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First Year Student Orientation



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.

First Year Orientation Dates

June 9, June 11, June 15, June 16, June 19 (Option to arrive June 18 and stay overnight), August 4, August 26

Orientation for students arriving in the fall of 2020 will open on February 28. Once you've paid your enrollment deposit, you should be able to register for orientation within 48 hours. Contact Enrollment Management at 978.542.7455 or with any questions.

Overnight Option: June 18-19

Traveling from a distance? Looking to get a taste of the on-campus experience? Students attending orientation on June 19 have the option to arrive on June 18 and stay overnight on campus. If you are staying overnight, please bring a pillow, bed sheets or sleeping bag, bath linens, pajamas, change of clothes and toiletries.

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 an orientation session 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 which writing class you will register for at orientation, you will 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
  • Dress comfortably as your orientation experience will provide you the opportunity to engage in activities, connect with others, and explore life 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! 

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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