Salem College, a residential liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world. Founded in 1772 as a school for girls, Salem is the oldest continuously-operating school in the nation dedicated to the education of women. Today, Salem is known for the Women in Science and Math Program, Center for Women Writers, School of Music, and Center for Women in Business. A January term allows special opportunities for internships and study trips, and a signature general education program includes first-year seminars, service learning, liberal arts breadth, and an innovative interdisciplinary capstone to create a strong foundation for life-long learning. The campus is located adjacent to the restored 18th century village of Old Salem and is four blocks from Downtown Winston-Salem, The City of Arts and Innovation. Salem is a special environment where students experience the rewards of rigorous academic work, expand their capacity for creative, analytical and ethical thought, and prepare for positions of leadership and responsibility in a changing world. Salem welcomes and educates both women and men from the community through its Fleer Center for Adult Education (age 23 and over) and the Graduate Program in Education.