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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a historically black, land grant university that was established in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Over the years, the academy had several name changes before it came to be known as the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1919.

By the year 1970, University of Maryland Eastern Shore had established an academic system that was far above the programs taught at its neighboring colleges and universities. Current students get the benefit of honors programs and other unique study options taught in conjunction with the university’s Baltimore campus.

As of 2011, there are approximately 4000 students enrolled on campus.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore currently offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching and master of education programs. All the programs are available through the following schools:

  • School of Arts and Professions
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Students have the option of over ten subjects in Master of Arts in Teaching including agriculture, biology, and family and consumer sciences.

    From the year 2003 onwards, the university has also started including programs in physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore is accredited by Maryland State Department of Education and has several program specific accreditations such as those by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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    Students can apply for the spring and fall sessions by completing an online application form, which is available at the official University of Maryland Eastern Shore website.

    Here are the admission requirements for prospective students:

    Undergraduate Applicants

    Official high school transcripts are required, in the absence of which GED scores can be submitted. You should have scored above 45 in all exams on GED.

    SAT or ACT scores are also mandatory for graduates of non accredited high schools in Maryland. Students should have studied a foreign language for two years.

    Transfer Applicants

    Students wishing to transfer to University of Maryland Eastern Shore should have completed more than 28 credit hours in high school. Students who have attended an institution of higher learning must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

    International Applicants

    International students must apply six months before the spring or fall sessions start. They are required to submit all official transcripts of education, along with SAT scores and TOEFL scores.

    A proof of financial self sufficiency should be submitted with copies of the I-94 form, visa, and passport.

    Graduate Applicants

    Students applying to graduate and doctoral programs at the university must check admission requirements with the school they are applying to. For example – PCAT scores are required for the Doctor of Pharmacy program while PRAXIS I and II are required for the Master of Education in Teaching programs.

    Financial Aid

    Federal financial aid is available in the form of federal grants, loans, and work study programs. Students can apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore also has several scholarship programs which are extended each year to meritorious students. In order to apply for university scholarships, there are some minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Students must not be receiving federal aid.
  • Should be a U.S. citizen and have a valid social security number.
  • Should be taking at least 6 credits in a year.
  • Institutional scholarships at the university include The Abell Foundation Scholarship, The Alex Brown Continuing Scholars Fund, The Class of 1974 Scholarship, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award, and many more. Details can be found here.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 3069th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Maryland.


    Most of the student body resides on campus in the multiple residence halls and apartments that make a part of the 776 acre campus. These include the Court Plaza, Harford, Nuttle, University Terrace, Wicomico and several others. Enrollment to residence facilities is based upon availability.

    While at campus, your free time can be effectively utilized through student clubs and activities, which focus on promoting extracurricular activities, leadership development, and community service projects, among other things. The university has an active Greek life with several chapters, including:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Omega Phi Psi
  • Other students organizations are the Gospel Choir, Biology Society, Pineapple Express, and Indian Student Association.

    An important element of student learning is leadership development, which is taken very seriously by the university and the student bodies that help organize classes for it. Students learn essential skills that help them succeed in their professional careers.

    The university has a recreation center that is open from Monday to Saturday. Students can enjoy activities like bowling, video games, table tennis, and billiards. The video game room is equipped with an Xbox 360 and a Wii.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    Athletic teams at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are popularly called the Hawks. The Hawks are members of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association.

    Men’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor and outdoor track
  • Tennis
  • Women’s sports also include bowling and softball. The Lady Hawks have won several NCAA bowling championships, including the 2011NCAA Championship.

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore has several state of the art athletic facilities on campus, all of which are housed at the Hytche Athletic Center. Games are held at the Hawk Stadium.

    Local Community

    When you join the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, you will be welcomed by a small town with a population of less than 3000 people. Though it is a relatively small town, Princess Anne, has a rich cultural heritage from the mid 18th century, which has still been preserved by residents. Almost 300 structures in Princess Anne have been included in the National Register for Historic Places.


  • Roger Brown, former NFL player
  • Art Shell, NFL Hall of Fame player
  • Ira Smith, minor league baseball player
  • Bibliography

    • University of Maryland Eastern Shore. University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Web. June 9, 2011.
    • Town of Princess Anne. Town of Princess Anne. Web. June 9, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 21st in Maryland and 1151st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Maryland and 547th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 2 0.04
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.02
    Robbery 4 0.09
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 25 0.55
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 1 0.02
    Arrest 5 0.11

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 14 0.42
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.03
    Forcible Rape 1 0.03
    Robbery 11 0.33
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 34 1.02
    Larceny 84 2.53
    Vehicle theft 2 0.06

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299
    Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
    Total Population12,093 (8,268 urban / 3,825 rural)
    Households3,136 (2.36 people per house)
    Median Household Income$28,365
    Families1,913 (2.97 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District2401

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 1330th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,628 $4,628 $13,134
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,370 $2,370 $2,370
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $192 $192 $484
    FT Graduate Tuition $6,888 $6,888 $12,264
    FT Graduate Required Fees $172 $172 $172
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $287 $287 $511
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,454 $21,454 $29,960
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,080 $22,080 $30,586
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $18,264 $18,264 $26,770

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $25,271 $49,130
    Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,794 $1,794

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $6,482 $6,713 $6,482 $6,713 $14,263 $14,849
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $7,758 $8,074
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,800
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,850 $8,482
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000 $4,300
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,350 $8,966

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$25
    Graduate Application Fee$45
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 4,073 (1,597 male / 2,476 female)
    Admitted 2,241 (866 male / 1,375 female)
    Admission rate 55%
    First-time Enrollment 610 (257 male / 353 female)
    FT Enrollment 604 (254 male / 350 female)
    PT Enrollment 6 (3 male / 3 female)
    Total Enrollment4,220

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    1329th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 16%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 18
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 18
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19

    SAT Test Admission

    1256th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 480
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 480
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 960

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity2,206
    Meals per Week19
    Room Fee$4,756
    Board Fee$3,900

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

    Total 28 395 13 12 82 12 564
    Accounting 3 16 1 4 24
    Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 5 1 6
    African-American/Black Studies
    Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 1 2
    Agriculture, General 6 1 7
    Art Teacher Education
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 27 1 2 1 2 37
    Business Administration and Management, General 1 31 3 1 37
    Business Teacher Education
    Chemistry, General 6 6
    Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 5 1 10
    Commercial and Advertising Art 1 10 12
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 6 7 1 1 15
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 4 3 8
    Criminal Justice/Police Science 70 3 76
    Criminology 5 2 7
    Ecology 1 9 10
    Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 3 2 2 8
    Engineering, General 3 4 1 1 9
    English Language and Literature, General 1 31 1 2 36
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 32 2 2 1 40
    Financial Planning and Services
    Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 1 1
    Food Science 3 2 5
    History, General 3 3
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General 7 7
    Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 3 19 2 4 10 38
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 24 2 29
    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 3 1 4
    Mathematics, General
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 1 7
    Music Teacher Education 1 1
    Physician Assistant 5 1 1 6 13
    Psychology, General
    Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1 32 1 1 4 2 43
    Secondary Education and Teaching 3 3
    Sociology 38 2 42
    Special Education and Teaching, General 3 9 1 13
    Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 2 2 5
    Urban Forestry

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1172nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $72,408 ($76,424 male / $62,264 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 215 (124 male / 91 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 365
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
    Total Benefits $6,922,354

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