Salem College requires a minimum of 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Salem College, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Salem College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Salem College has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 66% of students who start college at Salem College graduate within six years.
Salem College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Salem College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Salem College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Salem College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Salem College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Salem College.
Student Designed Majors
Salem College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Salem College does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Salem College
Salem College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
❌ Salem College does not offer services for students with disabilities.
✅ Salem College has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Salem College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Salem College offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Salem College.
✅ Salem College requires an internship for all students.
Internships can help students gain hands on work experience for their resume, network, and explore career paths without committing to one path. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
The main library on campus is the Dale H. Gramley Library and there are 2 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Salem College offers these dual degree programs:
•3+1 arrangements with Campbell University Law School and Elon University Law School
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Salem College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Salem College has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Salem College include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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