Welcome to your first year at Salem State University!

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Your first year at Salem State University is an opportunity to explore, learn and grow.  The first year experience office (FYE) is here to ensure that you have access to the resources and support you will need to successfully navigate the transition from high school to university life. We encourage you to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to you at the university: challenge yourself to try something new, step outside your comfort zone, ask questions, and share your experiences with us so that we can improve our offerings for future students.

Your first-year experience will lay the foundation for your continued success in academic, intellectual, social, and civic endeavors throughout your undergraduate career. Whether it's your first class, meeting your first new friend, joining your first student organization, or any other number of "firsts," the FYE office is here to help.


  • WE'VE MOVED! The FYE office is now located in Meier Hall - 100A. We are now just around the corner and down the hall from Dunkin Donuts...come check out new space!
  • All incoming first year students will receive a free academic planner from the first year experience office - stop by the FYE office to pick yours up before we run out.
  • The MAJORS/MINORS FAIR is coming!  Mark your calendars now for Monday October 20 from 11am - 12:30pm in Veterans Hall, Campus Center.  Stop by and get information about your intended major OR find out how you can minor and enhance your experience and marketability.  
  • Check out our Fall 2014 FYE newsletter [PDF] for some great tips on making your transition to Salem State a positive one or look around our Wordpress Blog - FirstYearSuccess. Our staff and upper-class mentors have lots of advice to help you start out right.

Please do not hesitate to call on us if you have any questions or concerns--and like our Facebook page: First Year Success at Salem State or follow us on Twitter: FYSuccess. They are great resources where you can ask questions, learn some new tips for success, and stay connected throughout your first year!


Mathew Chetnik
Director, first year experience

First Year philosophy

Salem State University is committed to ensuring a first-year student experience that facilitates the transition from high school to college and that actively encourages students' involvement in the entire range of opportunities available in the college community. The first year experience will lay the foundation for student success in academic, intellectual, social, and civic endeavors in not only the student's first year but in each year until graduation.

Past newsletters

FYE newsletter Fall 2013 [PDF]

We want your feedback

Using the feedback form, we invite you to tell us about your experiences, whether as a first-year student, a parent or guardian of a first-year student, or as a faculty, staff member or administrator involved in assisting students succeed during their first year at Salem State. If you wish to be contacted directly about your comments, please provide a contact email address or phone number in the fields provided and someone will be in touch with as soon as possible.