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.