University of Maryland Eastern Shore Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 1 Backbone Rd.
City Princess Anne
State Maryland
Zip 21853
Phone 410-651-2200
Total Enrollment 3200
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive (in-state); competitive (out-of-state)
Location Located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the small town of Princess Anne, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is only 1 hour from Marylandís famed Ocean City beach resort. The campus is 13 miles south of Salisbury, Maryland, for shopping and recreation. The vast cultural offerings in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., can be reached in 3 hours. The airport is 12 miles away.
History The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts institution founded in 1886 as Princess Anne College by the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) to educate freed blacks. The original site purchased for the school was the historic Onley House, which was the former residence of prominent citizens of Princess Anne. UMES survived a difficult beginning, as Princess Anne citizens questioned the fact that freed blacks were allowed to receive an education and that the Onley House was being used for that purpose. Having founded the very successful Centenary Biblical Institute (now Morgan State University) in Baltimore in 1867, the Methodist Episcopal Church sought to establish another such school in its Delaware Conference, which included Princess Anne. Since the original purpose of the Centenary Biblical Institute was to educate black men as ministers, tradesmen, and teachers, the conferees thought to establish the new school in Princess Anne for black women. After some discussion and negotiation, the school was established as coed. In 1890, the passage of the Second Morrill Act established that Southern states having separate schools for blacks must provide institutions for them to study agriculture and technology. To that end, UMES became a land-grant institution. In 1948, the school was named Maryland State College, a Division of the University of Maryland. On July 1, 1970, Maryland State College became the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and ten years later UMES became one of the eleven campuses of the newly formed University of Maryland System. UMES remains committed to providing higher education in the agricultural sciences to blacks. As a land-grant institution, it has expanded its mission to provide higher education for students from diverse backgrounds, across the state and nation, in a broad range of educational programs. The campus is situated on 700 acres, with Georgian, Colonial, and modern architectural-style buildings. Facilities include the Frederick Douglass Library and the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center, both named for notable African Americans; an art and technology center; a computer center; and a number of laboratories. New facilities include Kiah Hall, Bird Hall, and the Aquaculture Building.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation University of Maryland Eastern Shore is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, masterís, and doctoral degrees.
Costs per Year 2001Ė02 Tuition: $3029 (in-state), $7576 (out-of-state) Room and board: $2980 (room); $2400 (board) Special fees: $1432 Books: $750 Estimated total cost: $10,591 (in-state); $15,138 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 3029
Out of State Tuition 7576
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army ROTC offers two- and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses as well as provide a monthly stipend.
Financial-Aid Deadline March 1 (priority); continuous
Admission Deadline July 15 (fall); December 15 (spring
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following units: 4 English, 3 mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry), 2 lab-based sciences, 3 social sciences, and 2 foreign language; submit official high school transcript, with minimum C average; recommendation from high school counselor; completed medical form by a physician. A $25 nonrefundable application fee is required (may be waived for some students). Maryland residents are given priority by state law.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 credit hours and completion of the core requirements, including 3 credits in math, 7 credits in science, and a computer course for some majors; minimum 2.0 GPA; complete 1 credit hour in freshman planning; the last 30 hours must be in residence at UMES.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 3,200
Diversity 40
Student Life Campus Regulations: Freshman orientation mandated; cars allowed with permits. Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling, career counseling and placement, student employment services, remediation and tutoring. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater and chorale. Students may get involved in the student-run newspaper and yearbook. Communication majors or volunteers can work on the student-run radio station. Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association (SGA) or international student groups, undergraduate student council, Caribbean International Club, Centennial Club, Collegiate Chapter of Future Farmers of America, Engineering Technology Society, Eta Rho Mu, Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Human Ecology Club, Miaka Club, NAACP, National Student Business League, Panhellenic Council, Students for Progressive Action, Accounting Club, Student Construction Association, Wicomico Hall Menís Association. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies are also represented on campus. Housing Availability: 1,700 housing spaces, freshmen given priority. Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 212 Student-teacher ratio: 25:1 Full-time faculty members: 144 Part-time faculty members: 68 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 94%
Athletic Program University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I, and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, cross-country, tennis, track and field; womenís basketball, bowling, cross-country, softball, tennis, and track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853-1299; Telephone: 410-651-6496.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Three summer sessions.
Degrees Accounting, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Art Education, Aviation Science, Biology, Business Administration, Business Education, Chemistry, Computer Science, Construction Management Technology, Criminal Justice, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, English, Environmental Sciences, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Human Ecology, Liberal Arts/General Studies, Mathematics, Music Education, Physician Assistant Program, Rehabilitation Services, Social Science Education, Sociology, Sociology/Social Work, Special Education, Technology Education Two-Year Preprofessional: Dental Hygiene, Engineering, Prenursing, Prepharmacy, Pre-Radiology Technology Four-Year Preprofessional: Biology/Predentistry, Biology/Premedicine, Chemistry/Premedicine Masterís Degree: Agricultural/Extension Education, Applied Computer Science, Career and Technology Education, Guidance and Counseling, Special Education, Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, Physical Therapy, Teaching Doctorate: Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, Toxicology
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