Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts started life as the women-only Salem Normal School, and evolved over the late nineteenth century into a co-ed institution that now offers four-year degrees in more than 40 academic disciplines. The campus has undergone significant expansion during the 2010’s, and features the Richard O’Keefe Athletic Center, as well as the Cat Cove Maritime Facility, which grants marine biology majors hands-on experience not acquirable at landlocked universities. Salem State provides extensive career development resources, disability and counseling services, and multiple options for continuing-education candidates. Special events on-campus in March 2016 alone include a Hip-Hop Summit Lecture, explorations of careers in biology, and a religious skit entitled “Following Jesus in the Shadows.” And students here give back to their surrounding community, having worked directly with the local Boys and Girls club, American Red Cross and the Peace Corps, among many more organizations. Just like their mascot, the Viking, Salem State University proudly pushes the boundaries of what seems possible, day after day and year after year!