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Salisbury University is a public university in Maryland.According to U.S. News and World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges index, "In guidebooks and surveys by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and others, SU consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of public and private institutions nationwide." Currently, Salisbury University offers 45 distinct undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


The college, originally called the Maryland State Normal School, was founded in 1925 as a two-year institution to train teachers. The course of study was increased to three years in 1931 and to four years in 1934. In 1935, its name was changed to Maryland State Teachers College, and in 1963 to Salisbury State College. Between 1962 and 1995 several Masters Degree programs were approved. In 2001, the name was changed from Salisbury State University by deleting the word "State."

In 2007, construction was completed on the Teacher Education and Technology Center, located on the main campus. Construction began in the fall of 2006 and cost an estimated $75 million to complete. The building houses education and technology classrooms as well as a professional recording studio, and is equipped with state-of-the-art Smart Classroom technology. It also includes a satellite dining facility.

The Maryland General Assembly has approved matching funds for construction of a $45 million addition to the Perdue School of Business. In 2006, Perdue Farms announced it would donate $8 million for the construction of the new building. Perdue, Inc. chairman Jim Perdue said the donation was in honor of his father, former Perdue Farms president Frank Perdue. Construction is slated to begin in late 2009.

In 2008, construction began on a multi-level parking garage on the east-campus, located next to the sports fields.

Holloway Hall historical marker

SAT Optional

In the fall of 2006 the Faculty Senate at Salisbury University approved a plan to make the SAT an optional submission for admission to the university. President Janet Dudley-Eshbach is quoted as saying of the SAT, "All they really do is evaluate how well someone does on a timed standardized test. It doesn’t measure motivation. It’s not really a level playing field. The test costs anywhere from $45 to $100, and some students take it again. The SAT prep course [can cost] about $800. Increasingly, we are finding students who don’t have the financial means to take the test — and certainly not a prep course. So our philosophy is, if you can demonstrate to us that you can achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average, you should at least be given a try at Salisbury University."-courtesy Megan McIlroy, The Examiner


The school has grown steadily since its founding and now is attended by 6,941 undergraduate and 640 graduate students. Undergraduate minority enrollment is 17.1%. Most undergraduates (72%) live off campus. There are 1,707 residence hall spaces on campus. For 2007-08, Tuition and fees for Marylandmarker residents are $6,412 annually and $14,500 for non-residents. Including room and board, per annum expenses are approximately $13,308 and $20,986 for residents and nonresidents, respectively. About 64% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. Salisbury University awards nearly $1 million each year in academic scholarships, and $42 million based on need. Approximately 10% of the incoming freshmen have academic scholarships.

Demographics for 2006-07
Item Undergraduate Graduate Total
Total Enrollment 6,791 592 7,383
Full-time enrollment 6,117 156 6,273
Part-time enrollment 674 436 1,110
% Female 55% 74% 57%
% Male 45% 26% 43%
Minority Race/Ethnicity
African-American 11.0% 9.1% 10.9%
American Indian 0.4% 0.2% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.6% 0.5% 2.5%
Hispanic 2.7% 1.6% 2.6%
Nonresident Alien 0.7% 2.9% 0.8%
Total Minority & Nonresident Alien 17.4% 14.3% 17.1%
White 82.6% 85.7% 82.9%
% In-State 85.8% 86.1% 85.8%
% Out-of-State 14.2% 13.9% 14.2%
Countries Represented 46 16 49
States/Territories  Represented 32 10 33


There are four schools at the University, all of which are endowed (a rarity among public institutions) :
Salisbury University logo

Fulton School of Liberal Arts

The Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, endowed in 1989, is the largest and most diverse of the four schools within the University.

Undergraduate programs:
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Communication Arts
  • Conflict Analysis Dispute Resolution
  • Dance
  • English
  • Environmental Issues
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

Henson School of Science and Technology

The Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology was endowed in 1988.

Undergraduate programs:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Dual Degree: Biology/ Environmental Marine Science
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Geography and Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Respiratory Therapy

Perdue School of Business

The Franklin P. Perdue School of Business was established in 1986 and named for late alumnus Frank Perdue.

Undergraduate programs:
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (International Business, Economics - Individualized)
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing

Seidel School of Education

The Samuel Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies dates back to the organization of the University. In 1997, Samuel Seidel, a Salisbury businessman, donated a $1 million endowment.

Undergraduate programs:
  • Athletic Training
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Education Specialties (Secondary Education)
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Social Work

Additional minors

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Business Professional Writing
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Arts
  • Dance
  • Ethnic Intercultural Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Planning
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Transfusion Services
  • Women's Studies/Gender Studies


The University owns 51 buildings, including 10 residence halls. These buildings are located on , with a total gross area of 1,447,035 square feet.

Blackwell Library

The Blackwell Library houses more than 250,000 bound volumes and provides an array of electronic resources. The library also contains the university archives. The library participates in an inter-campus loan program where students can order books from other university libraries in within the University System of Maryland for temporary use. Blackwell Library is seen as one of Salisbury University's weaknesses for its lack of current content. In the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review's The Best 368 Colleges, Blackwell Library was listed at number 12 on the list entitled, "This is a Library?"

NCAA athletics

Salisbury University has ten female and nine male Division III NCAA teams. The football team competes in the Atlantic Central Football Conference while all other sports participate in the Capital Athletic Conference. The University mascot is named "Sammy the Seagull."

In addition to regular season and tournament play, the Seagulls compete for pride twice a year against other local universities. In the fall, the football team competes against Frostburg State Universitymarker for the Regents Cup. The game is played on neutral territory at Towson Universitymarker's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The men's lacrosse team competes in the spring against Washington Collegemarker for the Charles B. Clark Cup. This annual event is known among the two institutions as the "War on the Shore." This competition also takes place on neutral territory, most recently at M&T Bank Stadiummarker, home of the Baltimore Ravens.




  • Baseball - eight CAC titles (1995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006-2008), 2001 and 2004 South Region Champions and College World Series berths [23915]
  • Men's Lacrosse - eight NCAA DIII titles (1994, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008); NCAA record 69 consecutive wins (April 17, 2003 - May 21, 2006)[23916]
  • Women's Lacrosse - six CAC titles (2000-2006)[23917]
  • Softball - eleven CAC titles (1995, 1997-2006)[23918]
  • Men's Tennis[23919]
  • Women's Tennis - two CAC titles (2002, 2003)[23920]
  • Men's Track - ten CAC titles (1994-1996, 1998, 1999, 2004-2008)[23921]
  • Women's Track[23922]

Notable alumni

Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is one of the biggest annual events on the Salisbury University campus. SU's Relay For Life has consistently raised upwards of $60,000 annually, making Salisbury University one of the top Relay teams per capita in the nation. The event traditionally takes place on the intramural sports fields, however during times of inclement weather the event has been moved indoors to the Maggs Physical Activity Center.

Seagull Century

Annual bike ride brings thousands of riders to Delmarvamarker in what is the largest single-day tourism event in Wicomico County. The or 100-kilometer ride has been named among the top 10 century rides in the nation by the Bicycling magazine. The Washington Post names it "by far the most popular local century" in the Maryland-Delaware-Virginia region. The ride starts and ends at SU and offers two routes and is famous for its scenic halfway point at Assateague Island.

BEACON: The Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network

BEACON is the applied research, experiential learning, and community outreach arm of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. Students and faculty from the Perdue School partner with regional decision makers to work on a wide variety of BEACON projects and programs. ShoreTRENDS, GraySHORE, and Bienvenidos a Delmarva are three notable BEACON initiatives. BEACON is also the funding partner of the Perdue School's ShoreENERGY research program. BEACON’s applied research and experiential learning activities have been recognized with a number of awards and citations, including an Evie Cutler Award for Public Service, a Shore Leadership Award for Economic Development, and two citations from the Governor of Maryland.

PACE: Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

PACE was launched in 1999 and is designed to create opportunities for students and faculty to become involved in the political and governmental life of the surrounding region. The mission of the Institute is to serve the public communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the students and faculty of Salisbury University by enhancing our understanding of the public good, by fostering, in a non-partisan way, a more informed and responsible citizenry, and by promoting ethics and good government at the local and state levels through policy and polling research, through educational programs, and through projects in civic engagement.

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