Applying to the Program

Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students

Application to the Commonwealth Honors Program is an option when you complete your general online application to Salem State University. Simply click the applicable box on that form, and this will enable you to upload the required honors admission essay.   

Current and Admitted Salem State Students

Please complete the application form below and attach your admissions essay. Current students are asked to provide the name and email of one Salem State professor who can provide a recommendation, upon request. 

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Application Deadlines for Fall Admission

Prospective Freshmen: April 1, however priority consideration is given to students who apply by February 1  

Prospective Transfer Students: June 1

Commonwealth Honors Associate's Degree Graduates: August 1  

Application Deadline for January Admission

Current and Transfer Students:  December 1  

About the Honors Admission Essay

You will be asked to submit a one-page essay that explains more in depth who you are besides your GPA and test scores.

Possible essay topics include, but are not limited to:

What do you hope to gain from your Salem State experience?
How will Honors enrich your program of study?
How will you contribute to the Salem State University community? 
Describe a struggle or adverse situation which you have overcome and been stronger for.