Salem State University

977 reviews
  1. Salem, MA
  2. 4 Year
C
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B-
Salem State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Address
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970

Salem State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Range
888-1080
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,848/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,612/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,126/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,033/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,182/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,495/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
64%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,905Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    70%
  • Different
    14%
  • Lower to middle income students
    9%
  • Interseting
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.76 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    43%
  • Construction
    31%
  • Vikings
    14%
  • Open-minded
    10%
  • Tedious
    2%

After Salem State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

Reviews

977 reviews
  • Excellent
    80
  • Very Good
    294
  • Average
    470
  • Poor
    87
  • Terrible
    46
My overall experience at Salem State University has been great. This school has allowed me and helped me open so many doors for myself and my future. As a Business major, being a student and having the opportunity to work for the business-side of the school as well as attend the school as an undergraduate is amazing to me. I get to learn important skills for my future inside and outside the classroom. What makes my school unique I believe is the diversity and opportunities my school provides for people of all races, genders, and religions. If I had to do it all over I would choose Salem State University again in a heartbeat!
  • College Junior
  • 4 months ago
I came to school wanting to major in world languages, but I am unimpressed with the department. The professors are kind and nice, but the fellow students can be difficult to deal with and sometimes pull the class behind. This depends on your class though! I have had both good and bad classes in my major. Still, there are limited opportunities for a world language major on campus. Opportunities have to be unearthed. However, the English department here (specifically for creative writing) are fantastic! The professors are fun and they care about you. Still, I came to school for world languages, not English.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 7 2014
Lafayette St, West St, Leach St, Access to Downtown Worth It Assistance Available – Most of the apartments off Lafayette, the main street perpendicular to north campus at SSC (SSU), require you to live under certain conditions that may seem rustic to some but if you can handle close quarters, upwards of five roommates and no parking, off-campus living is for you!
Landlords typically keep to themselves and allow for some rabble-making which is a pro for this college town. However, in my book the parties are a con as well. Parties can be loud and hard to ignore, especially when you need to sleep or study.
There are bulletin boards marking the levels of each floor along the staircases. There are always flyers and posters advertising room for another person willing to pay $500 for independence (and poverty!) with contact info. There is also craigslist and studentlife to assist in finding a good match. In other words, if you're looking you will find a place to live.
Other cons include high traffic, little to no parking, and awful plowing jobs in the winter.
  • College Junior
  • July 30 2011