Learn Why a Women’s College Makes Sense

You may be grappling with the question of why a women’s college is the best option for you. Or perhaps you’re attempting to convince your family that investing in a Salem College education makes sense. Fortunately, we have some facts and figures to help with both.

First, consider that graduates of women's colleges:

  • Earn an average of $8,000 more per year than women who graduated from co-ed colleges
  • Are more than twice as likely to earn a PhD
  • Are 1.5 times more likely to major in math, science, or pre-med than women in co-ed schools
  • Represent 30 percent of Business Week's list of rising stars in corporate America, 33 percent of female board members of Fortune 1000 companies, and 20 percent of women in Congress (despite the fact that women's colleges graduate fewer than 2 percent of college-educated women)
  • Have achieved a variety of “firsts,” including the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the first woman in a presidential cabinet, and the first woman to serve as a general in the US Army

Then, if you’d like to feel inspired, look at the following list of notable women, all of whom graduated from a women’s college (names in italics are those of Salem College alumnae)*:

  • Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright
  • Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell, first woman founder of a PBS television station
  • Conservationist, scientist and author of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Diane Dailey, head coach of women's golf at Wake Forest University, former LPGA Coach of the Year, and National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame member
  • Sarah Fulcher, first woman and only third person to complete 2,700-mile run across Australia
  • Actress Katharine Hepburn, first and only person to have won four Academy Awards for acting
  • Katherine Holland-Ortiz, Chief Operating Officer of the international organization, Women Deliver, www.womendeliver.org
  • Keesa Schreane, senior marketing manager at Thomson Reuters in New York City
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker
  • Barbara Walters, first woman to anchor the network nightly news
  • Celia Weston, highly acclaimed actress in the films “The Village,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” and “Junebug” and in the TV series “Desperate Housewives.”

*Information contributed by the Women's College Coalition.

Why You Should Pursue a Salem College Education 

Beyond simply being a women’s college, there are a number of factors that make Salem an excellent place to earn your four-year undergraduate degree. For information specific to Why Salem, check out the links below:

To learn even more about the benefits of attending a women’s college or Salem College, specifically, feel free to contact us at 336-721-2600.

Established in 1772, Salem College is proud of its heritage as the oldest continuously operating educational institution for women in the United States.