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Salem State College

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Established 1854
Type Public
Faculty 533
Undergraduates 6,687
Postgraduates 2,567
Location Salem, Mass., USA
Campus Urban, 108 acres
Colors Blue and Orange
Website www.salemstate.edu

Salem State College is a four-year public institution of higher learning located in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. As of 2006, SSC had 7,296 undergraduate and 2,567 graduate/continuing education students, for a total student body enrollment of 9863. The College offers Bachelors, Masters, MBAs and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. Salem State College is the largest state college and fourth-largest public institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Nickname: Location in Essex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Essex County Settled 1626 Incorporated 1626 A City 1836 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Kimberley Driscoll Area  - City  18. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Nickname: Location in Essex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Essex County Settled 1626 Incorporated 1626 A City 1836 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Kimberley Driscoll Area  - City  18. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “MBA” redirects here. ...

Situated on five campuses totaling 108 acres, the College has 33 buildings and continues to grow. Nearly 1,500 students live in its four residence facilities. Central Campus is also the home of an academic building that contains the Bertolon School of Business, the Music Department, and a recital hall. The College also has multiple theater venues, a hockey rink, tennis courts, two gymnasiums, a pool, a recently renovated athletic field and an aquaculture facility located at nearby Cat Cove.


College History

The College was founded as the fourth Normal School in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1854 by the state legislature, thanks largely to the efforts of Horace Mann. Initially a two-year, post-secondary educational school for women, the Normal School welcomed its first class of young ladies on September 13, 1854. Among the second graduating class in July of 1856 was Charlotte Forten Grimké, the College's first black graduate. The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer and abolitionist. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Charlotte Forten Bridges Grimké (17 August 1837–1914) was an American antislavery activist, poet, educator and abolitionist. ...

In 1921, Salem Normal School began offering a four-year course of study and awarding bachelor's degrees. In 1932, the name was changed to Salem Teachers College. In 1955, the College began to offer postgraduate studies and awarding master's degrees. The school's name was changed to the current Salem State College in the fall of 1960, reflecting the diversification of its program offerings. Residence halls were opened in 1966. Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...

As of 2006 the college had more than 48,000 living alumni with 73 percent living in Massachusetts. In 2006, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) named Salem State College "National School of the Year" for the work done by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

Tuition and fees

As of Fall 2006:
In-State Undergraduate Day $6,544
Out-State Undergraduate Day $12,684

In-State Undergraduate Evening $180 per credit
Out-State Undergraduate Evening $215 per credit
In-State Graduate $250 per credit (Fall 2007)


Sports are housed at the Richard B. O'Keefe Center. From September 1994 to February 1997, the Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA housed their gymnastics in the multi-purpose room there. 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. Marblehead is the name of three places in the United States of America: Marblehead, Massachusetts Marblehead, Ohio Marblehead, Illinois Several American warships have been named after Marblehead, Massachusetts. ... Swampscott, a beach town north of Boston, Massachusetts (measuring 3 square miles, and abutting [[Salem, Massachusetts], [Marblehead, Massachusetts,] and [Lynn, Massachusetts]]) was an important destination for the wealthy and affluent at the beginning of the 20th century; while Revere Beach, which lies just several miles down the road, has the... Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ...

The Salem State College Vikings compete in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. Salem State offers 17 varsity sports including lacrosse, baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, softball, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, volleyball, as well as track and field. The Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (or MASCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are all located in the State of Massachusetts. ...

The O'Keefe center also includes its own workout facility, the Wellness Center, which is open to all students.

Theatre and the Arts

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

SSC's theatre department has two theatres, the recently-updated 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 Student Theatre Ensemble (STE) who produce one show each semester, a children's musical in the spring, and a summer musical.

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) also have two dance shows a year.

The Students' Work Theatre Project (SWTP) a student run organization that allows anyone interested in theatre to join in a no-pressure environment to grow, learn, and have fun. The production is made up of entirely student produced, directed, and written 10-minute plays. SWTP performs in the fall of every school year, allowing incoming freshman and any non-theatre students to get involved.

Human Action Theatre (HAT) an educational theatre group that performs during Freshman Orientation.

Salem State College is also home to the improv/sketch comedy troupe, "Grandma's 3rd Leg" (G3L), which performs twice a semester and at venues around Massachusetts. And the last major group that produces is Summer Theatre at Salem, a professional theatre set up that produces 3 shows every summer.

Two million dollars were recently given to the college to help build a new multimillion-dollar arts complex on Central Campus. Ground must be broken by the end of 2008 or the donated money will be lost.

2007-2008 Theatre Series:

A Doll's House - Directed by William Cunningham
12 Angry Jurors (STE) - Directed by Devon Scalisi
Antigone - Directed by Celena Sky April
The 5th Annual Students' Work Theatre Project - Artistic Direction by Jess Bryant & Josh Gunderson

Bang Bang You're Dead - Directed by Josh Gunderson
Tennesee Williams - Directed by David George
Night Sky (STE) - Directed by Saori Kaneko
Mother Courage and Her Children - Directed by Tom Luddy


The SSC Library owns over 300 thousand volumes, 29 thousand microform units, 9 thousand 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.

Library Closing

At the recommendation of the state Division of Capital Asset management (DCAM), the SSC library was closed on October 15, 2007 due to address concerns raised by an engineering consultant report over the structural safety of the building.

"The building will be closed for a minimum of one week. During this time, we will determine if there are approaches that will safely permit us to use certain areas of the building." said college President Patricia Maguire Meservey in a memo released to the faculty and students of Salem State.

Speaker Series

The college hosts 3 speakers per year. Past speakers include 42nd United State President Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Gloria Steinem, Robert Redford and Jesse Jackson. In 2007 the speakers were baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., 41st United State President George H.W. Bush, and novelist Tom Wolfe. William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... Cal Ripken, Jr. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born... For the early 20th century American novelist, see Thomas Wolfe. ...


Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey has been chosen as the 13th President of Salem State College. Dr. Meservey was elected by a unanimous vote of the college's Board of Trustees on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at a special meeting. The selection will be immediately submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for formal approval. Subject to that final ratification, Dr. Meservey is expected has assumed this position as of August 2007.

Dr. Meservey was the Provost and Academic Vice President at Suffolk University in Boston, where she has provided academic leadership across the University. Particular areas of emphasis for her work are in the advancement of teaching excellence, promotion of faculty scholarship, and academic and administrative strategic planning.



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External links

  • SSC Homepage

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