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University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers an impressive array of accredited academic programs blending a time-honored curriculum with instruction in such contemporary fields as allied health, construction management technology, criminal justice, hospitality/tourism and professional golf management.


UMES was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a prep school that welcomed nine students when it opened in September 13, 1866.


Fifty years later, the school passed from church ownership to state control just as it was evolving into a baccalaureate degree-granting institution known as Princess Anne College.


In 1948, the Eastern Shore Branch of the University of Maryland, alternately known as Princess Anne College, was re-christened Maryland State College, a division of the University of Maryland. On July 1, 1970, Maryland State College became UMES.

Today, it is a vibrant public research university with nearly 4,300 students from three dozen nations and more than 200 full-time faculty members. Its 1,138-acre footprint on the lower Eastern Shore includes a 385-acre farm adjoining a tidal creek that will be used for agriculture research.

UMES’ commitment to core values emphasizing arts and sciences form a foundation for instruction in agriculture, business, computer science, criminal justice, educator training and health care professions. Twenty-eight academic units boast peer-review accreditation.

Among UMES’ signature undergraduate programs are construction management technology, hospitality-tourism management, engineering and aviation science.

Graduate offerings include master’s degrees in applied computer science, criminology and criminal justice, food and agricultural sciences, marine-estuarine-environmental sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, quantitative fisheries and resources economics, rehabilitation counseling and toxicology.

Doctorates are awarded in food science and technology, marine-estuarine-environmental sciences, organizational and educational leadership, toxicology, pharmacy and physical therapy.



The Hawk Card is a card used by the students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to make purchases. Students are able to transfer funds and use the money for various expenses including food, gas, housing, and other goods. The Hawk Card has contributed greatly to the success of local businesses. McDonald’s, hesitant to take the card initially, had to close down their entire restaurant on the first day due to lack of products.  There are more than 50 businesses that currently take the Hawk Card and it is a growing force that boosts sales and drives profitability.

Currently over 5300 active participants use the Hawk Card daily. A typical restaurant like McDonald’s can make between $3000-$12,000 a month from Hawk Card business.  Over $500,000 has been transferred a semester from Student Accounts, averaging about $157 a transaction. Students can transfer as little as $1 or as much as $8000.

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