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Salem State University is a test-optional institution. We focus our admission decisions on a student’s academic work and grade point average (GPA), which research has shown are better predictors of academic success.

Students who wish to submit their test scores (SAT/ACT) are encouraged to do so in addition to their required admissions materials (application and transcript). Salem State's school code is 3522

We generally advise students with a 2.5 GPA or lower to voluntarily submit additional application supporting materials, including:

  • Test scores (SAT/ACT) directly from their testing agency
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher, high school guidance counselor, coach, employer, or mentor
  • Essay

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At Salem State, we're committed to your success — and it starts right at the application process. Have questions about the application, admissions requirements or Salem State in general? Our admissions team is always happy to help!


331 Lafayette St.
Second Floor
Salem, MA 01970
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352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970

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