Frequently Asked Questions for Freshman Applicants
Q: How many letters of recommendation should I send?
A: Salisbury University requires one letter of recommendation, typically satisfied by the Secondary School Counselor’s Recommendation Form 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 separately. If you choose to apply using the Common Application, electronic copies of the high school transcript and letters of recommendation will also be accepted
Q: How do you calculate my GPA?
A: 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.
Q: How do I send my test scores?
A: SAT, ACT and AP scores can be sent from
the testing organization or through the high school counselor.
Q: What is the foreign language requirement to apply for
admission to Salisbury University?
A: 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 advanced technology. Advanced Technology is an instructional program in which students develop in-depth skills and understanding related to one or more of the following: impacts of technology; technological issues, and engineering design.
Q: Has SU received all of my application materials?
A: Once we receive your application, you will
receive a letter in the mail and email containing your username
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.
Q: When will I receive a decision from Salisbury University?
A: If you applied and had your application
materials (high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores) sent to SU
by the Early Decision deadline of November 15, you will receive
an admissions decision by December 15 at the latest. If you applied
and had your application materials (high school transcript and SAT/ACT
scores) sent to SU by the Early Action deadline of December 1, you
will receive an admissions decision by January 15 at the latest.
If you applied and had your application materials (high school transcript
and SAT/ACT scores) sent to SU by the Regular Decision deadline
of January 15, you will receive an admissions decision by March
15 at the latest.
Q:Can I still apply if I miss the January 15 deadline?
A: 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.
Q: Can I receive a fee waiver for my application?
A: Salisbury University provides fee waivers for financial hardship reasons. Waivers are not provided based on visiting campus. We want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need please have a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fee waiver. Those granted a waiver should check the appropriate waiver on the Common Application or College Net application.
You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need to request a fee waiver:
- You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
- You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
- Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Your family receives public assistance.
- You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless.
- You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
- You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.
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Q: What does it mean if I was deferred?
A: This means that your application has been
rolled from Early Action to Regular Decision in
order to compare the credentials you have presented with the students
in our Regular Decision applicant pool. You will receive notification
from SU by March 15. The final decision will depend on the strength
of the applicant pool.
Q: What if I am not admissible through Early Decision? Will my application be deferred?
Early Decision provides the best opportunity for students to be admitted to SU, but it is still a selective process. If you are not granted admission, your application will not be rolled to Early Action or Regular Decision, as these applicant pools are typically more difficult. Most students will receive a definitive decision at the end of the Early Decision process, although the SU admissions committee may in some cases defer a student’s decision if there is an unusual circumstance. Some students who are not admitted for the fall class through Early Decision may receive an invitation to begin at Salisbury the following January as a spring semester student. This offer is not binding, but is an additional opportunity for a student to reserve a space at SU while also taking classes at another institution for the fall. Students with questions about spring admission or with an interest in starting in the spring should contact their SU admissions counselor.
Q: What if I applied for fall admission but was offered spring
A: 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.
Q: Why would I be denied?
A: 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.
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Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
A: 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. To view
scholarship opportunities please visit:
Q: What qualifies me for a scholarship?
A: 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. The Financial Aid Net Price Calculator is
designed to help you estimate your financial aid options and provides
an approximation of what a new, first-year undergraduate student
can expect to pay to attend Salisbury University. To view the Financial
Aid Net Price Calculator please visit:
Q: When will I find out if I received a scholarship?
A: Initial notification of estimated academic
scholarships is typically mailed within three weeks of an admissions
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Q: When should I fill out the FAFSA?
A: The Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted between January 1 and February 15
for priority funding. The deadline is March 1. You may still receive
aid if filed later, but you may miss out on some need-based aid
opportunities. SU’s Title IV code is 002091.
Q: When will I find out if I received financial aid?
A: Formal notification of financial aid packages
typically occurs by mid-March for fall admission. Subsequent awards
may occur after March 15 when any additional funds become available.
Formal notification of financial aid packages typically begins in
late summer for spring admission.
Q: How do I accept financial aid?
A: 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.
Q: How does Early Decision affect financial aid?
Students applying through Early Decision will not have access to a financial aid package before they are asked to commit to Salisbury University. If comparing aid packages is an important element of a student’s decision, SU does not encourage that student to apply through Early Decision. Students will be reviewed for scholarship consideration at the time of admission, however, and will receive information on any scholarships received. Students can also utilize Salisbury University's cost calculator to estimate their costs. Salisbury University continues to have one of the lowest costs of any four year university in the state and region, which puts an SU education within reach for many families.
|Financial Aid Timeline
|January 1 – FAFSA is available
|February 15 – Early Decision admission deposit deadline; Priority funding deadline for FAFSA
|March 1 – FAFSA deadline
|May 1 – Early Action and Regular Decision 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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Q: How am I notified about housing?
A: When you pay your $400 admissions deposit you will complete the housing application
at that time.
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Non-Degree Seeking Student
If you wish to take courses as a non-degree
seeking student you must register through the Registrar’s Office.
You can find the registry form and residency form on the Registrar’s
Web site: www.salisbury.edu/registrar/nondegree.html
Students who have attended SU and did not receive
a degree must complete a readmission application to be processed
through the Registrar’s Office. Do not reapply through the Office
of Admissions. For more information please visit the Registrar’s
Office Web site: www.salisbury.edu/registrar/Resources/readmission.html.
Students that have earned a degree at Salisbury University and wish
to start a new undergraduate degree program must complete a new
application through the Office of Admissions. Please apply as a
Salisbury University welcomes students who
wish to continue their education after some time off. With 24 transferable
credits or more and a 2.0 cumulative GPA, you are encouraged to
apply as a transfer student. If you do not qualify as a transfer
student, you may apply as a freshman. You will need to provide us
with an online application, high school transcripts and standardized
test scores. Standardized test scores are not required if you have
graduated from high school three or more years ago.
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