Salisbury University

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1101 Camden Avenue

Salisbury, MD 21801

Phone: (410) 543-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Salisbury University is a public institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,969, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 161 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Salisbury University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,988 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,334 (2013-14).

Salisbury University is a public school in Maryland where more than 85 percent of students are state residents. Students have about 40 degree programs to choose from. Outside of class, students can explore school venues like the audio recording studio or Gallery Walk, which showcases student artwork. There are many clubs and organizations to consider, including a Greek community that involves roughly 5 percent of all students. Student athletes compete as the Salisbury Sea Gulls, members of the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. About three quarters of students find internships before they graduate.

Students are not required to live on the school’s campus in Salisbury, a small town about 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Salisbury University is home to the Perdue School of Business, which grants graduate degrees, as well as graduate departments of nursing and social work. Notable alumni of Salisbury University include Jim Perdue, president of Perdue Farms; his father, Frank Perdue, former Perdue Farms president and namesake of the university’s business school; and actor Scott Krinsky, whose television show appearances include The O.C. and Chuck.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Salisbury University is nationally recognized for academic excellence having a creative curriculum emphasizing undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships and civic engagement. Offering students 42 undergraduate, 14 graduate programs and one doctoral program, SU has the fastest undergraduate time-to-degree average in the University System of Maryland. All four academic schools are endowed, a rarity among public institutions. Exceptional students, a highly regarded faculty and dynamic administration have earned SU recognition as "A Maryland University of National Distinction."

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1925
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $37,792,948


When applying to Salisbury University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at Salisbury University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 65.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.7%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Salisbury University is 16:1, and the school has 33.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Salisbury University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Psychology, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10%
Psychology, General 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%

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Student Life

Salisbury University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,969, with a gender distribution of 43.3 percent male students and 56.7 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Salisbury University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,657
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Salisbury University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Salisbury University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Salisbury University, 38 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Salisbury University.

Students who have cars on campus 38%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Salisbury University, 49 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,192.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,988 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,334 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,240 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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