Salem College

Salem College, a residential liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world. Founded in 1772 as a school for girls, Salem is the oldest continuously-operating school in the nation dedicated to the education of women. Today, Salem is known for the Women in Science and Math Program, Center for Women Writers, School of Music, and Center for Women in Business. A January term allows special opportunities for internships and study trips, and a signature general education program includes first-year seminars, service learning, liberal arts breadth, and an innovative interdisciplinary capstone to create a strong foundation for life-long learning. The campus is located adjacent to the restored 18th century village of Old Salem and is four blocks from Downtown Winston-Salem, The City of Arts and Innovation. Salem is a special environment where students experience the rewards of rigorous academic work, expand their capacity for creative, analytical and ethical thought, and prepare for positions of leadership and responsibility in a changing world. Salem welcomes and educates both women and men from the community through its Fleer Center for Adult Education (age 23 and over) and the Graduate Program in Education.

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School Details

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Private, Women's college 1772 Moravian Church 4-1-4 N/A 601 S. Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 721-2600
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51 100.0 North Carolina Winston-Salem 241

Student Life List

Total Enrollment live On Campus Description
1,089 62% Salem College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 933, with a gender distribution of 3 percent male students and 97 percent female students. At this school, 62 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Salem College is part of the NCAA III.

Student Body

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Total enrollment 1,089
Total undergraduate enrollment 933
Total graduate enrollment 156
Enrolled students who are veterans or active service members 0.4%

Degree-seeking student gender distribution

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Degree-seeking women 97.1%


Students living on- and off-campus

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Students who live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing 62%
Students who live off-campus 38%

Types of campus housing available

women's dorms
apartment for single students
special housing for disabled students
theme housing
other housing options


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Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

Clubs & Organizations

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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institution (North Carolina A&T State University)
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institution (Wake Forest University)
Navy ROTC Not offered