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.
NCAA Division III (without football)
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
Considered but not required
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Early Decision/Early Action
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses
Most Popular Majors
Social Work and Youth Services85 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration79 Graduates
Early Childhood Education71 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine59 Graduates
Elementary Education58 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.82 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
Salem State University Reviews
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!
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!