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Salisbury, MD 21801-6862
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Salisbury University

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Salisbury University lies just 30 miles from the beaches and is part of the Delmarva Peninsula on a plush 140-acre campus on the beautiful Eastern shore south of Salisbury, Maryland. Serving Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, Salisbury University was founded in 1925 and utilizes the 4-1-4 academic calendar, which divides the school year into into two four-month terms and a single one-month term in January.

Salisbury University offers 57 undergraduate minors, 42 undergraduate degree programs, four post-baccalaureate programs and 14 postgraduate programs. The academic schools include: Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Henson School of Science and Technology, Perdue School of Business and Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies.

SU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International); American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS-CPT); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); among others.

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The basic requirements for admission include an online application form, high school transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation and a secondary school counselor’s report form. There is an application fee which is waived for Maryland Distinguished Scholars. There is also an early admission consideration for high school juniors who have shown exemplary performance in their academics and wish to skip the final year of high school.

The university accepts transfers from students with at least 24 transferable credits. Applications should be made at least a semester before the intended transfer. SU has articulation agreements with several universities. To be admitted to graduate school, a student needs to submit an application form, application fee, the Residency Domicile Information form (if seeking in-state tuition), official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, application to Academic Department Program, and program-specific application materials.

International Students are required to submit a professional course-by-course analysis of foreign transcripts and an official score report of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also required. SU also offers an English Language Institute for International students. College counselors are available to advise students on the application process and selection of suitable programs. All applications are forwarded to the Admissions Office.

Salisbury University offers a chance to undergraduate students nearing the completion of their studies and with a certain weighted GPA to apply and take their graduate studies concurrently, before completion of their undergraduate program.

Financial Aid

Students applying to Salisbury University are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. The university also has several scholarships available for different categories. The state of Maryland also awards various scholarships every year. These financial aid awards include Guaranteed Access grants, Educational Access grants, House of Delegates and Senatorial scholarships to legal residents of the state. The application deadline is usually March 1 of the following academic year.

The state scholarships awarded through SU Financial Aid Office include tuition reduction for non-resident nursing students. To apply, one must not be a resident of the state of Maryland, must be a registered full time student, and must sign a promissory note to serve as a full-time registered nurse in Maryland for four years. Also available is the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program for veterans. Each school has several scholarships, some with over 20 scholarships. The scholarships are available for all levels; that is undergraduate and graduate students. One is automatically eligible for consideration for scholarship upon admission. The selection criteria vary time to time and are different for every scholarship.

The Financial Aid office at SU readily assists students in determining their suitability for federal financial aid and through the application process. SU also has a work study program where student can apply for jobs in the university and are employed while they study. This goes a long way in helping students to offset their expenses.

SU has several financing opportunities available as well.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3768th for the average student loan amount.
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SU students have a vibrant campus life. On-campus accommodations are available to undergraduate students and to post-graduate students on a limited basis. Students can also opt for off campus residency. International students are not offered accommodation. The student leaders live within the campus and new students have several options in terms of communities to join.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


For those interested in athletics, SU has a vibrant athletics department with a variety of sports for both male and female students. The university’s student athletes participate under the Salisbury Sea Gulls and are members of the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. The Sea Gulls’ colors are yellow and maroon. The Intramural Program at Salisbury University is designed to provide an opportunity for every student to participate in organized recreational competition. Individuals as well as teams participate.

To join a team, one has to register online in a team. Participants include faculty, staff and students. The intramural activities at Salisbury University are played in and on some of the most outstanding collegiate recreational facilities in the Mid-Atlantic area. Most indoor sports take place in the Maggs Physical Activities Center, with the exception of tennis, which is held in the SU Tennis Center. The SU mascot is known as “Sammy the Sea Gull.” The name originated from The Salisbury State College Golden Gulls, which was chosen in 1948 by the SGA “Name the Mascot Contest”. In 1963, it was changed to the Sea Gulls.

Sea Gulls compete, aside from the usual tournaments, just for pride twice every year. The football team plays against Frostburg State University in the Regents Cup game in the fall. The match is played on neutral ground at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University. The men’s lacrosse team plays against Washington College in the spring for the Charles B. Clark Cup. This annual contest is referred to as the “War on the Shore.” The two sides alternately host the tournament.


Distinguished Salisbury University alumni include:

  • Jake Bergey – Former Lacrosse Player
  • Steve Bisciotti – Baltimore Ravens Football Team (owner)
  • Talmadge Branch – Maryland House of Delegates (Democrat) District 45
  • Eric M. Bromwell – Maryland House of Delegates(Democrat) District 8
  • Norman Conway – Maryland House of Delegates(Democrat) District 38 B
  • Jeannie Haddaway – Maryland House of Delegates(Republican) District 37 B
  • Scott Krinsky – Actor and comedian starring in OC and Chuck
  • Frank Perdue – Former president of Perdue Farms


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  • McGrath, Anne. Ultimate college guide 2010. 7th ed. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Inc., 2009. Print.
  • www.salisbury.edu. Web

Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Maryland and 486th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maryland and 394th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 19 0.22

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 271 0.88
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 23 0.08
Robbery 74 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 402 1.31
Larceny 1,369 4.47
Vehicle theft 61 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salisbury, MD 21801-6862
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population27,335 (23,230 urban / 4,105 rural)
Households9,698 (2.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,398
Families6,507 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2401

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1281st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,912 $5,912 $14,258
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,216 $2,216 $2,216
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $318 $318 $665
FT Graduate Tuition $6,156 $6,156 $11,358
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,368 $1,368 $1,368
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $418 $418 $707
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,368 $22,368 $30,714
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,594 $22,594 $30,940
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,128 $12,128 $20,474

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,332 $7,700 $7,332 $7,700 $15,678 $16,046
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,858 $9,620
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,912 $9,990
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,700(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,700(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,912 (3,719 male / 5,193 female)
Admitted 4,896 (1,947 male / 2,949 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 1,246 (509 male / 737 female)
FT Enrollment 1,241 (507 male / 734 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (2 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment8,643

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Empire Eight
NCAA Basketball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Capital Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

525th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

360th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 58%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,264
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,940
Board Fee$4,300

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1532nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,634 ($72,323 male / $59,875 female)
Number of FT Faculty 409 (211 male / 198 female)
Number of PT Faculty 661
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $10,611,958

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