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 non-refundable housing deposit (if you are living on campus) 
online at 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 Orientation
 - All first-year and transfer students are required to attend an orientation program. 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!

Spring 2017 orientation will be held on Thursday, January 12. Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you can register for orientation at (please allow 24 hours after you submit the deposit to register).

More information about January 2017 and Summer 2017 programs will be posted soon at

Apply for Financial Aid
 - If you are planning to apply for financial aid, you will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. 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.

The fall 2017 priority deadline is February 15, 2017.

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. 

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.





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