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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate62%
Acceptance Rate62%

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 Overview

University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a public, state school in the rural setting of Princess Anne, Maryland. UMD Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 and the school enrolls around 2,648 students per year, which includes 2,070 undergrads. UMD Eastern Shore provides on-campus 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.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UMD Eastern Shore for Fall 2023 is June 1.

Student Activities at UMD Eastern Shore

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UMD Eastern Shore's theater groups.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? UMD Eastern Shore has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UMD Eastern Shore has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UMD Eastern Shore on the Student Life page.

2022 UMD Eastern Shore Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 62%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 95%
In-State Tuition $5,526
Out-of-State $16,145
Percent of Need Met 54.7%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,975

Is UMD Eastern Shore a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what UMD Eastern Shore offers and if it could be the right college for you.

UMD Eastern Shore Acceptance Rate 2022

UMD Eastern Shore is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at UMD Eastern Shore is 62%. Out of 8,508 applications received in 2022, 5,279 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMD Eastern Shore

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 73% of students who start at UMD Eastern Shore come back for their second year of college. 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 for UMD Eastern Shore Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from UMD Eastern Shore by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with UMD Eastern Shore directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of University of Maryland Eastern Shore's endowment was $27.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $13,660 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UMD Eastern Shore

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UMD Eastern Shore meets 54.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UMD Eastern Shore full-time are awarded $14,975 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $30,610 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UMD Eastern Shore.

Based on this information, does UMD Eastern Shore seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect 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

UMD Eastern Shore ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 19

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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16 and Less


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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1010 and Above


850 to 1010


850 and Less


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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