The UMES Mission
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is an undergraduate and graduate degree granting, research/teaching university on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and the 1890 Land Grant institution for the State of Maryland. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with a teaching, research and extension mission consistent with its legacy as an 1890 Historically Black Land Grant institution. UMES emphasizes its commitment to equal educational opportunity, and strives to provide educational, research and public service programs to the state and region.
The Academic Program
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is one of eleven degree‐granting campuses of the University System of Maryland. It was founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy under control of the Methodist Church.
UMES offers major programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in 26 disciplines in the arts and sciences, professional studies and agricultural sciences. UMES has 13 teaching degree programs and two pre‐professional programs, as well as an Honors Program designed to prepare students for study in professional schools.
The Campus and Environment
Located in the small, historic town of Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, UMES is located on 745 acres of land with 90 buildings. UMES offers suitable facilities for its graduate programs including well‐equipped, state‐of‐the‐art laboratories and instrumentation, computing and telecommunications and networking capabilities, and resource centers.
Behind the East Campus are about 300 acres of farmland where innovative agriculture, environmental, and aquaculture research - serving both local and global economies - is conducted by several institutes, centers and programs.
Programs in the marine, estuarine and environmental sciences and in the agricultural sciences also benefit from the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a field laboratory with its diverse natural resources: the land, the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and the Atlantic Coast, state forests and parks, and a National Seashore (at Assateague Island). There is easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities such as camping, fishing and water sports. Within a several hour drive are the resources of Maryland’s Western Shore and the federal sector located in the Washington, D.C.‐Baltimore‐ Northern Virginia corridor.
The UMES graduate programs in quantitative fisheries, education, computer science, physical therapy, criminology & criminal justice and rehabilitation counseling serve and address community and regional needs for professionals and technical specialists.
The international dimension of the UMES campus can be evidenced by the flags of over 50 nations that fly, on a rotational basis, at the campus entrance. These flags are a reminder of the various nationalities of students enrolled at UMES.