Social Security Numbers generally are assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States. Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits. Social Security will not assign you a number just to enroll in a college or school. To learn more about applying for a card and to download an application, click here. When filling out the application, check "legal alien allowed to work." Please note: you need to wait 10 days after you initial entry to apply. With the application, you must submit a letter from the International Student Adviser, verifying your student status at the University. The Social Security Office is located on 2414 Northgate Drive, Suite 1, Salisbury, MD 21801, (410)749-2101.
A driver's license is also commonly used as identification. You can drive in the United States with your home license for one year, after that a U.S. license will be required. Please view the Motor Vehicle Administration (International Applicants) for details on obtaining a driver's license. The MVA is located on Route 50 and Tilghman Road in Salisbury, (800)950-1682.
International Drivers License: you can obtain an International Driver's License in your home country. That license will have a limited validity, so please make sure you know the expiration date. Once your International Driver's License expires, you will have to renew it in home country, or obtain a US license.
All numbers in the United States have a three digit area code number, and a seven digit number. To call a long distance number, dial 1+area code+seven digit number. If you are calling from campus, dial 9+1+area code+seven digit number. SU has an internal telephone system. If you are calling another office or room ON CAMPUS, you only need to dial the last five digits of the seven digit number (each building on campus is equipped with pay phones as well as on-campus phones that do not require depositing money).
Coin operated telephones cost 35 cents per local call. There are some numbers that can be reached without depositing money. These are:
(0) - operator, who can help make connections and answer questions,
(911) - emergency,
(411) - directory assistance for local calls only,
(800) - all 800 numbers are toll free numbers.
There are several companies specializing in long distance and international calls. These companies offer a variety of services and should be picked by students based on individual needs. After establishing an account, the company will issue a calling card and an access number for each customer; bills are issued on a monthly basis.
Telephone books are very important sources of information, and are usually divided into four parts: residential numbers (white), government numbers (blue), business numbers ("white pages") and business numbers with advertisements included ("yellow pages"). Telephone books are widely available, and provide other important information, such as area codes for the United States, time zones, directions for international calls, information on telephone companies, etc.
Students living on campus must take the responsibility of establishing an account with the Cashier's office, where they will receive a PIN number upon depositing a minimum of $25. Misuse of the telephone will result in disciplinary action, so you should not give your PIN number to anyone else.
It is generally appropriate to call someone at home between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm. If you are using someone else's phone to make a call, it is polite to ask for permission first, especially before calling any long distance numbers.
Novell Network computer accounts are available to all current students, free of charge. It allows access to the computer network software packages, electronic mail, the Internet and networked file storage. Student monitors, student consultants and the Information Technology staff members at the Help Desk offer assistance in activating student accounts. They are located in Fulton Hall 149, 410-543-6112.
Salisbury and the surrounding area provide many opportunities to practice a variety of religions. Students are encouraged to refer to the local phone book in order to find the most appropriate service. (The Newman Club sponsors a Catholic Mass on campus).