Student & Graduate Reviews
Terrance - 2/2/2019
Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2020
"The faculty here are initially helpful to students and appear to want the best for the student. However, they will play favorites and treat some students better than others. When you get into the upper-level courses of the program the faculty are no longer helpful. They are hesitant in answering emails or questions students may have and they are not required to post grades in the upper-level classes. I had a very poor experience in one of my courses where the Professor posted feedback and grades late on paper, leaving students hanging. I did end up failing the course and being dismissed from the program because of poor feedback on assignments and not receiving help when I requested it. If they attempt to put you on a behavior plan please do not return to the program as they use this as a way to dismiss students. Choose another OT program that allows you to perform to your best capacity, this program is unfortunately not designed this way."
Alecia Lapointe - 8/10/2018
Graduation Year: 1996
"I attended Salem State College (now Salem State University) more than 20 years ago, so I'm not sure if my comments are still relevant. I enjoyed my studies there. I thought the courses were challenging and the professors were knowledgeable. We often had many students from some of the more well-known universities in Boston retake classes there, to improve their GPA. More than once I was told that they thought attaining an "A" at Salem State would be easy. Many were surprised at the depth and difficulty of courses. I was a commuter student, which was probably the worst part of going to school at Salem State. If you do not live in Salem, you have to battle the traffic getting into Salem, which was terrible. It would take me 45 minutes to drive 5 miles. Parking was very competitive as well. (Remember this was in the 90s so I am unaware of any new parking garage or new highway. :)"
Konstantina Kumunduros - 6/27/2017
Graduation Year: 2018
"Salem State University offers a very diverse and welcoming campus. I have always felt comfortable and able to approach almost all students and staff on campus to discuss cirriculum as well as situations on campus. Most buildings and classrooms are newly renovated and provide an awesome learning environment."
Mark Tibbetts - 3/30/2017
Graduation Year: 2013
"Welcome to the city of Salem, Massachusetts. A place where the unknown and rich dark history come together. What I mean by the unknown is Salem State University (SSU). When I first started at Salem State University I did not know what I was going to expect. They are known for the history department and that was my major, but I didn't fully understand how good it was until I experienced it. The professors were top of the line and very passionate about their field. Whenever I walked into the history department I would see a group of enthusiastic students talking about history in the lounge right outside the office. I would stop and join them for a conversation about a historical topic or stories from one of the professors classes. This department was welcoming and willing to help their students succeed to the best of their ability. The University as a whole was like this. From my first day on campus all the faculty, staff and students were very accepting and cared about each other. I lived in the residence halls as a resident and resident assistant. The quality of the resident halls is fantastic. Since 2010, SSU has built 3 new residence halls to accommodate to the growing need of students wanting to live on campus. I recommend living on campus because students can walk, ride a bike, take public transportation or drive to the historic downtown Salem where there are lots of activities to do and shops to check out. Especially around Halloween when all Salem's history comes out of the woods. Students are not just close to Salem, but to Boston. There are many ways to get to Boston from Salem. You can take a ferry, train, subway, bus or drive. It is 45 minutes north of Boston, which provides Salem State students more to during down time, but also opportunity. There are plenty of jobs and internships available between these two cities. During my time at Salem State University I was able to grow as a person. I learned a lot academically and personally. A lasting effect was left upon me for years to come. I learned from my past, just like the citizens of Salem have done for hundreds of years after the infamous Witch Trials. Both SSU and the city itself is very diverse and open to different types of people. There are restaurants, bars and clubs that fit all personality. Back in the 1700's, Salem was known for its diverse selection of goods from different parts of the world. Today, Salem is known for its diverse personalities from all the United States and the world. I sincerely hope you consider Salem State University to attend one of its many offered degree tracks."
Melissa Polino - 2/21/2017
Graduation Year: 2004
"Salem State has been the backbone of my career. They were flexible with scheduling. Their professors are also very accessible and make the rigor of the course work attainable and meaningful. Since in the teaching field we need to student teach, Salem State has a lab school which accommodates the need to find a placement."