Salem College

601 S Church St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

School Details

Salem College was established in 1772 and continues today as a four-year, private, women’s liberal arts institution located in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


The school originally operated as a primary school and then changed to a high school, which eventually evolved into a college. It remains to be the oldest female educational establishment that is still a women’s school. Also, it is the oldest women’s school in the Southern United States and the thirteenth oldest in the entire nation. Salem was the first college in North Carolina to add a master’s degree program. Today, SC shares a campus with Salem Academy which is a residential high school for women.

Salem has an approximate enrollment of around 1,100 students. There are around 50 clubs and organizations on-campus for students to engage and that ranges from a variety of different subjects and interests. Prospective students who wish to apply to Salem College must fill out an application form which is available either online, on paper, or through the Common Application. Applicants interested in the School of Music needs to additionally submit a music interest form, which is available on the college’s website.

Salem’s mission statement is as follows “Salem College, a liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential and prepares them to change.”


Salem offers the following degree options: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Education. The school also offers teacher licensure programs and four certificate programs. Part of the general education program, traditional-aged undergraduate students are required to complete an internship and community service project. The faculty is very dedicated to the success of their students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 so that gives students a more personal learning experience with their professors. About 89 percent of the professors have a PhD or a terminal degree. Approximately 61 percent of professors are also women.

Salem College is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. In addition to overall accreditation, Salem has also earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music for their music programs, as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education for their teacher education programs. A unique program at Salem College is their “student-centered and women-focused” program for women writers.


The estimated costs of tuition and fees is $24,566 per year. Room & board is an additional $11,764. Graduate students pay $1,080 per three credit hours or $1,200 per three credit hours for the online graduate program. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Aid is available through grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities. About 97 percent of undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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