Salisbury University

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Salisbury University is a public 4-year school located in Salisbury, MD. The school is located between Ocean City and the Chesapeake Bay, just below the Delaware state line. The sprawling 155 acre campus with its many open spaces was recognized in 1988 by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta as an arboretum. The campus features traditional red brick collegiate architecture. Founded in 1925 as the Maryland State Normal School, it later became known as the Maryland State Teachers College, Salisbury State College, then Salisbury State University and finally, in 2001 the name was shortened to Salisbury University. Among the notable alumni of Salisbury University are Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, Businessman Frank Perdue.

Academic Programs

Salisbury University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates in over 40 fields of study. Notes for Nursing, Music and Teacher Education programs, the largest programs on campus are in Business, Healthcare and Education. While there are only a few graduate programs available online, the school has a robust study abroad program. The University is comprised of four colleges and schools: Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Henson School of Science & Technology, Perdue School of Business and Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies. Per the Mission Statement, “Our highest purpose is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world… We foster an environment where individuals make choices that lead to a more successful development of social, physical, occupational, emotional, and intellectual well-being. Believing that learning and service are vital components of civic life, Salisbury University actively contributes to the local Eastern Shore community and the educational, economic, cultural, and social needs of our State and nation.”

Student Life

There are nearly 8000 undergraduate students enrolled in Salisbury University, many of whom reside on campus in one of the many residence options ranging from traditional dormitories to suites and apartments. The University sponsors many clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the maroon and gold Sea Gulls, led by Sammy the Sea Gull, field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. There are two distinct rivalries with local schools: In the fall, the football team plays Frostburg State University for the Regents Cup and the men’s lacrosse team plays Washington College for the Charles B. Clark Cup in the spring. Students are educated under the Core Values of the University: “excellence, student centeredness, learning, community, civic engagement, and diversity. We believe these values must be lived and experienced as integral to everyday campus life so that students make the connection between what they learn and how they live…The “Salisbury University Promise” is a statement of integrity and respect for others to which we ask all new students to commit as a way of highlighting the University’s values and expectations.”

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