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Freshman Admissions

Application Evaluation Criteria

The Freshman Application Timeline
Early Decision
December 15: Notification Deadline
November 15: Application Deadline
January 15: Deposit Deadline

Early Action
December 1: Application Deadline
May 1: Deposit Deadline
January 15: Notification Deadline

Regular Decision
May 1: Deposit Deadline
March 15: Notification Deadline
January 15: Application Deadline
Freshman Application Timeline Freshman Application Timeline
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The admissions review process considers the qualifications of all applicants in a holistic manner. The students' high school curriculum, performance in academic coursework and on standardized tests like the SAT and/or ACT where applicable, essay, recommendations, leadership experience, community service, talents, extracurricular activities and the ability to contribute to the diverse academic community at Salisbury University are many of the qualifications considered for admission.

Admission to Salisbury University is granted to those applicants whose academic qualifications give promise of success in college. The evaluation of the applicant's chances for academic success is the responsibility of the Admissions Office, which foremost considers the applicant's academic record. Applicants must submit the completed application for admission, official high school transcripts, essay, and letter(s) of recommendation. Standardized SAT or ACT test scores are required for applicants with a weighted grade point average of 3.50 or less on a 4.0 scale. Should the student applicant have earned a weighted cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale, the applicant has the choice of submitting a standardized test score. Applicants choosing to exclude standardized test scores should provide evidence of individual achievements and/or experiences which would not be evident from a review of the official high school transcripts. Leadership qualities, community service, artistic talent, athletic talent and diversity of background, including cultural, experiential and geographic, are additional factors used in the holistic review of each applicant.

Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships are urged to take the SAT or ACT no later than the fall testing date and to apply by the priority date of January 15. Details concerning the SAT I or ACT may be obtained at or All standardized test results must be officially forwarded to Salisbury University from the respective testing centers or your high school guidance office. The ETS code number for Salisbury University 5403 and the ACT code is 1716.

Students planning to enter college are encouraged to complete the college preparatory curriculum in high school. Within the college preparatory curriculum, a prospective student should have met the following minimum requirements for admission: four credits in English; three credits in the social sciences; two credits in laboratory-based sciences; four credits in mathematics; must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students who complete Algebra II prior to their final year must complete the four-year mathematics requirement by taking a course or courses that utilize non-trivial algebra*; and two years in a world language or technology-approved credit.

Criminal History Statement: Salisbury University does not consider a student's criminal history during the admissions process for undergraduate or graduate admission to the University. Criminal history information may be reviewed post-admission by the University in considering students for access to certain programs that have criminal history requirements, for on-campus residency, in order to provide supportive services, or to alter an admissions decision based on the policies of the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017.

*Non-trivial algebra is intended to mean that the level of mathematical concepts discussed and the level of problems that are used in the course would be at least as sophisticated as those that relate to problems appearing in the Achieve ADP Algebra II test. Examples of courses meeting this requirement include Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and successor courses, Statistics and College Algebra. An important feature of any such course is that it utilize algebra in a substantive way, so the student does not lose the algebraic and numerical skills achieved in earlier courses.

Successful candidates for freshman admission to Salisbury University will have demonstrated strong college potential during their years in high school.

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Salisbury University is still accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester!

Application Materials

Your application to Salisbury should include:

Official SAT/ACT Scores

All standardized test results must be officially forwarded to Salisbury University from the respective testing centers or your high school guidance office. The ETS code number for Salisbury University is 5403 and the ACT code is 1716.

If you are scheduled to take an exam in the future, please remember to include Salisbury University when asked where you want your scores reported. For information about the Test Optional Policy please visit

Official High School Transcripts

Request your official transcripts early from your guidance office. Faxes will not be accepted.

Other Transcripts

If you have attended more than one high school and the latest school does not include previous course work, a transcript from the previous high school must be received. In addition, if you have taken courses at a community college or at an accredited four-year college or university, official transcripts must also be received once you have decided to attend SU.

Letters of Recommendation

Salisbury University requires one letter of recommendation, typically satisfied by the Secondary School Counselor's Recommendation Form submitted by your school counselor. Applicants are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation, but they are encouraged to include them in the transcript packet. Any letter of recommendation included with the transcript packet will remain with the student's file for review. If other recommendation letters are submitted separately, the Office of Admission will match them with the student's application to the degree possible. If you choose to apply using the Common Application, electronic copies of the high school transcript and letters of recommendation will also be accepted

Personal Statement/Essay

This is your opportunity to tell us more about you, beyond what we would see on your transcript.

If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, you are required to submit a portfolio of your work to the Art Department. Portfolio reviews are done twice annually with deadlines of: December 1 or March 1. For more information or to submit your portfolio, visit:

Once you've submitted an application to Salisbury University a letter will arrive in the mail with your GullNet username and password. You will have the ability to track your requirements and application status with your GullNet account. There is a $50.00 application fee.

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When to Apply

Salisbury University has four different admissions plans under which freshman applicants are considered:

  • Early Decision is the best option if you are a high school senior and you are certain that Salisbury University is the institution you would like to attend. In this case, students should submit their application and all required materials (including official SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript) by November 15. Decisions are made by December 15 and a non-refundable $300 deposit is required by February 15. If you are admitted to SU under this option, you will need to withdraw all other college applications as Early Decision is a "binding" agreement. If comparing financial aid packages is an important element of a student's decision, SU does not encourage that student to apply through Early Decision. However, students will be reviewed for scholarship consideration at the time of admission and will receive information on any scholarships received.
  • Early Action is for high school seniors who submit their application and all required materials (including official SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript) by December 1. Decisions are made by January 15 and a non-refundable $300 deposit is required by May 1. As a deposit is not required until May 1, Early Action is considered a "non-binding" agreement.
  • Regular Decision is available for students who submit all required application materials for admission (including official SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript) by a recommended deadline of January 15. Candidates are notified of the admission decision by March 15. Those who are admitted have until May 1 to confirm their acceptance by submitting a non-refundable $300 deposit. Applications received after the January 15th deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. The University reserves the right to close admissions when the projected enrollment is met.
  • Early Admission is an admission option for academically talented high school juniors who wish to "skip" their entire senior year. Students who are completing their junior year of high school may be considered for acceptance into the regular University program provided they present evidence of outstanding academic achievement. The requirements for admission under the Early Admission Plan include a competitive grade point average and competitive SAT or ACT scores with our applicant pool, rigorous courses, a positive recommendation from the student's high school, and a certification of eligibility for a high school diploma. A personal interview with the SU Office of Admissions is required.

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