Founded in 1886, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is home to more than 3,200 undergraduates and more than 300 graduate students, as well as 131 full-time faculty.
Located in the town of Princess Anne, the institution is a land-grant, historically black college that started life as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since then, the 745-acre campus has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was known as Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. It currently has more than 85 buildings with several others on line.
Academically, UMES specializes in the arts and sciences, agriculture, and business. True to its land-grant heritage, it offers a number of programs geared to the needs of the region, including construction management, aviation science, and hotel and restaurant management. Pre-professional training is available in eight fields, and its 10 graduate offerings include doctoral programs in Toxicology, Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences, Food Science and Technology, and Organizational Leadership.
POINTS OF PRIDE
• UMES students hail from 30 states and 55 other countries. More than half live on campus.
• UMES has an annual operating budget of more than $63.8 million.
• The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been ranked, by the National Professional Grounds Management Society, the second most beautiful campus in the United States for two consecutive years.
• Art Shell, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore alumnus, was the first black NFL Head Coach.
• The passing rate on the Dietetics Licensure Examination has been 100% each year since the program's inception in 1994.
• Private gifts and pledges to UMES in 2002, totaling $2.35 million, reached an all-time high.
• The Aviation Science program, which is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland, outside of the Naval Academy, is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the northeastern part of the United States.
• The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Rural Development Center has channeled more than $50 million into the Lower Eastern Shore over the last five years.
• The University annually spends 20 percent of its tuition revenue for scholarships for students. This is the highest percentage in the University System of Maryland.
• In Fiscal Year 2003, UMES received over $17 million in grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements from government agencies, foundations, other universities, and the business sector.
• UMES faculty and staff have peer-reviewed articles and chapters published by professional publishing houses and academic journals. In addition, faculty and staff present invited papers at national and international professional conferences.