Welcome to University of Maryland Eastern Shore Non-Traditional Students

(Adult Learners) Program!

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”. -Bobby Unser

Are you looking to improve your earnings by pursuing a bachelor’s degree or joining thousands of adult learners just like yourself who seek to change their lives, switching jobs, adding skills to your current job or going back to finish your degree, you have made a great decision.

UMES Non-Traditional Students Program (NTS) is a holistic wrap around services that will help adult learners finish their program of choice. This program promotes personal, academic, emotional, and social growth to help students reach their academic and professional goals. You will not be alone on this journey; you will have others just like you.

We provide online degree programs. Classes are offered in-person, online and hybrid format to help meet your daily schedules for adults just like you.

We have dedicated trained professionals who will assist you from start to finish.

Mission Statement: Empowering non-traditional students to turn their dreams into reality with a support system to guide them every step of the way.

Goal: To provide resources catered to a non-traditional student lifestyle, allowing for  educational growth at your own pace.


  • High School Diploma
  • 25 years or older
  • Has dependent(s)
  • Has some college credit

UMES will be offering some online degree programs that will fit your daily life starting this fall. So, don’t wait. When preparation and opportunity intersect, great things happen. Attend UMES to get prepared!

Student Support Services:

  • Counseling, Mentorship, Tutoring
  • Internship and Volunteering Opportunities
  • Routine Virtual Information Sessions (5x per year)
  • NTS Socials (2x per semester)


Adult Learners may have obtained college credit from the following institutions and Eastern Shore Community:

For more information please contact:

Esther Dabipi, M.A.

Student Success Coordinator 

Activity Director, Paving the Way for Non-Traditional Students

Academic Advisor Non-Traditional Students


First NTS In-Person Meet & Greet:

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