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About Salem International University

Salem International University ("SIU"), a campus-based college, offering undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees, that is focused on being an international leader in technology-based educational delivery systems. The campus consists of 300 acres located two hours south of Pittsburgh and three hours north of Washington. SIU aims to provide both on-campus and online education to students from around the world.

Headquarters Location

223 West Main Street

Salem, West Virginia, 26426,

United States

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Latest Salem International University News

Salem International University rolls out new affordability program for recent WV high school grads

Jun 22, 2015

Salem International University rolls out new affordability program for recent WV high school grads Share Article By MetroNews Staff in News | June 22, 2015 at 2:25PM SALEM, W.Va. — Salem International University will roll out a new program, the Salem College Affordability Initiative, to help recent West Virginia high school graduates become college graduates without going into debt. “It is very critical, and it is the right thing to do, and it’s the right time to do it,” said SIU President Dan Nelant. Salem is once again regionally accredited and has several programs accredited nationally. President Nelant would now like to see in-state students take advantage of these programs so they can play a role in the future of the state. “We want to provide an opportunity for our West Virginia high school students to go to college and get a Bachelor’s Degree with zero or manageable student-loan debt,” said SIU President Dan Nelant. The program is designed for students who graduated from high school in West Virginia after 2011. President Nelant said that parents and students shouldn’t have to fear mortgaging their futures for the chance of creating a better future with a college degree. “The biggest fear holding back parents and students to go to college is the fear of astronomical debt,” he said. The program’s goal is for students to walk away with a debt no larger than $1750 when they’ve finished their four-year program, and it’s for any Bachelor’s Degree program. Combined with SIU’s rolling enrollment model, Nelant believes that students who come from tough economic backgrounds have the chance to get a four-year degree without having to sacrifice current commitments–like working and raising a family. “This way they do not have to change anything in that life,” he said. “If they have to work on a part-time basis to support the family need, they can do it. Put 20, 30, or 40 hours a week to the job and support the family, but put ten to fifteen hours a week for your future.” President Nelant said making education accessible is a personal passion of his. Born in India, his father dropped out of school in 10th grade. But he raised four children on what Nelant described as “meager” means with only one goal in mind–make sure his kids get a good education. And all four of those kids did. “He accomplished that dream,” said Nelant, talking about his father. “He did not say how much net worth he was going to have–or how many cars. His only dream was education as the key to succeed in life.” Nelant said the SIU model can support non-traditional first-generation students or parents who wish to return to college. “It’s in my DNA that education is extremely critical for our future generations to succeed, and to take the state and our country forward,” he said. One of Nelant’s first goals when he took over as President of SIU last year was to make sure that tuition didn’t go up. In fact, it’s beginning to come down at SIU, which is a rarity at a time when tuition continues to rise at institutions of higher learning throughout the United States. “That is the basic situation in the entire nation–the fear of college loan debt,” he said. “How it is staggering and how it is escalating year-over-year.” Nelant comes from a financial background, and believes that the job creation initiatives coming out of the State Capitol are going to create a better chance for employment–and he wants those jobs to stay in-state. “I want our students to be better prepared to take those jobs rather than us importing from other states to fulfill the needs of these new employers coming into our state,” he said. Share this:

Salem International University Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is Salem International University's headquarters?

    Salem International University's headquarters is located at 223 West Main Street, Salem.

  • What is Salem International University's latest funding round?

    Salem International University's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Salem International University?

    Investors of Salem International University include TL Ventures and Palm Ventures.

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