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Salem State University is a public institution that was founded in 1854. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,704, its setting is city, and the campus size is 108 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Salem State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,730 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,870 (2011-12).
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One of nine universities in the Massachusetts state university system, Salem State offers students a liberal arts education centered on the critical thinking and communication skills that make them career ready and prepared for life and work in a global environment upon graduation. The university is situated on 115 acres approximately one mile from historic downtown Salem, and comprises five campuses.
Salem State graduates provide the region and the commonwealth with a well prepared and highly skilled work force and its students, faculty and staff give countless hours to area nonprofits each year. through their gift of time and their participation in service learning projects, Salem State students bring to future employers a deep understading of civic engagement.
The university's small student/faculty ratio provides both undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to learn in a highly personal and collaborative environment with professors who actively publish and conduct research. Salem State University boasts 11 recipients of prestigious Fulbrights fellowships, leading the Chronicle of Education in October 2011 to cite it as one of the top thirty Fulbright institutions in the nation among master's degree granting institutions.
Students enjoy a rich and varied on-campus life that lets them choose from over 65 students groups and organizations, 17 varsity teams, intramural sports, and hundreds of student activities throughout the year. Salem State has a nationally recognized residence life program, and with the recent addition of two contemporary residence halls it is well on its way to achieving a 50-percent residential campus. The expected 2013 opening of a state-of-the-art library and learning commmons and a modern fitness center will provide students with still more academic and athletic opportunities.
One of the unique majors offered at Salem State is theatre and speech communication, which is the only public college program in New England accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. A "hands-on" theatre program, it provides students personal interaction with professionally trained faculty and staff. Alumni place well in graduate schools, conservatories, regional theaters, and in professional theater.
The department has won numerous national and regional honors, and is a consistent award winner in the Kennedy Center American college Theatre Festival. In the past 18 years, nine Salem State theater majors have represent New England at the festival, with three taking home the prestigious national Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. This has elevated Salem State to one of only two colleges or universities in the country to have had three winners.
Salem State's digital geography laboratory is a unique facility dedicated to geo-spatial computing research and education, and has helped geography and geo-information science graduates secure important jobs in a variety of industries, including homeland security, criminal justice, natural resouce management, and urban and transportation planning.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Salem State University, it's important to note the application deadline is April 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Salem State University is $75. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||67.1%|
|Application deadline||April 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||April 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Salem State University is 16:1, and the school has 58.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Salem State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.0 percent.
Salem State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,704, with a gender distribution of 39.0 percent male students and 61.0 percent female students. At this school, 27.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73.0 percent of students live off campus. Salem State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Salem State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Salem State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Salem State University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Salem State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||75%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||Yes|
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|In-state tuition and fees||$7,730 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$13,870 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data