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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Salem State.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Salem State has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Salem State University?
Contact details for Salem State are given below.
|Address:||352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970|
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
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Salem State?
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.
Can I Afford Salem State University?
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
There are also 1,433 graduate students at the school.
Of the 4,997 full-time undergraduates at Salem State, 37% are male and 63% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Salem State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||426|
|Hispanic or Latino||956|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Salem State has changed over the last few years.
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|
|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|
|Instructional Media Design||#38|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#138|
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.
*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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