Summer 2015 Freshman Orientation


Freshman summer orientation sessions are two-day programs with a required overnight component. All new day freshmen must attend an orientation session before starting classes. Students are able to choose the session they would like to attend by signing up via Navigator. Sign up will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Navigator is your personal Salem State homepage and allows access to many of the Web-based resources. To log into Navigator for the first time: go to and follow the “What’s My User ID?” and “What’s My Password?” links to retrieve your login information.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up for your required First Year Seminar when you sign up for orientation. Sign up early to get your first choice of topic!

For more information about the First Year Seminar, go to the first year student website.

Orientation sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you sign up, the greater your chance of getting your top choice. Confirmations will be sent approximately one week prior to the session you choose. 

Freshman orientation dates (check-in begins promptly at 8 am): 

June 8-9*
June 10-11* 

  • June 15-16**
June 17-18
June 22-23

  • June 25-26
August 24-25**

*Honors Students are encouraged to sign up for either June 8-9 or June 10-11.
**Music Majors are encouraged to sign up for either the June 15-16 or August 24-25 session.
Pre-college transition (Summer Bridge Academy) students are encouraged to sign up for any June session except June 25-26


The first year student orientation schedule begins at 8 am on the first day and concludes by 5:30 pm on the second day. Check-in on the first day and check-out at the end of the second day is at Marsh Hall on Central Campus. Students last session prior to checking out of the residence halls is in the Central Campus Classroom Building, home of the Bertolon School of Business, next to Marsh Hall.

At orientation all incoming freshman take a series of diagnostic tests. The results of these tests will not affect your acceptance, but will assist in placing you in the appropriate courses and providing the proper guidance to enable you to develop your full academic potential. More information about assessment testing can be found here.

First Year Seminar

All first year students will take a first year seminar as part of their fall academic course load. This three credit required seminar offers students an opportunity to study an interesting and engaging topic with one of Salem State University’s outstanding faculty members. Since there are over 60 seminars to choose from, students will review the options and select their seminar between March and June via Navigator. Once students select an orientation session in Navigator, they will be directed to the first year seminar selection process. If you have questions, contact the first year experience office at 978.542.2618 or email

Residence hall students

These items are required before students can move in to the residence hall:

1. Pay the balance in full or be on an approved payment plan and/or have sufficient financial aid to cover your student's balance (includes completing all aid related items on your to-do list on your navigator account).

2. Submit a fully completed health form to Counseling & Health Services. Access the requirements & forms here. Make sure the documentation has been received by checking the student health portal.

All questions about family orientation may be directed to the enrollment management office at 978.542.7455 or by email.

What to Bring

For the overnight portion, please bring an alarm clock, pillow, sheets, blankets, towels, personal toiletries, any medications, etc. Each student will be assigned a room in a campus residence hall on the evening of each orientation session. Resident and commuter students are expected to stay on campus during orientation so they can enjoy the social activities planned for the evenings. All new students are expected to move out of the residence halls following their orientation program. Please contact enrollment management to request arrangements for an early arrival or late departure.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided during orientation, as well as dinner on the evening of the overnight. 

Since it may not be practical for students traveling from a distance to attend an early orientation program, it is recommended that these students attend the last orientation session scheduled in August.

Special Services

To request special accommodations, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or TTY 978.542.7146.

For More Information

If you have any problems signing up for orientation or have any questions, please contact enrollment management at 978.542.7455 or