Local Atmosphere

Salisbury, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$16,046 ($7,700)
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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere that surround Salisbury University involves a lot of crime and violence. The class of people living in the area is significantly lower than many other areas I have seen and the locals are not the fondest of the college students. Although there are some pretty cool places to go such as Riverside, Brew, or the Salisbury Zoo there is not much to do once leaving campus. One very big positive however is the food. There are tons of places to eat within walking distance of the university!

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Salisbury is laidback. We a mix between small town and beach atmosphere. The locals treat us well, except for minor instances of those neighboring disrespectful college homes. Campus security and Salisbury police do their best to keep us informed and protected. Our students understand how to be safe at night and walk with numbers, or look for danger; but for the most part, authorities make us feel protected and secure to explore our campus and surrounding areas safely.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you have a car and can drive, there is a lot of places you can go that are within a half an hour. Ocean city is very popular spot for students to go to the beach.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is located on Route 13, so students always have something to do and go see.

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.


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Harsh Desai
Salisbury, MD
Biology/ Pre-medicine
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Salisbury is a small Maryland town in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula. Other than a brick-lined historic downtown, the city is a look to the future, with new establishments and residences constantly in progress. The atmosphere is calming, and the climate gives ode to the beach. The city is dotted with scenic parks, many shops, eateries, and hotels. Many historic small towns surround Salisbury, with buildings from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as museums honoring figures such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Finally, there are several beaches a short drive away—perfect for a day or weekend getaway.

The campus is strategically located on the major roadway that runs through the city. Only a short walk away are several schools, eateries, grocery stores, a hospital, and one of the city's most beautiful parks. However, most students complain that there are not many activities that cater to the college crowd. To supplement this, the Crown Sports Center was established, which provides several indoor fields for various sports, as well as arcade games and a laser tag arena. Salisbury is definitely a college town and is working to cater to its students. Therefore, businesses are always looking to better their appeal to students through discounts and giveaways, and new businesses are constantly arriving to provide new options. In short, while Salisbury has plenty to offer, it has ways to go before becoming completely student friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Poplar Hill Mansion is built on a plantation from 1795. It is a museum filled with antiques of the era.
  2. Pemberton Historical Park features a plantation house from 1741, the former home of city father Isaac Handy. It includes reenactments of plantation life and is surrounded by walking trails that lead along the fork of the Wicomico River.
  3. Nearby Berlin, Md., was the filming site of "Runaway Bride" starring Julia Roberts.
  4. The Sea Gull Century is regarded as one of the top bike races in the nation.
  5. Salisbury is the largest city in Maryland's Eastern Shore region.
Notable Natives
  • Fernando Guerrero - boxer
  • Frank Perdue - founder of Perdue Chicken
  • Paul Sarbanes - U.S. senator
  • Mike Seidel - Weather Channel meteorologist
  • Kevin Shaffer - NFL player
Local Slang
  • The bypass: Route 13 bypass
  • Crown: Crown Sports Complex
  • OC: Ocean City
Points of Interest
  • Assateague Island
  • Crown Sports Center
  • Ocean City
  • Salisbury Zoo
  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Shopping Centers
  • The Center at Salisbury
  • Sam's Club
  • Twilley Center
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Stadium 16
2322 N. Salisbury Blvd.
(410) 860-1078
Major Sports Teams
Delmarva Shorebirds: Minor League Baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: MD: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Washington, D.C.: : 2 hours, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 61 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 39% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 31% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 60 responses

  • 27% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 32% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 42% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 52% No way.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% Totally.


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