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Welcome to Salem State!

We can't wait for you to start your Viking journey.

A student walks in front of the Sullivan building under fall foliage

This page is meant to guide you from the end of orientation to the start of the new semester. There's a lot to remember as you start your college journey, and we're here to support you! 

Have you made it official?

This page is for new students who have made their deposit and completed orientation. If you just received your acceptance letter, congratulations! Make sure you complete the steps outlined on the accepted students page to officially becoming a Salem State Viking.

Dates and Deadlines

Enroll/Waive Your Health Insurance

All students taking at least 75% of a full-time course load must have health insurance. You need to enroll in the school-sponsored insurance plan (or waive out if you're already covered) between the date your bill is posted and September 29.

Settle Your Bill

Fall bills will post to your Navigator account in July and are due by August 14. Here's how to set up a payment plan and how to apply financial aid to your bill. Questions? Contact the Student Navigation Center.

Immunization Forms

Your immunization forms need to be submitted and approved via the health portal prior to moving in and/or attending class.

Opening of School Dates

First Year Day of Service: August 29-30
First Year Resident Student Move-in: August 31 
Viking Plunge: August 31-September 9
Academic Convocation: September 3
First day of classes: September 4
Student Employment Fair: September 5
Student Involvement Fair: September 9

Getting Ready for the Semester

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