Salisbury, MD
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$16,046 ($7,700)
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Reviews 834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not the greatest but it seems to be getting a lot better as time goes on. There is a lot of off campus crime that can affect the students if you're not careful. I wouldn't recommend walking to parties off campus but if you do, carry pepper spray.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want it, you're going to be able to find it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: SeaGull is gorgeous. Just be prepared to hear absolutely everything. The walls are thin and you hear each bump and step.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's too strict. I can understand the need to protect the students but it's so strict, the parties on campus are non-existent and if you want to party you're stuck between venturing off campus into a sketchy area.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There aren't a lot of people who attend games so it's kind of sad. It would be nice to see everyone display their school spirit but it's pretty non-existent.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Some parts of Salisbury do have a certain charm to them, like the view from brew over the river watching a sunset, or one of the local parks, and campus is real pretty in the fall. Shopping scene isn't so bad, the Salisbury mall has a pretty good line up of stores, though I know some would complain- but I'm too poor to shop anyway so I don't. The safety of the town is very questionable. There is a lot of violent crime that takes place among the locals. Sometimes it can affect students. This is Salisbury's biggest flaw.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't super noticeable until you go on twitter after following a lot of Salisbury people and some of those "Salisbury Snaps" or "Salisbury TMZ" accounts. There's people talking about drugs and alcohol all over twitter. But they're not all talk, they're doing it too.. just behind closed doors. The party scene consists mostly of alcohol and marijuana. Adderall and Vivance are just a text away if you need a study buddy.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are not hard to find in Salisbury. Girls can only live with 3 other girls (4 total) or else it is considered a "brothel" by some ancient law that hasn't been overturned yet. You just need to be careful about the area you live in because some are pretty sketchy. There are a lot of houses close to campus that are cheap and have decent parking and everything so as long as you don't go house hunting last minute you should have a problem attaining a decent house in a decent location.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Salisbury embraces the diversity of the student body. There is a lot of cultural activities that many people are drawn to. I would think it is safe to say that SU admits a good amount of diversity, especially with the international exchange students now too.

1 College Senior

Health & Safety: Salisbury university tries to cover this up but the amount of violence near campus is actually scary. There are emails week after week about armed robberies, bomb threats, assaults on campus, etc. You really have to be careful about where you choose to live when moving off campus and where you are after dark. SU police does a crappy job of letting you know when something immediately dangerous is happening near campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: If you don't have a car and you can wait outside in the heat or the cold for God knows how long, then the campus shuttle bus isn't so bad. Especially if you live at one of the places it actually drops off at. I don't recommend taking taxis unless you're desperate. Usually freshmen are desperate. One of the taxi drives made a pass at me once. It was awkward. I ran for help.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Greek life here is great because of how small the school is. Its not one of those clubs you join and drop out because no one notices you. Everyone knows who everyone is and they all share a special bond that carries one another through the college experience. Yes, I am in greek life.

3 College Senior

Weather: Although this past winter was long and cold, SU gives off for like an inch of snow so that's nice. When it rains it pours so wear rain boots or you'll end up with a wet foot from a puddle in class. The weather patterns are typical of anywhere in Maryland... totally random and unpredictable. 70 and sunny one day, 28 and snowing the next.

2 College Senior

Athletics: I wish it wasn't like this, but unless you are someone who plays a varsity sport, or you're dating someone who plays a varsity sport, no one really goes to games or pays any attention to them. Intramural sports people can get into sometimes, but usually only because they are with a group of friends, usually greek life. School spirit is lacking.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many, many fast food and chain restaurants located in and around Salisbury. Mostly fast food, though, unless you have a car and can drive 10 miles to the mall where Olive Garden and Red Lobster are.. and they're more on the pricy side. Also, there is ONE Chick-fil-a in Salisbury, but it happens to be even further than the mall- 15/20 miles even. They really need to make one of those a lot closer to campus.

3 College Senior

Majors: Salisbury is known for their AMAZING teaching and nursing programs. However, I am a psychology major.. and I feel just, average about the program here. It was not bad by any means, but it did not offer many (if any) field placement opportunities, research opportunities, internships, etc. You could get these, but they were not included as a part of the curriculum- although I thought they should be.

4 College Senior

Majors: My program is abnormal in the sense that there was no application process, I was just allowed into it without any requirements. Perhaps the program could improve itself by raising its standards and motivating students to push for their best potential.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I felt like the financial aid process was not super user-friendly. There were a lot of confusing parts included which led to mistakes where I needed to start over again. Getting aid was not an easy feat.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It does not seem like there is a lot to do off campus, but there is a beach near by that is close enough to go within a day once the weather gets warmer.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I like the options when selecting a major, but some of the classes do not seem applicable to a career in the field and become very challenging with a full course load.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I have had one internship and it was not the greatest. Neither I or my mentor knew what was expected from me from the experience and did not know what to do all the time.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I notice a lot of diversity with race and ethnicity and I never see anyone being treated differently because of it.

3 College Junior

Weather: It isn't fun when its raining or snowing because my dorm is the farthest away from academic buildings, but when it is nice out there are plenty of places to sit and hang out outside that is relaxing to do.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not noticed too much drug used except some dealing during class, but drinking is apparent on the weekends because I see people carrying in a lot of alcohol sometimes.

College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know too much information about Greek life on campus, it never seems to be made a huge deal of around campus and is not thrown in everyone's faces.


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Harsh Desai
Salisbury, MD
Biology/ Pre-medicine
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Salisbury University's homepage proclaims the school as "A Maryland University of National Distinction," and rightly so. For the past dozen years, SU has been ranked as one of the top universities not only in the state of Maryland, but also in the country. Students at Salisbury are attracted to the relatively small class sizes that afford them personal attention from professors, as well as the availability of other academic resources, such as computers. In addition, SU has a great financial aid and scholarship program, which, coupled with the modest fees, makes college more affordable to a larger number of students. Together, the available academic resources and financial aid options make Salisbury a very attractive institution, especially for those planning on careers in education or business, two of SU's strongest programs.

In addition to the academic advantages, the biggest draw of Salisbury is the social atmosphere. Every day is a chance to meet someone new. It is not uncommon for students to simply sit down at an occupied table in the Commons and introduce themselves. Furthermore, the many parties that take place on the weekends also give students the chance to meet a large number of fellow students. Also, SU holds a large number of social events throughout the year (like comedians, movies, dances, and speeches) that brings the campus community together. Finally, the large number of clubs and organizations allows students to get involved in the local community and enjoy experiences with others who share their passions. All in all, Salisbury University is an institution that pushes students to do their best in the classroom, but with a relaxed atmosphere that makes the college experience wholly enjoyable.

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