Transfer Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in Salem State University.

Salem State follows a rolling admissions process, and we continue to accept applications until the academic program is filled. 


To apply to Salem State, you are required to submit a completed application for admission and the required fee ($40 for all applicants). 

Admissions Application Documentation Materials

Applicants are to submit all official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores to Salem State University, Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 315, Randolph, MA 02368.

The following deadlines are strongly encouraged; however, Salem State follows a rolling admissions process.

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Transfer May 1 
Rolling until program is full.
August 1
Rolling until program is full.
December 1
Rolling until program is full.
Nursing (Day)
February 1 (firm) November 1 (firm)
Transfer LPN to BSN and RN to BSN (Evening) May 1 
Rolling until program is full.
August 1 
Rolling until program is full.
December 1
Rolling until program is full.


Applications Requirements

  • Completed application and $40 application fee
  • All official college transcript(s) from each college attended
  • List of courses in which the student is currently enrolled
  • Resume or work history is required if no courses have been taken within the last year
  • Official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores are required if the applicant has less than 12 college credits, a GPA of less than 2.5 and has been out of high school for three years or less.

Permanent Residents

Applicants must submit a copy of the front and back of their resident alien card. Applicants who did not attend an English speaking high school or complete English courses, may be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores for the TOEFL: 500 (written), 173 (computerized) and 61 (Internet-based); minimum score for the IELTS: 5.5.

Fire Science (Online Only)

Applicants must submit an official transcript of a completed fire science associate’s degree and all other official college transcripts.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (Evening Only)

Applicants must submit a copy of the LPN or RN license, official transcript of the LPN or RN program completed, official transcripts of all other colleges attended, a resume.

Occupational Therapy (Evening Only)

Applicants must submit a copy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) license, official transcript of the COTA program completed, official transcripts of all other colleges attended and a resume.

Art Applicants

A portfolio submitted for admission to the Art major at Salem State must include 10-15 pieces of original art and design work that use a variety of media and demonstrate a range of skills. Written descriptions for each portfolio piece should include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and short explanation of the purpose of the project. Portfolios should be submitted online at Applications will not be considered complete until all required credentials are submitted; please adhere to all admissions deadlines. 

Music Applicants

Applicants are required to audition. The music department will be hosting auditions on Saturday, August 22. Contact the music department at 978.542.6296 to schedule an audition. Additional dates will be posted soon.

Theatre Applicants:

BA or BFA (Audition/Portfolio Review Required for the BFA)

There are two tracks in the theatre major that students can apply:

1. Bachelor of Arts, BA (does not require an audition/portfolio);

2. Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA (audition or portfolio as part of the application review). 

Prospective performance students can audition for the BFA program. Please contact Ashley Preston in the theatre department at 978.542.6290 or to schedule an appointment or if you have further questions. 


Student should prepare two contrasting monologues. The audition should be no more than two minutes in length. Students should also bring a current resume and headshot to their audition.

Prospective design/stage management/technical students can submit a digital portfolio to the theatre department for review by November 16. All digital portfolios should be sent as a PDF or PowerPoint presentation to

Please note: as the performance BFA applicants need to attend one of the auditions, the design/stage management/technical applicants will submit their portfolio and schedule an interview.


Suggestions on items that you could include in your portfolio:

  • photos of design or technical work
  • drafting or drawings of their designs
  • light plots and/or suggestions of cues 
  • concept/point of view and/or research
  • renderings/sketches of costume designs
  • prompt book for stage managers
  • sound plots or list of sound cues for a production

Readmit Applicants

Students who previously applied, were admitted and attended Salem State University as a degree seeking student, regardless of attending another institution subsequently, is considered a readmit. Please visit the academic advising office’s website for further information.

A student who has previously applied and been accepted to Salem State University, who did not choose to enroll, and would like to apply again should apply through the admissions office.