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Salem College

Fast Facts

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Who We Are

  • Located in Winston Salem, NC, the City of Arts & Innovation
  • Oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States–older than the United States.
  • #13 oldest college in the United States (American Council on Education)
  • A private, four-year liberal arts college
  • A gender inclusive women’s college
  • Motto is “Knowledge and Virtue”

Salem’s 57-acre campus includes Salem Academy, an all-girls boarding and day high school for grades 9-12.

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What We Do

  • Offer 26 undergraduate majors, 32 minors
  • A unique, four year leadership development program called RISE
  • The nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively focused on health leadership
  • A member of Division III of the NCAA and of the USA South Athletic Conference. The Salem College Spirits compete in six Division III sports: basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
  • A member of the Women’s College Coalition (WCC), Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), NAICU
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What We Achieve

Salem By The Numbers (as of Fall 2023)


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Pell-Eligible Students


BIPOC undergraduate students
Racial and Ethnic Diversity


Where Our Students are From

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