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Salem State University

Salem, MA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

Salem State University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Salem State University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is June 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Salem State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Salem State University's admissions stats.

Salem State University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Mean SAT Score 1065
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 66%
Waitlist No

Salem State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Salem State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 ––
Regular Decision Yes June 1 ––

Applying Early to Salem State University?

Salem State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Salem State University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Salem State University?

Salem State University is a not difficult school to get into. Salem State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Salem State University accepted 86% of students, about 4,985 of the 5,825 students who applied.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Salem State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Salem State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Salem State University

Salem State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Salem State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Salem State University

What does Salem State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Work Experience Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with Salem State University for more information on admission factors.

Salem State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Salem State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Salem State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements SAT/ACT scores
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Salem State University?

Students admitted to Salem State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Salem State University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Salem State University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 66% of Salem State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What is a Good SAT Score for Salem State University?

To be competitive with other Salem State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1150 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Salem State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1150 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Salem State University student is 1065.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Salem State University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Salem State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Salem State University?

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Salem State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Salem State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Salem State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Salem State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Salem State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Salem State University.

Does Salem State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Salem State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Salem State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Salem State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Salem State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Salem State University?

❌ No, Salem State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Salem State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Salem State University is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Salem State University?

❌ Salem State University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Salem State University?

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Salem State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Salem State University? Salem State University is a less selective institution. The Salem State University acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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

SAT Score

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.

Salem State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Salem State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.17. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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