Salisbury University campus

Overview

Applicants
8,730
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

52%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
December 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
660
with Terminal Degree
378

366
Women
294
Men
81
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

A member of Maryland’s university system, Salisbury University provides undergraduates with a variety of majors and small class sizes coupled with the benefit of a state school price tag. A “good medium size[d]” university, Salisbury is “big enough where [you] can meet new people all the time” and yet not so big “that you become invisible and unheard.” The school really works to foster a “comfortable and personalized environment in which students focus on learning and achievement.” The university is an especially good option for those students interested in pursuing a major in education, exercise science, nursing, or environmental studies. Students describe classes as “small, which gives the professors an opportunity to help students individually and reach their potential.” For the most part, undergrads at Salisbury speak very highly of their professors. As one elementary education major shares, “The professors here are down-to-earth, friendly, and just passionate about what they are teaching.” Those relatively small classes also mean “every professor gets to know your name.” A biology major explains that the academic experience teaches “you lessons that you will be able to take far beyond the classroom. [Professors] don’t just teach so that you will pass a test, they teach for life. They’re awesome.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Steve Bisciotti
Owner, Baltimore Ravens

James Perdue
President, Perdue Farms Incorporated

Mike Seidel
Reporter, The Weather Channel

Jennifer Hope Wills
Broadway Actress

Dan Quinn
Defensive Coordinator, Seattle Seahawks

Dr. Joseph Herman
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

J. Michael Scarborough
Owner, Scarborough Capital Mgmt and Running Hare Orchards

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Dec 31
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Between the low starting price tag and fair amount of aid distributed at Salisbury, students graduate with a little over $23,000 in cumulative debt—not exactly spare change, but far less than a single year at a private institution will run. Almost 90 percent of incoming freshmen receive some form of aid, demonstrating the university’s commitment to supporting needy students. Check out Salisbury’s website for useful search platforms for scholarships from the university and the state.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,637

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,881

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,297

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,567

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,213

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,712
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,058
Required Fees
$2,374
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,490
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,997
Out of State
14%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
67

Demographics

2.62%
Asian
12.72%
African-American
4.12%
Hispanic
73.11%
Caucasian
3.17%
Unknown
1.77%
International

57% female
43% male
14% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

Salisbury University appears to attract “all types of people,” and most undergrads describe their peers as generally “welcoming and friendly.” One student expands further, exclaiming, “Finding a group of people you agree with or get along with is rather easy and the diversity of people and things to do seem limitless at times. We each fit into the campus in our own way.” A significant portion of students hail “from Maryland, New Jersey, or New York.” Salisbury students are also highly active individuals and many are “involved outside of the classroom with a sports team, a club, or a student organization.” A number of undergrads also keep “part-time jobs to help pay for tuition.” Despite all the activity, we’re told that the typical student is “fairly laid-back.” Of course, he or she “will put a lot of effort into their field of study.” There is a “party culture in the off campus community” for those students interested in those pursuits. Perhaps the one thing that truly unites these kids is the pride they feel in their school. As an earth science major coyly reveals, “The typical student…never passes up the opportunity to squawk proudly when told [to] by the president as a Salisbury Sea Gull.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at Salisbury are experts at balancing work and play. Though plenty of students “party every weekend,” one biology major says that “there [are] definitely other options.” Indeed, “it’s not uncommon for friends to just hang out on weekends, play board games, watch movies, or have a bonfire.” While some people grumble that “there’s not much going on,” others maintain that “Salisbury has lots of different clubs and organizations for people who want to join one.” Students also get creative and make their own fun, as this happy undergrad shares: “One time we put bubble wrap down in the hall while no one was watching and then a bunch of us jumped on it and danced around.” A handful of undergrads are less than enamored with hometown Salisbury and proclaim some neighborhoods a little “rough.” Others enjoy taking advantage of the “mall, movies, skating, bowling, Wal-Mart runs in the middle of the night.…job opportunities” that the surrounding area offers. However, students are nearly unanimous in agreeing that “when the weather is warm, everyone tries to find time to go to Ocean City (only thirty minutes away!)” to escape academic stress and relax on the beach.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
10

10% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sea Gulls)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Racquetball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Sea Gulls)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Racquetball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Delaware

Sustainability

Salisbury University has a long history of environmentalism. The university’s recycling program started more than two decades ago, and has recycled more than 6 million pounds of material. Today, SU’s overall waste-diversion rate is an impressive 51 percent. SU’s commitment to sustainability is evident in all aspects of campus life, from academics, to campus dining, to facility management, to dorm living. SU has partnered with the Maryland Board of Public Works to cut energy usage over fifteen years, and has won a sustainability award given by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of the Environment for its horticulture initiatives which include on-campus wildlife and rain gardens. SU’s Teacher Education and Technology Center is the first LEED-certified building on campus. All residence halls have energy-efficient washers and dryers, and 100 percent of buildings on campus have received energy saving retrofits. The university encourages students to use public transit by providing free shuttle buses and limiting parking on campus. Students interested in studying sustainability inside the classroom can major or minor in environmental studies. Outside the classroom, organizations like the Environmental Students Association, Smart Growth Club, Green Floor Living and Learning Community, and Garden Club provide a chance for students to join the greening effort.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
31

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell student discount offered through SU bookstore

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Leigh Ann Taylor
Administrative Asst, Admissions House

Address
Admissions Office
1200 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801-6862

Phone
410-543-6161

Email
admissions@salisbury.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Commons (housing our Dining Hall and Bookstore)
Cool Beans Cyber Cafe
Maggs Gym
Red Square
Gull's Nest

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ocean City, MD
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Shopping at the Centre of Salisbury
Shorebirds Stadium
Salisbury Zoo

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Saturdays (see Web)
9:00am to 3:00pm
410-543-6161

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am & 1:30pm - 5 open houses/yr
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.suseagulls.com/prospectivestu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
If you are coming from a distance, the Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport is 7 miles from the University. In addition to local flights, USAir commuters fly in and out of the airport. Carolina Trailways buses operate to Salisbury. Taxi service or public bus transportation is available for the 4-mile ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From points West, follow Rt. 50 East into Salisbury. Take a right immediately after the bridge onto Mill Street (fifth light in Salisbury). Continue straight (do not bear left or right) through two intersections. This street becomes Camden Ave. The University is located on the left after approximately one mile. The Admissions House is located on the right, just past the University's main entrance. From points North, follow Rt. 13 South into Salisbury. Follow Business Route 13 (rather than the bypass) to the city and proceed four miles to the campus, which is located on the right. Turn right onto West College Ave. then left onto Camden Ave. The Unviersity's main entrance is located on the left. The Admissions House is a block further on the right. Approximate Driving Times: Salisbury, MD is 30 miles west of Ocean City, MD; 1.5 hours east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge; 2 hours from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington, DE; 3 hours from Norfolk, VA; and 4.5 hours from New York City.

Local Accommodations
Because we are located on the hub of the Eastern Shore, there are plenty of places to stay. If you are looking for a typical hotel setting close to campus the Days Inn (410-749-6200), Comfort Inn (410-543-4666), Best Western (410-546-1300), Hampton Inn (410-334-3080), Howard Johnson (410-742-7194), Ramada Inn (410-546-4400), and Sleep Inn (410-572-5516) are all located within 5 miles of the University.