FAQ for Applicants
- Can I receive a fee waiver for my application? Salisbury
University provides fee waivers for financial hardship reasons,
but waivers are not provided based on visiting campus. Any guidance
counselor or community-based organization advisor can request
a waiver for a student based on financial need. Please send
the documentation to the Admissions Office at 1200 Camden Ave.,
Salisbury, MD 21801. A student may also be considered for a
waiver if he or she notifies the Admissions Office if they have
received an SAT waiver. In addition, a student can e-mail
email@example.com to request a fee waiver for financial hardship.
Those granted a waiver should select “fee waiver” and “other”
on the CollegeNet application or check the appropriate waiver
on the Common Application.
- How many letters of recommendation should I send?
Salisbury University requires one letter of recommendation,
typically satisfied by the letter and counselor report submitted
by your school counselor. Applicants are welcome to submit additional
letters of recommendation, but they are encouraged to include
them in the transcript packet. Any letter of recommendation
included with the transcript packet will remain with the student’s
file for review. If other recommendation letters are submitted
separately, the Office of Admission will match them with the
student’s application to the degree possible. Because of high
application volume, however, the Office of Admission is not
able to verify receipt of letters of recommendation received
- How do you calculate my GPA? Salisbury University
takes the unweighted GPA of a student, on a 4.0 scale, and then
adds additional weight for honors and AP courses. If a student
does not have a GPA on a 4.0 scale, we convert it to the 4.0
scale so that every student is considered using the same format.
- How do I send my test scores? SAT, ACT and AP scores
can be sent from the testing organization or through the high
- What is the foreign language requirement for Salisbury
University? Salisbury University recommends two years of
foreign language study for admission. According to the Board
of Regents Policy, incoming students may meet the recommended
language requirement for admission by completing two courses
in one or more computer programming language.
- Has SU received all of my application materials?
Once we receive your application, you will receive a letter in the mail containing your student ID and password to GullNet, SU’s online student records Web site. Once you log on you will be able to see your “To Do List.” You can monitor the status of your application and check for receipt of transcripts or test scores.
- When will I hear back from Salisbury University?
If your Early Decision application is complete (Salisbury University Admissions has received your application, high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores) by the deadline of November 15, you will receive a response by December 15 at the latest. If your Early Action application is complete by the deadline of December 1, you will receive a response by January 15 at the latest. If your Regular Decision application is complete by the deadline of January 15, you will receive a response by March 15 at the latest.
- Can I still apply if I miss the January 15th
Students may still submit an application after the deadline, but it will be considered on a space-available basis, which may delay the response received.
- Admission Requirements: To be considered for transfer admission, a student must meet each of the following qualifications:
1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; for students who have attended more than one institution, a cumulative average from all previous college work attempted at regionally accredited community colleges and four-year institutions attended will be computed.
2. Have earned a minimum of 24 transferable semester hours of
college-level credit from a regionally accredited community
college or four-year college or university.
3. Have left the last institution of attendance in good academic
standing and with a clear disciplinary record.
- What is contractual admission? Contractual admission may be extended to individuals who have completed 12 semester hours of transferable coursework and earned a 2.5 minimum cumulative average.
- Fall applicants receiving a contractual admission must earn 24 transferable credits by the completion of the previous spring term and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Spring applicants receiving a contractual admission must earn 24 transferable credits by the completion of the previous fall term and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- What is ARTSYS? ARTSYS is a computerized data information system for
Maryland community college students. It indicates whether a course is transferable and, if so, indicates the four-year institution's equivalent course number.
- How many credits will SU accept? We will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 90 from a four-year institution.
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- What does it mean if I was deferred? This means that if you applied by the Early Decision deadline or the Early Action deadline your application has been rolled to Regular Decision. This is so the Admissions Committee can compare the credentials you have presented with the students in our Regular Decision applicant pool. You will receive notification from SU by March 15 at the latest. The final decision will depend on the strength of the applicant pool.
- What if I applied for fall admission but was offered
spring admission? Admission to Salisbury University is a selective process. This means that although most of the students in our applicant pool are capable of completing college-level work, their credentials are compared to those of other applicants. Those students presenting the most competitive application materials are selected for fall admission. Students whose records still impressed the admissions committee but were not selected for fall may be sent a letter offering admission for the spring semester. Students who wish to accept spring admission should reserve a place in the spring class by paying an admissions deposit by August 1. Students may choose to attend another college in the fall to earn credit, but they do not have to do so. Any credit received at another institution during the fall semester must be completed with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Why would I be denied? Admission to SU is very selective. Approximately half of all applicants are granted admission. Receiving a denial letter does not indicate that you are not ready for college-level work, only that the credentials that you submitted for admission were not as strong as other applicants. It is important to note that receiving a denial letter does not mean that you will never be able to attend Salisbury University. We encourage you to continue building your record and apply again as a transfer student.
- Why would I be denied?
You could be denied either because you did not meet the admission requirements or because the University met its enrollment capacity.
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- How do I apply for scholarships? The admissions application automatically qualifies students for consideration for most academic scholarships. Students desiring consideration for academic scholarships should submit completed applications for admissions, including high school transcript and standardized test scores, by January 15.
- What qualifies me for a scholarship?
Salisbury University scholarships are based upon academic requirements. Award amounts are based on the combination of academic credentials (GPA and SAT/ACT). Students may also be eligible for a variety of scholarships based upon particular majors, counties or states of origin, financial need as well as their academic records. Typically, the top 30 percent of the freshman class receives academic scholarships.
- When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
Initial notification of estimated academic scholarships is typically mailed within three weeks of an admissions decision.
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- When should I fill out the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted between January 1 and February 15 for priority funding. The priority-funding deadline is March 1. You may still receive aid if filed later, but you may miss out on some need-based aid opportunities.
- When will I find out if I received financial aid?
Formal notification of financial aid packages typically occurs by mid-March. Subsequent awards may occur after March 15 when any additional funds become available.
- How do I accept financial aid?
Students can view and accept their financial aid through the self-service area of GullNet. Students should monitor their “To Do List” on GullNet for additional required documentation.
- Financial Aid Timeline
January 1 – FAFSA is available
January 15 – Priority deadline to apply in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships
March 1 – Priority funding deadline for FAFSA
Mid-March – Formal notification of financial aid packages
May 1 – Admission deposit deadline; cancel aid for students who did not deposit
June – Begin loan processing
Mid-July – Fall bills mailed out
Early August – Fall bills due
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- How am I notified about housing?
Once you pay your acceptance deposit you will receive information in the mail about housing. The housing application for fall typically opens on February 1. Freshmen cannot open the application until they pay their deposit.
- How am I notified about housing?
You will be put on a waiting list and will be notified when on-campus housing becomes available.
- Can I live on campus as a transfer student?
You will be put on the waiting list for University Park and Sea Gull Square. If space becomes available, you will be notified.
- What options do I have if I am not guaranteed on campus
Students not receiving guaranteed housing may choose to live
near campus in off-campus options. The Web site below has
lots of information about off-campus housing:
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- Students that were previously admitted as Degree Seeking that have missed a Fall or Spring Semester and want to continue working on that degree will need to submit the Readmit Application to the Registrar's Office. More information can be found on the Registrar’s Office Web site:
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- If students want to continue their education after several years of being out of school, and they do not have enough credits to transfer, they may apply as freshmen and be considered as non-traditional students. High school transcripts and college transcript for all institutions attended are still required. Admissions does not need the standardized test scores if you have been of high school for three years or more.
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