Salem College

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Salem College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a predominately urban area. Salem College has only approximately 700 enrolled students, which allows them to offer smaller classes.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to Salem College. A score within the range of 910 to 1140 on the SAT exam, or 16 to 23 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Salem College average GPA ranges from 2.71 to 3.18 for accepted students. Salem College admits around 80% of those that apply each year. Of those that are admitted, roughly 16% enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Salem College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Salem College was reported as 80.0% in Fall 2020 with over 833 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 16 - 23
  • Average GPA: 2.71 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Salem College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Salem College is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Salem College has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 56.8%
  • 2017-2018: 56.8%
  • 2018-2019: 39.5%
  • 2019-2020: 80.0%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 56.7%

How Does Salem College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Salem College is forty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bennett College for Women59.0%
Averett University65.0%
Hollins University71.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Salem College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading460 - 580
Math450 - 560
Total Score910 - 1140
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 23
Math16 - 22
Composite Score16 - 23
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