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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B-
Salem State is a public university located in Salem, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,434 undergraduate students. The Salem State acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 58% of students, Salem State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference

Salem State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Salem State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
980-1140
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,782/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,096/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
64%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.71 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    71%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,434Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,377
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
  • Diverse
    67%
  • Different
    14%
  • Lower to middle income students
    10%
  • Interseting
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Rude, obnoxious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.84 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.114 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
  • Welcoming
    40%
  • Construction
    26%
  • Vikings
    16%
  • Open-minded
    12%
  • Tedious
    2%
  • The people here are beyond rude and ignorant
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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I am currently a freshman at Salem State University. Salem State was one of my top choices because of the academics and how affordable it is. When I fist arrived at Salem State it took be some time to get use to the environment, but the on-campus activities allowed me to go out of my comfort zone and make new relationships. There is lots to do here, and I have learned that there is never a dull moment at Salem State University! As for academics, I am currently a Nursing Major and I am very happy with how my first year has been going. The classes are all very interesting and almost all of my professors have given me extra help or resources to be able to succeed. If you want to go to a small school that has an amazing campus and incredible resources, I highly suggest considering Salem State University!
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The first time taking an online class can be nerve wracking since it's different from in-person classes. I was confused about online submissions, but the professor made it very easy for me. I emailed my professor & asked for clarification. I received an email back within 5-10 minutes which the professor kindly explained to me step by step regarding submissions.

When we changed to remote learning for the remainder of the semester due to covid-19, the professors did their best at mimicking their in-person lectures & taught the courses just like they would before the pandemic. During these virtual lectures, they would continuously check in on the students to make sure we understood everything before moving onto the next topic. They prioritized our mental health & gave extensions if we needed them. We were given quizzes or extra credit assignments to test our understanding of the lectures. They also offered extra office hours if we needed someone to talk to & acted as our counselor.
While SSU was not my top college choice, I have grown to love it even more than I could have thought, and I can't see myself elsewhere. However, if you are looking to study anything other than the humanities, social sciences, or theatre, I would not recommend SSU. The music department is sub-par, but the theatre department is absolutely fantastic. SSU is the ONLY four-year public school in New England that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The psychology department is also very good, with countless courses, pathways, programs, and student organizations to take part in that make academics feel that much more involved (again, mainly for the fields of study described previously). Despite focus on only some departments within the school, SSU is generally a fantastic place to be, with thousands of students living both on and off-campus that are absolutely stellar people who do their best to contribute to a welcoming and encouraging environment for all