Salem State University.

Salem State University

Salem, MA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Salem State University

Salem State University is a public university in Salem, Massachusetts. It was established in 1854 as Salem Normal School. As of 2013, Salem State enrolled 7,664 undergraduate and 1,637 graduate, full- and part-time students, from 27 states and 57 foreign countries. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the arts and sciences, Master of Business Administration, and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. In addition, the university also offers continuing education courses for credit and non-credit.


  • Offers bachelor's, and master's degrees
  • 6,776 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Salem State University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, and Journalism.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

5,066 students out of 6,185 applicants were accepted into Salem State University. They had an average SAT score of 1066. 79% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 3% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Salem State University was $16,706, while for in-state students it was $10,278. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $27,219.

The average financial aid at Salem State University is $5,433. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $11,273 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Salem State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

54% of undergraduate students at Salem State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Salem State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Salem State University was of $13,000 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200.

Diversity at Salem State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017