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About Salem College

Who We Are

  • Salem College is 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
  • Salem College is a gender-inclusive women’s college
  • Motto is “Knowledge and Virtue”

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

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What We Do

  • Salem College has 26 undergraduate majors and 32 minors
  • A unique, four year leadership development program called RISE
  • Salem College has 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

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement: “Salem College, a women’s college grounded in the liberal arts, values its students as individuals, develops their leadership potential, and prepares them to create healthier and more equitable communities.”

Vision Statement: Salem College is the premier women’s college committed to advancing equity in health and in our society.

Statement of Core Values, including framing statement: Our values are aspirational and interconnected. They are dynamic expressions of our commitments to one another as members of the Salem College community and the larger world as we strive to live them every day.

  • Intellectual CuriosityWe are fervent about cultivating an environment where a love of learning and thirst for knowledge are the driving forces.
  • Intentional CommunityCommunity is created when we are purposeful in nurturing connections, collaboration, creativity, care, courage and the regard for each person’s unique contributions. We affirm that the health of the individual and the health of the community are interdependent.
  • Equity and BelongingWe believe our community is strengthened by the diversity of its members, by our intentional efforts to welcome all who are part of the Salem community, by the sense of belonging that they feel, and by the equitable outcomes of our work.
  • Innovative SpiritOur ethos of courage and resilience, exemplified by Salem’s founders, fuels each generation of Salem students and graduates to be change-makers in their own time.
  • Courageous LeadershipThe Salem community provides students with both buoyant support and the challenge to be fiercely courageous. With confidence in our individual and collective strengths, we claim the responsibility to make a meaningful difference in the world around us, each in our own unique ways.
  • Honor and IntegrityAt Salem College, our Honor Code calls us to live, learn, and lead with integrity. To do so is to act with love – embracing the shared stewardship of our community and purposefully demonstrating our convictions to the greater world.

The mission, vision and values statements were adopted by Salem College in November 2023.

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