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Colleges / Salisbury University

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

Salisbury Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Salisbury, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $50.

Students who submit their applications to Salisbury for fall should hear back from Salisbury by March 15.

Salisbury Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Salisbury's admissions stats.

Salisbury 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Mean SAT Score 1243
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

Applying Early to Salisbury?

Salisbury offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means 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 will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Salisbury is 90%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 86%.

Salisbury accepts roughly 96% of early action applicants and 86% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Salisbury admitted 246 of the 274 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Salisbury admitted 4,198 of the 4,362 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to increase 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 shows your interest in a school.

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

More on Salisbury University Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Salisbury University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Salisbury University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Salisbury

Salisbury has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Salisbury 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 are 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Salisbury

What does Salisbury consider 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
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Salisbury 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements SAT or ACT test scores are required for applicants with a weighted cumulative GPA below 3.5
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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?

Students admitted to Salisbury 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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Salisbury is a test optional school. 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'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?

To be competitive with other Salisbury applicants, you should aim to earn between 1170 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Salisbury 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Salisbury student is 1243.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Salisbury students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Salisbury students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Salisbury?

To be most competitive at Salisbury, you should strive to earn between 21 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Salisbury's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Salisbury students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Salisbury University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Salisbury. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Salisbury during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Salisbury Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Salisbury?

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

Does Salisbury accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Salisbury accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Salisbury?

❌ No, Salisbury is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Salisbury's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Salisbury is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Salisbury?

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

What is the early action acceptance rate at Salisbury?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Salisbury was 96% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Salisbury?

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


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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 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


21 to 29


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Salisbury is 25. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Salisbury. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Salisbury SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1300


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1300 and Above


1170 to 1300


1170 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Salisbury students is 1243. Applicants with SAT scores of 1300 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salisbury, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1300 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 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 3.73. 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

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Campus Setting

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