• Affordable program of study
  • An application process that considers your unique qualities (no SAT required)
  • Flexible scheduling of day and evening classes to fit your busy schedule
  • Credit for prior learning that you have acquired in volunteer or career positions
  • Full-time enrollment with 12 semester hours (a manageable number that allows for maximum financial assistance)
  • Quality of education (recognized globally-and locally-by employers, graduate schools and others who rank Salem College highly)
  • Personal attention from faculty and staff
  • 1/2 price tuition grant for students enrolled less than full time their first semester at the Fleer Center 
  • Opportunities for a first or second degree, post-baccalaureate coursework, professional development, self-enrichment and more – your choice!


Consideration for admission will be given to women and men who are at least 23 years of age. Each application is considered individually and the decision is based on an admissions interview as well as the materials required upon submission of an application.

How To Apply

Application Materials Required:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee: $30
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of high school completion (e.g. copy of diploma or diploma card, GED certificate, high school transcript)
  • Essay (minimum of two pages: autobiographical or educational goals; you may be as creative as you like)
  • Immunization Requirements

Required Health Forms


Enrollment is also available for men and women, 23 and over, who are taking courses for academic credit but not pursuing a degree.  This category is appropriate for individuals preparing for graduate programs or teachers preparing for licensure.  Salem also offers a number of undergraduate certificate programs.  The programs are designed to provide the student with focused professional training and/or additional qualifications in their career trajectory.

Application Materials Required:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee: $30
  • Proof of high school completion OR official transcript from highest post-secondary degree earned (AA, BS, Ph.D., etc.). Please note that proof of completion of prerequisites may be required for some courses.
  • Immunization Requirements

Required Health Forms


How do I apply to Salem?

To be considered for admission, you must submit an application form, the application fee, official sealed transcripts from all previous college work, two letters of recommendation, proof of high school completion, and a two-page typed essay about your educational journey.  Once your application is complete, you may be scheduled for an admissions interview. Please contact our office if you believe all application materials have been submitted and you have not heard from us.

What are the deadlines for applications? What is the latest date that I can submit my application?

The Fleer Center has rolling admissions, which means the application process is ongoing. You may submit your application any time; however, to be eligible for the Half-Price Grant, all admissions materials must be submitted not later than August 15 (if applying for fall entry) or January 15 (if applying for spring entry).

What is the Half- Price Grant?

The Half-Price Grant is awarded to new degree-seeking Fleer students who complete their application by the deadlines listed above. Available only in a student’s first semester at Salem, this grant will pay 50% of tuition for part-time enrollment.

      Who is not eligible for the Half-Price Grant?:

  • students who already hold a 4-year degree (bachelor’s degree)
  • certificate-seeking students
  • new students who elect to register for a full-time course load in their first semester
  • students who were previously enrolled at Salem College (*except students who dropped courses before the drop/add deadline. Please ask us if you are unsure!)
Do I need to turn in all my application pieces at one time?

You may turn in your completed application at one time, or you may send/bring in parts as you finish them. You may email your essay to Recommendations may be sent via fax (336-915-5572) or scanned and emailed to the email address above. Note: faxed or emailed recommendation forms must be sent to us directly from your recommenders.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once all parts of your application have been received by our office, you may schedule your admission interview. Admission decisions are typically made at or shortly after your interview.

How long will it take for me to complete my degree?

This is up to you and depends on how many courses you decide to take each semester and how many transfer credits you have. In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree at Salem College, all students must complete a minimum of 36 full courses.

I only have unofficial transcripts. Do my transcripts have to be official?

Yes, we must have sealed official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have attempted or completed college-level work. You may have the transcripts sent to you or directly to our office.  If the transcripts are sent to you, make sure they remain unopened.

Who will evaluate my transcript(s)?

The Salem College Registrar’s Office will generate a transcript evaluation once your application file is complete. This evaluation will indicate which courses transfer to Salem and how many courses are still needed to complete your degree.

Must I complete an associate degree to apply?

You are not required to have any college work before applying at Salem, but it is strongly encouraged.  You may also apply to Salem anytime, regardless of whether or not you have completed your associate degree. Successfully completing at least one semester of college-level transfer work will give you a better start at Salem and ease the transition to the rigorous academic expectations at Salem. Completion of high school or a high school equivalent program (such as a GED) is the only requirement.  If you hold an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from an in-state community college, you will have satisfied most of Salem’s general education requirements and can apply to transfer to Salem at a junior standing.

I took classes at a community college over 12 years ago on the quarter system. Will these classes still apply to my degree from Salem?

It depends on the specific classes that were taken.  If the courses were college-level courses with a grade of C or better, they will probably transfer into Salem. Official transcripts are evaluated by the Salem College Registrar’s Office.

Can I be enrolled at a community college and Salem simultaneously?

Yes, you may be enrolled at a community college and Salem College simultaneously. Once you are admitted to Salem, it is important to work closely with an academic advisor and complete a transfer pre-approval form to be sure any courses taken elsewhere will transfer to Salem.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for one course during the 2018-2019 school year is $405 per credit hour for each 4-credit-hour course taught on the Salem campus. This does not take scholarships or the Fleer Center Half-Price Grant into account.

Does Salem College offer grants or financial aid?

Salem does offer financial aid to those who qualify and complete and submit their FAFSA to Salem College’s office of Financial Aid. Salem College also offers the Half-Price Grant for the first semester at Salemfor degree-seeking part-time students (taking one or two courses at Salem) without a prior undergraduate degree.  If a student enrolls in 1 or 2 courses, the tuition is cut in half.    Full-time students may also qualify for the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS). Other grants, scholarships, and loans are available to students, as well.

What majors are available?

Salem offers four undergraduate degrees: BA, BS, BM, and BSBA (bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, and bachelor of science in business administration).  Several, though not all, majors are available in the evening. Salem College adds majors and minors frequently so ask our office for an updated list if you have any questions or concerns.

Salem also offers four certificate programs in accounting, not-for-profit management, historic preservation, and injury-preventive keyboard technique.

If I have a question about financial aid, my bill, and loans—who should I call?

The Financial Aid Office (721-2808) and the Business Office (721-2613) will be able to answer all your questions regarding the costs of your coursework at Salem.  Their offices are located in Lehman Hall, on Church Street, four buildings down from Main Hall.