Transfer Admission Requirements
To apply to Salem State University, please submit a complete application, the non-refundable $50 application fee, official transcript(s), current courses or resume and your high school transcript (if applicable).
The following admissions standards have been developed with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to ensure that the university remains an institution of high academic quality.
- 12-23 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or,
- Up to 23 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and meets minimum freshman applicant requirements or,
- 24 or more college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0
These above requirements are the minimum admissions standards required for direct entrance to the university. Salem State has set suggested higher standards for admission in some majors. Admissions standards and requirements are reviewed continuously and we reserve the right to change standards.
It is suggested that transfer nursing applicants have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5 and at least 30 credits of college level work completed. While we do not have official prerequisites we do suggest that students have strong grades (at least a B+) in anatomy and physiology I and II, chemistry and statistics.
In addition, transfer nursing students must complete the TEAS test and submit the scores. Learn more about the TEAS entrance exam (PDF).
Applicants must submit a copy of the LPN or RN license, official transcript of the LPN or RN program completed, and official transcripts of all other colleges attended. LPN candidates must also submit a resume. LPN license must be issued in the United States, and the RN license must be issued in the state of Massachusetts.
LPN candidates must also submit a resume and a TEAS test score. Learn more about the TEAS entrance exam (PDF).
Applicants must have a completed bachelor’s degree (from an accredited U.S. college or university) in a non-nursing program before May 1. Required prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of summer one, a student may be enrolled in two prerequisite courses, however, the courses must be complete before the summer one sessions begin.
Applicants who hold a bachelor degree from a non-U.S. institution must also complete the MassTransfer Block at a Massachusetts Community College with the official stamped transcript on or before the start of Summer Session I (May 1) of the year in which you are enrolling (suggested GPA 3.5). Learn more about MassTransfer.
What are the prerequisites for the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in nursing program?
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab, Microbiology with a lab, General Chemistry with a lab, Statistics and Developmental Psychology across the lifespan
Learn more about this program on the School of Nursing web page.
Applicants must submit a copy of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) license, official transcript of the COTA program completed, official transcripts of all other colleges attended and a resume.
Applicants must submit an official transcript of a completed Fire Science Associate degree and all other official college transcripts.