Salem is fairly diverse. Students from different economic backgrounds can attend the College because of the generous financial aid packages they receive. Financial aid is being cut for international students, so that population has started dwindling, but there is still a pretty large group of Nepali students. There are many different countries represented at Salem, if even by only one student. Racially, the school is somewhat diverse, although this is being hurt by the reduction in incoming international students. Religiously, Salem is mostly Christian, but there are some pagans, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, atheists, and others; students don't necessarily discuss their religion much. Politically, Salem tends to lean toward the left, but there are quite a few republicans and even some libertarians and unaffiliated students. Salem is an all women's college, but there are a few men in the Continuing Education (Fleer) Program. The Fleer Program also affects Salem's age diversity by incorporating men and women over 23 into the classroom with students of traditional college age. Sexually, there is a strong group of lesbian/bisexual students.
Salem is a diverse campus, but a look beneath the surface will reveal that we are not always integrated or united. Especially during meal times, there is a distinct separation between different groups of people, although individuals in these groups may often interact and be friends with people outside of their clique. These cliques are sometimes a real problem on campus, and they are something the Salem administration has been trying to fix.