The University of Maryland Eastern Shore opened its doors Sept. 13, 1886, when it was known initially as the Delaware Conference Academy under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Greeting the nine students who showed up that Monday were two educators, Benjamin O. Bird and his wife, Portia Lovett Bird.
UMES provides individuals, including first generation college students, access to a holistic learning environment that fosters multicultural diversity, academic success, and intellectual and social growth.
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.
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The Division of Student Affairs consists of nine functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs that are accessible to all members of the UMES community.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is an outstanding community where academic pursuits are complemented through the on-campus residential experience. Life, as a UMES resident, is unparalleled to that of the commuting student.
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The Student Health Center provides health care to the student population that is convenient, affordable and accessible within a pleasant, professional atmosphere.
The mission of Campus Life is committed to providing educational, cultural, social, recreational, and leadership opportunities. We strive to develop and employ strategies that are responsive to the diverse needs of the University community and foster an environment conducive to increase retention and graduation rates.
Wide variety of student organizations reflect a diversity of student interests. Co-curricular involvement through student organizations allows students to explore, broaden their interests, test and improve skills in leadership, interpersonal relations, organizational development, group dynamics, and budgeting.
UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.