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Orientation

Welcome to Salem State! All new day first year students must attend an orientation session before starting classes. This orientation program will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Students will be able to register to attend this orientation session as of September 20, 2017. Check-in is at 8 am in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business. The January Orientation session for first year students will end at approximately 4:30 pm in the main lobby of the Central Campus Classroom Building/Bertolon School of Business.

Important to do: before attending this session, please verify that you can access your Navigator account. If you need assistance, contact the ITS helpdesk at 978.542.2036, option 3. Navigator is your personal Salem State homepage and allows access to many of the web-based resources. To log in to Navigator for the first time: go to Navigator and follow the “What’s My User ID?” and “What’s My Password?” links to retrieve your login information.



First Year Seminar


All first year students will take a first year seminar as part of their spring academic course load. This three credit required seminar offers students an opportunity to study an interesting and engaging topic with one of Salem State University’s outstanding faculty members. Once students register for an orientation session in Navigator, they will be directed to the first year seminar selection process. If you have questions, contact the first year experience office at 978.542.2618 or email firstyearseminar@salemstate.edu.

Writing Self-Placement

Prior to attending orientation, please review your options to decide which writing class you will take next semester. The username and password for this process are the same as your Navigator account. Once logged in, please read all of the instructions, complete the steps listed, and submit your writing self-placement. If you are not able to complete the process to select your writing course prior to attending orientation you will need to spend additional time at orientation completing this requirement.

Prior to and at orientation, all incoming freshman take a series of diagnostic tests. The results of these tests will not affect your acceptance but will assist in placing you in the appropriate courses and providing the proper guidance to enable you to develop your full academic potential. Learn more about student testing.

Some students may have an exemption from first year writing. Please see the Exemption Policy for First-Year Writing to determine if you need to complete Writing Self-Placement. If you don’t have an exemption or are ineligible to submit an exemption portfolio, you need to complete Writing Self-Placement.

What to Bring

  • Completed health and immunization forms for health services. If you are not able to locate the forms that were mailed to you, visit salemstate.edu/chs/new.
  • A state or government issued photo ID to get your ClipperCard, the Salem State student ID.

Student Employment Opportunities

If you wish to apply for an on-campus job, visit salemstate.edu/seo to learn more about the process.

Haven

All new students are expected to complete Haven, a required online module available online before the first day of classes on January 16. Haven addresses the critical issues of power based personal violence, including sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Haven is available online and must be completed by January 16.

Residence Hall Students

These items are required before you can move into the residence hall:

  1. Pay your balance in full or be on an approved payment plan and/or have sufficient financial aid to cover your balance (includes completing all aid related items on your to-do list on your Navigator account).
  2. Submit a fully completed health form to counseling and health services. Access the requirements and forms here. Make sure the documentation has been received by checking the student health portal.

Special Services


To request special accommodations, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or TTY 978.542.7146.


Parking and Directions

Find parking and directions. If using GPS, enter 71 Loring Avenue in Salem.

For More Information


Questions about orientation may be directed to enrollment management at 978.542.7455 or at orientation@salemstate.edu.

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