program for undergraduate students. Students in BTC develop educational and professional leadership skills to understand and contribute to civic engagement and social change in a global context.

    CIVICUS is a program for enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated students who want to get involved with the campus and local community to make a positive difference.

  • College Park Scholars
    College Park Scholars is a community of twelve interdisciplinary living-learning programs for academically talented first- and second-year students. Each program focuses on a specific theme and offers specially designed courses and experiences that relate to its theme.

First Year Learning Communities

  • Freshmen Connection
    Freshmen Connection lets incoming Maryland freshmen get a jump start on their first year of college. Earn University credit while you ease into campus life before the start of your freshman year.

  • Global Communities
    Global Communities, located within Dorchester Hall, is an exciting living experience, rich in cultural diversity and academic enhancement. Students from more than 30 countries and the United States, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds, come together to form an international community.

  • Hinman CEO's
    MTECH Ventures is the Clark School of Engineering's vehicle for entrepreneurship education for technology creators, and venture creation services and resources for entrepreneurs committed to bridging the gap between technical ideas and viable companies.

  • Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House
    The Jiménez-Porter Writers' House is a unique Living and LearningProgram that offers students at the University of Maryland a literary center for the study of creative writing across cultures and languages.

  • Language House
    The Language House Immersion Program is open to second-semester freshmen and above. It provides students who are serious about language learning with the opportunity for daily language and cultural immersion in an organized study environment.

  • Markets and Society
    Markets & Society is an exciting program within Letters and Sciences for students interested in exploring the world of business. It is a wonderful opportunity for broad exposure to this particular area.

  • Presidents Promise

  • Quest (Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams) Honors Program
    A reality-based learning experience that engages undergraduate students from business, engineering, and computer, mathematical and physical sciences, in courses that are focused on cross-functional collaboration, quantitative methods, interactive planning and quality principles.

  • Study Abroad

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

  • University Honors Program
    The Honors Program welcomes students into a close-knit community of faculty and intellectually gifted undergraduates committed to acquiring a broad and balanced education. Honors seminars are small classes taught by outstanding faculty who encourage discussion and foster innovative thinking.

  • University Honors Program, Gemstone
    The Gemstone Program is a multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Under guidance of faculty mentors and Gemstone staff, teams of students design, direct and conduct significant research.

  • University Honors Program, Humanities
    Honors Humanities is the University of Maryland’s premier honors program for talented beginning undergraduates with interests in the humanities and creative arts.