Salem State University

Salem, Illinois, United States
Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston and one mile from downtown Salem, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Salem State University was established in 1854 as Salem Normal School. In 1932 the institution was renamed Salem Teachers College, and from 1968 to 2010 it was known as Salem State College. As of 2013, Salem State enrolled 7,664 undergraduate and 1,637 graduate, full- and part-time students. 


Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

The university offers Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Masters of Business Administration, and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. In addition, the university also offers Continuing Education courses for credit and non-credit.


Salem State University opened a Center for The Holocaust, Genocide Studies plus an interdisciplinary program of research, education and community outreach. Under the agreement, archival material from the Peabody center, which includes video interviews with more than 100 Holocaust survivors and a number of artifacts, will move to Salem State University. Cummings Foundation provided $100,000 in 2012 to establish the Center and committed an additional $1 million in 2014 for its ongoing operation.


Career services is here to guide you from your first day on campus through your entire professional life. We're here to help with everything from career exploration to resume-building, finding and internship, interviewing skills and so much more.

In addition to working one-on-one with students and alumni, we partner with local, regional and national organizations who are eager to hire Salem State Vikings. Let us help you find a career path you're passionate about and a great company to begin your professional life.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (19)
Social Sciences (7)
Humanities (6)
Medicine & Health (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)


Student services

From help with your classwork to your physical and emotional well-being to planning for your future, Salem State's support services are here to help you have the best experience possible.

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) helps students achieve academic success by providing a variety of academic services, including: advising, tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction, reading and test-taking strategies, and collaborating with other departments to ensure that students have the appropriate academic supports to be successful at Salem State. 

Housing services

Your first year at Salem State University is an opportunity to explore, learn and grow. The first year experience office (FYE) is here to ensure that you have access to the resources and support you will need to successfully navigate the transition from high school to university life. 

There's always something happening in your residence hall lounge, at the Ellison Campus Center, the Mainstage Theatre, the O'Keefe Center, and more. When students are asked what they remember most about living on campus, the first thing they say is, "my friends". Living in a residence hall allows you to meet people who are different from you and develop life-long friendships. 

Library services

The library provides one-on-one assistance, instruction sessions, and workshops designed to teach information competencies to students, faculty and staff. 

To meet with a librarian or schedule an instruction session for your class, contact a Reference and Instruction Librarian. 

Medical services

Counseling and health services is staffed by nurse practitioners, a part-time doctor, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, post-doctoral fellows and advance graduate interns. Health services offers medical care, consultation on health-related issues, health promotion programs, and referrals and collaborations with area providers and primary care physicians. 

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Salem State University Department of Athletics and Recreation serves the intercollegiate and recreational needs of the Salem State University community by providing a variety of athletic, recreational, social and educational programs.

Salem State University Athletics is proud to be affiliated with the following intercollegiate athletic conferences:

  • MASCAC - Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • NCAA, DIII - National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • NAC - North Atlantic Coast Conference
  • LEC - Little East Conference
  • CHC - Colonial Hockey Conference

Student clubs

Accounting AssociationEncourages professional interest among students preparing for careers in accounting.

African Student UnionUnites African students and raises awareness of African issues, culture and values. 

The AllianceOffers opportunities to meet, support and plan events for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and their straight supporters. 

ALPFA Through our numerous partnerships and sponsors with large corporations, organizations and financial firms firms, varying across various industries and fields, we connect a global network of almost one million passionate Latino Leaders to career, networking and professional opportunities. 


Salem State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. 

Salem, Illinois, United States