Skip to main content

Facts and Figures

Fact Highlights

  • 44.1

    First-Year Fall 2023 Students of Color
  • 6,239

    Total Student Enrollment (Fall 2023)
  • 1,715

    Number of degrees awarded during 2022-23

Recent Facts

Please note this information is updated annually for the previous year as of October 15. The next update will be available in February 2025.

First-Year Students, Fall 2023


  • Applicants: 4,852
  • Accepted: 4,637
  • Enrolled: 810
  • Men: 313
  • Women: 497
  • Students of Color: 44.1%


  • Applicants: 678
  • Accepted: 595
  • Enrolled: 349
  • Men: 143
  • Women: 206
  • Students of Color: 36.2%

Total First-Year

  • Total First-Year Students: 1,159
  • Students of Color: 41.1%

Full-time and Part-Time, Fall 2023

Undergraduate: 4,853

Graduate: 1,396

Total Enrollment: 6,239

Students* hail from 40 states (includes Puerto Rico; excludes Massachusetts) and 47 countries (excluding USA)
(*students enrolled in credit courses)

(Academic Year 2022-23)

Bachelor's: 1,140

Post-Bachelors Certificates: 21

Master's: 494

Post-Master's Certificates: 60

Total Degrees Awarded: 1,715

  • As of fall 2020, 89 percent of Salem State’s 302 full-time faculty members held terminal degrees: 245 (81 percent) held doctorates and 23 (​8 percent) held MFAs, or a similar terminal degree. Thirty faculty (10 percent) held Master's degrees.
  • Among full-time faculty in 2019, 73 percent identified as white, non-Hispanic and ​54 percent were female.
  • In the past two decades, Salem State has had 20 Fulbright Scholars and four Fulbright Specialists; three of our students have also received this distinction.
  • Living alumni: 69,802
  • Massachusetts residents: 55,184
  • Essex county residents: 28,607
  • Other U.S. residents: 14,172
  • International: 428

Located just 15 miles north of Boston in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State has:

  • Five campuses on 115 acres
  • Six residence halls housing more than 2,500 students
  • The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons is the center for educational exploration, historical preservation and student academic support.
  • The Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides educational, social and recreational experiences for the Salem State community.
  • The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is home to Salem State’s nationally award-winning theatre program and other artistic endeavors
  • Student Navigation Center is a one-stop shop for student "business" services such as student accounts, financial aid, admissions, registrar, transfer services, and the ClipperCard
  • 65+ student groups and clubs

Salem State offers its students a chance to compete in intramural athletic clubs and in a variety of competitive intercollegiate conferences.

Salem State fields men's and women's teams in 15 sports; plus 10 intramural/club teams

Athletic teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III, the Little East Conference (LEC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) Division III, and the New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC).


Intercollegiate Sports:

  • Baseball (m)
  • Basketball (m/w)
  • Field Hockey (w)
  • Golf (m)
  • Ice Hockey (m/w)
  • Lacrosse (m/w)
  • Soccer (m/w)
  • Softball (w)
  • Tennis (m/w)
  • Volleyball (w)

For more than 160 years, Salem State University has been a vital part of the economic, intellectual and cultural vibrancy of Salem, the North Shore and all of Massachusetts. This economic impact study aims to quantify the significance of the activities of the university and the many contributions of Salem State’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Executive Summary

  • During fiscal year (FY) 2014 Salem State University generated an economic impact of over $827 million in Massachusetts.
  • The economic impact on the City of Salem was more than $100 million.
  • The regional impact on Essex County reached over $443 million.
  • Read the executive summary of the 2014 economic impact report. [PDF]

Complete Report
The full 2014 economic impact report is available for download. [PDF]

For more information, please contact the external affairs office at 978.542.7757.

Back to top