Application Evaluation Criteria
The admissions review process considers the
qualifications of all applicants in a holistic manner. The
students’ high school curriculum, performance in academic
coursework and on standardized tests like the SAT and/or ACT
where applicable, essay, recommendations, leadership experience,
community service, talents, extracurricular activities and the
ability to contribute to the diverse academic community at
Salisbury University are many of the qualifications considered
Admission to Salisbury University is granted to those applicants
whose academic qualifications give promise of success in
college. The evaluation of the applicant’s chances for academic
success is the responsibility of the Admissions Office, which
foremost considers the applicant’s academic record. Applicants
must submit the completed application for admission, official
high school transcripts, essay, and letter(s) of recommendation.
Standardized SAT or ACT test scores are required for applicants
with a weighted grade point average of 3.50 or less on a 4.0
scale. Should the student applicant have earned a weighted
cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale,
the applicant has the choice of submitting a standardized test
score. Applicants choosing to exclude standardized test scores
should provide evidence of individual achievements and/or
experiences which would not be evident from a review of the
official high school transcripts. Leadership qualities,
community service, artistic talent, athletic talent and
diversity of background, including cultural, experiential and
geographic, are additional factors used in the holistic review
of each applicant.
Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships are urged
to take the SAT or ACT no later than the fall testing date and
to apply by the priority date of January 15. Details concerning
the SAT I or ACT may be obtained at www.sat.org or www.act.org.
All standardized test results must be officially forwarded to
Salisbury University from the respective testing centers or your
high school guidance office. The ETS code number for Salisbury
University is 5403 and the ACT code is 1716.
Students planning to enter college are encouraged to complete the college preparatory curriculum in high school. Within the college preparatory curriculum, a prospective student should have met the following minimum requirements for admission: four credits in English; three credits in the social sciences; two credits in laboratory-based sciences; four credits in mathematics, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; students who complete Algebra II prior to their final year must complete the four-year mathematics requirement by taking a course or courses that utilize non-trivial algebra; and two years in a world language or technology-approved credit.
Successful candidates for freshman admission to Salisbury
University will have demonstrated strong college potential
during their years in high school.
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