Salem College’s 68-acre campus is located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem in the Old Salem historic district. The restored eighteenth-century Moravian village of Salem is now an internationally recognized living history museum complex. Our campus includes five buildings that date from the original town of Salem, and we share Salem Square with Old Salem and with Home Moravian Church (built in 1800).
Winston-Salem is known as “the City of Arts and Innovation” and Salem students enjoy the many special offerings in town including: RiverRun International Film Festival, The National Black Theatre Festival, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Piedmont Opera, Twin City Stage, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, and the Piedmont Chamber Singers.
Winston-Salem is home to the Roger L. Stevens Center, a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts; Reynolda House Museum of American Art; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts; and the North Carolina School of the Arts. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts borders the Salem campus in Old Salem. Winston-Salem’s downtown has a vibrant arts and music scene featuring several restaurants, clubs, and galleries.
Salem College students themselves make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of Winston-Salem. Each year, many visitors come to Salem to enjoy exhibits of student artwork; concerts by faculty, students, and guest artists sponsored by Salem’s School of Music; plays staged by the Pierrette Players; dance recitals choreographed and performed by the Salem College Dance Company; and presentations by lecturers and artists invited to the College by the faculty, by members of the Cultural Events Committee, and by the Center for Women Writers.
The Winston-Salem community provides a wealth of academic opportunities as well. Students have the opportunity to take classes at Wake Forest University and to mingle socially with students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University, and Wake Forest University. The possibilities for internships and volunteer work are nearly endless. They include the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public schools, and local businesses ranging from law firms to advertising agencies to television stations.
The Winston-Salem area also offers a rich variety of recreational opportunities. Take a short walk from the Salem campus and you’ll find yourself downtown or on the “greenway” to Salem Lake, a popular spot for boating, biking, and jogging. Within a few hours of campus are mountains for skiing, camping, or hiking; rivers for whitewater rafting; and the beautiful ports and beaches of North and South Carolina.