Student Right-to-Know

Graduation and Completion Rate

Overall Cohort Graduation Rate 

Process for Withdrawing as a Student 

 A student can withdraw from the University at any time during a semester. To withdraw from the institution, students should complete the Application for Withdrawal from the University, obtain all signatures as indicated on the form, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The Application for Withdrawal can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or downloaded from the Registrar’s website.  Upon receipt of the application, the Office of the Registrar will record a grade of W for all courses in that semester. The deadline to withdraw from the University is the last of classes which is published in the Academic Calendar for each semester or session. Application for Withdrawal.

Cost of Attendance 

Policies on the Refund and Return of Title IV Funds 

 If a student withdraws or is expelled from UMES, then the school or the student may be required to return some of the federal funds awarded to the student. The student may also be eligible for a refund of a portion of tuition, fees, and room and board paid to UMES for the semester. If the student received financial assistance from outside of the student’s family, then a portion of the refund will be returned to the grant, scholarship, or loan source from which the assistance was received. 

If a student will be withdrawing, then the student should visit the Office of the Registrar and complete a “Notification of Withdrawal” form to begin the withdrawal process. This procedure will enable UMES to refund the maximum possible institutional charges. The withdrawal will not be complete until the student has returned the Notification of Withdrawal form (with all appropriate signatures) to the Office of the Registrar.

UMES’ refund policy exists for calculating the refund of institutional charges. The federal “Return of Title IV Funds” formula dictates the amount of Federal Title IV aid that must be returned to the federal government by the school and the student. The federal formula is applicable to a student receiving a federal Pell Grant or federal aid other than Federal Work Study if that student withdraws from all classes on or before the 60% point in time in the semester. The student may also receive a refund of institutional charges through UMES’ refund policy. The amount of refund of institutional charges will be determined according to UMES’ refund policy as follows:

Students who withdraw from the university will receive a pro-rated refund of educational fees according to the following schedule:
2 weeks or less 80%
2-3 weeks 60%
3-4 weeks 40%
4+ weeks 0%

Room and/or Board charges will be pro-rated according to the policy of the Office of Residence Life.

The federal formula requires a return of Title IV aid if the student received federal assistance in the form of a Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Direct Student Loan or PLUS Loan and withdrew from all classes on or before completing 60% of the semester. The percentage of Title IV aid to be returned is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the number of calendar days in the semester. Scheduled breaks of more than four consecutive days are excluded.
If any funds are to be returned after the Return of Title IV aid, they will be used to repay UMES funds, state funds, other private sources and the student in proportion to the amount received from each non-federal source as long as there is no unpaid balance at the time of withdrawal. If there is an unpaid balance, then all aid sources will be repaid before any funds are returned to the student.

NOTE: If funds are released to a student because of a credit balance on a student’s account, then the student may be required to repay some of the federal grants if the student withdraws.

Names of Applicable Accrediting Agencies

UMES is accredited by or holds membership in the following agencies:

  1. Accreditation Commission on Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
  2. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  3. American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACSCPT)
  4. American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
  5. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  6. Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association
  7. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  8. Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
  9. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  10. National Council for Social Sciences (NCSS)
  11. National Council for Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
  12. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  13. Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA)

Description of Facilities and Accommodations Available for the Disabled 

It is important to ask about other support services. The university provides tutoring and study skills assistance for all full-time undergraduates, and special advising for both full-time undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. In addition, some students can benefit from counseling support or the health center.

Types of Assistive Technology:

  • Screen and Text Enlargement
  • Speech to Text Software
  • Text to Speech Software
  • Audio and E-text Books Support
  • Braille Embossing
  • Kurtzweil Reader
  • Assistive Listening Devices and Systems

Policy on Enrollment in Study Abroad 

Basic Requirements for program participation are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen.
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at participating institutions in Maryland*, Delaware*, Virginia*, Florida* and Washington, D.C.*
  • Applicant must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the College or University level and an official transcript should accompany the application.
  • Applicant should be at least a junior by the end of Fall Semester.
  • Applicant must submit an essay (500 words or less) explaining why he/she wishes to study abroad and how it is related to his/her professional (academic) and personal (social) goals.
  • Applicant must submit a copy of financial aid award letter detailing the financial aid he/she is currently receiving from his/her home institution.
  • Applicant must submit two letters of reference, one from a Faculty Member and the other from an Academic Advisor.

The Participating institutions are:

*Maryland (University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Bowie State University; Coppin State College; Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park and Towson University).*Delaware (Delaware State University), * Virginia (Hampton University and Norfolk State University), *Florida (Florida A and M University), and *Washington, D.C. (University of the District of Columbia).

Licensure Pass Rates2

ProgramLicensure Exam2012-132013-142014-15
EducationPraxis I100%100%100%
EducationPraxis II95%100% 
Physical TherapyNational Physical Therapy Exam100%100%100%

Results from 2013, 2014 and 2015 graduating classes

^ Partial results for 29/48 graduates; full pass rates available in Feb 2016.

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