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To apply to Salem State University, please submit a complete application, the non-refundable $50 application fee, official transcript(s), current courses or resume and your high school transcript (if applicable).

The following admissions standards have been developed with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to ensure that the university remains an institution of high academic quality.

  • 12-23 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or,
  • Up to 23 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and meets minimum freshman applicant requirements or,
  • 24 or more college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0

These above requirements are the minimum admissions standards required for direct entrance to the university. Salem State has set suggested higher standards for admission in some majors. Admissions standards and requirements are reviewed continuously and we reserve the right to change standards.

Program-specific requirements

  • Nursing (Full-Time BSN)

    • High school or secondary school transcript documenting graduation or equivalency test (GED)
    • College GPA of 3.3 or greater
    • 30 credits of college-level work completed, with a C grade or greater in science courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Chemistry, and Statistics are recommended but not required for acceptance into the program)
    • TEAS test is required with a minimum passing score on each of the four categories: Reading=69%, English=70%, Math=73%, and Science=60.4% or higher. Review specific information pertaining to the TEAS test requirement.
    • Complete Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Requirements for Health Science Students (upon enrollment)
  • LPN/RN to BSN (evening only)

    • Valid United States LPN license
    • High school or secondary school transcript documenting graduation or equivalency test (GED)
    • Official transcript from the accredited LPN program attended with a GPA of 3.3 or greater, and official transcript(s) from all other colleges attended with a GPA of 3.3 or greater
    • TEAS test is required with a minimum passing score on each of the four categories: Reading=69%, English=70%, Math=73%, and Science=60.4% or higher. Review specific information pertaining to the TEAS test requirement.
    • Current resume
    • Complete Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Requirements for Health Science Students (upon enrollment)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program

    • Completed bachelor's degree with a suggested GPA of 3.5 or greater
    • Applicants must have all prerequisites completed by the beginning of Summer Session I. However, an applicant may be enrolled in up to two prerequisite courses at the time of the application deadline. Completed transcripts must be submitted prior to the start of the program in May.
    • All science prerequisite courses completed within the last seven years. Most online science courses, including biology, do not transfer.
    • Complete Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Requirements for Health Science Students (upon enrollment)

    Graduates of a non-U.S. college or university are eligible to apply if the following two conditions are met:

    1. Submit a complete, official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor’s degree. All transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must have an approved agency's evaluation of courses, grades, academic degrees, and grade point averages. Four approved agencies include the Center for Educational DocumentationWorld Education Services, Inc.North American Educational Group, or Educational Credential Evaluators
    2. Completion of the MASS Transfer Block at a Massachusetts Community College with the official stamped transcript on or before the start of Summer Session I (May 1) of the year in which you are enrolling (suggested GPA 3.5 or greater). 
      1. ​​​​​​Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of B- or higher: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs), Microbiology (with lab), Chemistry (with lab), Statistics, and Developmental Psychology (childhood through adulthood). 

    Learn more about this program on the School of Nursing web page.

     

  • Occupational Therapy (Evening Only)

    Applicants must submit a copy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) license, official transcript of the COTA program completed, official transcripts of all other colleges attended and a resume.

     

  • Fire Science (Evening Only)

    Applicants must submit an official transcript of a completed Fire Science Associate degree and all other official college transcripts.

  • Social Work

    Please note: Salem State University's School of Social Work does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

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