About OMSE

The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), a unit of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland, offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the learning experience and promote the academic success of undergraduate students. We collaborate with several other campus offices and college programs to provide unique collegial opportunities for our diverse population. We recognize the value of the multiple histories, beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds of our students, and works with students, faculty, and staff to support the ethnic diversity of our campus.

Our office is an academic support unit that offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students of various underrepresented ethnic backgrounds at the University of Maryland. We strive to identify and meet changing needs that affect the success of undergraduate students and work towards building a positive and sensitive community of learners. Download the latest copy of our Annual Update to learn more about our activities and accomplishments.


The mission of OMSE is to serve undergraduate multi-ethnic students to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation, and overall GPA.

The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education at the University of Maryland currently serves over 13,000 multi-ethnic students.  OMSE provides programs and resources that support the academic, personal and professional excellence of students.

Many of the students served by OMSE are achieving at high rates of personal and professional excellence. Nevertheless, there are others who are experiencing academic and personal challenges as outlined in UMCP’s Office of Institutional Research Planning and Assessment data on undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

OMSE is committed to serving students in all academic, personal, and programmatic endeavors.  The OMSE team is dedicated to our motto of high expectations, high standards and ongoing excellence. The political and historical patterns of the University of Maryland continues to frame our unwavering commitment to addressing the climate of indifference, racial/diversity incompetence and misinformed perspectives that permeate the everyday experiences of multi-ethnic students.

We continue to reinforce our motto of High Expectations, High Standards, Excellence by utilizing an integrated approach to team collaboration to support multi-ethnic students.

Our achievements

We are particularly proud the following outcomes during the 2020-2021 academic year.


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