Greetings From Dean of Admissions, Katherine Knapp Watts:

Dear Parent(s);

On behalf of the Salem College community, I would like to congratulate you and your daughter on her acceptance to Salem College. You know best how hard she has worked over the years to achieve her current success. I know you take great pride in her accomplishments and look forward, with a variety of emotions, to her taking the next step in her academic and personal journey. 

College is one of the most valuable investments you can make in her future, and Salem is prepared to invest in her.

The comparative advantages of a Salem education are enormous. Here she will find an environment where there are no barriers to her success, an 11:1 student/teacher ratio with faculty mentors who truly care about her learning and her goals, and opportunities for her to gain the independence and the confidence to succeed in today’s competitive world.

Salem’s distinguished national reputation will open doors for her. Our network of alumnae and professional mentors span the globe – and they stand eager to assist Salem women, personally and professionally, in a diverse global society.

Your daughter will graduate from Salem ready to hit the ground running. She will possess both the sense of direction and the relevant experience to handle whatever comes her way. She will have professional internships (at least one, probably two or three) under her belt. She will have completed meaningful service learning and will perhaps have studied abroad. Our Salem women graduate with resumes that boast more significant experiences than their counterparts from larger universities. And our outcomes are remarkable:

• 100 percent acceptance to law school

• 85 percent acceptance to medical school

• Acceptances into graduate and PhD programs at Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, Cornell, Duke, Vanderbilt, Rice and UCLA among others

• Ranked no. 14 on Forbes’ America’s Best College Buys and no. 12 on

Forbes’ Best Colleges in the South

The success of our graduates illustrates that Salem is not just for four years – Salem is for a lifetime. We hope you will encourage your daughter to choose Salem for the investment of a lifetime.


Katherine Knapp Watts C’80

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid