Salem, MA
Salem State University


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Recent Reviews

Zachary
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Get to know the people in your major's department before you've even been accepted. I met one of my professors before getting my acceptance letter and it just seemed like such a welcoming place. It quickly became my number one choice for a school.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That their learning center is not very organized.

Maria
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

it is inexpensive compared to other colleges, and i feel i am getting a great education there.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

it is inexpensive compared to other colleges, and i feel i am getting a great education there.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I used to believe that if a college costed 30,000 dollars, then it would be much better than the college I was going to attend. Now in my fourth year of college, and previously attendeed a small private college, I can say the name and price of a school does not determine the education you receive. It is about the experience. I love my college. It is less pricier than many of the surroundind four year colleges, and I have learned so much since I have been there. The key is talking to not just one person who attends or graduated from a college, but many people. I believe that if you are willing to do the work and learn, the experience will be beneficial in any college setting. I am proud to go to Salem State College, and believe it is very underrated. It is not all about getting the degree, but it is also about becomong an adult, a more well-rounded individual with much to offer in this big world.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

parking is a nightmare quite often. not all academic advisors are helpful. people don't take school as seriously as i do.

Briana
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are friendly and eager to help out.

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are friendly and eager to help out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that I would give to parents and/or students about finding the right college is to find a school surrounding that best fits you. Find a school that you can relate to and that you will be able to have the time of your life but also be able to succeed academically. Choose a school that will help you to mature and grow while you complete the next part of your life. College is suppose to be fun but also challenging so make it worthwhile.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing is the parking situation because there is not enough.

Mallorie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to visit the colleges they think they may be interested in and to take extensive tours of the campus ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to visit the colleges they think they may be interested in and to take extensive tours of the campus before applying. It's very important to see what the campus of your future school is like and how it is set up because some students prefer a smaller closed campus and others would prefer a larger open campus. It's also very important for them to make sure that the college they are interested in can provide them with some financial aid because I know that paying for college can be a burden for many families. You should also look into the extracurricular activities at your school, and stay well connected with what's going on on campus. Take advantage of the resources that your school can provide for you; advisors and teachers are there to help you and believe it or not they actually want to help! Also, make sure that you spend enough time studying and get your work done ahead of time because it really is much easier rather than trying to cram all of your studying in the night before a test.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who doesn't want to try hard in class and pay attention because the class sizes are very small so it's easy to be caught not paying attention. Also, the classes are based mostly on work you do outside of class for class discussions so if you don't want to do the outside work you may feel lost during a discussion.

sara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

it's best known for being a suitcase campus; it's practicully empty on weekends. it's also well known for location being in s...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

it's best known for being a suitcase campus; it's practicully empty on weekends. it's also well known for location being in salem which is the witch capital of the country.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

find the college that best fits with your major and that also fits with your needs as far as social and where you'd love to be for the time you're here. don't pick a place that's going to make you miserable. don't go someplace because your parents want you there; go someplace for you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

i would have liked to know the size of my major before coming and the difficulty of getting into classes in specific areas.

Isaac
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Attend school away from home. The experiences, and the people you meet makes it all worth it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Attend school away from home. The experiences, and the people you meet makes it all worth it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If looking for a school in a small town...this is a good choice.

Elizabeth
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Salem State is a great school for what they charge; as it is a State School there are some things that are a bit lacking, but...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Salem State is a great school for what they charge; as it is a State School there are some things that are a bit lacking, but overall it's a great place to start an education.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are nice people who will talk to anyone in their class despite race, heritage, or beliefs. There's generally a connection in every class at the beginning because most of the students are pretty laid back.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is a difficult process, but a vital one. Visiting the schools helps, but students may not always communicate how they really feel towards their school. I would recommend going online to third party survey sites as a way to see how students feel. You may also find some information at social network websites such as facebook and myspace. Of course, you will never really know whether the school is a perfect fit until you actually attend it. Talking to fellow students will help, but college is about individuality and exploring yourself and what you like to study. College is great grounds for experimenting and exploring safely. Realistically, every professor may not be an extrovert that is willing to pull an unsure student under his or her wing, but every department will have at least a couple; it is a simple matter of a little research and a little luck. The other large piece of advice that I can provide from my experiences is not to let problems and assignments sit until the last minute. If a roomate is upsetting you, do something about. If an assignment is due, get it done sooner then later.

Megan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise high school students to start looking at colleges with their parents during their junior year in high school. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise high school students to start looking at colleges with their parents during their junior year in high school. If students know what they want to major in, I would suggest that they choose their schools based on if they have the best programs for what they want to study. For example, if a high school student knows that he or she wants to be a teacher, I would recommend visiting schools like Wheelock, Salem State, and Lesley. For someone who wants to study Communications, I would advise him/her to look into attending Emerson College. Prospective college students should also base their decision on the size and environment of the schools that they may attend. In order to have a positive college experience, I believe that it is important to feel comfortable on campus. Another major aspect to consider is whether or not the schools that a student may attend offers a variety of extra-curricular activities. If a student has plenty of opportunities to be actively involved in the college community outside of the classroom, then his/her college experience will be fulfilling.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There is not enough parking. Some of the buildings need to be renovated and it is difficult to graduate in four years. Academic advising needs improvement.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The fact that not many students graduate within four years.

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  • Enrollment
  • 7,346
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $9,736
  • Acceptance rate
  • 74%

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