Essay For Salem State College

First-Year Admission Requirements

All applicants are reviewed for admission based on his/her academic course levels, grades and standardized test scores (if submitted).

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To apply to Salem State University, please submit a complete application, a non-refundable $50 application fee, official transcript(s), and SAT and/or ACT scores (if applicable)*.

Required 17 college prep units

English      4 courses 
Mathematics         4 courses (Algebra I and II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during senior year of high school
Science3 courses (each with laboratory)
Foreign Language  2 courses (in a single language)
Social Science2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. history)
Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or the arts, humanities or computer science)

Test Optional

Some applicants may be able to select "test optional" when completing his/her application. Learn how to select test optional and the requirements at

When test scores are submitted, we use a sliding scale based on a minimum grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a corresponding SAT or ACT score. If your grade-point average is 3.0 or higher and you have an SAT score above 990 (19 on the ACT), you will receive the highest consideration.

For students with a GPA below 3.0, this sliding scale will apply:

(evidence-based reading and writing, and mathematics) 
2.51 - 2.9999019
2.41 - 2.50103020
2.31 - 2.40107021
2.21 - 2.30 111022
2.11 - 2.20   114023
2.00 - 2.10118024

Nursing applicants**

**Nursing applicants should have mostly honors, IB and AP courses.

Please note that these are minimum admissions standards and do not guarantee admission. Some of our majors are highly competitive and require higher academic standards and early application submission. Information on this website is subject to change at any time.

Graduate Admissions Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an important component of your graduate application. Pay attention to content, grammar and style, as your personal statement can serve as a writing sample to reviewers. You must upload your personal statement into the online application.

Graduate programs that have specific content to address in the personal statement and/or additional writing samples

Visit the program admissions page for additional information on the program's personal statement.

General guidelines for programs that do not have program-specific personal statement requirements

  • Appropriate length is about 500- to 1,000-words or two to three pages, double-spaced
  • Address what factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State.
  • Write about long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you meet them.
  • Discuss any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application.

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