University of Maryland Eastern Shore


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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    Information Summary

    Ranks 22nd in Maryland and 1197th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
    Overall Score (about) 77.7
    Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $24,216
    Admission Success rate N/A
    ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 20 / 1050
    Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 13 : 1
    Retention (full-time / part-time) 63% / 40%
    Enrollment Total (all students) 3,193


    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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