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Historically Black Colleges and Universities: University of MD Eastern Shore (UMES)

About the University

Financial Aid Process

Why I went to an HBCU

My favorite part about attending an HBCU was the feeling of comradery and connection that I did not feel at the big university I attended for my first 2 years. Also, the class sizes at the HBCU were small and intimate, which I realized was important for me and helped me to learn better. The instructors knew our names and actively worked to make sure each student received the attention they needed. The school community was actually quite diverse because it also had a strong commuter population. So during the day, we were able to have interactions with others that were different than the population of students that lived on campus. All of these things combined made my experience at an HBCU both memorable and highly worthwhile.

I was a transfer student. I chose KSU because my brother went there and he had a good experience. I was not having a good experience at the big 4-year university I attended for my first 2 years

Erica L. DiCara, Ph.D.

Department Chairperson of Physical Science

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Alumnus of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY 1997



Transfer Information

Institution Description

· Type: Public, Rural

· Size: 3,200 students

· National Recognition: #19 in HBCU; National University Status

Transfer Admission

· Admission Profile: Less Selective, 54% Acceptance Rate

· Admission Requirements: Web-based application; Common App, Black Common App, or UMES Application all accepted. Transcripts required; Transfers must have 24 credits or SAT or ACT scores and high school transcripts are required. There are optional letters of recommendation.

· Admission Process:

· Deadlines: Rolling Admissions; Deadlines: Fall - August 1st, Spring – January 1st

· Fees: 35 dollars


· Estimated Cost of Attendance

o Tuition and Fees: In-state: 8,300, Out-of-state: 18,500

o Room and board: 9,900

Financial Aid and Scholarships

· Types of Aid Available

· Transfer Specific Scholarships


· Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

· Programs: 62; Most popular are: criminal justice, kinesiology, hotel management, sociology, family and consumer sciences

· Limited Admission Programs-have to apply separately or requires an audition

· Honors: Application required with list of extra-curricular activities, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation


· Degree Completion: Six year graduation rate: 39% Virtual Tour: Social Media:

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