Salem State University

352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970

About Salem State University

Salem State University is classified as a college or university with a large master’s program. Colleges and universities with a large master’s program typically award over 200 master’s degrees and less than 20 research doctorate’s during the academic year. This very large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 3,000 to 9,999 students. Approximately half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and fewer than 25% of undergraduates reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% of its bachelor’s degrees within professional fields. Graduate degrees are available in up to half of the fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school awards master’s degrees in at least one professional field. Master’s degrees are also awarded in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. According to data for fall enrollment, 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution, with only 10-24% of students enrolled in the graduate program.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate7,764
Student Age% Under 2562%
 % 25 and Over36%
 % Age Unknown3%
Attendance Type% Full-time62%
 % Part-time38%
Race/Ethnicity% White72.8%
 % Black6.7%
 % Asian2.5%
 % Latino5.6%
 % Native American0.3%
 % Race Unknown8.7%
 % International student3%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus settingSuburb
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Art Degrees OfferedBachelors Degree
Distance Learning AvailableYes
Calendar SystemSemester

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted57%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled31%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingNeither required nor recommended
 College Prep CoursesRequired
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesRecommended
 Admissions ExaminationRequired
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Required
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT2%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800550 / 800
 SAT Writing440 / 800530 / 800
 SAT Math450 / 800543 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite19 / 3624 / 36
 ACT English15 / 3624
 ACT Writing6 / 129 / 12
 ACT Math20 / 3623 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$30
 Graduate Application Fee$50
 In-State Tuition & Fees$7,230
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$13,370
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid78%
 % Undergraduates with Loans67%
 % Undergraduates with Grants46%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$900
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,395
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$9,866
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$1,588
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,324
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$4,324

Neighborhood Data for the Salem Area

Median Age37
Median Household Income$56,203
Total Population41,163
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total47.0% 53.0%
 Age 0-948.2%51.8%
 Age 10-1751.7%48.3%
 Age 18-2447.3%52.7%
 Age 25-2948.9%51.1%
 Age 30-3949.9%50.1%
Race/Ethnicity% White83.1%
 % Black5.9%
 % Asian2.4%
 % Latino15.4%
 % Native American0.3%
 % Pacific Islander0.0%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.1%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,395
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$9,866
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$938
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50029.4%27.1%5.7%
 $500 to $74920.0%6.1%0.0%
 $750 to $99946.3%26.5%18.9%
 Over $10004.3%40.3%67.9%
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