Facts and Figures
Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Salem State is governed by an 11-person board of trustees. Nine trustees are appointed by the governor for five-year terms, renewable once; one alumni trustee is elected by the alumni association for a five-year term, renewable once; and a student trustee is elected by the student body for one year.
Tuition and Fees
(AY13-14) Undergraduate day students (12 credits/semester)
$8,530 per year
Full-time, out-of-state (12 credits/semester)
$14,670 per year
Undergraduate evening students
$287.33 per credit
$322.33 per credit
Undergraduate room and board begins at $7,870 per semester.
$1,041 per three credit course
$1,311 per three credit course
Graduate students are not housed on campus.
Students (fall 2012)
Salem State students are from 29 states and 66 countries.
- Total undergraduate: 7,143
- Incoming freshman: 1,095
- Incoming transfer: 860
- Returning: 5,188
Graduate and Professional: 1,348
Non-degree (undergraduate): 598
Faculty and Staff (fall 2012)
Grand total: 1,434
- Total faculty: 779
- Full time: 340
- Part time: 439
- Total Non-faculty: 655
- Full time: 523
- Part time: 132
Student/faculty Ratio (fall 2012): 15:1
Campus Life (fall 2012)
- Five campuses on 115 acres
- Five residence halls housing more than 2,050 students
- The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons opened fall 2013 and is now the center for educational exploration, historical preservation and student academic support.
- The Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center opened fall 2013 and this state-of-the-art facility provides educational, social and recreational experiences for the Salem State community.
Undergraduates in housing:
- Total full time undergraduate: 35%
- First year freshman: 71%
- Other first year: 43%
- Second year: 41%
- Third year: 23%
- Fourth year: 14%
- Value of endowment (June 30, 2011): $18.2 m
- Revenues (FY12): $134.6 m
- From tuition and fees: 39%
- From state appropriations: 34%
- From other: 27%
- Undergraduate tuition and fees (in-state): $8,110
- Undergraduate evening tuition and fees (in-state, per 3-credits): $810
- Graduate tuition and fees (in-state, per 3-credits): $990
Student Financial Support
- Freshmen filing for financial aid: 92%
- Freshmen receiving any grant aid: 72%
- Freshmen receiving any loan aid: 79%
- Total number of living alumni: 52,052
- Massachusetts residents: 40,424
- Other U.S. residents: 10,089
- International: 224
Salem State offers its students a chance to compete in intramural athletic clubs and in a variety of competitive intercollegiate conferences.
Salem State fields men's and women's teams in 17 sports.
Athletic teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III, the Little East Conference (LEC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) Division III, and the New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC).
Salem State offers two different spirit groups, basketball and ice hockey cheerleading, and the dance team.
- Baseball (m)
- Basketball (m/w)
- Cross Country (m/w)
- Field Hockey (w)
- Golf (m)
- Ice Hockey (m)
- Lacrosse (m/w)
- Soccer (m/w)
- Softball (w)
- Tennis (m/w)
- Volleyball (w)
- Club Ice Hockey (w)