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4 College Junior

Diversity: Our campus, like most, has a few loud voices from each major group, so it is hard to tell what an 'average' student is or what she believes. Our ladies come from many beliefs, backgrounds, and standpoints that need to be respected and accepted. As a whole, Salem tries to make students feel at home through various clubs, outreach events, and socials. Like I said, there is always a loud extremist in a minority, but for the most part, the minorities are well heard and respected.

As a whole, we tend to respect each other's beliefs and feelings. Occasionally you have a black sheep (it's a phrase, nothing else) pop up and start trouble, but that is usually squashed quickly by an accepting and cooperative spirit. I was not aware of a lot of thoughts outside those of the majority of my hometown, but Salem really opened my eyes, and I think I am a much more tolerant and accepting person now!

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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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is extremely intolerant to any student who doesn't fall into the majority of the campus (which is homosexuality). They will harass you and spread rumors that you are intolerant. Despite the other reviews, I've yet to see an actual sense of sisterhood on Salem's campus. Instead, it's teeming with drama.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone comes from different places.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The student population is extremely diverse in a wonderful way.

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Salem is fairly diverse. Students from different economic backgrounds can attend the College because of the generous financial aid packages they receive.  Financial aid is being cut for international students, so that population has started dwindling, but there is still a pretty large group of Nepali students. There are many different countries represented at Salem, if even by only one student. Racially, the school is somewhat diverse, although this is being hurt by the reduction in incoming international students. Religiously, Salem is mostly Christian, but there are some pagans, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, atheists, and others; students don't necessarily discuss their religion much. Politically, Salem tends to lean toward the left, but there are quite a few republicans and even some libertarians and unaffiliated students. Salem is an all women's college, but there are a few men in the Continuing Education (Fleer) Program. The Fleer Program also affects Salem's age diversity by incorporating men and women over 23 into the classroom with students of traditional college age. Sexually, there is a strong group of lesbian/bisexual students.

Salem is a diverse campus, but a look beneath the surface will reveal that we are not always integrated or united. Especially during meal times, there is a distinct separation between different groups of people, although individuals in these groups may often interact and be friends with people outside of their clique. These cliques are sometimes a real problem on campus, and they are something the Salem administration has been trying to fix.

Facts & Statistics

African American
22%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
7%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
57%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 13%
25+: 31%
Female Faculty
68%
Male Faculty
32%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 88%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a very present group of gays on campus, many of whom are involved in the gay-straight alliance, Open Up.
Political Activity
When it's not a major election year, students tend to be apathetic toward politics. However, there are College Democrats and College Republicans clubs. The College Democrats are larger than the College Republicans on Salem's campus. Members of these two clubs avoid talking about politics with one another to avoid unnecessary tension.
Economic Status
Salem generally offers good financial aid packages, so economic background can be somewhat diverse. Most students come from the middle class. Lots of students either have a work study job or work outside of school.
Most Common Religions
The largest club presence belongs to Christian groups, and most students probably belong to some Christian denomination. However, we do have quite a few Hindus and students from other religions.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 35% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 43% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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