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Salisbury University

  • Salisbury, MD
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 8,004
    total students
  • $5,912 | $14,258
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 54%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 585
    sat math
  • 575
    sat reading
  • 573
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Salisbury University is Consistently Recognized at the National Level for Excellence

Located on Maryland's scenic and historic Eastern Shore, only 30 miles from Atlantic beaches and 20 miles from the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Salisbury University is a campus on the move. "These are exciting times at Salisbury University," said President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. "Our reputation as 'A Maryland University of National Distinction' is growing."

For 15 consecutive years, Salisbury has been one of U.S. News & World Report's "Top Public Universities" in the North, and also one of the highest-placing public master's-level universities in Maryland. For 13 consecutive years, SU has been among The Princeton Review's Best Colleges. Similar kudos come from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which has named SU among the top 100 "Best Value" public colleges in the nation.

Salisbury's faculty includes distinguished Fulbright scholars and the Eastern Shore's first Maryland Professor of the Year, selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Since 2000, 19 SU professors have won the University System of Maryland's highest faculty honor: the Regents Award for Excellence. With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, and an average class size of 24, Salisbury students get to know their professors.

A national leader in student-centered research, Salisbury is the only university in Maryland to have hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. It also is the only comprehensive university in the country to host NCUR twice.

On the playing field, SU scholar-athletes have earned distinction in one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the United States, with 15 national championships in men's and women's lacrosse and field hockey. In addition to 21 varsity sports, nearly half of the student body participates in 22 intramural programs and 14 sports clubs.

Salisbury Offers an Array of Degree Programs and Courses of Study Supported by the Best in Technology and Resources

Home to 8,600 students from some 32 states and 69 nations, Salisbury University's creative curriculum emphasizes undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships, and civic engagement. Salisbury's 42 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs are offered in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions including business and education. All four of Salisbury's schools are endowed -- a rarity among public institutions nationwide.

Students also get the benefit of learning and living on a beautiful campus -- designated an arboretum by the American Public Gardens Association -- with top-notch classrooms and renovated residence facilities. In fall 2008, SU opened its $65 million, 165,000-square-foot Teacher Education and Technology Center, a showcase for education in the mid-Atlantic region. It features $5.3 million in technology including SMART classrooms and one of the few campus-based high-definition digital video production studios in the nation.

Two other major additions to campus, a $55 million home for the Perdue School of Business with state-of-the-art labs and case rooms and a $45 million apartment-style residence hall and retail complex, opened in fall 2011, along with a new high-tech medical simulation center Salisbury is pursuing recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for the new buildings? use of sustainable energy. Two already have received LEED Silver certification.

There are several unique degree programs at Salisbury. Its nationally accredited baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy, the only one in Maryland, is taught in distance learning labs on campus and through the Universities at Shady Grove. A growing program in social work reaches students at three distance learning sites statewide. In addition, SU's Center for Conflict Resolution was one of the first two in the nation to offer bachelor's and master's degrees. In the fine arts, Salisbury is the only Maryland campus with a glass-blowing program.

The university also offers superior programs in education and nursing, helping to alleviate critical shortages. SU is one of Maryland's largest educators of future teachers and its nursing students have the highest five-year average pass rates of all baccalaureate programs statewide on the National Council Licensure Examination. A Doctor of Nursing Practice begins in fall 2012.

For new students, exceptional orientation programs have been honored by the Maryland Association for Higher Education, and those who relish intellectual challenges are invited to join the Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program.

Salisbury Students Gain Experience through Global Service Projects and Internships

For more than a decade, SU has championed study abroad and service. Through the Center for International Education, established by President Dudley-Eshbach, business students study global economics in China, education majors teach children in New Zealand, and nursing students provide aid in Africa. Others take "alternative" spring breaks to participate in global service projects in Mexico and Costa Rica. New Salisbury Abroad programs offer the chance to study in countries ranging from Ecuador and Estonia, to Spain and Scotland for the same cost as tuition, room, and board in Maryland. Some 12-14 percent of SU's students engage in international study annually, exceeding the national average.

Salisbury students have also gained practical, hands-on experience by working with animals at Hawaii's Ocean Mammal Institute and Ohio's Siberian Tiger Conservation Association. In the past two years, three students earned $42,700 Greater Research Opportunity Fellowships from the Environmental Protection Agency -- only 30 are given annually nationwide. One business student so impressed supervisors at Delaware-based Trinity Transport, Inc. that the company created two annual $10,000 scholarships for future SU interns. The Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) also places students in public service internships in local, state, and national government.

In addition to internships for pay or credit, SU students volunteer some 35,000 hours in the region annually and have earned national recognition for their work with such programs as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. SU outreach organizations, including the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Small Business Development Center and Healthy U of Delmarva, are also invaluable resources for the region.


Location & Contact

Salisbury University

1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801-6837
USA

Mrs.Elizabeth Skoglund

Director of Admissions

Phone: 410-543-6161
Fax: 410-546-6016
Email: admissions@salisbury.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Respiratory Care Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,905
    • Accepted4,895
    • Acceptance Rate54%
    • Enrolled8,004
    • Female Applicants5,191
    • Females Accepted2,949
    • Female Acceptance Rate56%
    • Male Applicants3,714
    • Males Accepted1,946
    • Male Acceptance Rate52%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.71
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan February 15th --
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 575 540 610
    • SAT Math 585 540 620
    • SAT Writing 573 530 610
    • ACT Composite 24 22 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$5,912
    • Out-of-state tuition *$14,258
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,216.00
    • Room and board *$10,240.00
    • Room only *$5,940.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students8,004
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.4%
    • Black or African American11.66%
    • White or Caucasian73.21%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.25%
    • Asian2.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races3.7%
    • Unknown2.85%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.36% representing 68 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students13.7% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 28%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Radio (WXSU) / SU TV / The Flyer Newspaper, Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP), Campus Crusade for Christ, Union of African American Students
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Lighted pathways, Sidewalks, 24-hour University Police protection, Shuttle buses, Emergency notification system, Self-defense education

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty662
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio16:1 or 7,960 students to 494 faculty

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