Choosing a college is perhaps the biggest decision you and your daughter have had to work through.  Of course, you want the very best for your daughter, a place where she’ll be challenged yet comfortable, where she’ll have the space to dream and to reach for her goals.  

As a Salem student, your daughter won’t get lost. We’ll make sure she is an important part of our stimulating community that inspires dialogue, action, and professional growth. And we promise the same for her admission process. That’s why we have counselors who are devoted to you, who understand your family’s background, and can help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing a college. 

Will She Fit In?

Once you’ve found a college that looks good on paper, it’s time to assess whether your daughter will be happy there. The best way to discover if a college really fits your daughter–and your expectations–is to visit the campus. Look around. Are people friendly? Are there many sorts of students, or do they look like clones? Are new students welcomed?  

Applicants and new students frequently comment on Salem’s southern charm and inviting atmosphere, and many say they fell in love with the place during a campus visit. As soon as new students arrive on campus, Salem’s visitation and orientation programs help them feel at home by letting them get to know one another and where to go with questions or problems. 

Salem endeavors to provide an environment of tolerance and acceptance where students from different religions, philosophies, disciplines, geographic regions and cultures can live, learn and work together. In an effort to help new arrivals become respectful and responsible members of their environment, the orientation program includes discussions about what it means to live in a diverse residential and learning community. 

How Will We Pay For It? 

A Salem College education is an important investment. Yet if you’re concerned about the financial strain of paying for college, you’re not alone. Families at all income levels wonder how to finance a private college education. The good news is that you don’t have to be wealthy to afford Salem. The college welcomes students from all economic backgrounds, and we meet the full documented financial need of all admitted students. 

Resources for financial aid include loans, work-study jobs and grants; a given student’s financial aid package will include one or more of these. A loan and work-study are usually the first components of an aid package, and remaining need is met with grant aid.