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Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%

Salisbury Admissions

Salisbury University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Salisbury University is 91%. Last year, 8,108 students applied to Salisbury University and 7,383 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Salisbury University, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $50.

Students who apply to Salisbury University for fall semester should hear back from Salisbury University by March 15.

Salisbury University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Salisbury University's admissions stats.

Salisbury University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Mean SAT Score 1251
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 16%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist No

Salisbury University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Salisbury University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 15

Applying Early to Salisbury University?

Salisbury University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Salisbury University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Salisbury University is 90%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 91%.

Salisbury University accepts approximately 97% of early action applicants and 91% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Salisbury University admitted 216 of the 241 students who applied early decision. Last year, Salisbury University admitted 4,481 of the 4,638 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Salisbury University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Salisbury?

Salisbury is a moderately difficult school to get into. Salisbury evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Salisbury accepted 91% of students, around 7,383 of the 8,108 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Salisbury, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

For applicants who are not residents of Maryland, getting into Salisbury University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Salisbury University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Salisbury University

Salisbury University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Salisbury University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Salisbury University

Wondering what factors are considered by Salisbury University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Salisbury University for more information on admission factors.

Salisbury University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Salisbury University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Salisbury University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Salisbury University?

Students admitted to Salisbury University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Salisbury University 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.

In 2022, 16% of Salisbury University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Salisbury University?

To be competitive with other Salisbury University applicants, you should strive to score between 1190 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Salisbury University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1190, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Salisbury University student is 1251.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Salisbury University students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Salisbury University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

To be most competitive at Salisbury University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Salisbury University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Salisbury University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Salisbury University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Salisbury University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Salisbury University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Salisbury University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Salisbury University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Salisbury University.

Does Salisbury University accept transfer credits?

✅ Salisbury University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Salisbury University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Salisbury University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Salisbury University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Salisbury University?

❌ No, Salisbury University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Salisbury University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Salisbury University is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Salisbury University?

✅ Salisbury University's early decision acceptance rate was 90% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Salisbury University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Salisbury University was 97% in 2021.

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Salisbury Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Salisbury? Salisbury is a somewhat selective institution. The Salisbury acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Salisbury SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1190 - 1300


Math SAT Range

580 - 660


Reading SAT Range

600 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1300 and Above


1190 to 1300


1190 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Salisbury students is 1251. Applicants with SAT scores of 1300 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salisbury, while applicants with SAT scores between 1190 to 1300 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1190 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Salisbury.

Salisbury GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Salisbury, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

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Campus Setting

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Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

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