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First Year Student Orientation

It's time to complete your orientation in Canvas! Once you log in select "Dashboard" to view your 2020 student orientation course. For additional information about Canvas, visit our eLearning page.



Welcome to Salem State! 

At orientation, you will register for classes, learn about campus, and begin your adventure as a new student! Orientation is mandatory for all new students.

Orientation is Moving Online

To prioritize the health and well-being of students and staff, the first part of summer orientation will be moved to an online format. Part 2 of summer orientation (what we affectionately call Viking Plunge) is currently being planned as an in-person experience, although this can change for August 30, 31, and September 1. 

Whether online or in person, your successful transition to becoming a Viking is our priority! Our virtual experience will help you gain the essential tools and resources to achieve your goals, successfully register for fall classes, and begin making new friends and connections. 

Next Steps for Online Orientation

What's next for you as a new Viking? Here's a month-by-month guide to everything coming your way this spring and summer.

Stay Connected

We hope that you have already started connecting with your new community through the Facebook Class of 2024 page

Our professors, staff, and student leaders are looking forward to seeing you online over the next several months. Please make sure to check your Salem State email regularly for updates and information regarding next steps – we are excited to welcome you to the Viking Family! 

First Year Seminar

All first year students take a first year seminar as part of their 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 you register for orientation in Navigator, you 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

Writing Self Placement

All first year students take a W-I writing course as part of the general education curriculum. To determine whether you need to take the Writing Self Placement essay exam before you register for ENL 110 or ENL 109, visit our Writing Self-Placement and W-I Writing Courses section.

Accommodation and Access

For accommodations and access information, visit or email, or contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or TTY 978.542.7146.

For More Information

Questions about orientation may be directed to enrollment management at 978.542.7455 or

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