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Reviews 405 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have greek life. We could be seen as a big sorority because we are all about sisterhood, especially between sister classes.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is only an option if students were to live with family for traditional age. Fleer center students, or students non-traditional age are allowed to live off campus.

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.

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.

College Junior

Greek Life: I didn't really know how to pick from the options, because we technically don't have Greek life. Instead we have our sisterhood, labeled "Gamma Kappa Delta", which shares a lot of the characteristics of other Greek life on other campuses. For example, we have "big/little" which is like a big sister/ little sister mentor/ connection program. It is completely student run, and optional, but incorporated in a lot of traditions, and held near and dear to our hearts. I love this tradition, and I think its one of the things that makes Salem so unique! :)

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! :)

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: When it comes to financial aid at Salem most students will tell you that it is a hassle. If you have all your information correct it is not.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety at Salem College is very sufficient. You personally get their number and can call them for anything when you're in trouble.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Salem does not allow off-campus housing which is one of the biggest problems in my opinion. Kind of makes me regret coming because i don't want to be stuck on campus all four years although the dorms are nice and very well taken care of.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very good scholarships, but staff can be hard to deal with.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I wish visitation wasn't so limited. HUGE downfall

College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is rare parties or events.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wish we had sororities here.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Little Fan Support,need more room in athletic facilities

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Salem! If I had to make this decision again, I would choose Salem and do it without hesitation! Salem has a very supportive staff and faculty that love to help students find internships and praise them when the excel!

I had amazing internships and opportunities that I loved and those have helped me get job offers already! I also love going to chat with my professors about my goals, problems, etc, and I know that they are always here for me! I also love meeting amazing Alumni and chatting about what it was like when they were at Salem!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: We have 2 options for dining, the Refectory (The Rat) and the Student Center Cafe! The Rat is a part of the meal plan with swipes, and the Cafe requires cash or meal plan dollars (monopoly money if you will).

The Rat may not be gourmet, but they always have a salad bar, pizza, cereal, and a sandwich station! The vegetarian station is nice and rotates the menu as does the 'home line'. They also have a grill section every day with rotating items. Basically, if you can't find something to eat in there, you're probably being picky (sorry if that offends you). You may not eat your favorite meal in there, but the food is well made and available when you want it! I enjoy eating in there!

The Student Center is new and has higher quality items (specialty salads, rice bowls, grilled sandwiches, etc.). I really like to go there when I have time to chill and eat as it is a more laid back atmosphere where I want to hang out for a while!

Long story short, the food is good and I have never gone hungry! Yes, some dishes may be a bit off (fish tacos?) but other people really like those items! I love the variety and thankfully there are 2 options, so if one is extra packed or having an off day, you can go to the other one!

Lots of options, little headache, yum!

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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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