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Degree Seeking Undergraduate Applicants

Admission to UMES is granted to those applicants whose academic qualifications indicate the potential for succeeding in college. Decisions for admissions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. We strive to notify prospective students of a decision within 1-2 weeks from receiving a complete application and all required documents.

What We Look For

The classes you take and the grades you receive in them matter. We typically look for students who have taken more challenging classes (which can vary from school to school, we take that into account also) and have done well in them. For First-Time Freshmen, we also look at standardized test scores, if you choose to submit them (UMES has a test optional policy).

First-Time Freshmen Minimum High School Course Requirements:

  • English: 3 units
  • Mathematics: 2 units
  • Natural Sciences: 2 units
  • Social Sciences: 2 units

First-Time Freshmen, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and Transfer Students, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is desired. There are special admission programs to assist students that fall below the minimum GPA.

UMES also considers the following factors when making admissions decisions:

  • class rank
  • pattern of courses completed
  • educational objectives
  • standardized test scores (optional)
  • recommendation letters (optional)
  • record of past conduct

Application Process:

STEP 1: Please select one of the follow application platforms that best meets your needs:

STEP 2: Send your required and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.
STEP 3: Monitor the email address you provided on your application.

> Monitor the email address you provided on your application. This is where you will receive information and updates regarding your application.
> Only submit one application total. Submitting duplicate applications via different platforms may delay the decision process.

Important Dates:

  • Application priority deadline: November 15th
  • Fall application deadline: February 15th
  • Enrollment deposit due: May 15th

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Readmission to UMES for previously enrolled students is handled by the Office of the Registrar.

If you have any questions about readmission, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Office of the Registrar
Email: Registrar@umes.edu
Phone: 410-651-6413 / 410-651-6414
Fax: 410-651-7844
Suite 1120, 1st Floor – Student Development Center, Princess Anne, MD 21853

Applicants who do not desire to work towards a baccalaureate degree may be admitted as non-degree seeking, or special, students. These students may enroll in undergraduate courses for which they possess the necessary prerequisites, but may not enroll in courses restricted to degree seeking students only.

Dual-Enrollment applicants are those who are currently enrolled in high school and desire to take courses to supplement their high school instruction.

UMES degree completion program offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is Hospitality & Tourism Management.

UMES degree completion programs offered at the Universities at Shady Grove are Hospitality & Tourism Management and Construction Management Technology.

This program is designed for educators who plan to take courses at the undergraduate level Professional and Technical Education (PTE) certification or Work-Based Learning (WBL) endorsement.

The purpose of the Golden Identification Program at UMES is to make available courses to retired citizens who are 60 years old or older and are residents of the state of Maryland. Tuition, per semester, will be waived.

For any questions about your application, please contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment via email at umesadmissions@umes.edu or 410-651-6410.

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