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Application Materials

When to Apply

First-Year Admissions Requirements & Notification

Transfer Admissions Requirements & Notification

Frequently Asked Questions

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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. For more information about applying as a first-time or transfer student, visit the Admissions Web site at

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Application Materials

  • Your application to Salisbury should include: 
    • Submission of your online application for admission
    • Official high school transcript 
    • Official standardized test results (SAT and/or ACT). Test scores are not required for transfer students (more than24 transferrable credits) or those students who graduated from high school more than three years before their application to the University. 
    • Personal statement/essay, letter(s) of recommendation, and any supplementary materials that you feel would assist us in evaluating your application. 
    • $50.00 application fee

When to Apply


First-time students (freshmen) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  January 15

Transfer students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .  March 1


First-year and transfer students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 1

First-Year Admissions Requirements & Notification

To be considered for admission, first-time students must supply all academic transcripts. The Admissions Office will assess the candidate’s application based on this academic information and any supplementary materials. Students who apply by the January 15 deadline will be notified of admission by March 15. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Transfer Admissions Requirements & Notification

To be considered for transfer admission, a student must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average 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 will be computed.
  • 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.
  • Have left the last institution of attendance in good academic and community standing.

Please be advised that transcripts for all previous colleges attended (two-year and four-year institutions) are required whether or not credit was earned or desired. Violation of this policy will result in the cancellation of your application. Transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 transferable semester hours at other institutions must also meet the University’s admissions policy for entering freshmen listed above. An offer of admission may be made once the student completes 12 semester hours of transferable college coursework contingent upon the completion of 24 transferable credits prior to transferring. Those students who have been awarded the Associate of Arts or who have successfully completed 60 hours of credit with an overall 2.0 average, in college or university parallel courses, will be admitted.

The Admissions Office will respond on a rolling basis to transfer applicants, provided their files are complete. The priority filing deadline for fall admission is March 1. Transfer students applying for spring semester are encouraged to meet the priority deadline of October 1. All applicants are considered on a space-available basis. The University reserves the right to close admissions when the projected enrollment is met.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I have been out of school for an extended period of time, and I have lost contact with my high school teachers. Can someone else write my recommendation letters?

Nontraditional applicants may submit recommendations from any sources that can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed at the college level, including employers and personal references.

Q2: What are the admissions procedures for students applying with a G.E.D.?

Applicants who are not high school graduates may qualify for admission by earning competitive grades on the High School Equivalency Examinations administered by the State Department of Education and by receiving the high school equivalency diploma.

Q3: Do you award credit for experience – military or professional?

Salisbury University does not offer credit based on experience. Students may submit military credit for review. Many military credits do not have an equivalent at the University and are not transferable.

Q4: I have been out of school for an extended period of time, and I am not sure that I am ready for college. What should I do?

Students who are unsure of their readiness for college work are encouraged to begin their studies at a community college. Alternatively, students may elect to begin study by enrolling in one or two courses as a non-degree student through the Registrar’s Office.

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