Facts and Figures


Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey

The University

Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston and one mile from downtown Salem, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Salem State is governed by an 11-person board of trustees. Nine trustees are appointed by the governor for five-year terms, renewable once; one alumni trustee is elected by the alumni association for a five-year term, renewable once; and a student trustee is elected by the student body for one year. 

First-Year Students Fall 2016

Applicants: 6,139
Accepted: 4,517
Enrolled: 1,145
Men: 397
Women: 748
Total Freshman Class: 1,145
Students of Color 34.8%


Applicants: 1,543
Accepted: 1,268
Enrolled: 752
Men: 309
Women: 443
Total Transfer Class: 752
Students of Color: 37.6%

Total First-Year Students: 1,897
Student of Color: 35.9%


Full-time and Part-Time, Fall 2016
Undergraduate: 7,346
Graduate: 1,655
Total Enrollment: 9,001
Students hail from 28 states and 63 countries (students enrolled in credit courses)

Degrees Awarded

(Academic Year 2015-2016)
Bachelor's: 1,670
Post-Bachelors Certificates: 28
Master's: 495
Post-Master's Certificates: 22
Total Degrees Awarded: 2,215


  • As of fall 2015, 91 percent of Salem State’s 352 full-time faculty members held terminal degrees: 294 (84%) held doctorates and 24 (7%) creative and performing arts faculty held MFAs, while 32 (9%) held master's degrees or the equivalent and, of these, six are currently enrolled in doctoral programs. 
  • Among full-time faculty members in 2015, 80 percent identified as white, non-Hispanic (compared to 90% in 2010) and 56 percent were female (compared to 53% in 2010).
  • Of Salem State’s part-time faculty, in 2015, 95 percent continued to identify as white, non-Hispanic, while the number of females increased to 61 percent (compared to 59% in 2010). 
  • Since 2011, Salem State has had six Fulbright Scholars and three Fulbright Specialists. 


Living alumni: 60,768 (as of January 2017)
Massachusetts residents: 48,449
Essex county residents: 25,315
Other U.S. residents: 11,946
International: 345

Campus Life

Located just 15 miles north of Boston in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State has:
  • Five campuses on 115 acres
  • Six residence halls housing more than 2,500 students
  • The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons is the center for educational exploration, historical preservation and student academic support.
  • The Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides educational, social and recreational experiences for the Salem State community.
  • The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is home to Salem State’s nationally award-winning theatre program and other artistic endeavors
  • Student Navigation Center is a one-stop shop for student "business" services such as student accounts, financial aid, admissions, registrar, transfer services, and the ClipperCard
  • 65+ student groups and clubs


Salem State offers its students a chance to compete in intramural athletic clubs and in a variety of competitive intercollegiate conferences.
Salem State fields men's and women's teams in 15 sports; plus 10 intramural/club teams
Athletic teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III, the Little East Conference (LEC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) Division III, and the New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC).

Intercollegiate Sports:
  • Baseball (m)
  • Basketball (m/w)
  • Field Hockey (w)
  • Golf (m)
  • Ice Hockey (m/w)
  • Lacrosse (m/w)
  • Soccer (m/w)
  • Softball (w)
  • Tennis (m/w)
  • Volleyball (w)

Current FY16 Tuition and Fee Information