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Salem International University
Motto Dirigo
Established 1888
Type Private
Chancellor J. William Brooks
President C. Eric Kirkland, Ph.D.
Provost Debra Harrison, Ed.D
Students ~750
Location Salem, West Virginia, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Green and White          
Mascot Tiger

Salem International University is a small private, for profit institution of higher learning in Salem, West Virginia. It has about 750 students, enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Classes are available through both on-campus and online learning environments.



The school was founded as Salem College in 1888. Over the next 100 years, the school continued as a liberal arts, teacher education, and nursing college. In 1989 it formed an alliance with Teikyo University of Tokyo, Japan, which changed the focus of the school to one of education of international students in a unique atmosphere. 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]


SIU is Regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]

Degree programs

Salem International University (SIU) offers a variety of undergraduate degree including an Associate of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management, Sports Management, International Business), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. SIU also offers a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) focusing on Secondary Education that prepares teachers to earn their license to enter the teaching profession. The BSED offers specializations in Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education.

At the graduate level, SIU offers a Master of Business Administration MBA (International Business), Master of Education (Educational Leadership), Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction). Teachers may take courses in the School of Education a non-degree format to renew their license. A certificate in Educational Leadership also is offered.


All programs, including online 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

SIU 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. They will even allow payment plans for any remaining amount although in terms that do not exceed the semester.


  • 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.[3]

Notable alumni


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