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With its highly regarded faculty and exceptional academic programs, Salisbury is earning recognition as...

Salisbury University

Salisbury, Maryland

Learn. Live. Lead

Salisbury University (SU) is nationally recognized for academic excellence. Its creative curriculum emphasizes undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships, and civic engagement. Located on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore, SU offers 42 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
7,997 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
20% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
416 full-time faculty
243 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Mostly residential: 11 undergraduate residence halls

School Location

Salisbury, MD—on the Eastern Shore. 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches, 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Retention Fall 2014

82% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

66% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 12%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


NCAA Division III, Capital Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference

21 intercollegiate varsity teams
10 men’s: baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, football, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country
11 women’s: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball

Club and intramural sports also available

Other Information

Salisbury University is a public, four-year comprehensive institution founded in 1925. SU is a member of the University System of Maryland.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Economics, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Community Health, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Economics, Elementary Education, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Finance, Fine Art, French, Geography, History, Information and Decision Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre.

Graduate: Applied Biology, Applied Health Physiology, Business Administration, Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution, Education, Educational Leadership, English, Geographic Information Systems Management, History, Mathematics Education, Nursing, Reading Specialist, Social Work, Teaching.
Doctorates: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy Program
Certificates: Health Care Management, Mathematics for Middle School Teachers, Teaching & Learning with Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

More Distinctions

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s Top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2015 (February 2015 issue) (for the 7th consecutive year); SU was also included in earlier editions.  Also, SU is included in Kiplinger’s “24 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.”

  • U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2014-2015 (September 2014 issue) for the 18th consecutive year.  SU is among the Best Regional Universities in the North and is also included on the “Best Colleges for Vets” list and the “A-plus Schools for B Students” list.

  • After being included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2014-2015, SU was spotlighted on the U.S. News website by the Morse Code blog as a top-ranked regional university that operates most efficiently for the 3rd consecutive year.  

  • Washington Monthly magazine’s “America’s Best Bang-For-The-Buck Colleges” (September/October 2014 edition).

  • The Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges and The Best Northeastern Colleges for 2014-2015 (August 2014 editions) – 16th consecutive year.


  • At the end of the 2012-13 season, Salisbury University's Athletics Program was recognized as the '12th Best Division III Program'in the country by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY. 

  • For the 15th consecutive year, Salisbury University is ranked as one of the 'Nation's Best Institutions' by The Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges in America: 2014 Edition and is also noted as a 'Top Pick' in The Best Northeastern Colleges, 2014.

  • Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” for 2014 (August 2014 edition).

  • Money magazine’s “The Best Colleges for Your Money” for 2014 (August 2014 edition).

  • The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges:  2014 Edition (April 2014) – 5th consecutive year.  Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • A University Business magazine “Model of Efficiency” for spring 2014.  Applauded for innovative approaches to streamlining operations, SU was the only Maryland campus honored and one of only 8 recognized nationwide. SU was also honored in spring 2012. 

  • The Princeton Review (and USA Today) Top 80 “Best Value Public Colleges” for 2014 (January 2014) – SU also was included in 2009 and 2010. 

A major part of the SU mission is to prepare global citizens. SU students are engaged internationally…

Global Citizens

A major part of the SU mission is to prepare global citizens. Education majors have taught elementary students in New Zealand, while others have studied children’s literature in Ireland and Wales. Nursing students have provided aid and education to villagers in Africa, while business students have studied economics in France and South Africa. Other students have spent spring break helping with service projects in Costa Rica and Mexico. One philosophy professor took a group to Japan to explore humanity’s spiritual relationship with nature while hiking and maintaining pilgrimage trails. World leaders are campus visitors: speakers have included Nobel Peace Prize winners and former presidents Lech Walesa of Poland and F.W. de Klerk of South Africa.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is possible during summer and winter sessions or for a year. New semester-long Salisbury Abroad programs make it possible to study in Ecuador, Estonia, China and Spain at the same cost as tuition at SU. Through SU’s Center for Conflict Resolution, students have researched, taught and helped mediate disputes in contentious areas including Israel, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland.


SU’s 8,600+ students are active citizens locally, nationally, and internationally. Through the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE), students engage in the political process and have interned for state and local governments and at national political conventions.

Many PACE students are involved in intensive, multi-faceted, year-long civic experiences through the Presidential Citizen Scholars Program. Past speakers in the Paul S. Sarbanes Lecture Series include Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

With its award-winning faculty, a beautiful campus with national arboretum status, exceptional academic and athletic programs, and a dynamic administration, Salisbury is earning recognition as A Maryland University of National Distinction…

Undergraduate Research

Nationally lauded for its dedication to undergraduate research, SU offers students opportunities to assist professors and perform their own independent studies. Findings are presented on campus during the annual Student Research Conference, and many student scholars also speak at national and international conferences. SU has twice hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Off-Campus Learning

Much of the learning at Salisbury takes place outside the classroom. Students have assisted with field work in local old-growth forests and in Amazon rainforests. Inside Henson Science Hall labs, they also have helped research cures for tuberculosis and prepared payloads for NASA rockets to test the effects of cancer metastasis in zero gravity.

Applied Education

Students across disciplines apply their studies through internships and field placements, all of which are strongly encouraged. In the Perdue School of Business, all majors must have an applied business learning experience and many find success in national sales and marketing competitions. Student entrepreneurs may compete for up to $25,000 in annual Bernstein Achievement Award prizes. Other programs also provide unique benefits. The Bellavance Honors Center, for example, offers thriving seminars and small discussion-oriented classes.

Honorable Faculty

Faculty include many Fulbright scholars, winners of state and national teaching honors, and arts awards, including a Pushcart Prize. The most popular majors at SU are biology, exercise science, nursing, and communication arts.

In creating a stimulating campus climate, SU not only involves its students, faculty, and staff, but reaches out to the community at large…


When ABC’s Emmy award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Wicomico County, thousands from campus turned out for a kick-off pep rally and volunteered at the build site. Student organizations also are heavily involved with the Sea Gull Century, SU’s annual 100-mile or 100-kilometer bike ride, which attracts some 8,000 cyclists from across the U.S. and raises $2.5 million on the Lower Eastern Shore.

Hundreds of SU students give back to the area annually through I Love Salisbury and The Big Event community cleanup initiatives. SU’s award-winning Relay for Life is consistently named one of the top collegiate Relays, raising more than $870,000 for the American Cancer Society since 2002. SU also is home to ShoreCorps/PALS, an AmeriCorps chapter that allows young adults to mentor students in local schools.

Salisbury’s Division III athletics teams are also engaged in the community, offering sports clinics and sponsoring toy and food drives for needy families. The field hockey team, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and breast cancer awareness fundraisers. Baseball and football players have mentored area students to help with reading and making healthy choices.

Cultural Fulfillment

Culturally, SU offers a wide array of activities each semester through its University Galleries and Cultural Affairs programs. Past speakers have included environmentalist Jane Goodall, author and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, Grammy winner Mary Youngblood, feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem, and journalist Robert MacNeil. Monks from the Deprung Loseling Monastery in Tibet have regularly visited the campus for week-long residencies.

Student Activities

SU is home to two National Public Radio affiliates, a student radio station and community access television. Students participate in a multitude of musical ensembles, including the Chorale and Chamber Choir and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Students also perform in several productions annually through the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program.

With more than 46,000 alumni throughout the United States, SU has made its mark as A Maryland University of National Distinction.

Alumni Success

Strong programs at SU have yielded a number of successful alumni. Among them:

  • Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti
  • Perdue Farms Inc. CEO Jim Perdue
  • Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn
  • Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel
  • Broadway actress Jennifer Hope Wills (Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Wonderful Town)


SU graduates have also created a mobile app and documentary film, established a lung cancer foundation, and have won Emmys for their involvement in the ESPN show SportsCenter. In 2011, nine of 24 Maryland Teachers of the Year were SU graduates, and two others are winners of the prestigious Milken Educator Award.


Admissions Fall 2014

8,723 Total Applicants
4,771 Total Admissions
1,150 Total Freshmen Enrollment

54.69% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,268 $14,614
Fees $2,292 $2,292
Total $8,560 $16,906
Room and Board (on campus) $10,620 $10,620
Room Only $6,150 $6,150
Board Only $4,470 $4,470
Estimated Total On Campus $19,180 $27,526


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

84% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
51% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$4,766 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,428 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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