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Salem State University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Salem State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Salem State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Salem State University was awarded 188 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is history education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Salem State is ranked #808 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Salem State also holds the #43 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Salem State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Salem State?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 87%, some consider Salem State to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Learn more about Salem State University admissions.

Salem State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Salem State University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Salem State University is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Salem State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Salem State University has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Salem State this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Salem State University.

Salem State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,716 undergraduates at Salem State with 4,444 being full-time and 1,272 being part-time.

How Much Does Salem State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Salem State is $18,399. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Salem State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,593 $16,416 $18,547 $20,502 $23,619

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Salem State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Salem State, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $7,746 a year. That adds up to $30,984 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Salem State is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Salem State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Salem State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $43,500 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Salem State University make the most money.

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Location of Salem State University

Salem State University is a public institution located in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Salem State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-542-6000

Salem State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Salem State University. Of these students, 1,613 received undergraduate degrees and 532 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 162 $67,324
General Psychology 142 $34,866
Criminal Justice & Corrections 110 $40,697
Teacher Education Grade Specific 83 NA
Business Administration & Management 83 $44,499
Accounting 79 NA
General Biology 73 $37,517
Social Work 63 $39,729
Health & Physical Education 55 $34,526
Marketing 54 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Salem State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Salem State

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 7,123 students took at least one online class at Salem State University. This is an increase from the 2,479 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,123 4,903
2018-2019 2,479 271
2017-2018 2,229 305
2016-2017 2,502 273
2015-2016 2,029 237

Learn more about online learning at Salem State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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