Academics

Location
Princess Anne, MD
Undergrads
3,449
Tuition (in-state)
$14,849 ($6,713)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The different majors at my school is very helpful. They want to make sure we get out of there when we are suppose to. IN 4 YEARS!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many different types of academics are offered at my school and we have some of the best programs in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UMES likes to test the students and expands their minds so they are more intellgent when they graduate from the school when they achieve their goals.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: they have wonderful tutors and very helpful staff. if there was a problem I had I would go to them and most of the time it would be solved.

1 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The field of biology is different from the others because we have the worst professors, the worst class times, and more than likely, majority of students don't finish in four years because certain classes are only available during either the fall or spring semester.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 340th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 844th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1085th
    Best Registration Process
  • 1088th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 1102nd
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kennice Evans
Hometown
Eastern Shore, Md.
Major
English
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The academics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are high quality, and there are more strengths than weaknesses. Major strengths include the credibility of teachers, involved advisers, and the opportunity to earn an “A” in each class you are taking. There are not many weaknesses but communication between students and teachers and the lack of foreign language courses can be considered cons here. However, overall, UMES is applauded and its reputation continues to be justified.

Most professors here have a passion for teaching and educating young adults. They want each of their students to excel, although there can sometimes be a lack of communication in certain cases. Advisers try their best to guide students in the right direction throughout their academic careers. If a student does not stay in touch with their adviser, they could fall behind. Registering and selecting classes is not hard because HawkWeb—the student information online system—is very helpful. Seniors and athletes get first choice of classes, followed by juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, respectively. Advisers help their students select a course load that meets their requirements but is not too strenuous, despite the sometimes challenging curriculum. Directed by their adviser, a student can achieve the best grades possible and graduate at their appointed time.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
205
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
149
Total FT Faculty
215
Faculty with Terminal Degree
70%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,498
Full-Time Retention Rate
69%
Part-Time Retention Rate
38%
Transfer-Out Rate
27%
Graduation Rate
32%
Programs/Majors Offered
35
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 65%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • School of the Arts and Professions
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Alternative Therapeutic Professions: 4%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Police and Criminal Science: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
There are many online courses available at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and nearly every major offers at least one online course. UMES Students are required to obtain 12 alternative credits before graduating, and alternative credits include online classes. Professors who teach online classes respond quickly to e-mails and help their students succeed as much as in-class teachers do. Students in online classes can communicate with one another through e-mail and discussions questions, which are usually posted by teachers in online classes. An advantage to taking an online class is that a student can finish the class early and focus on their other classes for the rest of the semester. A disadvantage would be if a student forgets about the online class and falls behind. In general, online classes are best for students who are focused and self-disciplined.
Best Places to Study
  • Honors Library
  • Library basement
  • Your dorm
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not skip class.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's okay to say, "I don't know."
  • Get involved.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Manage your time and balance your social life with school work.
  • Work closely with your adviser.
Did You Know?
If you need extra academic help, The Center for Access and Academic Success offers tutoring in every subject. There is also a writing center run by the English department if you'd like assistance writing a great paper.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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