University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences

Princess Anne, MD

Founded in 1886

Motto: "Facta, Non Verba" (Deeds, Not Words)






Acceptance Rate

$2,709 / $7,914

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) host’s three academic departments

  • Department of Agriculture Food & Resource Sciences
  • Department of Natural Sciences
  • Department of Human Ecology

SANS also includes the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station and the UMES Extension Program. Because of special annual funding appropriations, the research agenda and goals of the departments of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, Human Ecology, and Natural Sciences are aligned with those of the USDA and the Experiment Station Section of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Colleges. The USDA also provides 1890 Land-Grants with the opportunity to compete for research, extension, and teaching capacity building grants, which strengthen research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences at these institutions. The School of Agriculture here is leading school in grant funded research here on campus as well as in internship and scholarship opportunities.

UMES offers an opportunity for agricultural students to get involved through our student led-organizations. MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in the sheer number and established connections of mainstream participants.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
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Total Enrollment: 3,697

Agricultural Students: 400+

Male Female Student Ratio: 39.1%/60.9%

Acceptance Rate: 39%


Application Fee: $35

Application Deadline: June 1

Target GPA: 2.5

Target SAT Score: 930

Target ACT Score: 18


In-State: $2,709

Out-of-State: $7,914

Student Fees: $1,570

Room Only: $2,757

Board Only: $2,285

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 14/1

UMES On-Campus Farm

The Swine Research and Education Facility is a 40-sow farrow-to-finish primarily indoor operation with a large classroom, surgery suite, and laboratory. The Ruminant Research and Education Farm has pastures, buildings, shelters and handling systems to work with a 40 doe Boer and Kiko crossbred herd of goats (the Boer goats are shown in local shows) and a 50 ewe flock of Katahdin and Katahdin crossbred hair sheep plus a few Suffolk crossbred ewes for offspring to participate in local shows. UMES' livestock research includes goat, swine, sheep, and horse-applied research (breeding and genetics, feeding and nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development) as well as biotechnology research through collaborations. Also, with pigs, nutrition-reproduction interactions, specifically looking at influences of metabolic and satiety factors on female reproduction.