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Transfer 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.


Transfer Orientation

Welcome to Salem State! We hope that you’ll find a home here where you can succeed and graduate!

As a new transfer student, we recognize that you’re not a first-year student any longer and as such we’ve designed a different program to welcome you to campus: The Next Step. You may already be college savvy, but this program will help you become Salem State savvy too, focusing on the most essential tasks to get you started.

Salem State University Orientation is going online!

To prioritize the health and well-being of students and staff, the first part of summer orientation (June/Early August sessions) will be moved to an online format. Specific details about orientation and the timeline will be sent to you in the coming weeks. 

Your successful transition to becoming a Viking is our priority!  We are confident that 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. 

We hope that you have already started connecting with your new community through the Facebook Transfer Connections page. Any students who need accommodations to access the on-line format should contact   

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

Transfer students entering with fewer than 15 credits will 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.

Transfer students will select their first-year seminar session at their orientation session. Details regarding the various seminar options will be sent to students along with information on how to register for a particular seminar. If you have questions, contact the first-year experience office at 978.542.2618 or

Accommodations 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

If you have any questions about orientation, please contact enrollment management at 978.542.7455 or

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