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We are glad you are interested in Salem College! 

Salem College has transformed liberal arts education. You’ll see it on the very first day you walk on campus. Our RISE leadership program and our remarkable curriculum experience prepare you for success and open the door to becoming a leader. Our distinctive focus on health leadership can set you up for thousands of new roles in the world’s fastest growing area. We’ve been revolutionary since 1772!

Salem College Admissions staff will help with your entire college search process, from applications, to admission and scholarships, to our more than 80 academic programs. Come see why the Salem experience is so transformative — and explore the places a Salem degree will take you.

A National Leader

Salem Is #2 In The Nation For Advancing Students’ Social Mobility**

College opens doors to new levels of opportunity. Some colleges are incredibly successful at helping first-generation students, diverse students and those with profound financial need. In 2023, Salem College was ranked #2 in the nation for advancing students’ social mobility. That’s because we leverage every dollar of available federal and state financial aid as well as our many endowed scholarships to help make college affordable, and we also help you prepare for all the challenges life brings during and after college.

Salem Is #8 In The Nation For Graduates’ Predicted Earnings Performance

At the conclusion of your college education, you will seek out new opportunities like jobs and graduate programs. We know how to help. Our graduates’ predicted incomes are among the 10 highest of any liberal arts college in America. They are accepted to the most selective graduate programs and employed in thousands of roles around the world.

Salem Is #4 In The Nation For Graduation Rate Performance

At Salem you will find new resolve. You will be resilient. We will have your back, and we will teach you the skills that make leaders strong. We are among the top five colleges in America for graduation rate performance, because we teach the key qualities of leadership in everything you do: self-knowledge, quality relationships, responsibility, teamwork, confidence, cultural competence, communication, ethical inquiry and health-related knowledge. At Salem you can be confident in your future.

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

Your journey begins here! And then, whatever your plans, Salem’s distinguished national reputation will open doors. Our network of alumnae and professional mentors spans the globe, and they will be there for you as you find the right place to take the next step.

What You Need to Know

Thanks to the generosity of our alumnae donors, we do not have an application fee. Once you apply, you will automatically be considered.

Learn about financial aid and scholarships available

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Gender Admissions Policy

As the nation’s oldest continuously operating educational institution for women and girls in the United States, Salem Academy and College centers its educational and campus experiences on girls and women. As a women’s college in a society with changing understandings of gender identity and fluidity, Salem College strives to be a welcoming, gender inclusive space while focusing our experience on those who are female or who identify as such.

Salem College welcomes applications from students who were assigned female at birth or who identify as women. A student who has been allowed to matriculate at Salem College will be able to complete their degree, regardless of gender identity.

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