Living, Learning, and Growing Together

Boarding Student in dorm room

“As a boarding student, I love that we’re all so close. Living together gives us great opportunities to bond and make lifelong friends. We can help each other out with everything, from homework to life!”

Michaela Murphy A’21

Life as a boarding student at Salem Academy is rich in friendships, fun, and personal growth. As a boarding student, you will develop skills that will prepare you to succeed in college and in life, including

  • Independence
  • Time management
  • Effective study skills, and
  • Essential life skills, like how to cooperate and collaborate with others.

Best of all are the deep friendships you’ll form with other students. Relationships built at the Academy last a lifetime because they’re built on the firmest of foundations: Living, learning, and growing together in a safe and positive environment.

See a typical day in the life of an Academy boarding student!

Your Room and Roommate*

The summer before your first year, you will complete an interest-based questionnaire that matches you with roommate. For subsequent years, you can choose your own roommate. You can also request a specific room, a process that will be determined by seniority.

Each room is furnished with two beds, two desks and chairs, two dressers, two closets, and a sink and cabinet. Roommates enjoy decorating and adding personal touches to their rooms.

*For 2021-2022, all boarding students will have single rooms. 

Dorm Life

All Salem Academy boarding students live in Mary Reynolds Babcock Hall,  recently renovated in 2020 and located in the residential center of Salem College. House Counselors, a mix of older and younger women who live on each floor, advise students as needed and manage evening life. All House Counselors are members of the Residential Life Staff under the direction of the Dean of Students.

A Senior Prefect also lives on each hall and is available as a support to her hallmates and the House Counselor. The House Council, made up of the president and senior prefects, meets regularly during the school year to ensure that boarding life is running at its best. Throughout the year, the Residence Life staff hosts events and activities within the dormitories.

“The activities are designed to be fun and to foster relationships among students. Looking back on my days at Salem, I’m still in touch with my friends. We will always be connected and will always help each other through life.”

Felecia Penn A’03, Director of Student Activities