We are the thirteenth oldest college in the United States, according to the American Council on Education in Washington, DC, and the oldest educational institution for women and girls 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); three graduate degrees (master of arts in teaching, master of education, and master of music); 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 two certificate programs, in Not-for-Profit Management and Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique.
Salem’s total enrollment of 509 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 12:1; 94 percent of professors have PhDs or terminal degrees in their field; 79 percent are women.
Salem College has the most racially and ethnically diverse student body of any local institution: 47 percent of traditional students are students of color.
Salem Recognition & Value
Salem College’s law school admission rate is 100 percent.
Ranked #4 by U.S. News and World Report for “Social Mobility”
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 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 Impact 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.
Since 2010, students graduating with a degree from the Natural Sciences or Mathematics departments at Salem College have achieved a 89.6% acceptance rate into health science-related programs, including dental, graduate research, medical, occupational therapy, osteopathic medical, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy schools. This data was collected using a voluntary survey to which Salem graduates since 2010 were asked to report on acceptance rates and career outcomes
Salem competes with other colleges in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, 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
Student Achievement Data
Retention of First-time Full-time First-Year Cohorts:
Fall 2015-Fall 2016
Fall 2016-Fall 2017
Fall 2017-Fall 2018
Fall 2018-Fall 2019
Fall 2019-Fall 2020
Fall 2020-Fall 2021
Retention of all undergraduates:
(excluding those who graduated)
Spring 2016-Fall 2016
Spring 2017-Fall 2017
Spring 2018-Fall 2018
Spring 2019-Fall 2019
Spring 2020-Fall 2020
Spring 2021-Fall 2021
(6-year rates, based on the first-time full-time first-year cohort)
All FTFTFY students:
Pell Grant recipients:
Stafford Loan recipients:
(based on a survey of graduates Dec 2016-Dec 2018, with a 42% response rate)