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Colleges / Salem College

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%

Salem College Admissions

Salem College is moderately difficult to get into. The college admitted 81% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,238 students applied to Salem College and 999 were admitted.

Check in with Salem College's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who submit their applications to Salem College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than September 1.

Salem College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Salem College's admissions stats.

Salem College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2%
Mean SAT Score 1080
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 13%
Waitlist No

Salem College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Salem College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Salem College?

Salem College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Salem College Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Salem College?

Salem College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Salem College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Salem College accepted 81% of students, around 999 from the 1,238 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Salem College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Salem College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Salem College

Salem College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Salem College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Salem College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Salem College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Salem College for more information on admission factors.

Salem College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Salem College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Salem College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Salem College?

Students admitted to Salem College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 76% submitted a class rank. At Salem College 2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 8% were in the top 25% and 23% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Salem College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.35%
3.75 and 3.99 19.4%
3.50 and 3.74 16.42%
3.25 and 3.49 13.43%
3.00 and 3.24 10.45%
2.50 and 2.9 6.97%
2.00 and 2.49 4.48%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Salem College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Salem College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 9% of Salem College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 13% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Salem College?

To be competitive with other Salem College applicants, you should strive to score between 948 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Salem College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 948, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Salem College student is 1080.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Salem College students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 448 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Salem College students scored 605 or higher, and 75% scored a 448 or higher.

To be most competitive at Salem College, you should strive to earn between 20 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Salem College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Salem College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Salem College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Salem College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Salem College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Salem College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Salem College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Salem College.

Does Salem College accept transfer credits?

✅ Salem College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Salem College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Salem College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Salem College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Salem College?

❌ No, Salem College is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Salem College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Salem College is 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Salem College?

❌ Salem College does not offer early decision.

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Salem College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Salem College? Salem College is a somewhat selective institution. The Salem College acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.


Salem College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Salem College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Salem College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Salem College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

948 - 1180


Math SAT Range

525 - 590


Reading SAT Range

448 - 605

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


948 to 1180


948 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Salem College students is 1080. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salem College, while applicants with SAT scores between 948 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 948 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Salem College.

Salem College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Salem College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.62. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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