Academics

Location
Salisbury, MD
Undergrads
7,323
Tuition (in-state)
$16,046 ($7,700)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are just amazing, whenever I need help they always make time for me.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a business major is wonderful, we have internships for the students that make it into the business school. With these internships, jobs are followed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics in Salisbury are great and most of the professors are reasonable. The workload is based on how you assemble your classes. The only thing that I don't like about the academics is the registration process because it can be hectic. Many times getting a reasonable class schedule is very difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: A biology major is very demanding and requires hard work but it can be very rewarding. The program sends out tons of emails on jobs and internships.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a business major is appropriate for Salisbury because the business school is recognized nationally. Jim Perdue donated millions of dollars to have the building built and his father, Frank Perdue, is the namesake of the building.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 378th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 440th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 443rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 456th
    Best Course Variety
  • 730th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harsh Desai
Hometown
Salisbury, MD
Major
Biology/ Pre-medicine
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Salisbury University is a school that stresses hard work and a well-rounded student. The large breadth of general education requirements allows students to get a feel for different majors and possible career paths. These requirements also help to ensure that students are knowledgeable about subjects outside of their chosen major, including composition, history, the sciences, humanities, and physical education; these courses may be completed by the middle of sophomore year. For an added challenge, the Honors Program offers courses such as "Contemporary China" and "The Legend of King Arthur" that strengthen critical thinking skills through in-depth discussion and readings.

Help is also always available on campus. Professors are always willing to work with students who need help or just need someone to come to for advice. They have a variety of available office hours, and appointments can be made for extra assistance. The personal relationships built with professors remain strong long after the end of classes, and instructors often become mentors for students during the undergraduate experience and beyond. The University Writing Center and the Center for Student Achievement also help students with college writing and tutoring, respectively. Specifically, the Center of Student Achievement keeps track of at-risk students and approaches them, informing them that there are services available for help. On the whole, SU makes every effort to ensure that their students succeed.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
390
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
224
Total FT Faculty
401
Faculty with Terminal Degree
84%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,142
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
47
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 29%
  • 20 to 49 students: 68%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Arts
  • Frank P. Perdue School of Business
  • Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology
  • Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies
  • Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Social Work: 4%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Phys Ed
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Throughout recent semesters, many introductory-level classes have become hybrid courses, which is a mixture of in-class and online instruction, or completely online courses. Despite the online component, these courses should be treated with the same work ethic as regular courses. In addition, more attention needs to be paid to the course to ensure that deadlines are not missed since the teacher will post assignments and expect students to constantly check for them. Finally, it is advisable that one become strongly familiar with the programs that will be used, especially the University's Blackboard system called MyClasses. It is this system that allows students and the teacher to interact through the chat room and discussion area. Meeting people in the class, especially if it is completely online, is incumbent on the student.
Best Places to Study
  • Blackwell Library
  • Cool Beans CafĂ©
  • Fireside Lounge
  • TETC study rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not place school work behind partying or your grades will suffer.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class.
  • Join a club.
  • Use ratemyprofessors.com when choosing classes. The reviews help with getting good professors.
Did You Know?
Salisbury University is ranked 7th in US News and World Report's Public Master's Universities in the northern region.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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