One World. One Community. One Salem.

Creating the Next Generation of Transformative Leaders

When it comes to your degree, you don’t have to choose between tradition and innovation. You don’t have to decide between a respected university with a long-standing history and an innovative institution that has its finger on the pulse of today’s higher education landscape. You can have the benefit of both at Salem University.

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Salem University is proud to be regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, as well as authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education. Additionally, many of our individual programs have achieved accreditation status and are aligned with these organizations’ best practices and principles.

Higher Learning Commission

Fast Facts


The year Salem University was founded in West Virginia and began building on a mission that we still pursue today: preparing our students to pursue their futures in a globalized world with integrity and leadership.


The number of 100% fully online degree and certificate programs that we offer, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business, IT, criminal justice, education, nursing, and more.


Named as one of the Top 25 Most Geographically Diverse Colleges in the United States by CollegeRaptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families discover the best college matches for the best price.

Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future

Academic Excellence

Our 130+-year history in higher education has given us a strong foundation. We’ve learned how to be adaptable, agile, and innovative, with programs that reflect our commitment to student success.

Personalized Support

At Salem, you won’t have to deal with any overwhelming lecture halls or that lost-in-the-crowds feeling. We treat our students like family, delivering support focused on your individual needs and goals.

Accessibility & Diversity

Our dedication to providing accessible higher education goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable community throughout Salem University.