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Salem State University Admission Requirements

Salem, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Salem State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
85.6%
Admission Difficulty for Salem State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Salem State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #64 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,985 out of 5,825 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 very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. Salem State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Salem State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1010-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1090

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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 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 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 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #28 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Salem State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >91%
1085 to 1160 Avg + 86%-91%
1010 to 1085 Avg - 78%-86%
935 to 1010 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 935 Low <68%
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Salem State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-23 
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 19
ACT Scores for Salem State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 21

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 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #35 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Salem State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Salem State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >91%
21 to 23 Avg + 86%-91%
19 to 21 Avg - 78%-86%
17 to 19 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 17 Low <68%
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Salem State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.09
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Salem State University?

Applicants 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 86% 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Salem State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,032 1,793 5,825
Accepted 3,530 1,455 4,985
Acceptance Rate 88% 81% 86%
Enrolled 650 361 1,011
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 25% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
34

Applicants have 34 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Salem State University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Salem State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Salem State University?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Salem State University. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Salem State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1160. 66% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Salem State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 23. 4% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.