Salem College, the oldest continuously operating women’s college in the United States, expects a record number of new students to arrive on campus next Saturday, August 21. Here are a few facts about the group:• There are a total of 177 traditional-age women enrolling: the largest number since 2003 and a 15 percent increase in the number of new students over 2009. Transfer students number 23 of that total.• The new students represent 24 states — including California, Colorado and Michigan as well as the Southeast — as well as the countries of Ethiopia, South Africa and Colombia. • There are 30 recruited student athletes for the fall who will be participating in NCAA Division III soccer, volleyball and cross-country with the Salem Spirits.• There are 10 students who have existing family ties to Salem College; among them are three daughters, a granddaughter and six sisters of Salem alumnae. • Two took gap years between high school and college, one studying abroad in South Korea, and one hiking the Appalachian Trail.• One of the members of the Class of 2014, Paige Hamilton, will represent Salem in the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Figure-Skating Championship.• Two first-years played in the East-West All Star soccer game which includes the top 32 players in North Carolina. • More than 85 percent attended public high schools, eight percent private schools, one percent were home schooled and one percent come from early college programs. • One-third have identified themselves as students of color (African American, Hispanic, multi-ethnic, Asian, Native American).