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Study at Salem State College

Salem State College, or SSC, is a four-year public institution of higher learning located in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Established in 1854, the college now enrolls more than 9, 000 students each term. SSC campus is comprised of more than 30 buildings which sit on 108 acres.

SSC offers bachelors, masters and post masters certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. Salem State College is the largest state college and the fourth-largest public institution of higher education in Massachusetts. It offers facilities including multiple theater venues, tennis courts, a hockey rink, two gymnasiums, a pool and an athletic field.

SSC's sports teams are nicknamed the Vikings and they compete in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III.

Profile of Salem State College

Students attend Salem State in Salem, MA, a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Salem State degrees go up to the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Salem State is known for its programs in education and teaching.

Salem State Selectivity

The school is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 430. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 430 and 540.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Salem State is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 10, 085 students at the school .

Student Life

Salem State offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Association.

Salem State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching556elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, special ed, teacher education, educational administration, reading teaching, school Counselling, secondary teaching, . . .
Business and Management277business management, marketing, accounting, finance, international business, human resources, accounting and finance, MIS, . . .
Liberal Arts152history, English, sociology, geography, political science, liberal arts and humanities, cartography, language translation, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine144registered nursing, various nursing, nursing science, nursing administration
Family and Social Work93social work
Security and Law Enforcement91criminal justice and administration, fire services administration
Therapy and Counselling78psychology, Counselling psychology
Media71public relations, advertising, journalism, communication studies
Science46biology, marine biology, geology, chemistry, ecology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43sports and fitness management, exercise science, parks and recreation studies, occupational therapy, athletic trainer, health and physical Education
Design24graphic design, design and applied arts
Mathematics23mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts19drama, acting, theatre design
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science, web design
Medical Support and Technology7nuclear medical tech, clinical lab tech
Photography and Commercial Art7drawing, photography, multimedia
Fine Arts2sculpture
Art Studies1art studies, visual and performing arts
office and Administration0office management
Transportation0aviation operations

Contact: Salem State

Salem State College

352 Lafayette St

Salem, MA 01970

General Phone: (978) 542-6000


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