Application Requirements

Applications for fall 2015 are still being accepted (nursing is closed). 

Salem State follows a rolling admissions process; the dates below are suggested deadlines.


Thank you for your interest in Salem State University. If you are applying to the university, 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 (Evening Only)  Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Freshman (Rolling until program is full) May 1  (Rolling until program is full) March 1  (Rolling until program is full) December 1 
Nursing (Day)   February 1

Early action (fall 2015 only)   (Rolling until program is full) November 15
Three year program (fall 2015 only)   March 1 (firm)

High School Seniors:

The student must submit a completed online admissions application and the required fee ($40 for all applicants), official high school transcript(s) through the first marking period of the senior year and again after the senior year is complete, SAT and/or ACT scores, and official transcript(s) of any college work (if applicable).

Early Action (freshman fall only):

Applicants must take the SAT or ACT before the November test dates and submit an application by November 15. A completed application includes official test scores, official high school transcripts and grades through the junior year. Senior grades must be sent after the first quarter grades are released and again after the senior year is complete.

Three Year Program (freshman fall only):

Applicants must have a strong academic record as demonstrated by high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, applicants must submit a personal statement of no more than two pages addressing their reason for applying and commitment to completing the three year bachelor degree program. Majors include: business, criminal justice, economics, history, mathematics,political science, and Spanish (for native speakers or others with advanced standing).

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.

Learning Disability:

Applicants must submit a psycho-educational evaluation and diagnostic test results (usually an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504) which was completed within the last three years that provides a specific diagnosis of the learning disability to be exempt from SAT/ACT. If exempted from the SAT/ACT requirement, students should meet the 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) admission standards and have all required courses completed.

Foreign Language Waiver:

Applicants must submit a psycho-educational (Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504) evaluation which was completed within the past three years that provides a specific diagnosis of a learning disability and includes language that states the student’s inability to succeed in a foreign language because of a language based disability.

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. Applications will not be considered complete until all required credentials are submitted. 

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). 

If you do not initially apply to the BFA you will have the opportunity to apply during the fall semester of your freshman year. Prospective performance students can audition for the BFA program. Auditions and portfolio reviews for Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants will be offered on:

  • January 25, 2015, 11:30 am
  • March 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
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 16th.  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

Freshman Adult Learners:

General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients, evening school graduates and students whose high school graduation class has been out for three or more years are required to submit proof of high school graduation (final high school transcript or copy of high school diploma) or GED score report or its equivalent. In addition, an up-to-date work history and/or resume must be submitted.

Summer Applicants (Evening Only):

Applicants must have high school diploma by May 1 of the semester preceding the summer semester entry or earlier. If you wish to be considered a day student in the fall you must request a change of status through the academic advising office.