Salem College recently welcomed one of the largest groups of new students in school history. The new students include 203 first-year and transfer students, many of whom were among the top of their graduating classes. Of the new students: 62% were among the top 20% in their graduating class6 women were number one in their high school graduating class47% are first-generation college students45% are minority/persons of color60% are from North CarolinaThis is the second year in a row that Salem has enrolled significantly higher numbers of new first-year and transfer students. And like last year’s incoming class, this one is comprised of top students poised to make their mark at Salem. “We are so excited to welcome such a large class of accomplished young women to Salem and we can't wait to see their contributions to our dynamic community,” says Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Katherine Knapp Watts. These new students began classes on Wednesday, August 29, joining returning students and a student body total of more than 1,100.