Interesting Facts About Salem College

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Basic Info About Salem

  • Salem College is a four-year liberal arts school for women. Women and men ages 23 and older are accepted into undergraduate programs through the Fleer Center for Adult Education and to the graduate programs in teacher education.
  • We are the thirteenth oldest college in the United States, according to the American Council on Education in Washington, DC, and the oldest continuously operating educational institution for women in the nation.
  • Motto: “Knowledge and Virtue”
  • Salem offers four undergraduate degrees (bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, and bachelor of science in business administration); two graduate degrees (master of arts in teaching, master of education); 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 Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique

Salem Population

  • Salem's total enrollment of 1,100 includes traditional-age college students (all women), adults enrolled in the graduate-degree programs in education, as well as women and men ages 23 and up who take courses through the Fleer Center for Adult Education. 
  • Student to faculty ratio is 11:1; 90 percent of professors have PhDs or terminal degrees in their field; 70 percent are women.
  • Salem College has the most racially and ethnically diverse student body of any local institution: 48 percent of traditional students are students of color.

Salem Recognition & Value

  • 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 US 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 ranked 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.

Salem Athletics 

  • The Salem College athletic program is composed of six intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, volleyball, soccer, softball, and tennis. We will begin competing in lacrosse in 2017-18.
  • Salem competes with other colleges in Virginia and North and South Carolina. Salem College is in Division III of the NCAA and is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference. 
  • Team name: Salem Spirits

Contact Salem College for Additional Information

We hope you found our list of Salem facts helpful. If you have additional questions about our school history or academic offerings, please visit the relevant pages, and feel free to contact us at 336-721-2600.

Salem College is proud to be the oldest continuously operating educational institution for women in the US, among its many other interesting and praiseworthy distinctions.