Salem College is a four-year liberal arts school for women. Men are accepted into undergraduate programs through the Fleer Center for Adult Education and to the graduate programs in teacher education.

We are the 13th oldest college in the United States, according to the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., and the oldest women's college by founding date (1772).

Motto: “Knowledge and Virtue”

Salem offers four undergraduate degrees (BA, BS, BM, and BSBA); two graduate degrees (MAT, MEd); teacher licensure (Elementary Education K-6, General Curriculum Special Education K-12, Middle/Secondary Content Area 6-12, Second Language - French and Spanish - K-12 and Art Education K-12; add-on licensure is available in Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Birth-Kindergarten, Reading, and English as a Second Language); and four certificate programs, in Accounting, Historic Preservation, Not-for-Profit Management, and in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique. 

Salem's total enrollment of 1,100 includes traditional college students (all women), adults enrolled in the graduate-degree programs in education as well as men and women ages 23 and up who take courses through the Fleer Center for Adult Education. 

Student to faculty ratio is 12:1; 90% of professors have Ph.D. or terminal degrees in their field; 70% are women.

Salem College has the most racially and ethnically diverse student body of any local institution: 7 percent international students; 25 percent students of color.

Salem College’s law school admission rate is 100 percent; the medical school admission rate is 85 percent.  (The national average for medical school admission is 50 percent.)

Money magazine has named Salem one of the top 10 "Best Buys" among women's colleges seven years in a row. (We were also ranked in the top 150 "Best Buys" for all colleges and universities in the U.S and one of the top 25 “Best Buys” among liberal arts colleges in the Southeast.)

Salem was the first college in North Carolina to add a master's degree program in which students can earn licensure to teach children from birth to kindergarten.

Salem is one of the top "Character-Building Colleges" in the nation by the John Templeton Foundation, in large part because of the unique Salem Signature program.

Women who attend women's colleges are twice as likely as their peers in co-ed institutions to pursue careers and advanced degrees in the sciences. At Salem, our science programs are among our most popular. Salem's Women in Science  program is designed to provide academic and career support for students interested in pursuing careers in science or mathematics.


The Salem College athletic program is composed of seven intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field.  Equestrian is offered as a club sport.

Students compete with other colleges in Virginia and North and South Carolina. Salem College is competing in Division III of the NCAA and is a member of the Great South Athletic Conference. 

Team name: Salem Spirits

Outcomes for 2014-15

Enrollment: For Fall 2015, Salem received 1013 applications, accepted 632 (63 %), and enrolled 212 (34%).

Retention: 83% of the first-year class from 2014 returned for Fall 2015. The national average for four-year private colleges was 70%.

Graduation: 61% of the first-year class from 2010 graduated in May, 2014. The national average for four-year private colleges was 57%.

Post-graduation: At the time of graduation, 65% of the May 2014 graduates had either accepted employment or had been accepted to a graduate or professional school.

Inclement Weather

Due to inclement weather, all classes have been canceled and all offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Scholarship Weekend events scheduled for Monday, February 15, will take place in the Single Sisters House.

Tue Feb 16 00:00:00 EST 2016