University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Narrative Description

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Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299
Tel: (410)651-2200
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1886. Setting: 700-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 3,762. Faculty: 234 (181 full-time, 53 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 3,714 applied, 58% were admitted. Full-time: 2,902 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 424 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 50 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 76% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 11% international, 13% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Salisbury State University.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT, ACCUPLACER. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 7/15, 11/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3916 full-time, $163 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9779 full-time, $353 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1642 full-time, $40 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5880. College room only: $3280. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 25% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fest, Spring Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,200 college housing spaces available; 1,900 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Frederick Douglass Library with 150,000 books, 1,260 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.