Salisbury University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Salisbury University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 74%. Founded in 1925, Salisbury is located in Salisbury, Maryland, about two hours from Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Salisbury undergraduates can choose from 45 bachelor's degree programs. Professional fields in business, communications, education, and nursing are among the most popular. The university has a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 25. On the athletic front, the Salisbury University Seagulls compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference (football) and the Capital Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Salisbury University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Salisbury University had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making Salisbury's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,421
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Salisbury University has a test-optional admissions policy. Applicants with a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale are eligible to apply test-optional. All other applicants are required to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 50% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 640
Math 550 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Salisbury University's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Salisbury scored between 570 and 640, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1280 or higher is competitive for Salisbury University.

Requirements

Salisbury University does not require SAT scores for admission for students with an average weighted GPA of 3.5 and above. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Salisbury participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Salisbury does not require the optional essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Salisbury has a test-optional admissions policy. Applicants with a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale are eligible to apply test-optional. All other applicants are required to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 14% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 23
Math 18 23
Composite 19 23

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Salisbury University's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Salisbury received a composite ACT score between 19 and 23, while 25% scored above 23 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Note that Salisbury does not require ACT scores for admission for students with a weighted average GPA of 3.5 and above. For students who choose to submit scores, Salisbury does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Salisbury University does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Salisbury University's incoming freshmen class was 3.7, and 46% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Salisbury University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Salisbury University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. for Admission
Salisbury University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. f. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Salisbury University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Salisbury University, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, Salisbury also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Salisbury's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Salisbury University. Most had SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 20 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or higher. Grades and test scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances, and you can see that many admitted students had grades in the "A" range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Salisbury University Undergraduate Admissions Office.