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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 Collegiate Athletic Conference
Address
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
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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

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
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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.67 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,864Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    71%
  • Different
    15%
  • Lower to middle income students
    8%
  • Interseting
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.80 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.110 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    41%
  • Construction
    28%
  • Vikings
    15%
  • Open-minded
    13%
  • Tedious
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,000/ 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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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.
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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!
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!