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.

Undergraduate Admissions (Freshman Fall 2013) 

Applicants 5,216 
Accepted 3,739 
Enrolled 1,087 
Men 398 
Women 689 
Total Freshman Class 1,087 

Enrollment (Full Time and Part Time; Fall 2013) 

Undergraduate 7,664 
Graduate 1,637 
Total Enrollment 9,301 

Degrees Awarded (Academic Year 2012-2013) 

Bachelor’s 1,500 
Post-Bachelor’s certificates 26 
Master’s 458 
Post-Master’s certificates 41 
Total Degrees Awarded 2,025 

Faculty (Fall 2013) 

Full-Time Faculty 344 
Part-Time Faculty 412 
Total Faculty 756 

Professional, Administrative and Support Staff (Fall 2013) 

Full-Time 550 
Part-Time 137 
Total 655 

Finance (Fiscal July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013)

Total Operating Revenues and Other Support $137.9 million
Total Expenditures $140.4 million


Alumni Body

Massachusetts residents: 40,424
Other U.S. residents: 10,089
International: 224

    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
    • 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.
    • Viking Hall, a four-story, 350-bed residence for sophomore and junior students, is under construction and is scheduled to open in August 2015.


      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)

      Current FY15 Tuition and Fee Information