Information for New Students


Welcome to Salem State!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Salem State University! Below is information on what to do next! More information is available in our New Student Packet (PDF).

Log in to Navigator 
- If you have not yet logged into your student account you should do so right away. Navigator is your personal Salem State homepage and allows you 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.
Contact the IT help desk for assistance at 978.542.2036 or

Submit your $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit and your $300 housing deposit (if you are living on campus) 
online at Please pay your deposit(s) as soon as possible to ensure you are confirmed in your academic program and you have reserved a spot in our residential halls. All day and transfer students must pay enrollment deposit in order to register for orientation. View instructions on submitting a deposit online (PDF).

Register for Summer Orientation
 - All first-year and transfer students are required to attend an orientation program in June or August. Orientation is your chance to learn about the university, ask questions, register for classes, get to know your fellow classmates, and begin your adventure as a new student! Register for orientation at For more information, visit

Apply for Financial Aid
 - If you are planning to apply for financial aid for the fall semester, you will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply online at; Salem State University’s code is 002188. If you are transferring from another institution, please add the school code for Salem State University to your FAFSA.

Enroll in or waive student health insurance. 
Under Massachusetts state law, comprehensive health insurance is required for all students registered for nine or more credits. Learn more at

Move-in policy; required items before you can move in to the residence hall (1+2=ROOM KEY):

1. Settle your bill. Pay your bill in full, be on an approved payment plan and/or have sufficient financial resources to cover your balance (includes completing all aid related items on your to-do list in your Navigator account). You can confirm your total aid and account balance in Navigator.  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 in your Navigator account).

2. Complete your health and immunization requirements with Counseling and Health Services. Access the requirements and forms at Make sure the documentation has been received by checking the student health portal at


Connect with your classmates! Join the Class of 2020 Facebook group page.

Share your excitement with @SalemState and use #SSUGotIn.

Important dates from residence life:

May 31 – Housing packets sent out; weekly mailings after that
July 1 – License agreements due back to residence life
July 22 – Housing assignments mailed home
August 8 – Move-in instructions mailed home
September 1Day of Service Move-In
September 3 – New Students Move-In

Contact residence life with any questions at 978.542.6416 or

More resources at your fingertips

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Commonwealth Honors Program 

Transfer Credits Equivalencies 

For student laptop information, visit Information Technology Services

Instructions on submitting payments (PDF)

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the admissions office should you have any questions: 978.542.6200 or