Ways to be involved on and off campus


Staying involved with the Salem State Community is more than hanging out on-campus or participating in student organizations. Though those are great ideas, there are plenty of ways to involve yourself socially both locally and with the community at large.

Donate your time to a good cause. There are plenty of people looking for help in and around Salem in their organization. Consider volunteering at the following locations.


Connecting with a classmate or upperclassman is important for making connections that you may need to rely on later in life. Grab coffee and chat at a hip coffee shop downtown like Front Street or Jaho.  (My personal favorite is an iced almond joy latte from Front Street)
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What better way to immerse yourself in surrounding culture than by attending festivals in Boston or Salem! There are plenty of events year round pertaining, to art, dance, music, film, food, and so much more.

. . . and if you’ve done all that, check out the University’s official list of:

100 Things to Do at Salem State Before You Graduate

Check off your to-do list with #SSU100things

  1. Spend Halloween night downtown
  2. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum (for FREE w/SSU ID)
  3. Walk around Forest River Park
  4. Visit the Writing Center for help with a paper
  5. Take the weekend shuttle service to the mall
  6. Figure out the Subway T system in Boston
  7. Cheer for a Salem State sports team
  8. Get a pizza from the Engine House
  9. Explore Museum Place and the Salem Visitors Center
  10. Study abroad
  11. Take your picture with the Salem State Viking
  12. Visit the shops in Vinnin Square
  13. Get a job on campus
  14. Take your picture with the Samantha statue from “Bewitched”
  15. Go to the Alliance’s Raspberry Swirl
  16. Have an apple cider donut at the Topsfield Fair
  17. Help a first year student
  18. Visit the Collins Observatory atop Meier Hall
  19. Study in the Berry Library and Learning Commons
  20. Get your ID picture taken
  21. Go on an Alternative Spring Break Trip
  22. Read the Salem State Log
  23. Work out in the Gassett Fitness Center
  24. Visit Pickering Wharf on a nice day
  25. Withstand the wait at Dunkin Donuts in Meier Hall
  26. Get an internship
  27. Meet the president
  28. Join a student organization
  29. Visit the courtyard in the middle of Meier Hall
  30. Skate in the O’Keefe Center Rink
  31. Watch a movie at the Cinema Salem
  32. Dance the night away at Program Council’s Winter Ball
  33. Take a dip in the O’Keefe Pool during open swim hours
  34. Get a Roastbeef three-way at Sammy’s
  35. Visit the Winfisky Art Gallery
  36. Attend an open mic night
  37. Go to the Witch Museum
  38. Play games at the Salem Willows
  39. Attend a Salem State Theatre production
  40. Play a game in the quad between Atlantic and Marsh Halls
  41. Attend a Speaker Series event
  42. Buy a Salem State Sweatshirt at the Bookstore
  43. Build your resume with the help of Career Services
  44. Attend a Darwin Festival Event
  45. Listen to WMWM Radio
  46. Attend a dinner sponsored by one or more of the student cultural groups
  47. Explore the Salem Woods behind Bates
  48. Visit the House of Seven Gables
  49. Go to an event during Welcome Week
  50. Find a parking space
  51. Walk downtown for lunch
  52. Go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation
  53. Take the Commuter Rail into Boston
  54. Go to Wing Night at Sidelines
  55. Help out at SGA’s Haunted Happenings
  56. Participate in the Domino’s Challenge at the Basketball game
  57. Declare a minor
  58. Attend one of the Think Pink sporting events
  59. Attend a Repertory Dance Theater show
  60. Visit the Enterprise Center
  61. Wear orange and blue to an athletic event
  62. People-watch in Alumni Plaza
  63. Walk or run the Salem Bike Path
  64. Play in an SMS Club Tournament (Dodge Ball or Softball)
  65. Go on a date with another student
  66. Attend a Grandma’s Third Leg show
  67. Volunteer on a Community Service Day
  68. Take a ghost tour
  69. Eat gigantic pancakes at Red’s Sandwich Shop
  70. Give directions to a tourist in October
  71. Take a photo of The Friendship in Salem Harbor
  72. Come to Family & Friends Weekend
  73. Eat at the Salem Diner
  74. Attend a Student Involvement Fair
  75. Live on campus
  76. March in the Haunted Happenings Parade
  77. Eat at an International Dinner
  78. Attend a Program Council event
  79. Thank a professor for helping you determine your future
  80. Play an intramural sport
  81. Use your ClipperCard off campus
  82. Go dancing at Murphy’s
  83. Go to a Red Sox game
  84. Try to find somewhere to sit in Upper Café during Community Time
  85. Thank a maintainer (custodian)
  86. Go to a Meet the Greeks event
  87. Make a friend from another state or country
  88. Smile and say hello to a stranger on campus
  89. Get your picture on the Salemstate.edu website
  90. Read the Police Log
  91. Make a poster for Earth Day
  92. Wait in the line at Bagel World
  93. Ride the Shuttle Bus
  94. Buy a calzone from White Dove
  95. Attend a “Meet Your Major” event
  96. Make friends with an RA
  97. Find a place to study in the library during finals week
  98. Eat at all eight campus dining locations
  99. Go to the International Student Association’s Cultural Night
  100. Wear your cap and gown with pride at Commencement!

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