#11 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts

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Salem State University overview
Location Salem, Massachusetts
Online salemstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Salem State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Salem State University is a public institution located in Salem, Massachusetts, renowned for its rich maritime heritage and its proximity to the historic and culturally vibrant city of Boston. The campus fosters a coastal and academic ambiance, situated not far from the scenic beaches and waterways that define the North Shore region. Established in 1854 as a normal school, the university has evolved into a comprehensive institution offering a myriad of undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, education, and nursing. Salem State is recognized for its diverse and inclusive student body, and while it is considered less selective in its admissions process, it maintains a commitment to academic rigor and success. The campus features a mix of traditional brick structures and modern facilities, providing on-campus housing options for students seeking a residential college experience. While the university does not highlight athletics as a core focus, it offers a variety of sports and recreational activities under the banner of the Salem State Vikings.

In the most recent statistical year 5,093 prospective students applied, and 4,719 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 863 enrolled in the school.  4,485 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,054 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $910 plus fees of $11,068. Salem State University is ranked 733 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Salem State University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Salem State University overview
SAT 986/1210
GPA 3.17

Applications Accepted

Salem State University overview
Applications Due Jun 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Salem State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$11,068
Room and Board $14,954
Budget for Other Expenses$1,784
Total One Year Cost$29,916

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Salem State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$11,068
Room and Board $14,954
Budget for Other Expenses$1,784
Total One Year Cost$36,056

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Salem State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Health Professions 17%
Education 9%
Psychology 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%

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