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Welcome to Salem

Salem is the nation’s only college exclusively dedicated to elevating and expanding women in health leadership. In our distinctive learning community, students care deeply about issues that impact women today and become bold, courageous leaders who make the world healthier.

Visit Salem

Come visit Salem College, explore our historic, picturesque campus in vibrant Winston-Salem, NC, and decide if we are the right fit for you.

Be Remarkable

“Be Remarkable” exemplifies Salem’s commitment to providing women a remarkable liberal arts education with a distinctive focus on health leadership. Our Salem graduates understand the power, importance, and complexity of health in our society. Click below to read and watch stories about the incredible people on our campus.

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Salem College students at graduation

Distinctive Experiences

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Health Leadership

Salem is the nation’s only college dedicated to elevating and expanding women in Health Leadership. This distinctive focus within a robust liberal arts education strategically positions our students with the confidence and courage to become leaders. Our graduates are innovative problem solvers who are actively making the world a better, healthier, and more equitable place.

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Wellbeing Focus

At Salem College, your personal, academic, and professional growth are our highest priorities. We believe true wellbeing is the foundation for strong and effective leadership. As you strive to meet the high expectations of a robust liberal arts education, we will help you establish healthy routines, embrace and utilize reflection, and practice the vital work of self-care. At Salem, you will find the time and physical space to develop your body and mind, build confidence, resilience and courage, and have fun along the way.

Uniquely Salem.

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Historic Campus in an Urban Setting

Founded in 1772, Salem College is nestled in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, NC, an engaging college town. Our students enjoy the city’s thriving arts and cultural scene, vibrant music, and abundant outdoor recreation, while anchored in the safe surroundings of our historic campus.

Our Location
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Women-Centered Inclusive Community

Salem College is a women’s college with a close-knit community. Within our welcoming student body, you will be free to discover your unique potential, create lasting friendships, and cultivate your passions.

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Health and Wellness Focus

At Salem, we educate the whole person, developing the character as well as the mind. We believe that the ability to lead starts with ensuring health and wellness.

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Leadership Development

At Salem, we develop competent, confident, and courageous future leaders in health.  Salem offers the nation’s only exclusively focused, campus-wide and industry-guided women’s leadership program focused on preparing women leaders who will reduce gender disparities in health leadership and who will make the world a better, healthier place.

Health Leadership


In the United States
For Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report - Top 10 for four consecutive years


In the United States
Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States Washington Monthly 2023 College Rankings


In the United States
For economic diversity as part of the New York Times College Access Index in 2023.


In the United States
For graduation rate performance by the Washington Monthly 2023 College Rankings


In the United States
For the earning performance of its graduates by the Washington Monthly 2023 College Rankings


In the Southeast
For “Bang for the Buck” by Washington Monthly 2023 College Rankings


Alumnae worldwide
Oldest educational institution for girls and women in the nation


Of students from underrepresented groups
Diverse student body


Of faculty
Hold a terminal degree in their field
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Salem Student Stories

Tiera Thomas, C’22

Class of 2022 Major: Chemistry What I appreciated the most about Salem during my time there were the professors, especially those in the math and science department! Every professor I had was patient, kind, caring, and understanding. I had the pleasure of working in the Chemistry department for four years with Professor Brandon Walker. That...

Layla McCarthy, C’21

Class of 2021 Major: Design with concentration in architectural studies When I started at Salem College, I had no idea where my future was going to take me. I had big aspirations, but I never thought they were attainable. My professors in the design department at Salem changed my mind. They inspired me every day...

Stephany Luna-Rivas, C’19

Class of 2019 Major: Design with concentration in architectural studies I started my graduate studies in the fall of 2020 at NC State University (NCSU) in the master of architecture program. I was awarded the Eduardo Catalano Architecture Scholarship which made it possible for me to further my education. I’m enjoying my time at NCSU...
Erica Shepperd

Erica Shepperd-Debnam, C’15

Erica Shepperd-Debnam C’15 thanks Salem College for helping her grow as a person academically and emotionally from her arrival on campus as a freshman to her current job as an Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. She credits her two advisors (Dr. Porter and Dr. Watts) for helping her on...
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Laila Muhammad

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