Facts and Figures

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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 2014

Applicants 5,198
Accepted 3,668
Enrolled 1,148
Men 442
Women 706
Total Freshman Class 1,148
Self-Identified Students of Color 27%

Applicants 1,472
Accepted 1,267
Enrolled 740
Men 315
Women 425
Total Transfer Class 740
 Self-Identified Students of Color 29%

Total First-Year Students 1,888
Self-Identified Students of Color 28%


(Full Time and Part Time, Fall 2014)
Undergraduate 7,600
Graduate 1,667
Total Enrollment 9,267
Students hail from 27 states and 51 countries

Degrees Awarded

(Academic Year 2013-2014)
Bachelor’s 1,483
Post-Bachelor’s certificates 15
Master’s 506
Post-Master’s certificates 22
Total Degrees Awarded 2,026


Massachusetts residents 46,112
Other U.S. residents 11,285
International 340

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 (Viking Hall, a four-story, 350-bed residence for sophomore and junior students, is under construction and will open in August 2015).
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Lacrosse (m/w)
  • Soccer (m/w)
  • Softball (w)
  • Tennis (m/w)
  • Volleyball (w)
  • Club Ice Hockey (w)