Salem State University Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Salem State University
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
How hard is it to get into Salem State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #61 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,066 out of 6,185 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 52 percent. Salem State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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Salem State University SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT79%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||540|
|SAT Math 25th||520|
|SAT Composite 25th||1060|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||640|
|SAT Math 75th||580|
|SAT Composite 75th||1220|
|Average SAT Score||1140|
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 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 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 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. The school ranks #37 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1220 and Above||Good||>89%|
|1140 to 1220||Avg +||82%-89%|
|1060 to 1140||Avg -||73%-82%|
|980 to 1060||Reach||61%-73%|
|Less than 980||Low||<61%|
Salem State University ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT3%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||22|
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 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #34 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 3 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Salem State University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|25 and Above||Good||>89%|
|22 to 25||Avg +||82%-89%|
|19 to 22||Avg -||73%-82%|
|16 to 19||Reach||61%-73%|
|Less than 16||Low||<61%|
Avg. High School GPA3.09
Typical High School GradesB
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 #34 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 82% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||25%||22%|
Applications are DueApr 15, 2020
Days left to Apply211
Applicants have 211 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Apr 15, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Salem State University before the Apr 15 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 5||Oct 18|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|Mar 14||Mar 27|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
|Feb 8||Feb 19|
|Apr 4||Apr 14|
What are the requirements for admission to Salem State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.