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Salem State University

Salem, MA

About This Campus

Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State provides a diverse community of learners a high quality, student-centered education which prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. With over 50 groups and clubs, 17 varsity teams, a strong intramural sports program, an award-winning theater program, and hundreds of student activities scheduled throughout the year, our campus is alive and infused with an energy! Salem State has five campuses, with five residence halls and with a new hall in construction. Recently, SSU opened a new state of the art Library and Learning Commons and the Fitness and Recreation Center. We are proud of our institution and welcome NSE students!

Location Information

Salem State is located on Massachusetts' scenic North Shore and easily accessible by automobile, bus or commuter rail, the city of Salem annually draws visitors from every corner of the globe to enjoy one of Massachusetts' highest concentrations of historic sites, museums, cultural activities, and fine dining.

Payment Plan

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Salem
Population | 43,132
Enrollment | 9,001
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/06-12/12
Spring | 01/16-05/03

Campus Diversity

White | 70%
Black | 9%
Hispanic/Latino | 13%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 2%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Criminal Justice Fire Science Occupational Therapy Nursing

Art: some courses may be restricted Education: some courses may be restricted Social Work: some courses may be restricted Psychology: some courses may be restricted PSY courses restricted: PSY 203, PSY 204, PSY 540, PSY 541, PSY 542, PSY 543, PSY 544, PSY 545, PSY 546 and PSY 547

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Studio Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biotechnology, Human Biology

Business: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Journalism, Mass Communication, Media News

Computer Science: System Administration

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

English: Creative Writing, English, Professional Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Geology

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), French, Italian, Spanish

General Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Cartography, Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism and Travel

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Design/Technical, Performance, Technical Theater

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Psychology

Recreation: Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.50 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Require students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 08/31/17.
  • Estimated cost: $5138.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/31/17.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $175 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $40 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance $2755 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $400 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Textbook Fee $40 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Online courses $50 per credit fee ID replacement $25 fee All NSE participants must provide proof of acceptable health insurance or opt into SSU health insurance Program Fee Art $250 Program Fee Biology $500 Program Fee Chemistry $500 Program Fee Communications $250 Program Fee Computer Science $500 Program Fee Dance $250 Program Fee Education $250 Program Fee Geography (Cartography) $500 Program Fee Geology $500 Program Fee Music $250 Program Fee Social Work $250 Program Fee Theatre (BA & BFA) $250 Program Fee Nursing $1000 Program Fee Social Work $250

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002188

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/31/17

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 30% living on campus
  • Double: $4900.00
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 20
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $1800
  • Proximity to campus: 2
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is highly limited (35 spots) in total. Attention should be paid to housing deadlines.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $390 declining balance plan.
  • $1700 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $1845 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1930 per semester for 19 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Minimum requirements for resident students is the declining balance plan. Additional meal plans are optional.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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