Location
Winston Salem, NC
Undergrads
772
Tuition
$23,478
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 354 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: After visiting Salem for a scholarship weekend I received several mailers with more information about the school. Within the pages I saw pictures of women I had actually met and spoken to, who had passion and vitality, and it already felt like home.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Winston-Salem is not necessarily an upscale city and it lacks in culture and safety.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Salem is a very safe environment. While the campus is semi-open to the public I have not encountered any problems with outside persons disrupting the campus. I always feel safe walking around, even at night, due to Public Safety and the small campus. Personal property is respected by virtue of our Honor Code and students often leave personal items alone without fear of theft.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is diverse based on beliefs, politically and religiously, as well as sexual orientation. People come from all parts of the United States. Salem is lacking in international students due to a reduced budget for international scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are small, do not include air conditioning, and are generally rather old.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Refectory is a hit or miss kind of thing for cafeteria food. There aren't many options and it's rarely spectacular food. Having a meal plan helps, but if I didn't have one I would not spend $7 on a meal at "The Rat." It's also only open during limited hours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which doesn't always accommodate a busy student schedule. The new cafe in the Student Center has more tasty options and better hours but it is also a bit pricey for the amount of food given.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Many students I know are receiving aid but it still does not begin to cover the $37k price tag that is still rising.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Regular fast-food restaurants are within close distance and most are open late for all-night study sessions. While Winston is a college town it does not appear that dining is catered to students: not many student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Salem is mostly an all-women's campus aside from adult or "Fleer" students some of whom are male but are not very active in student life. The women of Salem are diverse ethnically and in style and interests. Most students you encounter are very friendly, open-minded, and passionate about social issues and academics.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are generally very committed to their disciplines and that passion shines through in the teaching, they are very available to students and understanding of the strains of student life as well. Curriculum may be limited by majors but is well covered within the ones offered. Registration is highly personal with advisors. All efforts are made to reach student success, including free tutoring.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The psychology program is rather small and not enough courses are offered due to lack of staff. Work load is completely manageable and professors are experts within the field. Some older professors are not as committed to making classes informative and enjoyable.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a huge part of campus life, only really paid attention to by the athletes and their close friends. Focus is more on academics.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Winston-Salem has a variety of housing options but most are not tailored for students, so it would be a regular rental agreement, etc. and some areas of the city are not extremely safe. Salem College does offer the Fogle Flats which are close to campus, monitored by Public Safety, only marginally more expensive if at all, and offer space and privacy to students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat out often

5 College Sophomore

Majors: You take a class and you're in

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot of people starve

1 College Sophomore

Academics: One philosophy professor, only one

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We are all different and that makes us Awesome

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: THEY NEED TO DO BETTER, maybe they could start by ANSWERING THE PHONE!!!!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't go to the games nor do I participate in a sport

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are good, some new, others newer, but there are enough everywhere

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Major is great, all professors and advisors help a lot

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy it because the professors are great and I learn a lot

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties and gatherings very often

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have heard athletics is great at the university

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Keena Hutchens
Hometown
Yadkinvlle, N.C.
Major
Philosophy/Religion
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Students have mixed feelings about Salem, although most never regret their time here. Some of the best things about this school are the friendships that students make with peers and the close relationships that develop with faculty members. However, some feel that Salem's sense of community almost makes it too sheltered and insular. There are plenty of opportunities for leadership and participation, but a small group of active students often end up in charge of many big clubs and stretch themselves to the point of exhaustion. Students sometimes feel a disconnect with newer members of the administration who are less familiar with Salem College's traditions; if newcomers try to "standardize" the school to the point of losing that sense of community, it really upsets the crowd.

Salem does try to mold students into independent thinkers because that's the best thing the College can offer. Since Salem is a small, all-women's school, it can't offer everything larger colleges might, which forces students to take initiative and take control of their academic lives. If you want to meet guys, you have to make a conscious decision to do so. If you want to attend community events, you have to figure out where they are. If you disagree with something on campus, you have to find the confidence to change it. All of this fosters independence you might not gain at a larger institution.

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