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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 5,792 undergraduate students. The Salem State acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 52% of students, Salem State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
About Salem State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
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
82%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
980-1150
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$16,970/ 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
$6,771/ 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.69 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,792Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,318
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    68%
  • Different
    14%
  • Lower to middle income students
    10%
  • Interseting
    6%
  • Diverse
    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.82 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    40%
  • Construction
    27%
  • Vikings
    17%
  • Open-minded
    13%
  • Tedious
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
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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They’ve got a nifty little system with this thing called a Clippercard that serves as an ID that you can use to buy food at the campus dining halls and/or at the local restaurants in the surrounding area! The faculty is also very adamant about providing help and support to its students in every area applicable. I wish they would get better beds, they’re like concrete, so remember to bring a good mattress pad!
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Salem State is very diverse and inclusive with everything they do, including having gender neutral bathrooms. The library is full of twists and turns, and you're always likely to find a nice quiet spot to study. There are also rooms where you can talk and study with your friends! I love the fact that my school brings so many different kinds of people in; this is where I met all of my current best friends! There are two things that stick out the most to me when it comes to what should change within the school; the bathrooms (at least speaking from the girl's point of view) do not have any ventilation, so we're breathing in the grime from the wet shower walls. So maintenance could do something about that! Second, the food. There is rarely ANY vegetables out and a lot of the food is extremely salty or coated in something most likely unhealthy; there are also not a lot of vegetarian options.
I'm currently going into my junior year at Salem State University and I cannot express how much I love being a student here. I discovered my passion for History and stepped out of my academic comfort zone due to all the tremendous amount of support I receive from my professors and the faculty. I am also a First-Year Mentor and helping the incoming freshmen every year brings me so much pride and I feel a great amount of gratitude at the opportunities having this job gives me. Furthermore, SSU made my dream come true as I am studying abroad this Fall in Ireland - this would not have been possible without their guidance and overall enthusiasm. I love Salem State and I am a proud Viking!