Feature College: Salem State University

Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts was founded in 1854. Salem State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., which is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. They have a school of art and science, a school of business, a school of education, a school of graduate studies, and a school of continuing and professional studies.

Salem State University has a large focus on volunteer work and internships, and depending on the major, a future Salem State student will most likely end up doing either of the two at some point during their college career.  Their school has 42 undergraduate majors, with a variety of minors and concentrations, and 33 graduate programs. At Salem State University they try to have a wide variety of programs to make sure that you can get an education fit for each individual that will properly prepare the students for life outside of college.

Salem State University has a very clear vision that focuses on student success, is a “community of learners where all faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to grow as individuals”, and Salem State University offers a “unique” brand of public higher education that inspires students to reach higher and achieve more. Salem State started out as a liberal arts college, and works hard to remain true to its liberal arts background while also effectively preparing their students for the workforce.

Salem State University’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.” Salem State sees diversity as a very important part of their school and history. “Salem State University is rooted in a long tradition of creating an inclusive and affirming community in which all students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and friends of the university feel welcomed, valued, and appreciated for their unique contributions and talents. Historically, Salem State has not only educated a diverse population of students in Massachusetts, but has also contributed to our nation’s struggle for equality and enlightenment.” Diversity is a huge part of their mission and vision, and they work hard to keep their vision alive.

The tuition fees at Salem State University are quite low compared to other colleges. Undergraduate tuition fees for in-state student, which is students that are residents in Massachusetts, is $10,278, and for room and board its $12,210, which comes to a total of $22,488. For undergraduate out-of-state tuition fees are $16,708, and for room and board its $12,210, which comes to a total of $28,916. Salem State also has a separate undergraduate program for students that live in the New England region, and the prices are slightly lower than the fees for out-of-state students. The undergraduate tuition fees for people living in the New England region and proximity are $11,021, and for the room and board its $12,210, which comes to a total of $23,231. Salem State also offers financial aid for those who need it.

Salem State University does have a Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) organization on campus, called The Alliance. The Alliance is for people the supporting and a part of the LGBT community, and is represented by people on campus and others in the Salem area. As a school, Salem State University is public about their support of individuality and diversity, and work hard as a community to promote their rights and equality.

Would an IHM student want to attend this college? Well, if the student and/parent looking at this college is a traditional Catholic who does not like to be touched by the outside world in any way, this college is not for . But even so, students at IHM will not be able to avoid the rest of the world forever. The tuition fees are a reasonable price, and the staff members are dedicated to helping each individual to their best abilities. But if the student is looking for something more traditional, such as a church serving Latin Mass locally that would be easy to go to, this definitely wouldn’t be a good choice for an IHM student.