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Campus building at Salem College

Salem College is a distinguished private liberal arts college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

As the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the nation, Salem is as prestigious as it is historic. Since our founding in 1772, we have stood at the vanguard of women’s education, boldly defining the possibilities for women’s futures.

Today, we continue to uphold that commitment and are proud to be the only liberal arts college in America dedicated to elevating and expanding women in health leadership. We educate women to become principled, courageous leaders who make the world healthier — starting with themselves.

Two students in front of campus building at Salem College

Grounded in tradition yet innovative, Salem educates the whole person, developing the character as well as the mind.

We prepare our students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, problem solvers and ethical decision makers. Our diverse student community achieves ambitious goals through personalized attention from esteemed faculty members in a welcoming, engaging community. They enjoy a picturesque campus and access to a learning community intent on nurturing bright minds, fostering personal well-being and pursuing intellectual curiosity.

At Salem, our focus is on you — and creating an environment where you can form lasting friendships, cultivate your unique talents, indulge your passions and learn how to lead.

Your journey begins here. Together, we can build healthier, more equitable communities.

We are bold.
We are remarkable.
We are Salem College.

Why Salem College?

We are delighted that your family is considering Salem College. The advantages of a Salem education are enormous. Here students will find an environment where there are no barriers to success, an individualized approach to instruction and learning, and opportunities to gain the independence and confidence to succeed in today’s competitive world.

Salem’s distinguished national reputation will open doors. Our network of alumnae and professional mentors span the globe—and they stand eager to assist Salem graduates, personally and professionally, in a diverse global society.

Our students graduate from Salem ready to hit the ground running. Students develop strong resumes through the vast array of leadership experiences available on our campus. They develop deep and meaningful relationships with faculty that result in strong references for our graduates.

We hope you will encourage your student to consider Salem College for the investment of a lifetime.

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