Area Information

Salisbury, MD and Princess Anne, MD

Salisbury Maryland was founded in 1732 and incorporated in 1854. It is the largest city on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (pop. 30,434; 2010 census results). Salisbury is just a ½ hour drive west of Ocean City, MD and a 2½ hour drive southeast of Baltimore in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula. The nearest major airports are Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Salisbury has a small airport that is served by USAIR with several flights daily to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Charlotte, NC International Airport (CLT) where passengers can connect to both domestic and international flights.

Surrounded by a peaceful, rural setting, Salisbury, the crossroads of Delmarva, is a growing city with many shopping and dining opportunities. Every visitor should take advantage of the opportunity to try the Chesapeake Bay’s famous blue crabs and crab cakes. In the spring, summer, and fall, Salisbury is a water lover’s recreational paradise. The Chesapeake Bay and some of the world’s finest boating and sailing are within a ½ hour drive to the west. The Atlantic beaches and fishing spots are ½ hour drive to to the east.

Princess Anne, MD, located 15 miles south of Salisbury, MD is the Seat of Somerset County with a population of just over 3000 people. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) campus is located on the eastern side of Princess Anne. The campus is 45 miles southwest of Ocean City, MD and Assateague Island, and 20 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay which makes it an ideal location from which to conduct research in the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays, and the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.

UMES is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since its beginning, the institution has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. In 1988, it became a member of the then eleven campuses (now thirteen) in the University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland. UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.