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SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

Salem, MassachusettsLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1854Established Year
  8338Enrollment

Salem State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Sonal Vaid Sonal Vaid
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Salem State University (SSU) located in the Salem city of Massachusetts, is a public institution established in the year 1854. The university has a semester-based academic calendar. SSU is home to around 8,338 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The university’s endowment for the year 2018 was 24.5 million USD. The campus is situated in an urban setting providing students the necessary exposure to the history and culture of the city.

With a global community of 285 international students coming from over 53 countries, SSU is a welcoming and caring institute with distinguished quality education for students aspiring to study in the USA.

Rankings

The university has been working constantly towards achieving success in terms of numbers. Over the years, the university has been ranked by several institutions. According to the 2020 US News rankings, the university has been ranked:

  • #119 in Regional Universities North
  • #61 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #40 in Top Public Schools
  • #126 in the Occupational Therapy program
  • #96 in Social Work

Highlights

Year of Establishment1854
Type of UniversityPublic
Campus SettingUrban
Faculty Members810 (Full-Time And Part-Time)
Student-Faculty Ratio14:1
Total Enrollment8,338
Number of International Students285
Acceptance Rate74%
Mode Of PaymentCheck, Money Order, Credit/Debit Cards, Online.
Official Websitesalemstate.edu

Programs, Campus and Residence

Programs

The university provides several programs through its different ‘schools’. The degrees are awarded at Bachelor, Master, and Postgraduate Certificate levels. It provides over 30 undergraduate programs in the liberal arts, human services, and business fields. 

The college also offers graduate degrees and certificates in several fields. The college offers Masters degree in study fields such as Business Administration, Accounting, Education, Mathematics, Criminology, etc. 

All these programs are offered through 6 schools and colleges at Salem State University:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services
  • School of Education
  • Bertolon School of Business
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Campus

Salem State University is located in the seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts, 15 miles north of Boston. The university comprises of 5 campuses spread over 115 acres of land. It also has 6 residence halls housing 2500 students. Some of the important centers of the campus are:

  • Frederick E. Berry Library is a center for educational exploration, historical preservation, student-academic support and also doubles as a Learning Common.
  • Harold E. and Marilyn Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center provides educational, social and recreational experiences for the Salem State community.
  • Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts houses the national award-winning theater program of Salem state and other artistic endeavors.
  • Student Navigation Center is the one-stop-shop for all student services such as student accounts, financial aid, admissions, registrar, transfer services, etc.

Residence

The university provides residence facility to over 2000 students in 6 residence halls, each hall housing over 300 students. First-year students reside in Bowditch, Peabody and Marsh Hall; Sophomore students in Marsh and Viking Hall; Upper-class students reside in the Bates Complex and Atlantic Hall. 

The features of the residence halls are:

  • Double, triple or quad rooms
  • The room rates vary according to occupancy and range from 4000-6000 USD per semester.
  • Meal plans can range anywhere from 406-2123 USD per semester.

Admission Process

International students can refer to the following steps for admissions at SSU.

Application – International applicants can apply online on the university portal. 

Application deadline – Admissions at SSU are on a rolling basis. However, early applications by international applicants are advised. The undergraduate deadlines for international students mentioned below are firm while for the graduate programs, international applicants must apply 2-3 months before the start of the program.

Undergraduate Admission Deadlines:

SemesterSpringSummerFall
Early Action (first year only)--November 15
First Year and TransferNovember 15*
December 15
April 1*
May 1
July 15*
August 1

*For applicants residing abroad. 

Graduate Admission Deadlines

SemesterProgram start monthDeadline
FallSeptemberAugust 1
SpringJanuaryDecember 1
SummerMayApril 1

Admission requirements – The general admission requirements are:

  • A completed application
  • Translated and evaluated academic transcripts from all educational institutions attended.
  • Standardized exams to study in the USA (Optional)
  • References
  • Personal Statements
  • Program-specific requirements
  • Proof of English language proficiency through one of the exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, etc.
  • Financial proof to provide proof of availability of expenses for a year while studying in the USA
  • Copy of a valid passport

Transcripts can be sent to the following address:

Salem State University
Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 315
Randolph, MA 02368
The USA.

Cost of Attendance

The following provides an estimate of the cost of attending Salem State University. The table does not list miscellaneous fees that the student may have to bear if they avail of the service. The table displays the different kinds of fees that an Out-of-state student has to pay.

Tuition and Fees

ProgramTuition and Fees per year (in USD)
Undergraduate18,064.80
Graduate10,080

Miscellaneous Fee

ExpenseFee per year (in USD)
International Student Fee750
Health Insurance3,444
Other Charges (Books, Supplies, etc.)3,000-4,000

Accommodation and Meal

ExpenseFee per year (in USD)
Housing9,190 – 12,160
Meal Plans812 – 4,526

Scholarships And Aids

International students at SSU are not eligible to avail of any financial aid, grant, etc. However, they can avail of financial assistance from private money lenders or family members, of which the university does not take any responsibility. 

They can apply for private and external scholarships for international students to study in the USA.

The university does not provide any on-campus employment opportunities to international students, as all the campus job positions are filled by the resident students who work under the Federal Work-Study program. 

Alumni Network

The university is known for its strong alumni network. The Alumni Board keeps nearly 62000 alumni connected to the university and each other. One can stay connected by joining Affinity Groups like the Young Alumni Society, Friends of the School of Education, etc. 

As an alumnus of the university, one can avail access to several discounts and memberships. One can attend events conducted by the alumni and for the alumni in the university campus. One can also help the Salem state or donate the university funds. The alumni also get free access to the university’s career development services until 1-year post-graduation.

Some of the SSU notable alumni include:

  • Kim Driscoll- Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts(2006-present)
  • Julie McNiven- actress
  • Keith Knight- cartoonist
  • Tom Thibodeau- Head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (basketball team)
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Salem State University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population11057
FAFSA Code002188
Application Cost$40
Accreditation NEASC
Average Cost of Attendance$17,640 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio3 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6.5- -
PTE-54- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10659801150 79%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540490590-
Mathematics525490560-
ACT221925 3%

Salem State University Acceptance Rate

81.9%

Acceptance Rate

6185

Total Applicants

11057

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

35.9%

Male

64.1%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program81.9%
Total Applicants10809
Total Enrolled8853
Graduate
Graduate Programs81.9%
Total Applicants2691
Total Enrolled2204

Salem State University Enrollment

Enrollment
Salem State University Enrollment11057
Undergraduate Enrollment8853
Graduate Enrollment2204
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate53.0%

Attendance Cost

$17,640

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$17,640 / Year
Post Graduate Program$9,847 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,200 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$13,000 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,746 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,488 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,582 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,838 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$5,710 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Arts ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
ProgramsAmerican Occupational Therapy Association
ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Theatre
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Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
402939399060

College rating

based on 1 student ratings

9.5/10

10/10academic
10/10infrastructure
9/10placements
10/10faculty
9/10extracurricular
9/10accommodation

Reviews

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Ghanshyam arya, INDIA Master of arts [m.a] english
Salem State University
Recently passed out , Batch : 2020
9.5
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

MASTERS AT SSU

I applied to the various USA universities that accept foreign students. I was selected at three universities. Salem State University was one of them. I applied for it by paying an extra $50 for the online application. The university gave me an opportunity to explore, learn, and grow. The first-year experience office (FYE) was there to ensure that I have access to the resources and support required to successfully navigate the transition from high school to university life.


Course Curriculum - 

I am required to attain 57 credits to complete the curriculum. The curriculum contains a lot of variations. It focuses on literary texts, scholarly criticism, and research. It also concentrates on writing.

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Book Store

Salem State University Bookstore0.51 Km
Robert Murphy Bookseller1.07 Km
White Light Pentacles/dba Nu Aeon1.84 Km
Pyramid Books1.98 Km
Wicked Good Books2.06 Km
Magic Parlor2.08 Km
Peabody Essex Museum Shop2.09 Km
Eastern National2.1 Km
Harrison's Comics2.1 Km
Silver Moon Comics and Collectibles2.15 Km
Bookstead of New England3.32 Km
Christianbook5.16 Km
Paper Asylum5.31 Km
Barnes & Noble5.92 Km
Carmelite Gift Shop in the Northshore Mall6.08 Km
Newbury Comics6.25 Km
Savers6.48 Km
Endicott College Bookstore6.8 Km
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Paradise Plaza2.08 Km
Essex Street Pedestrian Mall2.09 Km
Witch City Mall2.15 Km
African Bargains2.34 Km
Hawthorne Square2.41 Km
Swampscott Mall2.54 Km
Vinnin Square Plaza2.56 Km
Highlander Plaza2.68 Km
Banheiro2.72 Km
400 Highland Place3.64 Km
Wal-Mart Plaza3.79 Km
karisma beauty salon4.18 Km
Mills 585.02 Km
Sunglass Hut at Macy's5.92 Km
Northshore Mall5.95 Km
Z Z Trading LLC6.08 Km
kidgits6.09 Km
Sunglass Hut6.15 Km
Endicott Plaza6.38 Km
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Train Station

Salem2.42 Km
Swampscott4.2 Km
Beverly Depot4.92 Km
Central Square - Lynn6.35 Km
Montserrat Station6.79 Km

Airport

Hospital Helipad7.08 Km
Long Hill Orchard Heliport7.96 Km

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