How can I apply to Salem?

You can apply via the Salem application on our website (which is completely free!), via The Common Application, or, if you are a North Carolina resident, via the CFNC application. 

What do I need to include in my application materials?

Along with your application we will need we will need one letter of recommendation, a personal statement, and your final high school transcript. We are now test optional so you do not have to submit your ACT or SAT scores to us, although you are still welcome to submit them if you would like.

When is the deadline for applications?

At Salem, we do rolling admissions so there isn’t a hard deadline. Our application opens on September 1st and we continually accept applicants until classes begin the following August!


How is an application read?

Our Admissions staff does a holistic review of applications. We do not have a minimum high school GPA or minimum test scores. Instead, we focus on every applicant as an individual. Applications are reviewed by 2 separate people to have different perspectives, so no one person is exclusively evaluating an application.

What do I need to do for financial aid?

You’ll want to be sure to complete your FAFSA when it becomes available on October 1st. The ideal time to complete your FAFSA is October 1st-February 1st although you can still complete your FAFSA after February 1st. We do recommend completing your FAFSA as soon as possible. You will need to have a parent sign the FAFSA and you’ll also want to add Salem College to your FAFSA using our school code 002960 to make sure that we receive your information.