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Freshman Admissions

Freshman FAQs

Freshman FAQs

Application Process

Admissions Decisions


Financial Aid



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Application Process

Q: What is the difference between a freshman and transfer student?

A: Regardless of college credits earned, a high school student who has graduated the academic year prior to his or her enrollment at SU will be considered a freshman by the Office of Admissions and subject to the on-campus residency requirement. Changes made to a student’s status from a freshman student to a transfer student will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Admissions and Housing and Residence Life.

Q: How many letters of recommendation should I send?

A: 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.

Q: How do you calculate my GPA?

A: Salisbury University takes the unweighted GPA of a student, on a 4.0 scale, and then adds additional weight for honors and AP courses. If a student does not have a GPA on a 4.0 scale, we convert it to the 4.0 scale so that every student is considered using the same format.

Q: How do I send my test scores?

A: SAT, ACT and AP scores can be sent from the testing organization or through the high school counselor. The ETS code number for Salisbury University is 5403 and the ACT code is 1716.

Q: What is the foreign language requirement to apply for admission to Salisbury University?

A: Salisbury University recommends two years of foreign language study for admission. According to the Board of Regents Policy, incoming students may meet the recommended language requirement for admission by completing two courses in advanced technology. Advanced Technology is an instructional program in which students develop in-depth skills and understanding related to one or more of the following: impacts of technology; technological issues, and engineering design.

Q: Has SU received all of my application materials?

A: Once we receive your application, you will receive a letter in the mail and email containing your username and password to GullNet, SU’s online student records Web site. Once you log on you will be able to see your “To Do List.” You can monitor the status of your application and check for receipt of transcripts or test scores.

Q: When will I receive a decision from Salisbury University?

A: If you applied and had your application materials (high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores) sent to SU by the Early Decision deadline of November 15, you will receive an admissions decision by December 15 at the latest. If you applied and had your application materials (high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores) sent to SU by the Early Action deadline of December 1, you will receive an admissions decision by January 15 at the latest. If you applied and had your application materials (high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores) sent to SU by the Regular Decision deadline of January 15, you will receive an admissions decision by March 15 at the latest.

Q: Can I still apply if I miss the January 15 deadline?

A: Students may still submit an application after the deadline, but it will be considered on a space-available basis, which may delay the response received.

Q: Can I receive a fee waiver for my application?

A: Salisbury University provides fee waivers for financial hardship reasons. Waivers are not provided based on visiting campus. We want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need please have a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader email to request a fee waiver. Those granted a waiver should check the appropriate waiver on the Common Application or College Net application.

You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need to request a fee waiver:

  • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.

Admissions Decisions

Q: What does it mean if I was deferred?

A: This means that your application has been rolled from Early Decision or Early Action to Regular Decision in order to compare the credentials you have presented with the students in our Regular Decision applicant pool. You will receive notification from SU by March 15. The final decision will depend on the strength of the applicant pool.

Q: What if I am not admissible through Early Decision? Will my application be deferred?

A: Early Decision provides the best opportunity for students to be admitted to SU, but it is still a selective process. If you are not granted admission, your application may be rolled to Regular Decision in order to compare the credentials you have presented with the students in our Regular Decision applicant pool. You will receive notification from SU by March 15. The final decision will depend on the strength of the applicant pool. Some students who are not admitted for the fall class may receive an invitation to begin at Salisbury the following January as a spring semester student. This offer is not binding, but is an additional opportunity for a student to reserve a space at SU. Students with questions about spring admission or with an interest in starting in the spring should contact their SU admissions counselor.

Q: What if I applied for fall admission but was offered spring admission?

A: Admission to Salisbury University is a selective process. This means that although most of the students in our applicant pool are capable of completing college-level work, their credentials are compared to those of other applicants. Those students presenting the most competitive application materials are selected for fall admission. Students whose records still impressed the admissions committee but were not selected for fall may be sent a letter offering admission for the spring semester. Students who wish to accept spring admission should reserve a place in the spring class by paying an admissions deposit by August 1. Students may choose to attend another college in the fall to earn credit, but they do not have to do so. Any credit received at another institution during the fall semester must be completed with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Q: Why would I be denied?

A: Admission to SU is very selective. Approximately half of all applicants are granted admission. Receiving a denial letter does not indicate that you are not ready for college-level work, only that the credentials that you submitted for admission were not as strong as other applicants. It is important to note that receiving a denial letter does not mean that you will never be able to attend Salisbury University. We encourage you to continue building your record and apply again as a transfer student.


Q: How do I apply for scholarships?

A: The admissions application automatically qualifies students for consideration for most academic scholarships. Students desiring consideration for academic scholarships should submit completed applications for admissions, including high school transcript and standardized test scores, by January 15. Students may submit new grades and test scores up until May 1 for scholarship consideration. To view scholarship opportunities please visit:

Q: What qualifies me for a scholarship?

A: Salisbury University scholarships are based upon academic requirements. Award amounts are based on the combination of academic credentials (GPA and SAT/ACT). Students may also be eligible for a variety of scholarships based upon particular majors, counties or states of origin, financial need as well as their academic records. Typically, the top 30 percent of the freshman class receives academic scholarships. The Financial Aid Net Price Calculator is designed to help you estimate your financial aid options and provides an approximation of what a new, first-year undergraduate student can expect to pay to attend Salisbury University. To view the Financial Aid Net Price Calculator please visit:

Q: When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

A: Initial notification of estimated academic scholarships is typically mailed within three weeks of an admissions decision.

Financial Aid

Q: When should I fill out the FAFSA?

A: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available starting October 1 and should be submitted by March 1 for priority funding. You may still receive aid if filed later, but you may miss out on some need-based aid opportunities. SU’s Title IV code is 002091.

Q: When will I find out if I received financial aid?

A: Formal notification of financial aid packages typically occurs by mid-February for fall admission. Formal notification of financial aid packages typically begins in late summer for spring admission.

Q: How do I accept financial aid?

A: Students can view and accept their financial aid through the self-service area of GullNet. Students should monitor their “To Do List” on GullNet for additional required documentation.

Q: How does Early Decision affect financial aid?

Students applying through Early Decision will not have access to a financial aid package before they are asked to commit to Salisbury University. If comparing aid packages is an important element of a student’s decision, SU does not encourage that student to apply through Early Decision. Students will be reviewed for scholarship consideration at the time of admission, however, and will receive information on any scholarships received. Students can also utilize Salisbury University's net price calculator to estimate their costs. Salisbury University continues to have one of the lowest costs of any four year university in the state and region, which puts an SU education within reach for many families.

Financial Aid Timeline

October 1 – FAFSA is available 
January 15 – Early Decision admission deposit deadline
March 1 – FAFSA deadline - Priority funding deadline
May 1 – Early Action and Regular Decision admission deposit deadline; cancel aid for students who did not deposit 
June – Begin loan processing 
Early July – Fall bills mailed out 
Early August – Fall bills due


Q: How am I notified about housing?

A: Once you pay your deposit in Gullnet you will need to complete the housing contract. Housing is assigned based on the date you submit the house contract. Housing assignments are sent in July.



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Non-Degree Seeking Student

If you wish to take courses as a non-degree seeking student you must register through the Registrar’s Office. You can find the registry form and residency form on the Registrar’s Web site:


Students who have attended SU and did not receive a degree must complete a readmission application to be processed through the Registrar’s Office. Do not reapply through the Office of Admissions. For more information please visit the Registrar’s Office Web . Students that have earned a degree at Salisbury University and wish to start a new undergraduate degree program must complete a new application through the Office of Admissions. Please apply as a transfer student. Students that have earned an undergraduate degree and wish to start a graduate degree program must complete a new application through the Office of Admissions. Please apply as a graduate student.

Non-Traditional Students

Salisbury University welcomes students who wish to continue their education after some time off. With 24 transferable credits or more and a 2.0 cumulative GPA, you are encouraged to apply as a transfer student. If you do not qualify as a transfer student, you may apply as a freshman. You will need to provide us with an online application, high school transcripts and standardized test scores. Standardized test scores are not required if you have graduated from high school three or more years ago.

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