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Salem College Overview

Salem College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Salem College Known For?

228 Undergraduate Awards
$28,153 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Salem is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Salem.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Salem to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Salem College?

Location of Salem College

Contact details for Salem are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 601 S Church St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-721-2600

How Do I Get Into Salem?

You can apply to Salem online at:

Admission Requirements for Salem

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Salem?

57% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
44% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Salem is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Average Test Scores

About 44% of students accepted to Salem submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 660. Math scores were between 510 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Salem College  ( 510 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Salem College  ( 510 to 640 )
Salem received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 32. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Salem College  ( 23 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for Salem College  ( 21 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Salem College  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford Salem College?

$28,153 Net Price
73% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Salem is $28,153. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Salem, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $5,884 a year. That adds up to $23,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Salem is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Salem College Undergraduate Student Diversity

552 Full-Time Undergraduates
99% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 704 undergraduate students at Salem, with 552 being full-time and 152 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Salem

There are also 138 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 552 full-time undergraduates at Salem, 1% are male and 99% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Salem

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Salem College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Salem Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 91
Hispanic or Latino 95
White 310
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 42

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Salem College. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 9 countries are represented at Salem. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Kenya, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Salem College

66 Took All Classes Online
97 Took At Least One Class Online
15.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 97 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Salem has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 87th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Salem

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Salem College was 15.4%. This is the #1,062 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Salem regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Salem majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Student Counseling 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Salem ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Salem.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Student Counseling #17
Teacher Education Grade Specific #104
Education #264

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Salem College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 5 21 0 26
General Psychology 0 18 0 18
Student Counseling 0 0 17 17
General Biology 0 15 0 15
Communication & Media Studies 0 14 0 14
Music 2 8 1 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 10 0 10
History 0 10 0 10
Mathematics 0 10 0 10
General Education 0 9 0 9
Health & Physical Education 0 9 0 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 9 0 9
Accounting 1 7 0 8
General English Literature 0 8 0 8
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 7 0 7
Political Science & Government 0 7 0 7
Writing Studies 0 6 0 6
Romance Languages 0 6 0 6
Sociology 0 6 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 0 6 0 6
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 5 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 5 0 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 4 4
Religious Studies 0 4 0 4
Economics 0 4 0 4
Dance 0 4 0 4
Special Education 0 0 3 3
Historic Preservation 3 0 0 3
International Business 0 2 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 0 2 0 2
Chemistry 0 2 0 2
Arts & Media Management 0 2 0 2
Philosophy 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 11 217 30 258


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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