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Study at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, also referred to as UMES, is located in Princess Anne, Maryland, United States. The university was established in the year 1886 and is under the University System of Maryland. Originally, UMES was known as the Delaware Conference Academy. It gained university status in the year 1970. UMES offers degrees to students through its four academic divisions. These are:

  • Agriculture and Natural Sciences
  • Arts and Professions
  • Business and Technology
  • Graduate Studies
Notable alumni of UMES are Billy Thompson, former NFL player; Art Shell, former NFL player and coach; and James Duncan, former NFL player. The university's athletic teams are known as the Hawks. Male students participate in sports such as cross country, outdoor track, baseball, basketball, and tennis. Female student participate in sports such as bowling, softball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Profile of University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The campus of UM Eastern Shore is in Princess Anne, MD, which is a town not far from a more urbanized area. The school is a public institution. Degrees at UM Eastern Shore include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in science, hospitality, computer science and engineering, nutrition and exercise therapy, and security and law enforcement.

UM Eastern Shore Selectivity

Admission at UM Eastern Shore is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 360. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 350 and 460.


UM Eastern Shore has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 4, 086 students enrolled (3, 718 full-time equivalent). UM Eastern Shore has a large minority student population.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. UM Eastern Shore offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), a historically Black land-grant university, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment, particularly among ethnic minorities. It is committed to providing high-quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment and to preparing students who serve and shape the global economy. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with a teaching, research, extension, and engagement mission consistent with valuing the scholarship of faculty in discovering knowledge, developing, and disseminating new knowledge, and applying that knowledge to the extended community. The University recognizes that it is also responsible for developing human potential, enriching cultural expression, and sharing its expertise with individuals, businesses, and educational and governmental agencies. Teaching, research, and engagement foci align with UMES legacy and mission as Marylands 1890 land-grant institution. UMES is proud of its more than one hundred seventeen years of continuous educational service, initially under the aegis of the Methodist Church. "

UM Eastern Shore Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Security and Law Enforcement83criminal justice and police, criminology
Business and Management78business management, accounting
Liberal Arts73sociology, English, interdisciplinary studies, African-American studies, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy54rehabilitation, exercise science
Science49biology, chemistry, marine biology, ecology, toxicology
Education and Teaching40industrial arts teaching, special ed, school Counselling, secondary teaching, educational administration, music teaching, science teaching, business teaching, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science
Hospitality24hotel management
Family and Social Work22family and consumer science
Agricultural Science and Management17agriculture, food science, agricultural management
Engineering Technician12civil engineering tech, engineering technician
Medical Support and Technology7physician assistant
Photography and Commercial Art6commercial art
Therapy and Counselling5physical therapy
Transportation5aviation tech

Contact: UM Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

J. T. Williams Hall

Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299

General Phone: (410) 651-2200


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