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Salem State University

Salem State University Rating: 3.7/5 (9 votes)

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Introduction

Salem State College was renamed Salem State University in July 2010. Founded in 1854 as Salem Normal School, the institute is situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is comprised of five campuses: North Campus, Central Campus, South Campus, Richard O’Keefe Center, and Cat Cove. The total campus area is 115 acres and it houses more than 30 buildings. Salem State is one of the largest state universities in Massachusetts. It is an important partner in the cultural, economic, and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region.

Salem State enrolls over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 27 states and 57 foreign countries. From 1968 to 2010 the institution was named Salem State College. As of 2010, Salem State enrolled 5,894 undergraduate and 343 graduate, full-time students.

Academics

Salem State is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The institute also holds other discipline-based accreditations such as Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Geological Institute, American Chemical Society, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, and National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Salem State offers bachelor’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as arts and science, health and human services, and business. It grants master’s degrees in a wide range of disciplines such as arts, science, teaching, business, and nursing. The institute also provides certificate programs including accounting, child studies, correctional administration, interactive multimedia design certificate program, public relations, graphic design, and sustainable tourism development.

The University also offers Continuing Education courses for credit or non-credit programs. There are 30 degree and certificate programs to choose from. Some of the non-credit certificate programs include Home Inspection Training; Older Adult Fitness Specialist Certification; EKG Technician Certification Program; Phlebotomy Technician Program; Clinical Medical Assistant; Paralegal Certificate Program; Information Technology Specialist; and Medical Assistant Administrative Program.

Schools and Colleges

Salem State offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs through the following academic schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; Bertolon School of Business; College of Health and Human Services; and School of Graduate Studies.

Salem State Online

Salem State offers online education programs for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to personal or professional commitments. Such students can enroll in the online continuing education programs or online credit/non-credit courses offered by the university. Available online courses include Adaptive and Assistive Technology, Theories of Thinking and Learning, Theories and Principles in Teaching ESL, Studies in Electronic Rhetoric, Reference Materials and Research, Introduction to Communications, Principles of Macroeconomics, Fire Science Administration, and Introduction to Sociology.

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Admissions

Each year, Salem State enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 25 states and over 55 foreign countries. Freshman students seeking admission to the university must send the completed application form along with SAT / ACT scores and essential official transcripts. There are also some specific discipline-based tests for admission to certain programs. Prospective transfer students must send the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Students whose native language is not English must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

Financial Aid

Salem State offers financial assistance to needy students who are unable to meet their educational expenses. Financial aid is offered through diverse mediums such as grants, scholarships, federal loans, work study, alternative loans and financing. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and scholarships are considered gift aid as they do not have to be repaid. Loans are a type of financial assistance that must be returned with interest.

Federal grants and scholarships offered at Salem State are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Teach Grant, MASSGrant, Massachusetts Part Time Grant, Public Service Scholarship, Department of Social Services (DSS) Adopted Children’s Tuition Waiver, Department of Social Services Foster Care Children’s Tuition Waiver, Foster Care Grant, and Stanley Z. Koplik – Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver.

Some of the loans offered at Salem State include Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Nursing Loan, MEFA Loans, and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). The Federal College Work-Study program (FCWS) provides part-time jobs for the undergraduate and graduate students. It enables students to take up jobs on/ off campus, and earn money to help pay educational expenses. It also helps students gain work experience in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3335th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Salem State boasts an active and vibrant student life. There is a student government body that acts as the voice of the students. It also organizes diverse events and activities on the campus. Students are encouraged to participate in campus events, which help balance their academic, civic, social, and personal growth and development. The campus also hosts several recreational and intramural programs based on the interests of the students.

Salem State University is home to a variety of clubs and organizations. The students can either join a club or create a new one. Some of the popular campus organizations include International Student Association, Multicultural Student Association, The Alliance, Campus Crusade for Christ, Campus Hope, Accounting Association, Chemistry Society, Public Relations Student Society of America, S.T.A.R.T. (Student Action Resource Team), Sport & Movement Science Club, and Student Nurses Association.

Media and Publications

The Log is the official student-run campus newspaper. It serves as the independent voice of students.

WMWM is the student operated radio station. It provides progressive and alternative radio programming.

Campus Facilities

The Salem State University library was built in 1969 and opened in 1971. The library houses more than 300,000 volumes, 39,000 microform units, 9,000 maps and subscribes to 692 periodicals. They have memberships with other local libraries and provide access to more than 3.1 million holdings in the north-of-Boston area.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Salem State’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Vikings. The colors are Blue and Orange. The Vikings participate in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III.

Alumni

  • Robert A. Rufo, Noted Military Officer, Writer, and Artist
  • Mark Parisi, Noted Cartoonist
  • Thatcher Kezer, Mayor of Amesbury
  • Brian Lees, Member of the Massachusetts State Senate
  • Robert Preston, Member of the New Hampshire State Senate

Bibliography

  • Salem State University. 2011.
  • Snider, Mark D. How to Get Money for College. Peterson’s, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 39th in Massachusetts and 803rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 329th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 82 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 15 0.04
Robbery 22 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 173 0.42
Larceny 744 1.79
Vehicle theft 69 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salem, MA 01970
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,407 (40,407 urban / N/A rural)
Households17,492 (2.24 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,033
Families9,707 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2506

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1418th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $910 $910 $7,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $7,220 $7,220 $7,220
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $287 $287 $322
FT Graduate Tuition $2,520 $2,520 $4,140
FT Graduate Required Fees $3,726 $3,726 $3,726
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $347 $347 $437
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,084 $22,084 $28,224
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,372 $22,372 $28,512
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,584 $13,584 $19,724

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,670 $8,050 $7,670 $8,050 $13,810 $14,190
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,050(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,660 $1,760
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,720 $9,856
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,396 $3,454
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,396 $4,454

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,855 (1,614 male / 3,125 female)
Admitted 3,364 (1,094 male / 2,217 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 1,095 (390 male / 689 female)
FT Enrollment 1,086 (386 male / 685 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (4 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment9,301

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

900th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

936th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,930
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$8,274
Board Fee$3,350

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 83 134 158 51 3 1,490 81 2,026
Accounting 9 1 8 7 42 2 72
Accounting and Finance 4 2 2 13 21
Acting 10 11
Advertising 2 1 1 24 29
American History (United States) 5 5
Applied Behavior Analysis 2 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education 2 20 24
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 7 9
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Biochemistry 1 2 5 8
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 8 11
Biomedical Sciences, General 9 5 2 20 2 38
Business Administration and Management, General 12 6 8 4 73 2 108
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 1 1 3
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 3 1 6
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 2 13 16
Computer Science 2 1 3 2 8 17
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Counseling Psychology 3 19 3 26
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 18 2 21
Creative Writing 1 6 3 10
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 15 19 3 1 91 2 133
Design and Applied Arts, Other 1 1 3 5
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1 4 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 7 1 10
Drawing
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 2 73 78
Economics, General 6 1 2 2 7 18
Education, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 35 2 37
Educational/Instructional Technology 10 3 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 77 5 85
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 1 44 3 53
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 3 1 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 3 8 12
Environmental Biology 1 3 4
European History 1 1
Finance, General 2 2 2 20 26
Financial Planning and Services 1 2 3
Fire Services Administration 1 7 8
Forensic Science and Technology 2 7 10
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2 2 11 2 17
Geography 1 1 7 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 8 1 9
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 2 1 7 2 13
History Teacher Education 12 3 15
History, General 1 1 4 56 2 64
History, Other 1 1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 4 2 1 16 23
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 2 1 11 1 17
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 6 7
International Business/Trade/Commerce 9 2 6 1 7 25
Journalism 3 3 15 21
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 13 3 17
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 1 1 17 22
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1 1 18 2 23
Management Information Systems, General 3 1 1 7 12
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 4 5
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 2 34 1 39
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 10 10
Mathematics, General 1 13 14
Music, General 1 7 9
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Nursing Science 2 13 15
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 17 18
Painting 3 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 6 6
Photography 1 6 7
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 8 1 9
Political Science and Government, General 2 7 1 12
Printmaking 1 1
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 3 1 4
Psychology, General 2 13 7 1 93 2 119
Public Relations/Image Management 4 3 29 1 37
Public/Applied History
Reading Teacher Education 11 1 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 40 15 6 102 6 175
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3 3
Sculpture 3 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 7 8
Social Work 1 11 14 3 92 7 128
Sociology 1 1 2 2 20 26
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1 1 2 1 6
Spanish Language and Literature 3 1 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 1 49 6 58
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 1 16 19
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 7 1 5 4 19
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 1 3 6
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 2
Writing, General 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 793rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,880 ($79,601 male / $71,866 female)
Number of FT Faculty 343 (155 male / 188 female)
Number of PT Faculty 756
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $8,208,522
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