BY CHRIS KRAUSS
There are 18 four year colleges and universities in Maryland, and Salisbury University is definitely not the crème de la crème when it is compared to the others. This does not mean that it is not one of the best though.
SU has been ranked 11 for schools in Maryland by Niche and ranked 71 in America by US News. That places SU right around the middle of Maryland and in the upper quartile for America. Not too shabby for school that is notoriously known for its partying.
In order to properly rate a school, many categories have to be taken into consideration, such as the classes, diversity, weather, housing, etc. But for the sake of time and space, The Flyer is going to combine these all into three sections: Academics, Living and Nightlife.
Salisbury University Final Rating
Final Score: 8.5
Be honest. When most people think of college they do not think of the classes and all the homework that they are going to have. Instead they are focused on getting out of the house for the first real time since they were born and having a chance to indulge in a life other than the one their parents have been planning for them.
It is part of everyone’s coming of age story, but once the syllabus week ends, the freshman 15 set in and the week long hangover has had its turn with you, academics start to matter. It affects whether you are playing sports, joining clubs and possibly whether you get a job or not.
SU shines here.
Class sizes are typically smaller, save the one gym credit and that astronomy class, and offer plenty of one on one time with the professor. This makes the student feel less like a number and more like a temporarily remembered member of the class.
Even the school itself seems to try and cater to everyone’s academic needs, splitting down the middle creating the Fulton School of Arts and the Perdue School of Business. Each side has recently received a newer building on campus, The Teacher Education and Technology Center for the former and Perdue Business School for the latter. Both are incredibly modern, well-kept and professional looking.
Most of the other academic buildings follow suit, closely followed by science-centric Henson Hall. Holloway Hall offers some classes, but more so the offices for many of the non-academic personal that work on campus. It is also the oldest building on campus and houses SU’s iconic clock tower. For those reasons it can be forgiven for keeping its older aesthetic, when located next to the newer buildings.
Fulton Hall is home for the artistically inclined and it shows more here than any other building, with artwork around every corner and the school’s theatre taking up a fourth of it. Devilbiss stands as one of the more decrepit looking academic buildings, with classrooms feeling archaic and shut in.
However, many general education classes are taken here, so most undergraduates will get a taste of the worst and hopefully appreciate the better more.
According to RateMyProfessors, SU’s average teacher rating is a 3.8/5. If you do not include the few teachers who obviously have tenure and have slowly stopped putting in as much effort, the school employs some of the best of the best. Teachers seem to genuinely care about every student and this might be helped by the smaller class sizes.
In terms of helping students, SU does a phenomenal job of offering ways to fight bad grades and difficult classes. Tutors are readily available and the Writing Center is there to help, each offering a wide variety of help depending on the subject and almost guaranteeing at least a “D(egree).”
Spring and summer months in Salisbury are absolutely, hands down gorgeous. That is why the school tends to hold school visits and transfer student meetings in June and July. Because when November and December roll around the campus looks like the deathly hallows and magically goes from having almost 8,000 undergraduates to having none.
Walking around campus from November until the end of February is the loneliest experience ever, whether this is because of how insanely low the temperature drops or because everyone has forced themselves into hibernation for the time being.
What throws everyone off balance though is the random days where the sun comes out from hiding, pushes the temperature back up into the sixties out of the blue and then disappears for another couple weeks. It is unexplainable and an anomaly to say the least.
Housing is offered in many different shapes and sizes. From the freshman living spaces like the Quad––Manokin, Pocomoke, Nanticoke, Wicomico––and the motel inspired St. Martins Hall to the cluster oriented Chesapeake Hall and high rises Severn, Chester and Choptank.
Most of these are relatively nice and would be the optimal living space for underclassmen, especially the Quad, but Severn and St. Martins both lack the aesthetics and class of the others.
The former constantly creeks and feels like it is falling apart slowly. Rumors even went around at once that it was going to shut down completely because of its archaic condition.
St. Martins is not necessarily bad, simply feeling only a little more classy than the recently shut down motel down the street. Having all the doors to the rooms outside only sucks when it is extremely cold out, which just so happens to be 90 percent of the school year.
Other housing exists, like Sea Gull Square and University Park, and are just close enough to walk from on a warm day. These tend to be a little pricier, but if you can score a room in one of these places then definitely do it.
Location seems to be a disadvantage for SU too, as there is absolutely nothing to do outside of campus. That is a lie. There are a couple of fast food joints across the street, a couple more down a block and a few in the other direction too. If eating is your major, then SU has the program for you.
But actually the closest entertainment options are not within walking distance, with the mall and movie theater being roughly five miles away and Stratosphere trampoline park about the same distance in the opposite direction.
For a freshman or sophomore who is stuck on campus, unless they are one of those lucky few that ended up rooming with a transfer student with a car, this lack of options is boring enough to drive you to participate in the copious amount of partying the school is so well known for.
Like any good college student, hopefully you skipped right to this section. SU might not have the party repertoire that Syracuse has, but it definitely does not give up without a fight.
Depending on what age the student is, there are options galore here. House parties happen almost every weekend, and in almost every direction. The best part is that they are within walking distance.
Fraternities throwing down hard or some random trying to play it big is the story every weekend, no matter what.
If you are a girl, this works out your favor and you will never be turned down at the door. If you are a guy, make a lot of female friends and then become friends with their female friends so you can always coattail your way in.
For the older crowd, the night life is still bouncing, but offers up more leeway depending on what day you happen to be drinking on. Wednesday’s at The Irish Penny are for karaoke night, Thursday at Brew River for college night, and any of the other bars for the rest of the weekend.
Throughout the year there are plenty of holidays that the Sea Gulls go wild on, including but definitely not limited to: Drinko De Mayo, Drunkcoming and Wastedween. Of course the obligatory first snow day drink happens too.
Buying liquor for that weekend party can be hard if you do not have a car, with only the slightly more expensive Last Call Liquors located across the street from campus. Beer is easily accessible right on the corner of campus at Cheers for a low price.
However the official schedule for SU is: Thursday at Brew River, Friday at a house party and Saturday at Warehouse.
SU offers up free transportation for those that are too drunk to drive with Safe Ride which operates Thursday through Saturday night, typically stopping their night around 2 a.m. This leaves ample time to enjoy your night and still make it home safely.