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University of Maryland Eastern Shore Overview

University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a public institution situated in Princess Anne, Maryland. The location of UMES is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is University of Maryland Eastern Shore Known For?

382 Undergraduate Awards
$27,189 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at UMES since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UMES.
  • In 2019-2020, 72% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMES.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Value Pharmacology & Toxicology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Ecology & Systematics Biology Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMES has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Master’s Degree Marine Biology Graduates College Factual
#2 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Toxicology College Factual
#3 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Pharmacology & Toxicology College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Marine Biology College Factual

Where Is University of Maryland Eastern Shore?


Contact details for UMES are given below.

Contact Details
Address: J.T. Williams Hall, Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299
Phone: 410-651-2200

How Do I Get Into UMES?

You can apply to UMES online at:

Admission Requirements for UMES

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMES?

62% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
80% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 62%, UMES does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 80% of students accepted to UMES submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 510. Math scores were between 410 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Maryland Eastern Shore  ( 430 to 510 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Maryland Eastern Shore  ( 410 to 500 )
UMES received ACT scores from 6% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 13 and 18. Math scores were between 15 and 17. Composite scores were between 16 and 19.

ACT English Scores for University of Maryland Eastern Shore  ( 13 to 18 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Maryland Eastern Shore  ( 15 to 17 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Maryland Eastern Shore  ( 16 to 19 )

Can I Afford University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

$27,189 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
9.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMES is $27,189. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UMES, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $6,246 a year. That adds up to $24,984 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMES is 9.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,860 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,069 undergraduate students at UMES, with 1,860 being full-time and 209 being part-time.


There are also 577 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,860 full-time undergraduates at UMES, 44% are male and 56% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Maryland Eastern Shore students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 992
Hispanic or Latino 91
White 169
International Students 41
Other Races/Ethnicities 545

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at UMES. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, China, and Jamaica.

Online Learning at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

77 Took All Classes Online
1,097 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,097 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMES has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 29th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UMES

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Maryland Eastern Shore was $8,558 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $18,968. The following table shows how UMES is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Information Technology #10 #33
Computer & Information Sciences #64 #70

Online Growth Rankings of UMES

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Maryland Eastern Shore was 9.9%. This is the #1,396 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMES regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMES majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Information Technology 54%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMES ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMES.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Technology #226

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 56 0 0 56
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 19 6 25 50
General Biology 34 0 0 34
Health & Physical Education 32 0 0 32
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 28 28
Hospitality Management 27 0 0 27
Sociology 23 0 0 23
General Family & Consumer Sciences 21 0 0 21
Business Administration & Management 19 0 0 19
Computer Information Systems 15 3 0 18
General Engineering 18 0 0 18
Civil Engineering Technology 17 0 0 17
General Agriculture 15 0 0 15
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Information Technology 0 13 0 13
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6 0 6 12
General Psychology 10 0 0 10
Air Transportation 10 0 0 10
Criminology 0 9 0 9
Special Education 5 3 0 8
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 7 0 8
Finance & Financial Management 7 0 0 7
Engineering Technology (Other) 7 0 0 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3 1 2 6
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 3 3 6
Marketing 6 0 0 6
Student Counseling 0 6 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 6 0 0 6
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 5 0 5
Food Science Technology 0 3 1 4
Accounting 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 3 0 0 3
Chemistry 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 0 1
Educational Administration 0 0 1 1
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0
History 0 0 0 0
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 382 59 66 507


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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