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About UMD Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 as a historically black college. In 2020, we are one of the top 20 HBCUs, a doctoral research institution, and a top performer in social mobility. 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. With a wealth of opportunities, a highly individualized approach, and academic resources, UMES is able to encourage and empower all students- whatever their passion, whatever their goals- to achieve their very best.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a public, state school in an rural setting in Princess Anne, Maryland. UMD Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 and now enrolls around 2,648 students a year, including 2,070 undergrads.

UMD Eastern Shore offers housing for up to 1,798 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

UMD Eastern Shore's endowment was valued at $27.881 million in 2021. The institution spends around $13,660 for each full-time student enrolled. UMD Eastern Shore employs one full-time professor for every 10.47 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UMD Eastern Shore Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 62%
Average GPA 3.1
Mean ACT score 18
Mean SAT score 934
In-State Tuition $5,526
Out-of-State $16,145

UMD Eastern Shore Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at UMD Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore does not offer early decision or early action.

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UMD Eastern Shore Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into UMD Eastern Shore. Around 62% of applicants get into UMD Eastern Shore each year. Out of 8,508 applications received in 2021, 5,279 students were offered admission.

UMD Eastern Shore Waitlist

UMD Eastern Shore reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

UMD Eastern Shore is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UMD Eastern Shore, applicants must submit the following items.

UMD Eastern Shore Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

UMD Eastern Shore Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.1 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 934 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for UMD Eastern Shore students is 18.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UMD Eastern Shore.

Does UMD Eastern Shore Require Test Scores?

UMD Eastern Shore is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 95% submitted the SAT. 5% submitted the ACT.

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Does UMD Eastern Shore Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! UMD Eastern Shore provides on-campus housing for up to 1,798 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UMD Eastern Shore.

Financial Aid at UMD Eastern Shore

UMD Eastern Shore meets 34% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UMD Eastern Shore full-time are awarded $4,835 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UMD Eastern Shore a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMD Eastern Shore

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UMD Eastern Shore, around 73% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 756 students who started at UMD Eastern Shore as first-time freshman, 152 graduate within four years.

UMD Eastern Shore's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 40%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $9,861 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UMD Eastern Shore sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UMD Eastern Shore a good school for you?

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Where is UMD Eastern Shore?

UMD Eastern Shore is located in the rural setting of Princess Anne, Maryland.

If you want to see UMD Eastern Shore for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take US 13 to Princess Anne, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Salisbury - Ocean City - Wicomico (SBY).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UMD Eastern Shore and Princess Anne are like without leaving home.

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College Info

UMD Eastern Shore Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMD Eastern Shore is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMD Eastern Shore is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UMD Eastern Shore ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 19

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UMD Eastern Shore is 18. Students with an ACT score of 19 and above have a good chance of getting into UMD Eastern Shore. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 19 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UMD Eastern Shore SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

850 - 1010


Math SAT Range

410 - 500


Reading SAT Range

430 - 510

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850 to 1010


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UMD Eastern Shore students is 934. Applicants with SAT scores of 1010 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UMD Eastern Shore, while applicants with SAT scores between 850 to 1010 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 850 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UMD Eastern Shore.

UMD Eastern Shore Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UMD Eastern Shore is like? There are approximately 2,648 students enrolled at UMD Eastern Shore, including 2,070 undergraduate students and 578 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 79% percent are from MD and 21% percent of students are from other states.


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