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About Salisbury

Salisbury University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Salisbury, Maryland. Salisbury was founded in 1925 and now enrolls around 8,124 students a year, including 7,150 undergrads.

Salisbury offers housing for up to 3,253 students. Most students live off campus, either in nearby housing that is not owned by the college, or

Salisbury's endowment was valued at $71,712,454 in 2021. The institution spends around $8,144 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 15 undergraduates enrolled at Salisbury.

2021 Salisbury Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 86%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1177
In-State Tuition $7,264
Out-of-State $17,330

2022 Salisbury Regular Decision Application Deadline

January 15 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by March 15.

Salisbury Early Admission

Salisbury University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Salisbury is on December 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Salisbury admits 86% of students that apply early action. 78% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Salisbury.

Salisbury Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Salisbury. Around 78% of applicants get into Salisbury each year. Last year, 8,701 students applied to Salisbury and 6,754 were admitted. ### Salisbury Waitlist 2021

Salisbury reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Salisbury University?

Salisbury is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Salisbury, applicants must submit the following items.

Salisbury Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements SAT or ACT test scores are required for applicants with a weighted cumulative GPA below 3.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Salisbury

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1177 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Salisbury students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Salisbury.

Salisbury Waitlist 2021

Salisbury reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Does Salisbury Require Test Scores?

Salisbury has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 45% submitted the SAT. 11% submitted the ACT.

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Does Salisbury Offer Student Housing?

Yes! Salisbury provides on-campus housing for up to 3,253 students.

Salisbury students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Radio (WXSU) / SU TV / The Flyer Newspaper and Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP). Relay for Life, Homecoming Week, and and Big Event Community Service are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Salisbury.

Financial Aid at Salisbury

Salisbury meets 55% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Salisbury full-time are awarded $10,121 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Is Salisbury a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Salisbury

About 78% of students who start at Salisbury come back the next year. Out of the 1,144 students who started at Salisbury as first-time freshman, 563 graduate within four years.

Around 68% of students who started at Salisbury earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Salisbury Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 69 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $51,989 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,384 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Salisbury sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Salisbury a good school for you?

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Where is Salisbury University Located?

Salisbury is located in the small town setting of Salisbury, Maryland.

If you want to see Salisbury for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Route 13 to Salisbury, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Salisbury and Salisbury are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1101 Camden Avenue Salisbury, MD 21801-6837

Campus Setting: Small Town

Salisbury Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Salisbury is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Salisbury is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Salisbury ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Salisbury is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Salisbury. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Salisbury SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1248


Math SAT Range

533 - 630


Reading SAT Range

560 - 638

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1248 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Salisbury students is 1177. Applicants with SAT scores of 1248 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salisbury, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1248 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Salisbury.

Salisbury Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Salisbury is like? There are approximately 8,124 students enrolled at Salisbury, including 7,150 undergraduate students and 974 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from MD and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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