Salem State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$910
2022 Average Net Price
$19,277
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.44%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
92.7%
5,093 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
6,539
68.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
55.4%
625 Graduates

About

Salem State University is a higher education institution located in Essex County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Salem State University were Registered Nursing (155 degrees awarded), General Psychology (145 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (81 degrees).

In 2022, 1,915 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Salem State University. 70.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,232 degrees), 4.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (305 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $−23,086 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $−23,086 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,277.

In 2022, 74% of undergraduate students attending Salem State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 57% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$910
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Salem State University was $910. The cost of tuition at Salem State University is $−23,086 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$19,277
2022 Value
6.36%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Salem State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,277. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Salem State University grew by 6.36%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,589
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Salem State University was of $12,589 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

74%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
57%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

74% of undergraduate students at Salem State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 8.82% with respect to 2021, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.44%
2019 Default Rate
33
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Salem State University was 1.44%, which represents 33 out of the 2286 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Salem State University received 5,093 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 19% annual growth. Out of those 5,093 applicants, 4,719 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 92.7% acceptance rate.

There were 6,539 students enrolled at Salem State University in 2022. 2% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Salem State University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

92.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
4,719
Accepted Out of 5,093

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Salem State University was 92.7% (4,719 admissions from 5,093 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 90%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 19%, while admissions declined by −16.6%..

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SAT Scores

2%
Submission Percentage (2022)
20
Scores Submitted (2022)

2% of enrolled first-time students at Salem State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Salem State University had a total enrollment of 6,539 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 4,485 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,054. This means that 68.6% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Salem State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.6% White, 20.4% Hispanic or Latino, 8.18% Black or African American, 3.24% Asian, 3.2% Two or More Races, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0459% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Salem State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (37.6%), followed by White Male (20.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (62%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (11.2%) and White Male (9.98%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

68.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Salem State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,539 students. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 4,485 and the part-time enrollment is 2,054. This means that 68.6% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Salem State University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Salem State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,833 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,333 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    535 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Salem State University is 58.6% White, 20.4% Hispanic or Latino, 8.18% Black or African American, 3.24% Asian, 3.2% Two or More Races, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0459% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 195 students (2.98%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 775 more women than men received degrees from Salem State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Salem State University is white (1,232 degrees awarded). There were 4.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (305 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Salem State University is Registered Nursing (155 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (145 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (81 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Salem State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees awarded), Education (387 degrees), and History (37 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Salem State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,768,811 people), Secondary school teachers (559,334 people), Education administrators (350,952 people), Other managers (276,644 people), and Social workers, all other (276,199 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University in 2022 are Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees awarded), Education (387 degrees), History (37 degrees), English (62 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Salem State University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees awarded), Education (387 degrees), History (37 degrees), English (62 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Salem State University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,326,710 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (564,440 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (361,855 people), Individual & family services (278,999 people), and Outpatient care centers (250,155 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees awarded), Education (387 degrees), History (37 degrees), English (62 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Salem State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 155 degrees awarded
  2. 145 degrees awarded
  3. 81 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Salem State University was Registered Nursing with 155 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

570
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,345
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 570 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University, which is 0.424 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,345).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 45 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.8 times more than the 25 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 153 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University in Social Work, which is 6.65 times more than the 23 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%
100% Completion Time
59%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 43% of students graduating from Salem State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 59% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (62.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Salem State University is Female and Two or More Races (62.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.64% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,232 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    305 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    147 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Salem State University is white (1,232 degrees awarded). There were 4.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (305 degrees).

2.04% of degree recipients (39 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    859 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    373 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    231 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Salem State University is white female (859 degrees awarded). There were 2.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (373 degrees).

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Operations

Salem State University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.13M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−NaN1%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Salem State University had a total salary expenditure of 183M. Salem State University employs 151 Professors, 83 Associate professors and 52 Assistant professors. Most academics at Salem State University are Female Professor (81), Male Professor (70), and Male Associate professor (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Salem State University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 120 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 88 employees, and Service with 82 employees.

Endowment

$1.13M
2022 Endowment
96.5%
decline from 2021

Salem State University has an endowment valued at about $1.13M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Salem State University declined 96.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $45.4M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$89.7M
2022 Salaries
12.4%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Salem State University paid a median of $89.7M in salaries, which represents 49% of their overall expenditure ($183M) and a 12.4% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.6M
Instructional Salaries
295
Number of Employees

In 2022, Salem State University paid a total of $29.6M to 295 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
151 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
120 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Salem State University were Professor with 151 employees, Associate professor with 83 employees, and Assistant professor with 52 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Salem State University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 120 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 88 employees, and Service with 82 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Salem State University was Female Professor with 81 employees, Male Professor with 70 employees, and Male Associate professor with 44 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Salem State University.

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