Facts and Figures


Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey

The University

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*

Undergraduate day students (12 credits/semester)

Full-time, in-state
$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 $8,150 per semester.

Graduate students

$1,041 per three credit course

$1,311 per three credit course

Graduate students are not housed on campus.

*For the 2015 academic year; please note that tuition and fees are subject to change

Students (fall 2013)

Salem State students are from 30 states and 66 countries.

Degree Seeking:

  • Total undergraduate: 7,134
  • Incoming freshman: 1,087
  • Incoming transfer: 782
  • Returning: 5,265

Graduate and Professional: 1,350

Non-degree (undergraduate): 530

Non-degree (graduate): 287

Faculty and Staff (fall 2013)

Grand total: 1,443

  • Total faculty: 756
  • Full time: 344
  • Part time: 412
  • Total Non-faculty: 687
  • Full time: 550
  • Part time: 137

Student/faculty Ratio (fall 2013): 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: 65%


  • Revenues (FY13): $137.9 m
  • From tuition and fees: 39%
  • From state appropriations: 34%
  • From other: 27%
  • Undergraduate tuition and fees (in-state): $8,530
  • Undergraduate evening tuition and fees (in-state, per 3-credits): $862
  • Graduate tuition and fees (in-state, per 3-credits): $1,041

Student Financial Support

  • Freshmen filing for financial aid: 92%
  • Freshmen receiving any grant aid: 72%
  • Freshmen receiving any loan aid: 79%

Alumni Body

  • 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.

Intercollegiate Sports:

  • 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)