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Academics

As part of Maryland's public university system, Salisbury University "provid[es] a diverse, inclusive, and successful learning environment." "A main priority of campus life is to give back to the community." A "Maryland university of national distinction," Salisbury is "a diverse and unique place to be where everyone around you is friendly and willing to help." Students appreciate the "small university feel with big university resources" and the "challenging but rewarding programs in all fields." For the most part, Salisbury professors "love what they do and prepare [students] for the world" and "are knowledgeable and use [hands-on] techniques to involve students in their learning." As one student raves, "going to class is a joy," and "I never go too long without doing something creative or [hands-on] in class." When it comes to the balance between academics and a social life, "it is as difficult and as fun as you make it" and "the academic experience can be as rich and as fulfilling as you make it." Salisbury professors are "generally helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting." As is the case with most universities when it comes to professors, "there [have] been a few bumps in the road, but the great teachers make up for it."

Student Body

At Salisbury, "the student body is diverse and accepting" and "there are so many people with different interests that it is not hard to find a place where you fit in." Students says that despite "its location in a very conservative, rural, and secluded area of Maryland, Salisbury has a diverse student body made up of a variety of races, religions, orientations, and ethnicity, and this is reflected in the participation of students in on-campus groups." It's "an eclectic hodgepodge of athletes, art enthusiasts, [and] medical students," underscoring the notion that Salisbury is "about community, education, and stability." As one student puts it, "We've got your academics, but we also have your sporty jocks. We've got a bit of everything." Despite different backgrounds, "everyone is engaged and involved in the campus community" and there are "always on-campus events, activities, community outreach, and [the] smaller class sizes that all allow you to closely interact with the student body."

Campus Life

Salisbury encourages "active participation in things that are bigger than yourself" and students praise a school that "is small enough to know a familiar face, but big enough to meet someone new!" The campus "is a beautiful place to sit, study or grab coffee and chat. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance and there's often a movie playing somewhere on campus." With the "many student clubs and organizations to get involved in," it's easy to see why there's "always something going on on campus." Students rave about the school's proximity—"only 30 minutes"—to the beach at Ocean City, a popular destination in nice weather, and there's "lots to do outdoors." Besides cheering on the Salisbury Sea Gulls, "Fitness in general is very popular," with many students hitting the gym after or between classes. "The party scene has grown rapidly over the last few years," and "on the weekends most students go to parties or the bars at night." But parties don't overshadow academics, as one student stresses: "People usually fill their day with class and studying. The library is always very crowded." Greek life is popular with roughly 10 percent of the student body, though some gripe that fraternities and sororities are "constantly getting in trouble so they could use stricter rules."

Overview

Applicants
8,300
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 640

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 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
16:1
Total Faculty
637
with Terminal Degree
372

355
Women
282
Men
82
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • 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


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Steve Bisciotti
Owner, Baltimore Ravens

James Perdue
President, Perdue Farms Incorporated

Mike Seidel
Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Jennifer Hope Wills
Broadway Actress/Singer

Dan Quinn
Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons

Dr. Joseph Herman
Director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic

Eric Arndt
Professional WWE Wrestler

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
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
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,197

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,043

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,252

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,940

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,780

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,982
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,022
Required Fees
$2,600
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,550
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,480
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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,861
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

3.20%
Asian
13.50%
African-American
3.89%
Hispanic
70.39%
Caucasian
3.24%
Unknown
1.59%
International

57% female
43% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
140
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
13

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)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
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
Yes

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
AA II

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
Commons (housing our Dining Hall and Bookstore)
Cool Beans Cyber Cafe
Maggs Gym/University Fitness Center
Red Square
Academic Commons

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
catingle@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, 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.


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