University of Maryland Eastern Shore Details
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|Level of Selectivity
Slightly competitive (in-state); competitive
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.
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.
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
Estimated total cost: $10,591 (in-state); $15,138 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|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.
March 1 (priority); continuous
July 15 (fall); December 15 (spring
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.
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
Campus Regulations: Freshman orientation mandated; cars allowed with
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career counseling and placement, student employment services, remediation
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
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.
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%
University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a member of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I, and the Mid-Eastern Athletic
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.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Three summer sessions.
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,
Masterís Degree: Agricultural/Extension Education, Applied Computer
Science, Career and Technology Education, Guidance and Counseling, Special
Education, Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, Physical Therapy,
Doctorate: Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, Toxicology