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Salem College

Fast Facts

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Who We Are

  • Located in Winston Salem, NC, the City of Arts & Innovation
  • Oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States (older than the United States)
  • Thirteenth oldest college in the United States (American Council on Education)
  • A private, four-year liberal arts college
  • A gender inclusive women’s college
  • Motto is “Knowledge and Virtue”

Salem’s 57-acre campus includes Salem Academy, an all-girls boarding and day high school for grades 9-12.

Salem College students in class

What We Do

  • 26 undergraduate majors, 32 minors
  • A unique, four year leadership development program called RISE
  • The nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively focused on health leadership.
  • A member of Division III of the NCAA and of the USA South Athletic Conference (basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball)
  • A member of the Women’s College Coalition (WCC), Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), NAICU
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What We Achieve

  • Socioeconomic Diversity:
  • Student Success:
  • Employability:
    • Ranked #8 in the nation for graduate earning performance, #1 in the Southeast including North Carolina (Washington Monthly 2023)
    • 96% of graduates are employed full-time or in graduate school within one year after graduation.
  • Social Mobility:
  • College Affordability:
  • Ranked in the top 25 National Liberal Arts College in the United States (Washington Monthly 2023)

Salem By The Numbers (as of Fall 2023)


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