If you are thinking about applying to Salem College, the application fee is $30.
Here is an overiew of some of Salem College's admissions stats.
|Salem College 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.3|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||37%|
|Mean SAT Score||1080|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||30%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||44%|
These are the application deadlines for Salem College.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
Salem College does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
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 2021, Salem College accepted 85% of students, around 738 from the 872 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.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Salem College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.
What does Salem College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with Salem College for more information on admission factors.
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||√|
Students admitted to Salem College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.
Out of all students that were admitted, 65% submitted a class rank. At Salem College 37% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 73% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.
At Salem College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||11%|
|3.50 and 3.74||16%|
|3.25 and 3.49||14%|
|3.00 and 3.24||14%|
|2.50 and 2.9||16%|
|2.00 and 2.49||9%|
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.
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.
Salem College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Salem College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 30% of Salem College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 44% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Salem College applicants, you should aim to earn between 970 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Salem College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Salem College student is 1080. ### What is a Good ACT Score for Salem College?
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.
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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
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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Salem College?
❌ No, Salem College is test optional, so you can decide 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 85%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Salem College?
❌ Salem College does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into Salem College? Salem College is a somewhat selective institution. The Salem College acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
28 and Above
20 to 28
20 and Less
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Salem College is 21. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Salem College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1190 and Above
970 to 1190
970 and Less
The median SAT score for Salem College students is 1080. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Salem College, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Salem College.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Salem College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. 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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