Additional Programs

honors students

Commonwealth Honors Program

The Commonwealth Honors Program provides a more challenging curriculum to students whose abilities and previous performance are demonstrably higher than the norm. All majors are eligible to participate in the honors program. The program enables motivated and talented students to work with our most accomplished and enthusiastic faculty.

Honors courses are qualitatively different in design and content, and smaller class size allows greater interaction. A seminar format is used in most honors courses, giving students the opportunity for independent research, class presentations and the chance to learn from one another. Field trips and visiting scholar sessions add to a rich academic experience. Students are encouraged to think independently and creatively, and complete a senior honors project.

Jack Welch scholarship

Jack Welch Scholarship

The Jack Welch Scholarship is a full four-year scholarship presented annually to two Salem, Massachusetts, residents or Salem High School students entering the university’s Bertolon School of Business. Read the brochure to learn more (PDF).



Summer Bridge Academy

The Center for Academic Excellence at Salem State University offers a pre-college summer transition program, the Summer Bridge Academy, to aid high school graduates in achieving academic success in college. We believe that all students should master basic academic skills to achieve their educational goals. Some students need to develop these skills before enrolling in college. Salem State University offers pre-college summer transition programs designed to give students the tools and resources they need to be successful in college and in their selected careers.

Those selected for the summer transition program will participate in a six-week summer program. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in college-level credits as well as academic support courses that are designed to supplement and improve their academic skills.

Students who enter the university through our Summer Bridge Academy programs participate in various activities that help to ensure their success outside of the classroom. Through weekly individual appointments, group meetings and a variety of workshops held throughout the summer and academic year, our student development coordinators play an integral role in developing the whole student. Further, the student development team works closely with other offices on campus including, but not limited to, counseling and health services, career services, financial aid, and academic advising.     

The Center for Academic Excellence will be offering information sessions about the Summer Bridge Academy in the spring 2013 semester. Visit here to register. 


ILP students

Intercultural Leadership Program

The Intercultural Leadership Program (ILP) is a freshmen learning community for culturally diverse students who are committed to academic excellence, leadership, mentoring and civic engagement. The ILP is centered on the interdisciplinary themes of global awareness, critical thinking, collaborative learning and community building. Students accepted in the ILP are given the opportunity to become a student mentor and to earn up to 24 credits in Composition I and II, World History I and II, Public Speaking for Social Justice, Freshman Seminar in Leadership, Critical Reasoning and Mentoring.   

ILP students are encouraged to become active participants in their learning and encouraged to explore different ways of learning.

Elizabeth J. Maciejewicz, ILP coordinator and assistant professor, theatre and speech communication department