The Carillon Communities

Social Change

Students in iGIVE explore social issues and engage in activities to create social change.



In Once and Future Planet students engage in field work to learn about the natural world.

Once and Future Planet


Enterprising Cultures students discover how entrepreneurs, workers and consumers navigate business culture.

Enterprising Cultures

the carillon community experience

About the Carillon Communities

Carillon students stand rock pverlooking the Potomoc River What is Carillon Communities?
A one-year living-learning program for first year students who want to accelerate their engagement with UMD.

Who is it for?
Students who are curious, creative, compassionate, and want to translate their passion into purpose.

What is its purpose?
To teach emergent problem solvers strategies to drive academic success and tackle wicked problems.

What is in it for me?
You can expect to translate your passion into purpose by:
  • Designing an academic path aligned with your interests.
  • Creating key relationships with UMD faculty and staff.
  • Cultivating friendships with classmates who, just like you, are curious, creative, and compassionate.
  • Applying your intellectual curiosity inside and outside of the classroom.

How Does the Program Work?

Professor Aurbach speaking with a group of students

You live together in Easton Hall and are invited to participate in community events throughout the year.
In the fall semester you complete the Carillon studio (1-credit course) and an academic course that is aligned with your passion and taught by an expert in the field. There are three Carillon Communities to choose from:
            Social Change      iGIVE
            Science      Once and Future Planet
            Entrepreneurship      Enterprising Cultures

How Does It Fit with My Major?

The Carillon studio allows you to learn about University resources, review majors, meet with your academic advisor, and develop a four-semester plan.

The academic course is a three-credit General Education course that contributes to degree requirements. This video helps explain how the program fulfills those requirements.

Both courses highlight problem-solving, team work, design thinking and communication, skills demanded of successful students in all majors and careers.

Applying to Carillon

You can complete the Interest Inventory and Application Form either online or download the form and return via email or the mail.

Carillon Communities Interest Inventory and Application Form (Word document)

Email form to:

Mail form to:
Carillon Communities
University of Maryland
2110 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742

**Completing this application does not guarantee you housing at UMD. Every new first-year student who desires to live in campus residence halls MUST complete the 2017-2018 Housing/Dining Services Agreement by May 1, 2017 to be eligible to live on campus.  The housing agreement can be found at Residential Life.