Salem International University

Salem International University
Motto Dirigo
Type For-profit
Established December 1888[1]
President Mr. Dan Nelant
Provost Dr. Craig S. McClellan
Students 835
Location Salem, West Virginia, USA
39°16′58″N 80°33′29″W / 39.28278°N 80.55806°W / 39.28278; -80.55806 (Salem International University)Coordinates: 39°16′58″N 80°33′29″W / 39.28278°N 80.55806°W / 39.28278; -80.55806 (Salem International University)
Campus Town, 100 acres (0.4 km2)[2]
Colors Green and White          
Sports baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, cross-country, water polo, basketball, volleyball, swimming & bowling
Mascot Tiger

Salem International University (commonly referred to as SIU) is an American for-profit college located in Salem, West Virginia, in the United States. It has about 835 students, enrolled in undergraduate as well as graduate programs, and was founded by the Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1888.[1]


The school was founded as Salem College in December 1888 by the Seventh Day Baptist Church.[1] Over the next 100 years, the school continued as a liberal arts, teacher education, and nursing college.

In 1989, Salem formed an alliance with Teikyo University of Tokyo, Japan, which changed the focus of the school to one of education of international students. Salem College was renamed Salem-Teikyo University. The alliance with Teikyo ended in 2000, when the school was purchased by investors from Singapore. At that time, the school changed its name to Salem International University. Salem International University was acquired by Salem Education LLC in June 2005.[1]

The Salem College Administration Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[3]


Salem is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[4]

Mission statement

The school's mission is "to prepare global citizens with broad knowledge, marketable professional skills and the ability to make decisions with integrity and an international perspective."[5][6]

Degree programs

Salem offers a variety of undergraduate degree including an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a concentration in Exercise Science and Physiology; Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Applied Management, Engineering Management, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Retail Management, and Sports and Recreation Management; Associate and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with concentrations in Software Development and Data Science; Associate and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with concentrations in Enterprise Network Management and Cybersecurity; and Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with concentrations in Administration of Justice, Crime Scene Investigation, and Homeland Security. Salem also offers a Bachelor of Science in Education that prepares educators for initial licensure in Biology Education, English Education, Health Education, Physical Education, and Social Studies Education. The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (a degree-completion program for registered nurses), an Associate of Science in Nursing that prepares students to become Registered Nurses, and a post-secondary certificate in Practical Nursing that prepares students to become Licensed Practical Nurses.

At the graduate level, Salem offers a Master of Business Administration MBA, with concentrations in Accounting, Engineering Management, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, Project Management, Retail Management, Sales Management, and Sports and Recreation Management; a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with options that lead to licensure as a principal or principal and district superintendent; and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with concentrations in Teaching and, Instructional Technology, Teacher Leadership, Special Education Leadership, and Organizational Training and Talent Development. Teachers may take courses in the School of Education as non-degree students to renew their licenses. A post-master's certificate in Educational Leadership is offered that leads to licensure as noted above. A certificate in Special Education Leadership also is offered.


All programs, including distance education programs, are delivered in a monthly format allowing students to complete their degrees more quickly than their counterparts at other traditional or online universities. This attracts non-traditional students conscious of time and accessibility.

Since classes are four weeks long, the MBA or M.Ed. can be completed in 12 months, a Bachelor's in 40 months, or an Associate's in only 20 months, if a student were to start college studies without any prior college credits.

Financial aid

Salem is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Title IV program, which also allows students to obtain the benefits of Pell grants and other federal funding programs.


Official athletics logo.

SIU participates in NCAA Division II athletics. Salem had been a charter member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in 1924, but left that conference in 2010. Since that time, the Salem Tigers have competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference in various sports including basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer. Salem is one of four West Virginia schools that joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in July 2013. The other three schools are former WVIAC colleagues of Salem that had been cast adrift in the upcoming breakup of the WVIAC.[7]

On November 25, 2008, Salem's sports programs were penalized by the NCAA for major violations including lack of institutional control and failure to monitor the athletic department properly. The school's athletic programs were placed under three years' probation by the NCAA and were forced to vacate records from several years of athletic competition, as well as a reduction of available grant-in-aid to student-athletes during the probation period.[8] Salem completed the three years' probation successfully and has continued in good-standing with the NCAA since 2011.

Notable alumni


  1. 1 2 3 4 "SIU History". Salem International University. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  2. "About Salem International University". Salem International University. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  3. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. "Accreditation". Salem International University. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  5. "e-WV - Salem International University".
  6. "Salem International University".
  7. "Salem International to Join the G-MAC" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. October 16, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  8. "Salem International penalized for violations". National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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