Salem College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Salem College
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Salem College Admissions Overview:

Students interested in applying to Salem College can use the Common Application (more on that below). In addition to completing the application, applicants will need to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement. With an acceptance rate of 57%, the school admits around two-thirds of applicants each year. Students with good grades and test scores have a decent chance of being admitted; if your scores fall within or above the ranges listed below, you are on track for admission to the school. Contact the admissions office at Salem with any questions.

Admissions Data (2016):

Salem College Description:

Salem College is a private liberal arts college for women located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The college has the distinction of being the oldest educational institution for women in the country -- Salem can traces its roots back to the colonial period when the Moravians founded a school for girls in 1772. Today Salem is a highly regarded college with an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and high placement rates for law and medical schools. The college also wins high marks for its value, and nearly all students receive significant grant aid. In athletics, the Salem Spirits compete in the NCAA Division III Great South Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,087 (931 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 3% Male / 97% Female
  • 77% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $27,406
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,500
  • Other Expenses: $4,509
  • Total Cost: $44,665

Salem College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,768
    • Loans: $5,770

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Salem College Mission Statement:

mission statement from the Salem website

"Salem College, a liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world."

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