Salem College

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601 S. Church Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Phone: (336) 721-2600
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U.S. News Rankings

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#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Salem College is a private institution that was founded in 1772. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 945, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 57 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Salem College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 156. Its tuition and fees are $24,566 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Salem College, a residential liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world. Founded in 1772 as a school for girls, Salem is the oldest continuously-operating school in the nation dedicated to the education of women. Today, Salem is known for the Women in Science and Math Program, Center for Women Writers, School of Music, and Center for Women in Business. A January term allows special opportunities for internships and study trips, and a signature general education program includes first-year seminars, service learning, liberal arts breadth, and an innovative interdisciplinary capstone to create a strong foundation for life-long learning. The campus is located adjacent to the restored 18th century village of Old Salem and is four blocks from Downtown Winston-Salem, The City of Arts and Innovation. Salem is a special environment where students experience the rewards of rigorous academic work, expand their capacity for creative, analytical and ethical thought, and prepare for positions of leadership and responsibility in a changing world. Salem welcomes and educates both women and men from the community through its Fleer Center for Adult Education (age 23 and over) and the Graduate Program in Education.

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School type private, women's college
Year founded 1772
Religious affiliation Moravian Church in America
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Salem College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Salem College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Salem College is 11:1, and the school has 88.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Salem College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Sociology; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Communication, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Sociology 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Communication, General 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Salem College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 945, with a gender distribution of 4.3 percent male students and 95.7 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus. Salem College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,165
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Salem College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Salem College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Salem College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Salem College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $24,566 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,764 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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