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Salem State University
Salem State University logo.png
Established 1854
Type Public
Endowment $16 million
President Patricia Maguire Meservey
Vice-president Stanley Cahill
Provost Kristin Esterberg
Academic staff 533
Undergraduates 7,763 (5,894 full time)
Postgraduates 2,362 (343 full time)[1]
Location Salem, Mass., USA
42°30′11″N 70°53′34″W / 42.503113°N 70.892643°W / 42.503113; -70.892643Coordinates: 42°30′11″N 70°53′34″W / 42.503113°N 70.892643°W / 42.503113; -70.892643
Campus suburban, 115 acres
Former names Salem Normal School, State Teachers College at Salem, State College at Salem, Salem State College
First-time degree seeking freshman 1,226
Colors Blue and Orange          
Nickname Vikings
Website www.salemstate.edu

Salem State University (SSU) is a four-year public institution of higher learning located in the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Salem State enrolls over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 27 states and 57 foreign countries, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 1968 to 2010 it was named Salem State College (SSC). As of 2010, Salem State enrolled 5,894 undergraduate and 343 graduate, full-time students. The university offers Bachelors Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Masters Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Masters of Business Administration (MBAs) and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. In addition, the university also offers Continuing Education courses for credit or non-credit.

The university is situated on five campuses totaling 115 acres (0.47 km2). Currently, the university houses 2,000 students in its five residence facilities (with the newest residence hall opening in September 2010). The overall student population is roughly sixty percent commuter students and forty percent resident students. Salem State is the fourth largest public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (UMASS Amherst, UMASS Boston and UMASS Lowell currently enroll more students).


[edit] History

Salem State University was founded in 1854 as the Salem Normal School under the direction of Horace Mann. The Salem Normal School was the fourth normal school to open in Massachusetts and only the tenth to open in the United States. Initially, the school was a two-year, post-secondary educational institution for women. The school proudly welcomed its first class of young ladies on September 13, 1854. Among the second graduating class in 1856 was Charlotte Forten, the university's first African American graduate and the first African American teacher to travel south during the Civil War to teach freed slaves. In 1892 the school began to enroll male students for the first time since its establishment.

In 1896 the school relocated to its current location in south Salem (on the campus known today as North Campus). With the constructing of the new campus the school was able to lengthen its curriculum to a four-year study program in 1921; allowing the institution to offer bachelors degrees. The first liberal art programs (History, English and Mathematics) were introduced to the school that same year. In 1932 the school was renamed State Teachers College at Salem (also referred to as Salem Teachers College).

In 1960 the school was renamed State College at Salem. Shortly afterwards in 1968 the school was renamed yet again to Salem State College due in part by a legislative bill supported by state senator Kevin B. Harrington. The school developed quite rapidly during the 1960s. The Arts & Sciences Building (known today as Meier Hall) opened in 1964. In 1966 the school also opened its first residence halls; used today to house freshman student. 1966 also saw the opening of the Ellison Campus Center (formally known as the "Student Union"). The library (closed in 2007) was opened in 1971.

In 1972 the school purchased the land for what is known today as South Campus; this included the purchasing of the former Loring Estate (used today as the Alumni House). South Campus now includes the School of Nursing, the Criminal Justice Department, the Social Work Department, and the Bates Residence Complex. The O'Keefe Center (athletic complex) opened in 1976.

In 2004 the school opened what is today known as Central Campus. When Central Campus first opened it included the brand new Bertolon School of Business, the Music Department, a state-of-the-art recital hall, a new public safety building, a new campus bookstore, and the enterprise center. In addition, the school also opened a new residence hall, Atlantic Hall. Since the opening of the new campus in 2004 the school as temporality moved the library to Central Campus; has constructed a new residence hall, Marsh Hall; and has constructed a new baseball field and tennis courts.

In July 2010 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill that renamed the institution Salem State University. The name change became official on October 27, 2010.

[edit] Facts & Figures

President: Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey

The University: Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Salem State enrolls over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 27 states and 57 foreign countries, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Governance: Salem State is governed by an 11-person board of trustees. Nine trustees are appointed by the governor for five-year terms, renewable once; one alumni trustee is elected by the alumni association for a five-year term, renewable once; and a student trustee is elected by the student body for one year.

Budget: The university’s annual operating budget for FY11 is $130 million; state appropriations account for approximately 40 percent of this amount.

Endowment: The Salem State Foundation's FY09 endowment market value is in excess of $16 million.

Tuition and fees (FY11):

Undergraduate day students (12 credits/semester): Full-time, in-state $7,230 per year

Full-time, out-of-state $13,370 per year (12 credits/semester)

Undergraduate evening students In-state $705 per course

Out-of-state $810 per course

Undergraduate room and board begins at $4,592 per semester.

Graduate students: In-state $870 per three credit course

Out-of-state $1,170 per three credit course

Graduate students are not housed on campus.

Financial Aid: Nearly 69 percent of students received in excess of $45 million in aid during the FY09 academic year.

Transfer Students: Salem State welcomes approximately 1,100 transfer students annually.

Campus: Salem State occupies 115 acres on five campuses less than a mile from downtown Salem. The university is home to: --Approximately 2,000 undergraduate resident students in three residence halls and two residential complexes --Approximately 5,725 undergraduate commuter students --A new library is under construction and is expected to be completed in 2012

Student body : The university's (FY10) student population breaks down as follows.

                                  Undergraduate   Graduate 
Full-time                         5,894           343 
Part-time                         1,869           2,019 
Gender breakdown                  M 38% F 62%     M 22% F 78% 
Self-reported students of color   20%             5% 
Massachusetts residents           94%             93% 
Other U.S. residents              4%              3% 

Alumni Body: Total number of living alumni: 49,838 Massachusetts residents: 39,253 Other U.S. residents: 10,291 International: 294

Athletics: Salem State offers its students a chance to compete in intramural athletic clubs and in a variety of competitive intercollegiate conferences. Salem State fields men's and women's teams in 17 sports. Athletic teams compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III, the Little East Conference (LEC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) Division III, and the New England College Athletic Conference (NECAC).

Salem State offers three different spirit groups, including basketball and ice hockey cheerleading, and the dance team.

Intercollegiate Sports:

 Baseball (m)
 Basketball (m/w)
 Cross Country (m/w)
 Field Hockey (w)
 Golf (m)
 Ice Hockey (m)
 Lacrosse (m)
 Soccer (m/w)
 Softball (w)
 Tennis (m/w)
 Volleyball (w)
 Club Ice Hockey (w)
 Club Lacrosse (w)

Student Life: Student life at Salem State features: --A national, award-winning residence life program --Opportunities for civic engagement and volunteer/community service --Comprehensive career services with experiential learning opportunities --Numerous student leadership programs --Comprehensive multicultural programs and services --Army and Air Force ROTC

Faculty: --Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 18 to 1 --256 full-time faculty have earned doctorates (2009) --74 full-time faculty have earned master's degrees or the equivalent

Among our faculty are: --New England's 2008 Sociologist of the Year (The New England Sociological Association) --Recipient of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association's Counselor Educator of the Year Award --Nine recent Fulbright Scholars

Academics: --29 majors and 59 minors --More accreditations than any other public institution of higher education in Massachusetts --Accredited by both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education --Part of the Leadership Program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning --A recipient of the Commonwealth Honors designation for its honors program --Active cultivation of academic partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the world, including China, Japan and the Middle East

Top ten majors (in descending order): Business Administration, Nursing, Education, Criminal Justice, Biology, Psychology, Communications, Sport and Movement Science, English, History

Impact on the region: --Salem State University is the second largest employer in the city of Salem and one of the top five employers on the North Shore --The university generated more than $376 million in economic spending in Massachusetts in FY06, over $210 million of spending in Essex County and over $61 million in the city of Salem --Salem State creates jobs for 1,263 Massachusetts residents, including 305 in Salem and 997 throughout Essex County

Civic Engagement: Our university community is engaged: --Students, faculty, staff and alumni participate in a multitude of civic engagement activities in Salem, the greater North Shore region, and throughout Massachusetts each year. --Partnering organizations include but are not limited to: Danvers Historical Society, Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club, Haiti Relief Efforts, Lifebridge (Salem), Metrowest Humane Society (Ashland), Salem Sound Coastwatch, YMCA of the North Shore (Beverly), and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Worcester). --The university’s green commitment extends beyond reducing its negative environmental impacts to enhancing its positive impact by instilling sustainable ideals in the students, staff and faculty. Highlights of our efforts to lessen energy use and improve the environment include: new construction must be eligible for LEED® certification; retrofitting light fixtures with high efficiency models; replacing old heating and cooling controls; maintaining a paper recycling program; restoring the Central Campus tidal marsh channels to boost salinity and water flow; and the soft shell clam propagation and reseeding efforts at Cat Cove. --Salem State has recently established a Center for Economic Development and Sustainability to provide resources, research opportunities and data relevant to the economic development and sustainability of the North Shore region.

[edit] Campus

Salem State University is made up of five campuses totaling 115 acres (0.47 km2) with 33 buildings.[1] The main campus is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of downtown Salem, Massachusetts about five blocks west of Salem Harbor. The university also has a maritime facility at Cat Cove 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the main campus. A focal point of the main campus is the George H. Ellison Campus Center which houses the career and counseling staffs as well as student organizations.[2] Nearly 2,000 Salem State students reside in five residence halls, although the majority of students commute to campus. Three of the residence halls are traditional corridor style halls, and two are apartment style halls. First-year students are housed in double, triple, and quad rooms at Bowditch and Peabody Halls, sophomores are housed in double and limited triple rooms at Marsh Hall on Central Campus, while upper-class students select single and double rooms within six-person apartments at the Bates Complex on South Campus or Atlantic Hall on Central Campus. Atlantic and Marsh Halls also have their own dining halls.[3] SSU will also begin construction of a new library in 2010.[1]

[edit] North Campus

Edward Sullivan Building (1896): named after the university's sixth president. The Sullivan Building houses the academic departments of Education, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, History, and Philosophy. In addition, the School of Graduate Studies is housed on the first floor and there is a 75-seat “black box” theater in the basement.

Frederick Meier Hall (1964 / 1966): named after the university's seventh president. Meier Hall houses the academic departments of Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, Geological Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, the building also houses the Writing Center, Media and Visual Services, and a newly installed Dunkin Donuts lounge on the first floor.

George H. Ellison Campus Center (1966): The campus center houses the majority of the university’s fifty student organizations. The university’s student newspaper and student radio station are among the many organizations with offices inside the building. The campus center also houses the offices of Career Services, Health Services, ROTC, and the Student Government Association.

North Campus Dining Commons: three-story dining complex: cafeteria-style dining on the first floor, fast-food style dining on the second floor, and the third floor contains additional seating. Office of Dining Services located within building.

Administration Building: houses the offices of Academic Advising, Bursars, Financial Aid, and Registars. In addition, the Theater Department is also located within the building.

Mainstage Auditorium: 750-seat theater venue.

Bowditch Hall (1966): freshman student residence complex. Approximately 290 students reside within the building.

Peabody Hall (1966): freshman student residence complex. Approximately 320 students reside within the building.

Horace Mann School: elementary school used by the city of Salem.

[edit] Central Campus

Building One / Bertolon School of Business (opened in 2004): houses the academic departments of Business Administration and Music. In addition, the building also houses a state-of-the-art recital hall and several recording studies. The office of Information Technology and a small dining facility are located on the first floor.

Library: located within Building One. The university is currently in the process of constructing a new library on the north campus; completion of the project is estimated for late 2012 or early 2013.

Public Safety Building (2004): houses the campus police station.

Marsh Hall (2010): sophomore student residence complex. Approximately 525 students reside within the building. There are lounges located throughout the building in addition to a small dining facility and gym on the first floor.

Atlantic Hall (2004): upper-class student residence complex. Approximately 450 students reside within the building. Living areas are apartment-style with six students per apartment. There are lounges located throughout the building in addition to a gym on the first floor.

Baseball Field and Tennis Courts (constructed in 2007)

[edit] South Campus

Kevin B. Harrington Building: named after a former state senator from the city of Salem. The Harrington Building houses the academic departments of Nursing and Criminal Justice. In addition, there is a dining facility and gym located within the building.

Academic Building: located in “upper South Campus.” The Academic Building houses the Social Work Department.

Alumni House: located in “upper South Campus.” The Alumni house is a former estate which houses the university’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Institutional Advancement.

Bates Complex (1990): upper-class student residence complex. Approximately 400 students reside within the six buildings making-up the complex. Living areas are apartment-style with six students per apartment.

International House: The International House houses the university's study abroad program and acts as the main resource for information regarding international programming.

[edit] Richard O’Keefe Center

The O’Keefe Center houses the academic departments of Sports Movement Sciences and Dance. The facility contains the university’s main gym, two pools, wellness center, and Rocket Arena (hockey rink). Alumni Field is located on the same campus.

[edit] Cat Cove

Cat Cove is a maritime research center located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the North Campus on Salem Harbor. Facility used for marine biology classes.

[edit] Organization

SSU is led by an eleven member Board of Trustes. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The SSU Alumni Association elects one for a single five-year term. Finally, the student body elects one student trustee for a one year term. In addition to five full board meetings each year, which are open to the public, the board also meets in seven standing committees: Executive Committee, Academic Affairs, Finance and Facilities, Human Resources, Student Life, Long Range Planning, and Institutional Advancement.[4]

The university's annual operating budget for fiscal year 2010 was approximately $130 million; 40% of this coming from state appropriations. The Salem State University Foundation's endowment market value is in excess of $16 million at the end of fiscal year 2010.[1]

SSU has an important economic impact on the city of Salem, being its second largest employer. The college generated more than $376 million in economic spending in Massachusetts in fiscal year 2006. SSU creates jobs for 3,459 Massachusetts residents, including 593 in Salem and 1,978 throughout Essex County.[1]

[edit] Student body

Undergraduates: 38% Male / 62% Female / (20% people of color)

Graduates: 22% Male / 78% Female / (5% people of color)


[edit] Athletics

Sports are housed at the Richard B. O'Keefe Center. The O'Keefe center also includes its own workout facility, the Wellness Center, which is open to all students. From September 1994 to February 1997, the Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA housed their gymnastics in the multi-purpose room there.[citation needed] The Richard H. Rockett Arena is a public skating rink in the winter, and in the summer it is converted to an indoor tennis facility.

The Salem State University Vikings compete in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. SSU offers 17 varsity sports: men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, women's field hockey, men's golf, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, women's softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball.[5] Non-varsity club sports include women's lacrosse and women's ice hockey.[6] Men's and women's outdoor track, as well as men's and women's indoor track have been discontinued as of the 2010–11 school year.[7] There are also a number of intramural and recreational sports, including Ultimate, basketball and ice hockey cheerleading, and the dance team who perform at home basketball games.[8]

[edit] Theatre and the Arts

SSU hosts many art shows, theatrical productions, and dance shows in its several art galleries, its full-scale theatre department, and its dance studios.

SSU's theatre department has two theatres, the 730 seat Mainstage Theatre and the more intimate Callan Studio Theatre in the basement of the Sullivan Building.

The theatre department produces up to six shows an academic year. They are also members of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and compete regularly. Other groups that perform regularly are:

The campus newspaper is The Log,[1] the alumni magazine is called Salem Statement, the student e-zine is Red Skies, and the campus radio station is 130-watt WMWM, 91.7 FM.

[edit] Library

The SSU Library owns over 300,000 volumes, 39,000 microform units, 9,000 maps and subscribes to 692 periodicals. Memberships with other local libraries enable access to over 3.1 million holdings in the north-of-Boston area.

[edit] Speaker Series

The annual Salem State Speaker Series was established in 1982. Every year the university welcomes world renowned speakers such as politicians, activists, actors and actresses, musicians, authors and poets, and sport figures to share their stories with local residents and the surrounding North Shore community. Recent past speakers have included former president, William Jefferson Clinton; former president, George H.W. Bush; television host, Jay Leno; head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick; movie star, Robert Redford; and poet, Maya Angelou.

For the complete list of past speakers please visit the SSU website.

[edit] Notable Alumni

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