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Academics

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5 College Junior

Academics: I feel like i am going to perfect my craft at this school

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some are nice, some suck.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are very helpfuo for the most part, and they're very helpful in each curriculum. Depending on the teacher, the workload varies.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics is the best. The professors are understandable and supportive. The registration process is very easy to do. The workload is heavy but can be manageable depends on the student. Also, they are plenty of study areas around campus for study groups to meet or just for an individual.

3 College Freshman

Academics: the internship program are one of the best

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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
44
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: 3%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 4%
  • Police and Criminal Science: 6%
  • Sociology: 3%
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 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 41 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 41 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 37% This was one of my top choices.
  • 63% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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