Salem College

Salem College

Salem College is a liberal arts college for women, and is the oldest female institution in the southern United States. The 64-acre campus of Salem College is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More than 1,000 students enroll in Salem College annually.

Salem College offers bachelor's degrees in arts, music, and science, and master's degrees in education, and teaching. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees are also offered through the Fleer Center for Adult Education. The college operates the Salem Center of Women Writers, which sponsors lectures and workshops, and organizes a writing contest every year.

The athletics department of Salem College fields teams in basketball, volleyball, swimming, cross country, soccer, and tennis. Students can also participate in club sports like equestrian, softball, and field hockey. Nicknamed the Salem Spirits, the teams are members of the Great South Athletic Conference of the NCAA's Division III. For seven consecutive years, Money Magazine has placed Salem College in its list of the top 10 "Best Buys" women's colleges.

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Salem College
601 S Church St
Winston Salem , NC 27101
General Phone: (336) 721-2600

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Salem College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts61German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, economics, international relations, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching45education, teacher education, music teaching
Business and Management18business management, non-profit management, accounting, international business
Science17biology, chemistry
Media16communication studies
Therapy and Counseling13psychology
Art Studies9art studies, arts management
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Design6interior design
Music3music, music performance
Fine Arts2art history and criticism
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Salem College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree15729
Master's degree442

Salem College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Salem College had a total enrollment of 992 students (929 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 31%
(Foreign Students) 69%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 22%
22-24 9%
25-29 11%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 15%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Salem College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 100 %

Salem College Room and Board (2007)

Salem College offers campus housing for 445 of its 929 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Salem College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480610
SAT Math470580
SAT Writing480590
ACT Verbal2430
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite2228

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Salem College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,415
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,415
Room and board $ 10,705
Room charge $ 5,308
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,397
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 3,540

Financial Aid:
Salem College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 296000)

Salem College Faculty

Salem College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$60,1282*
Associate professoracademic year6$55,68612$51,779
Assistant professoracademic year8$45,76315$48,173
Instructoracademic year2*5$40,720
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year24$52,47834$49,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Salem College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

Salem College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Music Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Salem College Highlights

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What Sets Salem College Apart:

% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Salem College % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Salem College % of degrees in media
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Salem College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Salem College Female % of student body
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Salem College % students 40 years or older
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Salem College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Salem College Number of students
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Salem College % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Salem College % of degrees in liberal arts
Student SAT scores
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 18%Salem College Student SAT scores
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Salem College Number of degree programs
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Salem College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in science
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Top 20%Salem College % of degrees in science

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