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Salem State University Admission Requirements

Salem, Massachusetts

Chances of getting into Salem State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
84.7%
Admission Difficulty for Salem State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Salem State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 85% acceptance rate ranking it #63 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,558 out of 6,562 applicants were admitted making Salem State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Salem State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Salem State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
980-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1060

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Salem State University?

Salem State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #37 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Salem State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >91%
1060 to 1140 Avg + 85%-91%
980 to 1060 Avg - 77%-85%
900 to 980 Reach 66%-77%
Less than 900 Low <66%
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Salem State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
4%
ACT Scores for Salem State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Salem State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Salem State University?

Admission data indicates that Salem State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #28 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Salem State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Salem State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >91%
23 to 26 Avg + 85%-91%
20 to 23 Avg - 77%-85%
17 to 20 Reach 66%-77%
Less than 17 Low <66%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.09
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Salem State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Salem State University was 3.09 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #44 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.09 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Salem State University accepts 85% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Salem State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 12% Good
3.50 to 3.75 11% Good
3.25 to 3.50 13% Good
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 32% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 13% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Salem State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,568 1,994 6,562
Accepted 3,936 1,622 5,558
Acceptance Rate 86% 81% 85%
Enrolled 721 390 1,111
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 24% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Salem State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Salem State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Salem State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167729 IPEDS survey data for Salem State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

66% of students submit their SAT scores to Salem State University. 4% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

85% of those who apply are granted admission to Salem State University. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1140. 66% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 4% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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