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Academics

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Salisbury University is a public school with a “stellar reputation [of] various programs and challenging courses.” Of those options, undergrads make particular note of an “amazing nursing program,” an “impressive business school,” and “health science programs [that] are pretty great.” Some also boast about an education program with a great track record. Students are also pleased with the small class sizes this mid-size school features, finding that “most professors take the time to really get to know their students over the semesters.” One student concurs: “The faculty is amazing. I haven’t had a professor that doesn’t truly care about [my] education.” Praise for the staff doesn’t stop there: “The faculty and staff take time to understand the demands put on the students,” adds another. To further help with those demands, SU also provides “everything a student needs to succeed, be that academic help, support systems, clubs, sports, anything; the university provides them all.”

Student Body

Salisbury undergrads are thankful to have a community of “friendly and inclusive peers.” “Nobody ever really feels alone,” one student states; they’re enveloped in a group that is “academically driven and focused,” which cultivates a cooperative environment. “I feel as though I am surrounded by others who push me to better myself, instead of focusing only on bettering themselves,” says another student. While many note that diversity might be lacking, most agree that “the school provides many multicultural related resources, clubs, [and] presentations, so [minorities] still feel very comfortable and involved.” One Salisbury Sea Gull sums it up: “There’s a place for everyone.”

Campus Life

Students at Salisbury are “very studious during the week,” and a lot of time is spent at the “huge brand new library and study area … where there are coffee shops [and] food.” A particular strength of that new library that many note are the “student aid resources provided, such as the Center for Student Achievement, the Writing Center, and [Supplemental Instruction] meetings.” One undergrad elaborates, “The campus community works really hard to make … different opportunities available to us free of extra fees. So it gives us students a variety of options of how to study and learn.” That variety also extends to extracurriculars: “Students are encouraged to join clubs and participate in some of the abundant activities offered on campus in order to create a more active student body.” So while studies tend to come first at SU, undergrads are also “focused on fun” and “try to enjoy their college life while they are here.” Popular activities on and off campus include “playing music in the Red Square, attending school events, … enjoying food at the Commons or at the Chick-Fil-A, [and] playing ping pong or pool.” On the weekends, “since Salisbury is right next to Ocean City, many will take trips to the beach.”

Overview

Applicants
8,972
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
29%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
575 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.3:1
Total Faculty
669
with Terminal Degree
406

379
Women
290
Men
91
Minority
8
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • 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.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Degrees

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Erica Messer
Executive Producer/Writer, 'Criminal Minds' TV Series

Jennifer Falor
Vice President of Human Resources, NIKE

Kristen Visbal
Sculptor, Fearless Girl Statue

Dan Quinn
Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons

Dr. Joseph Herman
Professor and Division Head ad-interim, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas

Mike Siedel
Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

James Perdue
Chairman and Board Spokesman, Perdue Farms Incorporated

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,075

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,757

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,088

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,521

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,509

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,264
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,330
Required Fees
$2,780
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,600
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,360
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,650
Foreign Countries Represented
36

Demographics

3.64%
Asian
13.78%
African-American
4.31%
Hispanic
70.61%
Caucasian
2.96%
Unknown
1.17%
International

56% female
44% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Kathleen Scott

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

26% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sea Gulls)
10 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
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.

96/99
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
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell student discount offered through SU bookstore

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Leigh Ann Taylor
AAII

Address
Admissions Office
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Phone
410-543-6161

Email
admissions@salisbury.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Guerrieri Academic Commons
The Commons (houses Bookstore and Dining Hall)
Cool Beans Cyber Cafe
Maggs Gym / University Fitness Center
Red Square

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 Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am & 1:30pm - several 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
admissions@salisbury.edu

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, American Airlines 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.


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