Salem College

Welcome to the Salem College Online Application
A message from the campus:

Salem's admission process is designed to enroll highly motivated students with strong academic ability who can benefit from and contribute to the College community.  The Admissions Committee considers each application individually.  We base each admission decision on a number of factors:  academic achievement, extracurricular activities, individual talents, and community service, among others. 

Although we do not require a personal interview for admission, we would like to meet you.  We encourage you to visit the Salem campus, meet with a staff member in our Office of Admissions, talk with our professors and students, sample a class, and tour the campus.  As we get to know more about you, we hope you will become better acquainted with Salem.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you through the admissions process.

Last updated: 9/28/2010 9:28:00 AM ET

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Freshman Admission

Freshman applicants should present the following credentials:
  1. Your completed online application for admission
  2. An official copy of your current high school transcript
  3. Official scores from either the SAT I or the ACT
  4. Recommendations from two teachers who know you and your abilities well
  5. An essay on one of three topics listed.
Early Notification with Distinction

Students with a 3.5 GPA with an 1100 SAT I/24 ACT are eligible to apply. The application must be postmarked by December 1, and applicants will be notified by January 1 of an admissions decision. The following benefits apply:
  1. Each admitted student will receive a $10,000 honor award, renewable annually for each full year at the college. These students may be eligible to compete to increase the amounts of their scholarships during scholarship weekend. Please contact the Admissions Office for a list of available scholarships.
  2. Successful students will be afforded honors opportunities within the Salem curriculum.
  3. Students applying for early notification with distinction need not commit to the program until May 1.
Transfer Admission

If you wish to transfer to Salem from another college or university, you should meet the general freshman entrance requirements. In addition to those credentials, you must submit:
  1. An official transcript from each college attended
  2. A catalog from each college previously attended with completed courses clearly marked
  3. A statement of good standing from the dean of students of each college previously attended
Transfer applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for all previous college work.

International Admission

Each year international students seek admission to Salem College. Students seeking admission should submit the following documents:
  1. Secondary school records with an English translation
  2. Exam results if student took GCE's, Ordinary Levels, Advanced Levels or International Baccalaureate
  3. TOEFL results (score must be at least 500)
Any student who has university credit from an international university must also submit a copy of her university transcript complete with an evaluation credit from World Education Services, Inc. World Education Services, Inc. can be reached at PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113-0745.

Salem College will not review international transcripts or award credit without an evaluation from WES. All credits accepted by Salem College as a result of the WES evaluation will be given grades of "Pass."

Some financial aid is available for international students. However, the college is unable to provide full scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Although there is no formal admission deadline, we encourage you to apply early in the fall of your senior year. Within three weeks of receiving your completed credentials, Salem will inform you of a decision.

Since you must first be admitted to the college before we can consider your application for financial aid, we strongly encourage you to apply by February 1. Admitted students who complete their financial aid applications by March 1 receive priority in funding.

High School Transcripts

Most North Carolina public high schools now have the capability to electronically send official high school transcripts to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities through We encourage you to visit your school counselor to verify coursework and grades prior to requesting an electronic transcript.

To send an electronic transcript, you must:

  • Make sure you have entered the following information in your profile and/or online admission application:
    • First and Last name - This must match your legal name (use the name that appears on your report card, or check with your high school counselor).
    • NC Student Number (formerly NC WISE Student ID) - is your North Carolina public high school student identifier number and is only applicable to North Carolina High School students. Providing the NC Student Number is voluntary and if provided, will give you the opportunity to request your high school transcript electronically.
    • Current high school (or high school at time of graduation)
    • Date of birth
    • E-mail address
    • Gender
  • Be currently enrolled at or graduated from in 2013, a participating public high school in North Carolina that has converted from NC WISE to PowerSchool/HomeBase. If you are not sure about your school's current status or statusat the time you graduated, check with your school counselor.

Important Announcement:

As of November 13, 2013, electronic transcripts for some schools are now being processed from NC DPI's new PowerSchool system. Please refer to the list of schools spreadsheet to see if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the new PowerSchool system, or if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the NC WISE system. The differences are described below.

PowerSchool: This means that currently enrolled students can now send electronic transcripts that contain their current student information from PowerSchool.
Please note there will be a temporary process change for electronic transcripts until later this academic year for students who graduated in summer 2013 or before. NC DPI is in the process of migrating historical data from NC WISE to PowerSchool. If you graduated in summer 2013 or before, you will need to contact your high school directly to request a transcript.

NC WISE: This means that all currently enrolled students and former students can send electronic transcripts that contain their information from NC WISE. For currently enrolled seniors, please note that transcripts from NC WISE do not include any courses in which you are currently enrolled (Fall 2013).

Over the next few weeks NC DPI is working to transition all remaining schools to the new PowerSchool system. Please check this message area and the list of schools spreadsheet (link above) for the latest information.

If these conditions were met when you submitted your online application, you will then be presented with the option to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution.

If you submitted an online admission application through another website or university portal, we encourage you to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution from the CFNC Transcript Manager (located under the Apply tab → To College → Transcript Manager).

Salem College
601 S Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
In-state telephone: (800) 327-2536
Out-of-state telephone: (800) 327-2536
Fax: (336) 917-5572
How to Use the Salem College Online Application

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