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First-Year International Applicants

A first-year student is someone who has never been enrolled in any college or university, international or domestic.

The information you need to apply

An official high school/secondary school record, leaving certificate and/or graduation examination results or their notarized copies which must be in English or professionally translated. The translation must include a list of courses completed and the grades received. Admissions officers may use the appropriate means to determine whether the transcript of an international student who graduated from a high school outside of the U.S. is comparable to the required transcript.

 

Transcripts can be sent to:
Salem State University
Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 315
Randolph, MA 02368
USA

To succeed academically at Salem State, students must have strong English speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. English proficiency for study at the undergraduate level must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Obtaining a minimum required score on an approved English Proficiency examination:
 

English Proficiency Examination

Minimum Required Score

Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT)

71

Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test

54

TOEFL ITP (see test dates at SSU)

530

IELTS

6.0

PTE Academic

49

Duolingo English Test

68

Eiken

Pre-1

OR

2. Successfully completing an approved intensive English language program:
 

Intensive English Language Program

Minimum Required Level  

Salem State University

Successful completion of core level 5 or higher
(Academic Reading and Writing and Oral Communication) with a minimum score of 49 on Pearson Progress Test (GSE 35-50); Letter of recommendation from IELP director required.

 

NOTE: The admissions office reserves the right to request students to submit additional proof of English proficiency, even if they meet the above-listed requirements. Sub-scores for different sections within the examination are also considered in determining whether a student has a strong enough command of the English language in order to succeed at Salem State University.

 

Exemptions from Providing Proof of English Proficiency

(Approved Options)

  1. Students who receive a score of 470 or higher on the SAT Evidence-based Reading/Writing section
  2. Students who have successfully completed a first-year English composition course equivalent to Salem State's ENL 110 with a grade of B or higher at an accredited college in the U.S. as shown on a transcript. Students who graduate with an IB diploma are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.
  3. If the student has attended school in a country where the primary language is English. List of countries found in the catalog.
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