About the LIFT Program

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LIFT Program Overview

With college admissions becoming more and more competitive, students need every advantage (or LIFT) possible in order to excel beyond their high school years. Our programs are available both during the summer and throughout the academic year to serve as a supplement to a student's high school experiences by creating more opportunities for students to become college ready and build their academic and social skills.

FAQs About Lift


Who qualifies for the LIFT Program?

Any rising 7th -12th grader is eligible for LIFT programs.

Do you have to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to apply?

The parent/child does not have to be affiliated with the University in any way to participate in LIFT's programs.

Are children of University of Maryland staff and faculty eligible for tuition remission?

No, tuition remission cannot be applied towards the cost of any LIFT program activities.

Will this program help my child gain admissions to the University of Maryland?

Participation in any LIFT program activities does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland.

What happens if a program is cancelled?

If enrollment minimums are not met, LIFT reserves the right to cancel any program up to one week before it is scheduled to begin. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, parents and students will be notified promptly and all application, program, and room and board expenses already paid will be refunded.

Summer Program

Does my child have to stay on campus?

No. A student can be a commuter student for any of our summer programs. All students are expected to arrive on campus each day by 8:30am and report to their first period class. They are dismissed on Mondays – Thursdays at 5:00pm and on Fridays after the evening presentations.

Who will be supervising my child?

LIFT program staff, and instructors

What if my child is absent or needs to leave campus?

Students who have a prior knowledge of an upcoming absence, should inform the Program Coordinator of the absence(s). It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments.

What happens if a student becomes ill?

All students must complete an emergency contact form that includes health insurance policy numbers. If a student should become ill or injured, he/she will be taken to the Health Center located on campus or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to ensure quality care for a student. Although this form will facilitate your admittance to a health center, it does not permit the University of Maryland to assume responsibility for healthcare needs. A student can visit the Health Center any time during the hours of operation. Families will be billed for any services or treatment received. If a student misses class due to illness, he/she can request written proof from the Health Center to give to an instructor.


What classes are available during the summer?

Curriculum for our Summer Institutes can be found on our summer academy page.

Can my child earn academic credit?

Academic credit is not offered. This is one of the ways LIFT is able to keep costs well below other academic summer programs

Contact LIFT Program

Daniel Lofgren - Program Coordinator & Haymanot Yalewayker - Program Manager
4119 Toll Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Email: LIFT@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-0895 Fax: 301-314-9155

About Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies is a federally funded TRIO Program comprised of the Upward Bound Program and the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. The TRIO programs provide education services to low-income and/or first-generation college bound students in an effort to overcome economic, social, and cultural barriers that impede the pursuit of higher-education.

Pre-College Programs provide high school students from the local community with academic counseling and support, career guidance, personal development seminars and college preparation workshops.