Salem International University was founded by the Seventh Day Baptist Church and other members of its local community in West Virginia. The university was chartered in 1888 as Salem College and offered its first term in 1889, primarily offering programs in the liberal arts and teacher education. Today, the university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a broader range of academic areas. The college took on its current name in 2000, and had grown to an enrollment of 828 as of fall 2010. In addition to the traditional programs offered at Salem’s 100-acre campus, students can also choose from a limited number of online programs and courses, which give students a greater level of flexibility when furthering their education. As a result, enrolled students can either have the traditional college experience, complete with college athletics, on-campus housing, and social clubs, or students can attend school online while balancing working and taking care of a family.
Salem International University offers a wide array of academic programs, including associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs, and a certificate program. Associate degree programs are available in business administration and registered nursing, while bachelor’s degree programs are available in criminal justice (including a concentration in crime scene investigation), information technology, business administration, and secondary education. One bachelor’s degree program â€” an RN-to-BSN program for registered nurses who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing â€” is offered online. Master’s degree options include a regular MBA that emphasizes international business, an MBA with a specialization in healthcare, and a Master of Education degree with specializations in either educational leadership or curriculum and instruction. The MBA program can also be completed online.
Salem International University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The university has maintained this accreditation since 1963.
Prospective students generally begin the admissions process at Salem International University by contacting an admissions representative. To be eligible, students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Aside from this stipulation, the university has an open enrollment policy with no entrance exam required. After the prospective student’s initial contact with the school, the admissions representative will provide the applicant with access to enrollment forms. After enrolling, however, students do take an assessment test to help the university determine the student’s academic skill level. The university has rolling admissions, allowing students to enroll on a monthly start basis. Applicants pay a $20 application fee. Those applying to graduate programs will need to meet the individual requirements of their particular program, but in general, they must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an acceptable GPA.
Salem International University
Office of Admissions
223 W. Main Street
Salem, West Virginia 26426
(304) 326-1336 (admissions office)
(888) 511-4748 (online admissions)