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New Student Orientation



Welcome to Salem State! All new day first year students must attend an orientation session before starting classes.

2019 Orientation Dates and Registration

Orientation sessions are available on the following dates:

June 10-11, 12-13, 17-18, 20-21

Summer orientation registration will open on March 4. Log in to your Navigator account to register. Are you a transfer student? Learn more about Transfer Orientation! 

Important to do: before attending this session, 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. To log in to Navigator for the first time: go to Navigator and follow the “What’s My User ID?” and “What’s My Password?” links to retrieve your login information.

 If you need assistance, contact the ITS helpdesk at 978.542.2036, option 3.

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. Students should choose a first year seminar by June 2. If you have questions, contact the first year experience office at 978.542.2618 or email

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.

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! 

Special Services

To request special accommodations, please 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 at

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