Salem State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$910

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,970

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

7.41%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

81.9%

6,185 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

8,702

72.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

51.9%

508 Graduates

About

Salem State University is a higher education institution located in Essex County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Salem State University were Registered Nursing (168 degrees awarded), General Psychology (153 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (97 degrees).

In 2017, 2,194 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Salem State University. 65.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,547 degrees), 7.74 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (200 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $-19,823 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $-19,823 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,970.

In 2017, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$910

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Salem State University was $910. The cost of tuition at Salem State University is $-19,823 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,970

2017 Value

2.5%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Salem State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,970. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Salem State University grew by 2.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,601

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Salem State University was of $11,601 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 4.2% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

54%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

54% of undergraduate students at Salem State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 54% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

7.41%

2016 Default Rate

160

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Salem State University was 7.41%, which represents 160 out of the 2160 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Salem State University received 6,185 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.749% annual growth. Out of those 6,185 applicants, 5,066 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.9% acceptance rate.

There were 8,702 students enrolled at Salem State University in 2017, and 79% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Salem State University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

5,066

Accepted Out of 6,185

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Salem State University was 81.9% (5,066 admissions from 6,185 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 73.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 0.749%, while admissions grew by 12.2%.

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SAT Scores

79%

Submission Percentage

873

Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at Salem State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Salem State University has a total enrollment of 8,702 students. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 6,333 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,369. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Salem State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 65.1% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, 8.89% Black or African American, 3.11% Asian, 2.54% Two or More Races, 0.126% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Salem State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (39.2%), followed by White Male (25%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (55.6%), followed by White Male (17.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.76%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Salem State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,702 students. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 6,333 and the part-time enrollment is 2,369. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%

2017 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 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Salem State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,666

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,242

  3. Black or African American

    774

The enrolled student population at Salem State University is 65.1% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, 8.89% Black or African American, 3.11% Asian, 2.54% Two or More Races, 0.126% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 271 students (3.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 664 more women than men received degrees from Salem State University. The majority of degree recipients at Salem State University are white (1,547 degrees awarded). There were 7.74 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (200 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Salem State University is Registered Nursing (168 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (153 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (97 degrees).

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 (182 degrees awarded), History (44 degrees), and Education (398 degrees).

Workforce

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 (2,119,042 people), Secondary school teachers (373,871 people), Education administrators (342,412 people), Social workers, all other (287,114 people), and Other managers (248,063 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are Public Administration and Social Service (182 degrees awarded), History (44 degrees), Education (398 degrees), English (72 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Salem State University are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are Public Administration and Social Service (182 degrees awarded), History (44 degrees), Education (398 degrees), English (72 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees).

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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 (3,287,026 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (529,447 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (346,709 people), Individual & family services (256,144 people), and Outpatient care centers (217,734 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are Public Administration and Social Service (182 degrees awarded), History (44 degrees), Education (398 degrees), English (72 degrees), and Psychology (201 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 168 degrees awarded

  2. 153 degrees awarded

  3. 97 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Salem State University was Registered Nursing with 168 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 765

  2. 1,429

In 2017, 765 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University, which is 0.535 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,429).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 67 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.838 times less than the 80 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 157 degrees were awarded to women at Salem State University in Social Work, which is 6.28 times more than the 25 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 27% of students graduating from Salem State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 53% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Salem State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.787% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,547 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    200 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    154 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Salem State University is white (1,547 degrees awarded). There were 7.74 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (200 degrees).

3.74% of degree recipients (82 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,017 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    530 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Salem State University is white female (1,017 degrees awarded). There were 1.92 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (530 degrees).

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Operations

Salem State University has an endowment valued at nearly $23.9M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.76M (7.36%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Salem State University had a total expenditure of $181M. Of that $181M, they spent $91.9M on salaries and $181M on benefits.

Salem State University employs 144 Professors, 105 Associate professors, and 83 Assistant professors. Most academics at Salem State University are Male Professors (80), Female Professors(64), and Female Associate professors (58).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Salem State University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 116 employees, Service, with 100 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 98 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$23.9M

2017 Endowment

20.6%

growth from 2016

Salem State University has an endowment valued at about $23.9M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Salem State University grew 20.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.27M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.67M - Federal

  2. $4.86M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Salem State University received $1.67M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.86M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$91.9M

Salary Expenditure

$181M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Salem State University had a total expenditure of $181M. Of that $181M, they spent $91.9M on salaries and $181M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Salem State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$91.9M

2017 Salaries

1.9%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Salem State University paid a median of $91.9M in salaries, which represents 50.9% of their overall expenditure ($181M) and a 1.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.62% growth from 2015 and a 5.16% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$30.6M

Instructional Salaries

340

Number of Employees

In 2017, Salem State University paid a total of $30.6M to 340 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

144 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

116 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Salem State University were Professor with 144 employees; Associate professor with 105 employees; and Associate professor with 83 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Salem State University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 116 employees; Service with 100 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 98 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Salem State University was Male Professor with 80 employees, Female Professor with 64 employees, and Female Associate professor with 58 employees.

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

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