C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  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 University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Address
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Scores Range
888-1080
ACT Scores Range
19-23
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Salem State University

Cost

Net Price
$14,848/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,612/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,126/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,033/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,182/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,495/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.63 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,905Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    70%
  • Different
    14%
  • Lower to middle income students
    9%
  • Interseting
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.76 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    43%
  • Construction
    31%
  • Vikings
    14%
  • Open-minded
    10%
  • Tedious
    2%

After Salem State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

Salem State University Reviews

993 reviews
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I actually work at Salem State University and am going back to earn my Bachelor's degree. From what students say, the university is more affordable than those in the surrounding areas. I know a lot of the staff and they have helped me enroll, complete my FAFSA, and become prepared to start this summer. I am a single mom of 16 year old twins who also have an interest in SSU for fall 2018. The amount of help I received really took the stress out of the way. I am feeling more confident than ever being an older adult going back to school. I was 30 when I entered college for my associate's degree and my twins were 2 and I did it! I also want to be a role model for my family and other single moms, like myself.
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I remember applying for colleges and not having any idea of Salem State University until one of my counselors told me to apply there because they had a good Nursing program and so I did, then took a tour of the school and absolutely loved it. It wasn't too big nor too small, I could get to my classes in less than five minutes which was good because then I wouldn't have to worry about waking up too early or being in a rush. The faculty and staff at the school are helpful; they like to see students succeed as well as teachers do too. The school offers many clubs and sports, there will be something to do on campus to your liking and if there isn't, then you can create a new club. Everyone has a good time in this school and enjoy it!
My overall experience at Salem State University has been great. This school has allowed me and helped me open so many doors for myself and my future. As a Business major, being a student and having the opportunity to work for the business-side of the school as well as attend the school as an undergraduate is amazing to me. I get to learn important skills for my future inside and outside the classroom. What makes my school unique I believe is the diversity and opportunities my school provides for people of all races, genders, and religions. If I had to do it all over I would choose Salem State University again in a heartbeat!