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
    C+
  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 Assoc
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
74%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
890-1090
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$16,556/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,951/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,355/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,146/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,842/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,736/ 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
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,919Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
41%
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
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 College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
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
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I actually really loved a lot of my classes and professors! As a night student, most of my professors were adjunct and worked in the field. Their real-life experience really added to what I was learning. Overall, I feel it's a good place for people who are going back to school/working while going to school.
The issues I have with the school have more to do with "behind-the-scenes." The advisors kept telling me the wrong information. I was set to graduate then told I needed another class, then another. It is very difficult to get a hold of anyone there, financial aid, bursars office, the registrar...When I started you could call people individually. Now, everything goes through the student navigation center, which just makes everything take longer!
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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.
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!