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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 65 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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Salem
Population | 43,132
Enrollment | 8,702
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/05-12/11
Spring | 01/10-05/01

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 4%
Black | 9%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 13%
Two or more | 2%
White | 70%
Other | 2%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Criminal Justice Fire Science Occupational Therapy Nursing

Art: some courses may be restricted Biology: 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

  • Accounting
  • Ancient Studies
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Child Care
  • Chinese
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Italian
  • Journalism
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Management
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Management
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Toxicology


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 02/28/20

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $5642.00.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002188

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission 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
Textbook Fee $40 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $275 Semester 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/Year Program Fee Biology $500/Year Program Fee Chemistry $500/Year Program Fee Communications $250/Year Program Fee Computer Science $500/Year Program Fee Dance $250/Year Program Fee Education $250/Year Program Fee Geography (Cartography) $500/Year Program Fee Geology $500/Year Program Fee Music $250/Year Program Fee Social Work $250/Year Program Fee Theatre (BA & BFA) $250/Year Program Fee Nursing $1000/Year

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 02/28/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 30% living on campus
  • Double: $5527.5000
  • 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
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1000
  • 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

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $399 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Minimum requirements for resident students is the declining balance plan. Additional meal plans are optional.


Figures per Semester are current as of 02/28/20

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2985 Year Home & Host Optional


  • Health records due by: 7/01/2020
  • Physical
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: varicella if from endemic country

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