Transfer Orientation: The Next Step Program


Whether this is your first time transferring to a new university or second, third or more – we hope that you’ll find a home here where you can succeed and graduate!

We know that you’re not freshman any longer and as such we’ve designed a different program to welcome you to campus: the next step.

You may already be college savvy, but this program will enable you to become Salem State savvy in a short amount of time. 

All new day transfers must attend a next step session before starting classes. Students are able to choose the session they would like to attend by signing up via Navigator.

Next Step sessions will be held on
Friday, June 10
Monday, August 22
Wednesday, August 31

Morning sessions begin with check-in at 8 am in the main lobby of Central Campus (Bertolon) Building One and conclude by 2 pm. Afternoon sessions begin with check-in at 11 am in the main lobby of the Central Campus (Bertolon) Building One and conclude by 5 pm.

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


First Year Seminar

Transfer students entering with fewer than 15 credits 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. Transfer students will select their first year seminar session at their orientation session. Details regarding the various seminar options will be sent to students along with information on how to register for a particular seminar. If you have questions, contact the first year experience office at 978.542.2618 or

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. 
  • If you have not submitted your final official transcript with your spring 2016 grades, an official transcript in a sealed envelope with your final grades and/or degrees.

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.

Residence hall students

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

1. Pay your balance in full or be on an approved payment plan and/or have sufficient financial aid to cover your 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 and health services. Access the requirements and forms here. Make sure the documentation has been received by checking the student health portal.

All students will have a transfer orientation fee charged directly to their student account for the next step program.

Special Services

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

Readmits and Internal Transfers (evening to day)

Please contact the Center for Academic Advising at 978.542.7049.

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