Salem State University's Fresh Start Program gives a second chance to students who left the university after struggling academically. We recognize that with a certain time away, students may gain developmental awareness that helps them do better academically.
Former students can only apply after a minimum of two academic years away from the university. If you are unsure of your eligibility for Fresh Start, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a member of our Academic Advising team to discuss your options. All application materials must be completed and mailed to the Academic Advising office for full consideration; please note that Fresh Start applicants must also submit a readmit application. Approval for the Fresh start program is not guaranteed, as all applicants are reviewed by a committee of Salem State University staff/administrators regarding their candidacy.
Fresh Start applications received after Friday, August 9, 2019, cannot be guaranteed equal consideration for readmission for the fall 2019 semester and may be deferred to Spring 2020. If your application is deferred you will be notified via official letter, which will be mailed to the address provided on your application.
We highly recommend applicants to meet with an academic advisor prior to applying for Fresh Start. If you need to schedule an appointment, please contact the advising office at 978.542.5500.