Salem State University

Salem, MA 01970

Salem State University is one of the 15 public 4-year colleges in Massachusetts. Its campus is medium in size and located in a suburb in Salem. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,094 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 842 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 77%).

Every year 52% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Salem State University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $910, and fees were $9,368. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,050 and $9,656 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 27 141
Master's degree 3 29
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 76.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1953 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
04/01/1985 - 06/30/2010
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1976 - 06/30/2010
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1150
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$428/credit
In State Students$428/credit
Out of State Students$696/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$437/credit
In State Students$437/credit
Out of State Students$527/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $19,260 $19,260 $31,320
ADN 70 $29,960 $29,960 $48,720
BSN 125 $53,500 $53,500 $87,000
FNP 50 $21,850 $21,850 $26,350
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of Salem State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 44% $4,605
Other Federal Grant 22% $514
State Grant & Scholarships 46% $2,492
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 53% $2,487
Federal Student Loans 77% $5,461
Private Loans 17% $11,764


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,570
$30,001 to $48,000$15,637
$48,001 to $75,000$19,005
$75,001 to $110,000$21,556
Over $110,000$22,789

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Salem State University - One Family Scholarship Program

The program assists heads of households in achieving their academic goals. Recipients of this scholarship receive an integrated network of services through the non-profit organization, One ...

MARILN Professional Scholarship Award

Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They must ...

Massachusetts Long Term Care Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.

Salem State University - Part-Time Grant

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Part-Time Grant, an applicant must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year; be a U.S. ...

American Legion-Massachusetts Scholarship

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.

Salem State University
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970

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