Salem State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$910

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$16,556

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

6.49%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

73.6%

6,139 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

9,001

70.6% 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 (161 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (116 degrees).

In 2016, 2,306 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Salem State University. 67.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,658 degrees), 8.05 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (206 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $-19,250 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Salem State University is $910, which is $-19,250 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,556.

In 2016, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$910

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Salem State University was $910. The cost of tuition at Salem State University is $-19,250 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$16,556

2016 Value

6.21%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Salem State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,556. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Salem State University grew by 6.21%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,133

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Salem State University was of $11,133 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.02% between 2015 and 2016. 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 2016. This represents a growth of 1.89% with respect to 2015, when 53% 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.

6.49%

2015 Default Rate

136

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Salem State University was 6.49%, which represents 136 out of the 2096 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 6,139 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 18.9% annual growth. Out of those 6,139 applicants, 4,517 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73.6% acceptance rate.

There were 9,001 students enrolled at Salem State University in 2016, and 77% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Salem State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

4,517

Accepted Out of 6,139

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Salem State University was 73.6% (4,517 admissions from 6,139 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 74.9%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 18.9%, while admissions grew by 16.8%.

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SAT Scores

77%

Submission Percentage

877

Scores Submitted

77% of enrolled first-time students at Salem State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Salem State University has a total enrollment of 9,001 students. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 6,353 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,648. This means that 70.6% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Salem State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.1% White, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 8.71% Black or African American, 3.24% Asian, 2.4% Two or More Races, 0.189% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0111% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Salem State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (40.4%), followed by White Male (26.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.11%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (54.8%), followed by White Male (13.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.54%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Salem State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,001 students. The full-time enrollment at Salem State University is 6,353 and the part-time enrollment is 2,648. This means that 70.6% of students enrolled at Salem State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2016 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 79%. 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

    5,947

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,165

  3. Black or African American

    784

The enrolled student population at Salem State University is 66.1% White, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 8.71% Black or African American, 3.24% Asian, 2.4% Two or More Races, 0.189% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0111% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 284 students (3.16%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 818 more women than men received degrees from Salem State University. The majority of degree recipients at Salem State University are white (1,658 degrees awarded). There were 8.05 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (206 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Salem State University is Registered Nursing (168 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (161 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (116 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 History (74 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (162 degrees), and English (92 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 (2,113,989 people), Secondary school teachers (365,075 people), Social workers (345,355 people), Education administrators (339,216 people), and Counselors (292,094 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are History (74 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (162 degrees), English (92 degrees), Education (405 degrees), and Psychology (221 degrees).

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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 Public relations specialists, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Financial analysts

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are History (74 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (162 degrees), English (92 degrees), Education (405 degrees), and Psychology (221 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 (3,287,605 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (528,994 people), Hospitals (371,219 people), Individual & family services (275,617 people), and Outpatient care centers (201,581 people).

The most specialized majors at Salem State University are History (74 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (162 degrees), English (92 degrees), Education (405 degrees), and Psychology (221 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. 161 degrees awarded

  3. 116 degrees awarded

In 2016, 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. 744

  2. 1,562

In 2016, 744 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University, which is 0.476 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,562).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 73 degrees were awarded to men at Salem State University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 1.33 times more than the 55 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 147 degrees were awarded to women at Salem State University in Registered Nursing, which is 7 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%

100% Completion Time

46%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 23% of students graduating from Salem State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% 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

    1,658 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    206 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    147 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Salem State University is white (1,658 degrees awarded). There were 8.05 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (206 degrees).

2.99% of degree recipients (69 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,128 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    530 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    140 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Salem State University is white female (1,128 degrees awarded). There were 2.13 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 $19.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $592k (3.08%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Salem State University had a total expenditure of $159M. Of that $159M, they spent $87M on salaries and $159M on benefits.

Salem State University employs 139 Professors, 108 Associate professors, and 90 Assistant professors. Most academics at Salem State University are Male Professors (77), Female Professors(62), and Female Associate professors (61).

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, Service, with 107 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 87 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$19.2M

2015 Endowment

5.59%

growth from 2014

Salem State University has an endowment valued at about $19.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Salem State University grew 5.59% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.64M 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. $1.65M - Federal

  2. $5.73M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Salem State University received $1.65M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.73M 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.

$87M

Salary Expenditure

$159M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Salem State University had a total expenditure of $159M. Of that $159M, they spent $87M on salaries and $159M 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

$87M

2015 Salaries

5.16%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Salem State University paid a median of $87M in salaries, which represents 54.8% of their overall expenditure ($159M) and a 5.16% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.17% growth from 2013 and a 6.46% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.9M

Instructional Salaries

351

Number of Employees

In 2015, Salem State University paid a total of $29.9M to 351 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

139 Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

120 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Salem State University were Professor with 139 employees; Associate professor with 108 employees; and Associate professor with 90 employees.

In 2016, 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; Service with 107 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 87 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Salem State University was Male Professor with 77 employees, Female Professor with 62 employees, and Female Associate professor with 61 employees.

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

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