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Salem State University Overview

Located in Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State University is a public institution. Salem is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Salem State University Known For?

1,672 Undergraduate Awards
$29,527 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Salem State.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Salem State with a bachelor's degree make about $43,500 a year. That's 7% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Salem State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Salem State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#174 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#344 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Salem State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Value Geography & Cartography Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Salem State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#22 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#37 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#47 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#47 Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#62 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#105 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Salem State University?

Location of Salem State University

Contact details for Salem State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-542-6000
Website: www.salemstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salemstateuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SalemState

How Do I Get Into Salem State?

You can apply to Salem State online at: https://www.salemstate.edu/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Salem State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Salem State?

82% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
Salem State has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Salem State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Salem State University  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Salem State University  ( 490 to 560 )
200
800
Salem State received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Salem State University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Salem State University?

$29,527 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Salem State is $29,527. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Salem State, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $8,356 a year. That adds up to $33,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Salem State is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Salem State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,997 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,273 undergraduate students at Salem State, with 4,997 being full-time and 1,276 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Salem State

There are also 1,433 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,997 full-time undergraduates at Salem State, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Salem State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Salem State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Salem State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 152
Black or African American 426
Hispanic or Latino 956
White 3,045
International Students 146
Other Races/Ethnicities 272

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Salem State University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 64 countries are represented at Salem State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Albania, Brazil, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Salem State University

305 Took All Classes Online
2,229 Took At Least One Class Online
18.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Salem State. In 2017-2018, 2,229 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Salem State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 53rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Salem State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Salem State University was 18.3%. This is the #959 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Salem State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Salem State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 17%
Fire Protection 27%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 9%
Instructional Media Design 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Salem State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Salem State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Fire Protection #9
Instructional Media Design #38
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #138
Education #225

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Salem State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Social Work 58 0 143 201
Nursing 160 0 26 186
Teacher Education Grade Specific 107 0 61 168
General Psychology 156 0 0 156
Criminal Justice & Corrections 105 0 19 124
Business Administration & Management 82 4 26 112
Educational Administration 0 63 31 94
General Biology 84 0 0 84
Accounting 83 0 0 83
Teacher Education Subject Specific 15 3 62 80
Health & Physical Education 69 0 0 69
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 6 0 62 68
Marketing 67 0 0 67
History 39 1 12 52
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 25 0 24 49
Finance & Financial Management 48 0 0 48
General English Literature 34 0 13 47
Public Relations & Advertising 44 0 0 44
Special Education 0 11 30 41
Computer Science 35 0 0 35
Geography & Cartography 19 2 13 34
Health & Medical Administrative Services 30 1 0 31
General Education 12 18 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 29 0 0 29
Sociology 23 0 0 23
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 22 0 0 22
Mathematics 16 0 6 22
Hospitality Management 20 1 0 21
Student Counseling 0 1 20 21
Teaching English or French 0 6 13 19
Design & Applied Arts 18 0 0 18
Entrepreneurial Studies 17 0 0 17
Writing Studies 17 0 0 17
Human Resource Management 16 0 0 16
Journalism 16 0 0 16
Fire Protection 15 0 0 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 14 0 0 14
International Business 13 0 0 13
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 0 12
Chemistry 12 0 0 12
Music 12 0 0 12
Allied Health Professions 11 0 0 11
Fine & Studio Arts 11 0 0 11
Management Information Systems 10 0 0 10
Communication & Media Studies 8 2 0 10
Political Science & Government 10 0 0 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 10 0 0 10
Economics 9 0 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 0 0 8
Instructional Media Design 0 0 8 8
Philosophy 7 0 0 7
Dance 7 0 0 7
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 6 0 0 6
Biotechnology 5 0 0 5
Romance Languages 5 0 0 5
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 5 0 0 5
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 4 0 0 4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 3 0 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2 0 0 2
Holocaust Studies 0 2 0 2
Public Policy 0 2 0 2
Agricultural Production 1 0 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,672 120 569 2,361

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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