Our Reasons

President Patricia Maguire MeserveyAsk me why you should support Salem State University, and I can point to 10,000 reasons. Each one is wearing a backpack, walking to class and planning a bright future that will begin with the resources Salem State provides. As we uphold our promise to provide a world-class educational experience that is accessible to all, our students are the reasons for our efforts.

From at least 29 states and 60 countries around the globe, students come to Salem State University to broaden their perspectives and our own. Many are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. Attending college is a transformational experience not just for them but for the people all around them. They are the reasons.

Each year our graduates go on to start businesses, teach our children, provide our health care, entertain and enrich us, and move our communities forward with their talent and drive. Future leaders from the North Shore and beyond look to our graduate programs to help them advance their careers, build their businesses and give their best to strengthen the social and economic fabric of Massachusetts. They, too, are the reasons.

Can a state university provide a truly world-class education? We already do. Can we remain committed to financial accessibility for all as we forge our identity as the flagship university north of Boston? It is our promise. As a community, we will fulfill it together through the 10,000 Reasons campaign.

I thank you for your support.

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Patricia Maguire Meservey

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