University of Maryland Eastern Shore Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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With a 38% acceptance rate, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore may appear fairly selective, but the reality is that most students with average grades and standardized test scores have a very good chance of being admitted. The university looks for a 930 or higher on the SAT, 18 or higher on the ACT, and a high school GPA of 2.5 or better. UMES will also want to see adequate course work in course subjects: four years of English and math; three years of social science/history, and two years of a foreign language and a lab-based science.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore Acceptance Rate: 38%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Description:

UMES, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a historically Black university and member of the University System of Maryland. The university occupies a nearly 800-acre campus in Princess Anne, Maryland, an easy drive to both the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1886, the university has expanded significantly in recent decades. Academic programs in business, hotel management, criminal justice, sociology, and physical therapy are particularly popular among undergraduates. On the athletic front, the UMES Hawks compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The school fields seven men's and eight women's Division I teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,904 (3,277 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,804 (in-state); $17,188 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,388
  • Other Expenses: $3,500
  • Total Cost: $22,192 (in-state); $31,576 (out-of-state)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72%
    • Loans: 76%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,502
    • Loans: $6,525

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Hotel Management, Rehabilitation Services, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 58%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 15%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 36%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore Mission Statement:

complete mission statement can be found at

"The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the state’s historically black 1890 land-grant institution, has its purpose and uniqueness grounded in distinctive learning, discovery and engagement opportunities in the arts and sciences, education, technology, engineering, agriculture, business and health professions.
UMES is a student-centered, doctoral research degree-granting university known for its nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, applied research, and highly valued graduates.
UMES provides individuals, including first generation college students, access to a holistic learning environment that fosters multicultural diversity, academic success, and intellectual and social growth."

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