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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD


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University of Maryland Eastern Shore



A historically black, public research institution, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was founded in 1886 with a mission to promote diversity, equality, and intellectual development. According to “US News and World Report”, University of Maryland Eastern Shore is ranked as the 17th Best Historically Black College and/or University (HBCU) in the United States. Today, UMES continues to advance its founding mission by welcoming students from all nationalities, races, and ethnicities. Upon graduation, students possess the skills to necessary to succeed in their chosen fields.

Exceptional and Diverse Faculty Members

Like UMES students, the faculty members at University of Maryland Eastern Shore come from a wide range of educational and personal backgrounds. UMES professors are particularly successful in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and have published groundbreaking reports and articles in these fields. UMES professors have been recognized on a state-level for their success as mentors, scholars, public servants, and innovative researchers.

With a low student-faculty ratio (13:1), undergraduate and graduate students can engage directly with their professors as mentors in order to excel in their areas of interest. Faculty members are committed to student success and achievement, and they work hard to foster positive relationships throughout students’ careers, particularly during their thesis and dissertation writing periods.

A Wide Variety of Opportunities for Student Involvement in Both Research and Campus Life

UMES has undergraduate degree programs in 38 disciplinary areas, and 16 graduate programs. Notable programs include Criminal Justice, Biology, Kinesiology, Aviation, and Human Ecology, among others. In these and other areas, students have numerous opportunities to become involved in research. For example, due to its unique location between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, UMES is able to offer a variety of research opportunities related to sea life, coastal ecology, off-shore fisheries, and coastal marine sciences. All programs are designed with student research in mind, and they promote the development of hands-on skills that can be transferred to the job market and applied in future research degrees.

Across campus, there is also vibrant student life in the form of clubs, organizations, sports, and fraternities. In addition to typical student life organizations, UMES also has historic programs that specifically promote the success of people of color. For instance, students can become involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), among others.

Beautiful Campus Location and Easy Access to Surrounding Areas

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus is situated in the historic town of Princess Anne. The entire area on campus known as the Academic Oval is on Maryland’s Registry of Historic Places. As such, students can engage directly with American history while completing their assignments and sipping a coffee in a local cafe or working by the famous Boxwood Gardens. UMES also encourages engagement with the wider community and surrounding areas through its numerous Arts & Entertainment programs as well as service learning opportunities.

The town and UMES campus both provide a quiet and quaint learning environment for students to succeed. However, students also have easy access to larger cities including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York City. All of these cities can be easily reached in under three hours. For students who wish to explore the surrounding area, public transportation is widely available free with your Hawk Card.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

UMES recognizes that college is inaccessible for many young adults, and makes every effort to reduce the barriers that prevent students from achieving their educational dreams and goals. It has set up a number of financial aid, grant, loan, and scholarship opportunities to promote the education of students from marginalized backgrounds. A special financial aid office within UMES provides tailored financial aid guidance to students. Undergraduates can also apply for work-study jobs that will help fund them through their degrees.

In the case of graduate students, UMES offers not only financial aid, but also Graduate Assistantships (GAs) in teaching, research, and administrative areas. Graduate Assistantships give students the chance to earn extra funding for their degrees and personal lives as they progress through their advanced programs. Graduate students often find teaching to be both a valuable skill and a rewarding chance to engage with younger students who are just beginning their educational journeys.

Location & Contact

Address 11868 Academic Oval
Princess Anne, MD  21853
United States

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
3 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer May 1st Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 488 440 530
SAT Math 473 430 520
ACT Composite 18 15 20

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No

Financial Aid

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 4.05%
Black or African American 70.79%
White or Caucasian 9.47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.2%
Asian 1.65%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 4.21%
Other 6.6%


Male (44.56%)
Female (55.44%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Not Reported
Housing options Co-ed housing
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Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 58%

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
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Bowling No No No
Cheerleading Checkmark Checkmark No
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Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
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Bowling Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
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Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 204
Part-time - 84
Male - 153
Female - 135