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Fall Student Information

Fall 2020 Classes

Fall registration is now open for all degree-seeking students and Salem State will offer a combination of in-seat and online classes this fall.

Our priorities since the outset of this pandemic have been safety and continued academic success for our students. We have been working all summer to plan for a fall that upholds this commitment. More information about the care being taken as we partially repopulate campus is available here. We know that this semester will not look the way you had once envisioned, however, the value we offer – talented, expert faculty and committed student supports – will remain intact in our in-seat, remote, and hybrid courses and services.

The list of fall classes and how they will be taught is available in Navigator. For in-seat classes, please pay close attention to the room location information as some classes may be held in an unusual location to improve social distancing efforts. Students in the School of Nursing may not see final changes until later in the summer, as we wait for additional information from our hospital partners. Please watch your Salem State email for additional information from the School of Nursing as it becomes available. 


Please contact your faculty advisor to set up a fall advising appointment either by phone or virtually. If you are unable to meet with your faculty advisor, the Center for Academic Excellence has been given approval to advise day students via email, phone or Zoom.

Find additional information on the Fall 2020 Advising and Registration FAQs page.


Technology Support

Students who need to borrow equipment, like laptops, Chromebooks or wifi hotspots, in order to complete their semester online should contact the ITS Helpdesk for individual support.


Grades and Diplomas

Graduating Seniors 

Students who completed all of their requirements this past spring will receive their diplomas in mid-July. Students completing during the summer term will receive their diplomas in mid-October. It is critical that graduating students keep their address information updated in Navigator to ensure that they receive their diplomas. For questions about graduation-related questions, email    



Financial Aid

Salem State's financial aid office will help you figure out how to pay for your educational expenses. We offer two basic types – gift aid that is given to a student without obligation and self-help that is either loans to be paid back or a work grant to be earned. 



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus (expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). 

Find out about your eligibility, relief amount and morE

Student Emergency Fund

The Salem State University Student Emergency Fund was created through the generous donations of alumni, community members, local businesses, staff, faculty and students. Students can apply for assistance with their student account balance, rent, utilities and other expenses.

Learn more and apply for assistance


Student Forums

Salem State students walking outside

Student Forums

The next student forum will be held on August 4 at 6:30 pm. At this event, you'll hear how we are prioritizing the health and safety of our students and how the university community is here to help you progress on your academic journey. Representatives from academic affairs, student life, residence life, the first-year experience office, counseling and health services, student success programs, diversity and inclusion, financial aid, and admissions will be available to answer your questions. Check your SSU email for your invitation and login instructions.

On May 20, the university held two virtual forums for students and their families. In addition to President Keenan, all members of university leadership were available to answer questions. Recordings of those events are available below:

Returning student forum

New student forum

Viking Statue

Bringing SSU to You!

Fitness classes, virtual programming and more

Counseling and Health

Counseling and health services will continue to provide consultation and case management assistance through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Frequently Asked Questions, COVID-19

Accessing Health Services Online

Counseling Services

PEAR Advocacy

Student Life Case Management

Managing Your Stress and Promoting Well-Being

Virtual Campus Services


Housing and Residence Life

Following physical distancing recommendations, the fall 2020 housing plan is structured so that every student lives in a bedroom without a roommate.  Although we will have fewer bedroom spaces available to assign students, our staff will work endlessly to fill every space until the start of the academic year. 

What’s our approach? Residence life staff will learn more about each student’s circumstances and needs, assign students based on our developed priorities, and maintain a waiting list as we anticipate that there will be fluctuation throughout the summer.

Find a complete timeline and additional details for first-year students here, and for returning students here.


Bookstore Orders and Textbook Returns

Salem State University summer textbook rentals

Summer rental books can be dropped off in the rental drop box outside the bookstore's front entrance, make sure to fill out a form for each book (forms are available on the box) or shipped back to the bookstore at renters expense. You can also follow the instructions on the bookstore website.

When is the rental return date? The rental return date is established so you can use the book for the entire term. To avoid any late fees, we ask that you return all rented books to the bookstore by the return date on your receipt or packing slip.

Getting ready for fall?

Visit the university's bookstore where you'll find everything you need for your fall classes!


Staying Connected

While we're unable to physically gather, it's crucial that you stay connected with Salem State.

Looking for Something Else?

The majority of Salem State personnel are currently working remotely. Please refer to the Salem State directory to find email contacts for the office you need. 

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