May 20, 2024  
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

A Message from the President

Welcome to Salem State University, a comprehensive university that offers students a transformational educational experience. We raise expectations and offer pathways to pursue your dreams and explore your passions. We bring together global perspective and real-world knowledge in a supportive, yet challenging environment.

A strong balance of liberal arts and professional programs will prepare you to explore a vast palette of subject matters, think creatively, and achieve a life that rewards those able to make informed decisions, exercise sound judgment and explore solutions in creative and innovative ways. Our dedicated and talented faculty are recognized not only for the individual attention they give our students, but for the scholarly work they do in their fields. Salem State University is one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States.

Our university is a diverse and welcoming community of learners. Annually, our students travel to Central America, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia to study at foreign universities and conduct research with members of our faculty. To our own campus, we welcome each year over 450 students from as many as 70 different nations. Each enriches the fabric of our university in ways that are immeasurable. Salem State is also proud to be one of the 20 percent of universities cited nationally as having a military-friendly campus. The university also offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in army and air force ROTC programs in partnership with other institutions in the area.

At Salem State we promote active citizenship. This past year we achieved the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement, The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Our students volunteered more than 300,000 hours of their time last year. 

This year we will open two new state-of-the-art facilities. In the new Berry Library and Learning Commons on our North Campus, students, faculty and other members of the community will have access to academic and other materials in a facility that boasts the best in current technology. The new Gassett Fitness and Wellness Center, located adjacent to our current athletic complex, will provide—in addition to top-tier exercise equipment and new locker rooms—smaller rooms and studios for dance, yoga and other activities, two recreational basketball courts and a lounge area.

Salem State University looks forward to welcoming you to its community of learners. We will do all in our power to ensure your success here. 

I wish you the best of success in your endeavors,


Patricia Maguire Meservey