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Located in Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State University is a public institution. Salem is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

$30,135 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
90% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Salem State University?


Contact details for Salem State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-542-6000

How Do I Get Into Salem State?

You can apply to Salem State online at:

Admission Requirements for Salem State

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Salem State?

90% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
Since Salem State has an acceptance rate of 90%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Can I Afford Salem State University?

$30,135 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Salem State is $30,135. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Salem State, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,749 a year. That adds up to $26,996 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Salem State is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Salem State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,234 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,555 undergraduate students at Salem State, with 4,234 being full-time and 1,321 being part-time.


There are also 1,576 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,234 full-time undergraduates at Salem State, 34% are male and 66% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Salem State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 132
Black or African American 392
Hispanic or Latino 841
White 2,517
International Students 102
Other Races/Ethnicities 250

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Salem State University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 64 countries are represented at Salem State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Albania, Brazil, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Salem State University

1,251 Took All Classes Online
5,230 Took At Least One Class Online
431.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Salem State. In 2020-2021, 5,230 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Salem State has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Salem State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Salem State University was 431.2%. This is the #95 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Salem State regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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