Welcome to Salem College! Founded in 1772, Salem is North Carolina’s first college and has been ranked among America’s best for 250 years! Salem’s campus has been recognized many times as one of the most beautiful in the nation. Located just a few minutes’ walk from downtown Winston Salem, the City of Arts & Innovation, Salem College is nestled in one of the most historic places in America: Old Salem. Just a few feet from Main Hall is the site of the first July 4th celebration. Just click the image below to begin your stroll across Salem College.