Transfer Orientation: The Next Step Program


Welcome to Salem State! We hope you'll find a home here where you can succeed and graduate!

As a new transfer student, we recognize that you’re not a first year student 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 help you become Salem State savvy too, focusing on the most essential tasks to get you started.

All new day transfers must attend a Next Step session before starting classes. Both morning and afternoon Next Step sessions are offered on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Students are able to choose which session to attend by signing up via Navigator.

The morning session begins with check-in at 8am in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business, ending by 2pm. The afternoon session begins at 11am in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business and ends by 5 pm.

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

VISIT to get ready! Review the Transfer Students pre-orientation and after orientation checklists in Canvas, our online learning portal, to prepare for orientation and get ready to start 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.

Transfer students entering with fewer than 15 credits 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. 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 fall 2016 grades, an official transcript in a sealed envelope with your final grades and/or degrees.

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