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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.

160 Undergraduate Degrees
26 Graduate Degrees
$29,527 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
82% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Salem State University?

Location of 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?

82% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
Salem State has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Salem State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Salem State University  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Salem State University  ( 490 to 560 )
Salem State received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Salem State University  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Salem State University?

$29,527 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Salem State is $29,527. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Salem State, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $8,356 a year. That adds up to $33,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Salem State is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Salem State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,434 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,811 undergraduate students at Salem State, with 5,434 being full-time and 1,377 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Salem State

There are also 1,527 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,434 full-time undergraduates at Salem State, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Salem State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Salem State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 167
Black or African American 502
Hispanic or Latino 931
White 3,394
International Students 154
Other Races/Ethnicities 286

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

305 Took All Classes Online
2,229 Took At Least One Class Online
18.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Salem State. In 2017-2018, 2,229 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 18.3%. This is the #601 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially 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%.

Salem State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 160 0 160
Nursing Science 0 26 26
Nursing Administration 0 0 0
TOTAL 160 26 186


*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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