Information for New Students

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Welcome to Salem State!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Salem State University! We are glad that you have chosen to be part of our community. The information that you will need to successfully transition to Salem State University is listed below.

Navigator - If you have not yet logged into your student account you should do so right away. Navigator is your personal Salem State homepage and allows you access to many of the Web-based resources. To log into Navigator for the first time: go to navigator.salemstate.edu and follow the “What’s My User ID?” and “What’s My Password?” links to retrieve your login information.

Submit your non-refundable enrollment ($225) and housing deposit ($225; if you are living on campus) online at navigator.salemstate.edu. By depositing now you can secure your seat in class and save a spot for you in our residential halls. All day and transfer students must deposit in order to register for orientation. Students can submit their deposits logging into their Navigator account or sending in the yellow envelope that came with your acceptance packet.

Join us for accepted students day on Sunday, April 12 or Saturday, April 25. Meet current students, learn more about your major from faculty, take a tour of campus, and learn about the many opportunities from offices across campus. Register through your Navigator* account at navigator.salemstate.edu. An enrollment deposit is not required to attend. 

Orientation - All first-year and transfer students are required to attend an orientation program. Orientation is your chance to learn about the university, ask questions, register for classes, get to know your fellow classmates, and begin your adventure as a new student! Registration for orientation begins on March 2, 2015, via Navigator. For more information, visit salemstate.edu/orientation

Financial Aid - If you are planning to apply for financial aid for the fall semester, you will need to submit the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); priority deadline is March 1. Apply online at fafsa.ed.gov; Salem State University’s code is 002188. If you are transferring from another institution, please add the school code for Salem State University to your FAFSA.

Tuition bills are available to view at the beginning of July via Navigator. Sign-up an authorized user (parent/custodian), enroll in direct deposit and make payments online at navigator.salemstate.edu.

Housing - If you have paid your housing deposit on time, you will be sent a housing contract in early June. A residence life license agreement will be included and must be completed and returned to residence life by the date specified in the letter. Housing is guaranteed for three consecutive years as long as you continuously live on campus and pay future housing deposits by the specified deadlines.

Connect with your classmates! Join the Class of 2019 group page.


Important! Accepted Students Health Information and Insurance

All accepted students must submit immunization and health information, and waive or accept health insurance, before the semester starts.

New Students Health Information Requirements

Health Insurance Requirement 


More resources at your fingertips

Information for new students (PDF)

Live on campus / residence life information (PDF)

Student Accounts (PDF)

New student orientation (summer 2015) (PDF)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Commonwealth Honors Program 

Transfer Credits Equivalencies 

Family and Friends Weekend

For student laptop information, visit Information Technology Services

Instructions on submitting payments (PDF)

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the admissions office should you have any questions: 978.542.6200 or admissions@salemstate.edu.