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Colleges / Salem State University

Salem State University

Salem, MA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%

About Salem State University

Salem State University is a public, state university in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem State University was founded in 1854. The university enrolls around 5,716 students per year, including 5,716 undergraduates.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Salem State University

It is not difficult to get into Salem State University. Around 86% of applicants get into Salem State University each year. In 2021, 4,985 out of 5,825 total applicants were accepted.

Salem State University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.2
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 66%

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Salem State University is located in the city of Salem, Massachusetts, near Boston.

If you are interested in seeing Salem State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Route 1A to Salem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

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College Info

352 Lafayette Street Salem, MA 01970

Campus Setting: Urban

Salem State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Salem State University is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Salem State University is Aug 1.

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Salem State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1150


Math SAT Range

480 - 570


Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1150 and Above


980 to 1150


980 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Salem State University students is 1065. Applicants with SAT scores of 1150 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salem State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1150 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Salem State University.

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Wondering what life at Salem State University is like? There are approximately 5,716 students enrolled at Salem State University. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from MA and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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