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 one mile from downtown Salem, 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. 

First-Year Students Fall 2015

Applicants 5,164
Accepted 3,868
Enrolled 1,093
Men 405
Women 688
Total Freshman Class 1,093
Self-Identified Students of Color 28%

Applicants 1,475
Accepted 1,272
Enrolled 771
Men 312
Women 459
Total Transfer Class 771
Self-Identified Students of Color 35%
Total First-Year Students 1,864

Self-Identified Students of Color 31%


(Full Time and Part Time, Fall 2015)
Undergraduate 7,499
Graduate 1,716
Total Enrollment 9,215
Students hail from 30 states and 60 countries

Degrees Awarded

(Academic Year 2014-2015)
Bachelor’s 1,594
Post-Bachelor’s certificates 55
Master’s 443
Post-Master’s certificates 7
Total Degrees Awarded 2,099


  • As of Fall 2015, 91 percent of Salem State’s 352 full-time faculty members held terminal degrees: 294 (84%) held doctorates and 24 (7%) creative and performing arts faculty held MFAs, while 32 (9%) held master's degrees or the equivalent and, of these, six are currently enrolled in doctoral programs. 
  • Among full-time faculty members in 2015, 80 percent identified as white, non-Hispanic (compared to 90% in 2010) and 56 percent were female (compared to 53% in 2010).
  • Of Salem State’s part-time faculty, in 2015, 95 percent continued to identify as white, non-Hispanic, while the number of females increased to 61 percent (compared to 59% in 2010). 
  • Since 2011, Salem State has had six Fulbright Scholars and three Fulbright Specialists. 


Living alumni 59,379
Massachusetts residents 47,718
Essex county residents 25,600
Other U.S. residents 11,661
International 341

Campus Life

Located just 15 miles north of Boston in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State has:
  • Five campuses on 115 acres
  • Six residence halls housing more than 2,500 students
  • The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons is the center for educational exploration, historical preservation and student academic support.
  • The Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides educational, social and recreational experiences for the Salem State community.
  • Student Navigation Center is a one-stop shop for student "business" services such as student accounts, financial aid, admissions, registrar, transfer services, and the ClipperCard
  • 65+ student groups and clubs


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 15 sports; plus 10 intramural/club teams
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).

Intercollegiate Sports:
  • Baseball (m)
  • Basketball (m/w)
  • Field Hockey (w)
  • Golf (m)
  • Ice Hockey (m/w)
  • Lacrosse (m/w)
  • Soccer (m/w)
  • Softball (w)
  • Tennis (m/w)
  • Volleyball (w)

Current FY16 Tuition and Fee Information