University of Maryland--Eastern Shore

2014 Quick Stats
J.T. Williams Hall, Room 2106

Princess Anne, MD 21853

Phone: (410) 651-2200
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (North)

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University of Maryland--Eastern Shore is a public institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,758, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 745 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,998 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,504 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the State Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment, particularly from among ethnic minorities. Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with learning, discovery, and engagement missions consistent with valuing the scholarship of faculty in discovering knowledge, disseminating new knowledge, and applying that knowledge to the extended community. The University recognizes its responsibility for developing human potential, enriching cultural expressions, and sharing its expertise with individuals, businesses, educational, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. The learning, discovery, and engagement foci are in accordance with UMES' legacy and mission as Maryland 1890 Land-Grant Institution. UMES is proud of its over 120 years of continuous educational service, initially under the aegis of the Methodist Church.

One of the original purposes of the land-grant institutions, the education of citizens for life in the American economy (then, largely agrarian, but now more diverse), includes the disciplines of agriculture, home economics, and mechanical arts. UMES continues to embrace the original purposes as well as its current expansions to include the liberal arts, scientific, business, technological, and professional programs that extend to urban and international settings. The expansion of the land-grant missions reflects the changes in both internal and external environments which include cultural diversity, global interdependence, changes in local, state, and national economy, and the exponential growth of information communication technology. Just as the focus on agriculture, home economics, and the mechanical arts was appropriate in the 1890, the wide range of instructional, research, and public service commitments that now characterize this university is vital today.

International perspective in higher education is crucial to the development of leaders who are sensitive to the role America plays in shaping the national and international agendas. UMES is committed to providing an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in an environment that is responsive to global perspectives in education. The University aims to imbed internationalism in some curricula and to extend its concept of international education through continuing education and cooperative ventures with foreign universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private industries.

UMES is the only institution on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that offers doctoral degrees in several disciplines and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. Its unique programs in the University System of Maryland include Aviation Science, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Golf Management. It is the first Historically Black Institution in the nation to offer a Bachelor's Degree in Golf Management that is accredited by the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA).

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $24,632,367


When applying to University of Maryland--Eastern Shore, it's important to note the application deadline is June 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at University of Maryland--Eastern Shore is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.5 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.5%
Application deadline June 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Maryland--Eastern Shore is 16:1, and the school has 54.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Maryland--Eastern Shore include: Criminal Justice/Police Science; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Police Science 14%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11%
English Language and Literature, General 9%

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Student Life

University of Maryland--Eastern Shore has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,758, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,454
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Maryland--Eastern Shore offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Maryland--Eastern Shore also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Maryland--Eastern Shore, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Maryland--Eastern Shore.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Maryland--Eastern Shore, 80.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,065.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,998 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,504 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,774 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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