Salem International University

Salem, WV 26426
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Salem International University is one of the three private, for-profit 4-year colleges in West Virginia. The campus is located in a rural area, in Salem.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,126 students attend the school. Every year 22% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Salem International University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $16,500, and fees were $200. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $16,500 and $200 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Rural
Number of Students1,126
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelFor-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate48%

Nursing Programs

The Salem International University School of Nursing is a designed on the basis of the career advancement pathway. The Salem practical nursing program meets the requirements the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.

The School of Nursing at Salem University offers an online Registered Nurse to BSN bridge degree completion program for licensed Registered nurses in good standing desiring to further their professional career by earning their BSN. The courses are offered online to ensure the maximum amount of flexibility to fit with the demands of a professional career.

The nursing program comprises of 66 semester credits and requires students to achieve a cumulative GPA of a minimum of 2.5 or higher to graduate. Students are also required earn a ‘C’ grade or above to maintain a 2.5 average for all nursing courses and meet the minimum score designated on the comprehensive final exam.

Graduates from the nursing program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school transcripts or GED equivalency certificate
  2. Official transcripts for all college level coursework (if applicable)
  3. ACCUPLACER Assessment

The nursing program has program specific requirements that include a recent physical assessment including the required immunizations, a criminal background check and references. 


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 2 5
Bachelor's degree 0 8
Master's degree 0 0
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 4

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1963 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $20

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-
Graduate courses
In District Students$617/credit
In State Students$617/credit
Out of State Students$617/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 -- -- --
ADN 70 -- -- --
BSN 125 -- -- --
FNP 50 $30,850 $30,850 $30,850
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Salem International University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 71% $4,602
Other Federal Grant 71% $475
State Grant & Scholarships 9% $2,475
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 35% $5,559
Federal Student Loans 81% $9,090
Private Loans 2% $7,163


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$19,625
$30,001 to $48,000$18,700
$48,001 to $75,000$21,067
$75,001 to $110,000$24,308
Over $110,000$21,285

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.
Salem International University
223 W Main St
Salem, WV 26426

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