September 10, 2018

Salem Remains No. 2 Nationally Ranked Liberal Arts College in North Carolina

US News & World Report BEST COLLEGES Rankings

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Salem College as the No. 2 liberal arts college and the No. 1 women’s college in the state, in the 2019 listing of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges,” among North Carolina-ranked schools Salem came in as the No. 2 liberal arts college and the No. 1 women’s college in the state.

“While we know that colleges rise and fall in rankings depending on the study and methodology, Salem is consistently ranked one of the best women’s colleges in the country,” said Salem College Director of Admissions Audrey Gauss.

Overall, Salem was listed as No. 131 in the nation among nationally ranked liberal arts schools.

In the category of High School Counselor Rankings, Salem College came in at No. 146 in the nation

Best National Liberal Arts College rankings among North Carolina schools

  1. Davidson College (10)
  2. SALEM COLLEGE (131)

  3. Warren Wilson College (143-tie)
  4. University of North Carolina—Asheville (143-tie)
  5. Meredith College (162)
  6. Guilford College (168-tie)


Complete U.S. News & World Report rankings are available at

Salem continues to perform well in a variety of other recent national rankings. Late last month Salem was ranked 24 of all liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and Salem placed fifth in the “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the southeast by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2018 College Rankings.