Welcome to Salem State!
At orientation, you will register for classes, meet new classmates, become familiar with campus, and begin your adventure as a new student! Orientation is mandatory for all new students and includes an overnight stay in a residence hall.
First year student orientation sessions will be held on the following date:
Thursday, August 29
1 day program
Are you a transfer student? Learn more about Transfer Orientation!
First Year Seminar
All first year students will take a first year seminar as part of their spring academic course load. This three-credit required seminar offers students an opportunity to study an interesting and engaging topic with one of Salem State University’s outstanding faculty members. Once students register for an orientation session in Navigator, they will be directed to the first year seminar selection process. If you have questions, contact the first year experience office at 978.542.2618 or email email@example.com.
Writing Self Placement
All first year students are required to take a W-I writing course as part of the general education curriculum. To determine which writing class you will register for at orientation, you are required to take a Writing Self Placement test. Learn more about Writing Self Placement.
What to Bring
- A state or government issued photo ID to get your ClipperCard, the Salem State student ID
For your overnight orientation session please bring a pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag, bath linens, pajamas, change of clothes, toiletries, etc. Dress comfortably as your orientation experience will provide you the opportunity to engage in activities, connect with others, and explore U at SSU.
Important to do: Before attending orientation, please verify that you can access your Navigator account. Navigator is your personal Salem State homepage and allows access to many of the web-based resources. If you need assistance, contact the ITS help desk at 978.542.2036, option 3.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available on Central Campus next to building 29 on the map in the Commuter Spaces marked with a ‘C’. Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business is building 15 on the map. Parking will also be available on Central Campus in the parking lot adjacent to Atlantic Hall, building 21 on the map, in the Atlantic student spaces marked with signs that read ‘A’.
Find parking and directions. If using GPS, enter 71 Loring Avenue in Salem.
Need a ride to campus? Learn more about your alternative transportation options!