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Reviews 403 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Salem is the type of school you go to and find yourself. If you're looking to party then move right along. Our idea of partying is going to a friend's room and studying. Or if you've got great friends like I did then 3am trips to go get food.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: As soon as I walked on to Salem College, I fell in love! Everything here is beautiful. The school looks exactly like the photos and the people here are amazing. This school has definitely changed my life and I will forever be a Salem sister.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I loved the school over all.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy going to Salem. There is a lot of diversity and the academics are great. The only thing that I would enhance is the food.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Salem College is a wonderful school! It has small class sizes and professors that take direct interest in you. It's a woman's college but you don't even realize it plus all the more it makes you feel even more comfortable with your surroundings. I don't think I would choose another college if I had another choice unless it was an exact replica of Salem just in a different city.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not many parties take place on campus and when there are events, it's usually just the students at Salem who attend. As far as clubs and off campus parties, it's usually best to know someone from another campus in order to stay in the loop of such events.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places downtown where students can get good quality food for a decent price. I enjoy Mellow Mushroom (a pizza parlor) and Caminos (a coffe shop and bakery).

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus administration truly cares about the safety and well,being of students which is why they emphasize the importance of abiding by the laws and preventing any accidents, injuries or damages to students and the property on campus. They are serious about enforcing the law in conjunction with protecting students and faculty while on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are days where the refectory has good food but there are others when the food is sub-par and most students either eat at the student center or travel off campus to get good food. It's a gamble going to the refectory but you always have the option of stopping in to pick fresh veggies and fruits to cook for yourself on your own time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The issues with financial aid include: not getting information in a reasonable amount of time before a deadline and also not being notified of any late deadlines within a period of time that allows the student to make necessary arrangements for financial aid or out of pocket payments. However, once the information is turned in and completed, financial aid goes smoothly and the necessary aid is distributed. I would suggest completing all forms as early as possible and leave at least two weeks worth of time to clarify any questions or concerns.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some buildings are older thank theirs but construction is going on to update the older buildings. For the most part, the facilities remain clean.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some days are good others bad. Also, it can be very repetitive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The school has it's ups and downs, like any other school. The value and integrity of the college is phenomenal! Something that I personally do not like is the cleanliness of the bathrooms, although this has more to do with the girls living on that floor. Also, sometimes the food can be very repetitive and not the best at times.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We are well within walking distance from downtown and have within our reach anything from fast food to more high end; it's really up to us what we choose but we definitely have plenty of options.

4 College Junior

Administration: Our Honor Code is a huge part of our campus which gives us the independence and flexibility to do many things. It provides us with accountability and responsibility that we have to face if we fail to adhere to it.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is very clear cut. The people in charge are approachable if you're having any conflict and are even willing to recommend you to other scholarship options to make sure you receive the most scholarship/ financial aid you can.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Going to a party is determined more by your desire to attend than the proximity or availability. Wake has Greek life with plenty of party options. There are several night clubs in downtown Winston Salem and Greensboro, which is within good driving distance, has options as well.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food in the refectory is buffet style and offers items that suit most dietary needs. Even if you don't like the particular theme of the day, you have a choice of a variety of salads, wraps, pizza amongst other things. The new student café is super popular and offers great options such as Camino Bakery desserts and Newk's coffee.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Literally the best of both worlds, and plenty of options! We have beautiful old buildings exteriors with renovated insides. All of the residence halls on main campus are within 7 minutes from any classes, and the off-(main) campus housing options are super cool (almost all apartment/ flat style). I've loved my room each year thus far.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There aren't a lot of parties at Salem, but there are parties everywhere else, so we get the best of both worlds... We can have occasional parties here, but have peace and quiet most of the time... Wake has parties every weekend, so no need to worry about being bored.

5 College Junior

Administration: We have an honor code, so administration doesn't have to be strict... Salem Women hold themselves to a higher standard anyway. We're accepting and also strong leaders, so stuff like protests, creating new student organizations, and such aren't viewed as a bad thing. Salem is one of a kind in this way!

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Yeah, we'd all love more money, but at the end of the day, that's not what this review is about. I'm giving our financial aid PROCESS a great review, because (unlike the process at a lot of other institutions) our financial aid faculty are approachable, personable, and kind. They are able to be businesswomen, but also offer appropriate explanations, give good advice, and are extremely knowledgeable in what they are talking about. Seriously... I couldn't imagine a better experience.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Salem is one of the most accepting places I've ever been! It's allowed me to become who I am without fear of judgment, and to be confident in doing so. There's a lot of diversity in the student body, and I think it's a beautiful thing to be able to say that there is no "typical" kind of student. We are all unique, and we are all Salem. If I had to choose one word to describe everybody, I'd probably use beautiful.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Being an all women's college, safety is often a concern for incoming first years, but I can honestly say that during my three years here so far, I've never once felt unsafe. Public Safety is always around, and more importantly always accessible. They are located in the center of campus, so they're never more than a few minutes away. One of the most important characteristics of our public safety staff is that they're always approachable. I've NEVER felt ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help, and they're always willing to help us whenever we ask. In addition to public safety, Salem is really huge on the family aspect, or "sisterhood". Through my time here, I've realized that the sisterhood everybody talks about is real! Your Salem sisters will always have your back, which truly adds to the level of safety experienced at our school.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Winston-Salem (more specifically Old Salem) has a great overall atmosphere. Whenever considering the quality of an area's atmosphere, I think it's important to consider options... and there are plenty surrounding Salem College. There's Old Salem- a historic area which offers rich cultural and historical resources. There are the surrounding schools, which include Winston Salem State University (within walking distance), UNC School of the Arts, and Wake Forest University (where Salem students are able to cross-list, meaning that we can take courses there if we so please). Perhaps my favorite option is downtown-- we're within walking distance of downtown WS, and there are tons of really awesome stores, restaurants, and bars (cool once you turn 21). There's also a small theater downtown (and a free one on campus), and they show two or three movies a night, which is really cool! All in all, I've grown to love the area, and I'll be sad once its time to graduate and leave. If you're thinking about Salem, come visit, you'll love it! :)


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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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