“In a large high school I was competing against so many other people. At Salem I have had a greater impact. As Fall Fest Chair, I coordinate one of Salem’s most loved traditions, a day of spirit and class competitions, and get to work with people all across campus. I am learning to network and build consensus among diverse ideas and give completely to a commitment while balancing academics and an active social life.” - Desireé Knight, 2012

From day one as a first-year student your input and involvement are important. You will find many ways to be involved and make a difference. There is always something going on – on campus and in the community. Social events, dances and concerts bring students from other universities to Salem’s campus.

Salem students are successful leaders and you will be too. From student organizations to local and national leadership conferences to athletics, all Salem students have a chance to lead on campus and in the community. You can participate in Salem Signature Leadership Program, Model United Nations, Dance, Gospel Choir, or compete as a student-athlete in on of Salem’s seven NCAA Division III sports.

Reaching your highest potential means being healthy and well, physically and emotionally. Outside of classroom choices about nutrition, sleep and exercise influence how you can live a full and fulfilling life. The Wellness program is an integral part of life at Salem. The Outdoor Adventure program gives you many ways to get out and about in the area – white water rafting, hiking, rock climbing.

Here are a few of the ways to maintain a healthy “way of living” at Salem.

  • College bikes for check out
  • Six-mile Greenway around Salem Lake
  • Strollway lit and paved to downtown
  • Wii Fit in residence halls
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Class series “Freeing the body, calming the mind”
  • Chi running and walking
  • Exercise planning with a personal trainer
  • Fitness trails around the campus and Old Salem
  • Organic grocery bingo
  • Organic herb garden
  • Time management workshops
  • Chapel and multi-faith programs
  • Hydration station open all day in the Refectory dining hall