First Year Student Orientation - January 2017


Welcome to Salem State!

Orientation for first year students will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

All new day first year students must attend before starting classes. Check-in is at 8am in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business.

Important to do: before attending this session, please verify that you can access your Navigator account. If you need assistance, contact the ITS helpdesk at 978.542.2036, option 3.

Prior to attending orientation, please visit placement to review your options and decide which writing class you will take next semester. If you are not able to complete the process of selecting your writing course prior to attending orientation, you will need to spend additional time at orientation completing this requirement.

·         VISIT to get ready! Review the First Year Students pre-orientation and after orientation checklists in Canvas, our online learning portal, to prepare for orientation and get ready for the start of classes!

All new students are expected to complete Haven, a required online module available online before the first day of classes on January 17. Haven addresses the critical issues of power based personal violence, including sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Haven is available online and must be completed by January 17.


Things to bring with you

  • Completed health and immunization forms for health services. If you are not able to locate the forms that were mailed to you, visit
  • A state or government issued photo ID to get your ClipperCard, the Salem State student ID. 

First Year Seminar

All first year students will take a first year seminar as part of their spring 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. 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

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.

If you wish to apply for an on-campus job, visit to learn more about the process.

The January Orientation session for first year students will end at approximately 4:30 pm in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business.

Special Services

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

For More Information

Questions about orientation may be directed to enrollment management at 978.542.7455 or at

For parking and directions, visit If using GPS, enter 71 Loring Avenue in Salem.