Systemwide Programs & Events

Undergraduate Students at Salem State University

The following Department of Higher Education programs and activities are collaborations among Massachusetts public higher education institutions.


Go Public!

“Go Public!” is a campaign organized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in partnership with Massachusetts' 29 public colleges and universities. It features events at local high schools that educate students about public higher education options in the Commonwealth. "Go Public" aims to promote public colleges and universities while providing students with information about financial aid, program requirements and student life.

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29 Who Shine

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched “29 Who Shine,” a program to recognize outstanding students representing each of our 29 public campuses. The honorees are chosen because of their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service. They stand poised to contribute greatly to the civic life and economic well-being of the state. Whether furthering their education or entering careers here in Massachusetts in fields as diverse as education, public policy, medicine, creative arts and engineering, they truly embody the vibrant future that we all envision for the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Honors Program

Massachusetts is the only state in the country to offer an integrated network of honors programs throughout the public higher education system. There are Commonwealth Honors Programs in community colleges and state universities and on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

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MassTransfer makes it easy for students to transfer from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another. It is a way for community college students who complete associate degrees to enroll in linked programs with the full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission and a tuition discount. It also provides any student who completes the MassTransfer Block with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other public higher education institution in the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses and earn credit simultaneously toward high school completion and their future college degrees. CDEP eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a headstart on their college careers, and provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience.

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