Salisbury University: Narrative Description

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1101 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801-6837
Tel: (410)543-6000; 888-543-0148
Admissions: (410)543-6161
Fax: (410)548-2587
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 144-acre small town campus. Endowment: $20.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4523 per student. Total enrollment: 6,942. Faculty: 494 (314 full-time, 180 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 5,347 applied, 58% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,648 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 718 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 23 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the University System of Maryland. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/15, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $4546 full-time, $188 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,124 full-time, $487 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1430 full-time, $8 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $7050. College room only: $3450. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 104 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, campus radio station, Programming Board, Union of African-American Students. Major annual events: Welcome Week, Spring Fling, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,704 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Blackwell Library plus 1 other with 254,151 books, 747,871 microform titles, 1,271 serials, 4,467 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 275 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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