Salem State College: Narrative Description

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352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970-5353
Tel: (978)542-6000
Admissions: (978)542-6200
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1854. Setting: 62-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $5.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $93,258. Educational spending 2003-04: $3973 per student. Total enrollment: 9,347. Faculty: 562 (277 full-time, 285 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 3,952 applied, 85% were admitted. Full-time: 4,998 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,773 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 18% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other Massachusetts state colleges, Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.9 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $910 full-time, $37.92 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7050 full-time, $293.75 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $4,374 full-time, $182.24 per credit part-time, $13.50. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. College room and board: $7350. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 44 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Program Council, Hispanic American Student Association, GLBT Alliance, WMWM Radio. Major annual events: 'Big Name' Spring Concert, Spring Fling Dance, NCAA Athletic Events. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,404 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Salem State College Library with 217,842 books, 230,788 microform titles, 1,914 serials, 79,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 426 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Salem State College is located in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem was founded in 1626, and is one of the oldest cities in the country. It was one of the most active seaports in the New World, and was the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until 1630. Salem was the site of the witchcraft trials in which the accusations of group of children and women caused 19 people to be hanged and one pressed to death. Many handsome old houses reminiscent of the days when sea captains and China merchants grew rich from importing are still to be seen. Marblehead harbor, one of the yachting capitals of the world, is only three miles away. The city is located approximately 14 miles north of Boston, is suburban in nature and has good bus and train service.

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