Home to more than 8,700 students, Salisbury University (SU) has a reputation for excellence in public higher education. A leader in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ “Reimagining the First Year” initiative, SU brings creativity to an undergraduate curriculum emphasizing research, study abroad, professional internships, and community engagement. Its graduate programs are expanding throughout Maryland and abroad.
SU alumni are national leaders in their fields, including Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn, Warner Bros. Senior Vice President Barry Ziehl, and “Fearless Girl” sculptor Kristen Visbal. SU education graduates regularly are honored as Teachers of the Year, while the university’s nursing and health professionals are sought by some of the nation’s best hospitals.
SU built a tradition of student entrepreneurship long before the word was popular. Some $300,000 is given annually to the university to fund business startups, expansion, and innovation. A $5.5 million gift announced in 2017 will support the Perdue School of Business and a new Center for Entrepreneurship.
SU’s impact on the Eastern Shore economy is estimated at nearly half a billion dollars annually. Active in downtown Salisbury’s redevelopment, SU’s arts programs have made the campus a regional cultural center. Sports enthusiasts cheer on SU’s NCAA championship teams at state-of-the-art athletics complexes. Student scholars live and learn on the beautiful 200+acre campus, which includes a new award-winning library as its academic hub.