Salem State University

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352 Lafayette Street

Salem, MA 01970

Phone: (978) 542-6000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (North)

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Salem State University is a public institution that was founded in 1854. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,741, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 115 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Salem State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,050 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,190 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Salem State University is one of the largest and diverse state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is an important partner in the academic, economic, cultural, and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. 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.

Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, just 15 miles north of Boston, on more than 115 acres and five campuses, Salem State provides a diverse community of 9,600 students a high quality, student-centered education-one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. The university has active academic partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the world, including China, Japan, the Middle East, and Latin America. Salem State also has the most diverse undergraduate student population when compared to our other sister state universities.

Salem State is the largest academic institution in the region and as a premier public university, has among the highest number of academic accreditations among our sister institutions. The university provides 29 undergraduate degree programs in the liberal arts, human services and business, along with graduate programs in 11 disciplines. These programs include education, science, business, criminal justice, and nursing, among others. The university also has a vibrant continuing and professional studies division that offers both credit and non-credit programs.

The university's 15-1 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 recent recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships, leading The Chronicle of Education in October 2012 to cite it as one of the top 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 construction of two LEED certified contemporary residence halls, in addition to other campus housing, it is well on its way to achieving a 50 percent residential campus. The opening of a state-of-the-art library and learning commons and a modern fitness center in the fall of 2013 will provide students with still more academic and athletic opportunities. Salem State puts a high value on community service with students, alumni, faculty, and staff performing more than 300,000 hours of community service last year, placing Salem State on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

We invite you to discover the many reasons why you should explore Salem State University either by visiting our campus in person or virtually at

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1854
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $16,614,249


When applying to Salem State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at Salem State University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Salem State University is 15:1, and the school has 62.2 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; Psychology; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Education 8%
Psychology 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%

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Student Life

Salem State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,741, with a gender distribution of 39.1 percent male students and 60.9 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus. Salem State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,456
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Salem State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $8,050 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,190 (2012-13)
Room and board $11,039 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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