The University of Maryland Eastern Shore had its
origin on September 13, 1886. Initiated under the auspices of the
Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Delaware
Conference Academy was established in Princess Anne on that date with
nine students and one faculty.
Records reveal that 37 students were enrolled by the
end of the year. Subsequently, the institution bore the title of
Industrial Branch of Morgan State College, still under the influence of
the Delaware Conference. As originally operated by the Morgan State
College under the control of the Methodist Church, the institution was
known as Princess Anne Academy.
The State of Maryland, in operating its landgrant
program at the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, to which
Afro-Americans were not admitted as students, sought to provide a
Land-Grant program for Afro-Americans and assumed control of the
Princess Anne Academy, renaming it the Eastern Shore Branch of the
Maryland Agricultural College. The arrangement was effected in 1919.
In 1926, the College passed into complete control and
ownership of the State and the University of Maryland was designated as
the administrative agency. In 1948, the Eastern Shore Branch of the
university of Maryland, popularly known as Princess Anne College, became
officially Maryland State College, a Division of the University of
On July 1, 1970, Maryland State College became the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore. With the strong support of the
Maryland Board of Regents, Systems Administration, and the faculty, UMES
has developed an academic program above and perhaps more impressive
than any other higher educational institution of its size in the East.
Today, the University offers major programs leading
to the B.A. and B.S. degrees in 26 disciplines in the arts and sciences,
professional studies and agricultural sciences. In addition, UMES
presents 13 teaching degree programs and eight pre-professional
programs, as well as an Honors Program designed in cooperation with the
University of Maryland at Baltimore to prepare students for professional
UMES offers graduate degrees in the following fields:
Marine-Estuarine and Environmental Sciences at the M.S. and Ph.D.
levels; Toxicology at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, M.S. in Applied
Computer Science, Guidance and Counseling, Agricultural and Extension
Education, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and
From its original building known as "Olney,"
constructed in 1798, when George Washington was still alive, the
University now has over 600 acres, 28 major buildings and 41 other
units. Today the University offers not only a well-constructed and
varied academic program, but a beautiful campus. It provides today’s
student, through a versatile student life, an opportunity to develop
into a well-rounded individual who is able to assume leadership in
today’s society. As the University of Maryland Eastern Shore enters its
second century, it continues with an even greater vigor; the extent of
progress and the apex of quality continue to expand.
Long-term plans include expanding the curriculum for
graduate study, new construction and renovation projects for classroom
and administrative buildings, and an improved physical plant. With the
continued expansion of UMES, the University will continue to increase
its enrollment of in-state students, and move toward greater selectivity
in admitting high school graduates.
Within the last decade, UMES has added 17 new
degree-granting programs to its academic roster. Graduates of these
programs often choose to remain on the Delmarva Peninsula, procuring
careers in their areas of professional study, to benefit the region,
particularly the Lower Eastern Shore. The prediction is that this local
enrichment will continue as more students enroll in the University’s
programs of business and economics, physical therapy, hotel and
restaurant management, poultry technology and management, and computer
science. Likewise the outlook is good for the sciences, agriculture,
liberal arts and graduate programs.
As the Eastern Shore continues to gain in
productivity and recognition, UMES will continue to serve the needs of
the industries and people around it. UMES is the only four-year
institution on the shore to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in
computer science, the University has long been known for providing
professional training in the key regional industries of hospitality
management, and the management of commercial poultry and swine
The newest programs on the UMES campus also look
toward current and future needs of the Eastern Shore. Airway Science,
Law Enforcement and Rehabilitation services have all been recently added
to the University’s offerings. Greater course offerings during evening
and weekend hours have also been developed, allowing a greater segment
of the local population to enhance themselves and their communities
through post-secondary education.
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