UMES_sealFounded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land grant, historically black college. It maintains a legacy of an HBCU that offers equal education opportunity to all students. The college is located in Princess Anne, Maryland, United States and is a part of the University System of Maryland. UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Profile

General Information

  • Location: 30665 Student Services Center Lane, Princess Anne, MD 21853, United States
  • Phone: +1 410-651-7747
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  • Type: 4-year, Public Land-grant HBCU
  • Awards offered: UMES offers Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Professional degrees
  • City: Fringe Town
  • Student population: 4,130
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Accreditation: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Campus Setting

UMES campus is located on 620 acres of land in Princess Anne, 15 miles from Salisbury. It boasts of a peaceful community environment which is excellent for learning. The state’s famous seaside resort, Ocean City and other cultural and recreational facilities of Washington, D.C. , Virginia Beach, Baltimore, and Philadelphia are in close proximity.


University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers 38 undergraduate, 15 master’s and 8 doctoral programs within five schools: School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, School of Arts and Professions, School of Business and Technology, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and School of Graduate Studies.

Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Agribusiness
  • Applied Design
  • Art Education
  • Aviation Sciences
  • Biology, General
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/Data Processing
  • Construction Management Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • History
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Human Ecology
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Sociology
  • Urban Forestry


  • Master’s Degree
  • Applied Computer Science
  • Career and Technology Education
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Natural Resources Sciences
  • Professional Sciences Master’s
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Special Education
  • Teaching (MAT)
  • Physical Assistant

Doctorate (Research and Scholarship)

  • Education Leadership
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Mariene-Esturaine-Environmental Sciences
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Toxicology

Doctorate (Professional Practice)

  • Pharmacy (Pahrm.D.)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)


umes_sportsThe University of Maryland Eastern Shore was one of the founding members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1970. Their 15 sports teams commonly known as Hawks represent UMES in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, and tennis; women's sports include bowling, softball, and volleyball; men's sports include baseball and golf. They compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and in the MEAC for most sports and in the ECAC for volleyball, track and field, bowling and baseball.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore History


  • Founded in 1886 with 9 students and one faculty through the offices of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the school was known as the Delaware Conference Academy.
  • Later UMES came to be known as Industrial Branch of Morgan State College and Princess Anne Academy.
  • In 1919, The State of Maryland, in operating its land-grant program at the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, to which African-American students were not admitted, sought to provide a Land-Grant program for them and assumed control of the Princess Anne Academy, changing its name to Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College.
  • In 1948 the name was again changed, to Maryland State College. In 1970, the university obtained its current name of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • From its original campus building known as “Olney,” constructed in 1798 during the era of President George Washington, UMES has grown to over 745 acres with 32 major buildings and 41 other units. The student population has drastically increased to 4,500. Within the last decade, the University has added 20 degree granting programs to its academic roster.

Source: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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