Vision, Mission and Values


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will be the preeminent public Historically Black University that is recognized for leadership in student-centered education, exceptional research, innovation, and inclusiveness.


As a public 1890 land-grant Historically Black University that embraces diversity, UMES is committed to serving first-generation and underserved students and providing educational, research, and community engagement opportunities to transform the lives of its students who will impact the state, region, and the world.


  • Family – embracing our HBCU culture and principles of work, support and celebration.
  • Student-Centered – understanding that everything everyone does at UMES is because of our students.
  • Pride – remembering the history and traditions of past achievements serves as our foundation for future accomplishments.
  • Collaboration – pursuing opportunities to work together across all parts of the campus.
  • Communication – striving to provide timely and relevant information that reflects the UMES vision.


University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a Top-10 Public HBCU that believes in your potential and invests in your success. We’re a family that values who you are, where you come from, and where you want to go. Our strong academics, affordable tuition, and mission-driven culture help students of all backgrounds Soar Above and Beyond.

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