It is a pleasure to welcome you to Salem! As a member of the class of 1980, I am excited to congratulate you on your acceptance and I look forward to having you join our community.

Many opportunities await you at Salem! Here are some of my favorites:


Many of the things that make Salem special- such as Fall Fest and Big Sis/ Little Sis- have been in place for years and are fond memories of students from several generations back. You’ll enjoy knowing that you too are part of a long line of strong, confident women who value and celebrate tradition. At the same time, Salem students continue to bring new customs and festivities to campus, such as the Holi festival celebrating the coming of spring and Salem’s Annual Step Show. We look forward to seeing what YOU bring to our campus life!

Faculty/Student Partnerships

You’ll appreciate the average class size of 13 students and the personal attention you’ll receive from our faculty. They are truly mentors, dedicated to helping you succeed both in and out of the classroom. You’ll interact with them at lunch in the refectory, in traditional class setting, through an internship or community service partnership and simply walking around campus.

Honor Code

Salem is a “community of honor.” This means that you’ll sign the Honor Code upon arrival and then see it at work in your residence hall and in the classroom. When you experience self scheduled exams as well as respect from your peers and professors, you’ll know firsthand how the Honor Code really works.

Salem Impact Leadership Program

Thanks to generous sponsorship from BB&T Corporation, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive four-year leadership development program. The class of 2016 will go on a community-building retreat in August and mid-year leader leadership training program during the January Term. Transfer students will participate in leadership programs with their class.

Student-Led Activities

With more than 50 student clubs and organizations flourishing on campus, you are bound to find at least several activities in which to be active, What’s more, there are leadership opportunities for the first-year students on up to seniors- what better way to gain experience and enhance your resume than by leading the student government association, organizing social activities or heading up the staff of the yearbook or literary magazine?

Athletics and Fitness

Salem is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Great South Athletic Conference. Join-or cheer on- Salem’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, or softball teams. In addition, Salem’s Wellness Program offers you Wii Fit yoga, bikes-on-loan, fitness trails and personal trainer consultations, among many other opportunities to be active.

I hope these “Salem advantages” will give you a few ideas about how special Salem College is and how much we look forward to having you contribute your own talents, personality and backgrounds to our community.

Please stop by our office in the Single Sisters House to say “Hello” when you come to campus.


Katherine Knapp Watts

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid