Salem Community College is a public, two-year comprehensive associate degree granting institution located in southern New Jersey. Established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1972, SCC is authorized to grant associate degrees (A.A., A.S., A.F.A. and A.A.S.) and certificates in over 40 liberal arts, business, practical nursing and technology programs of study. SCC is the only higher educational institution located in Salem County. SCC offers many of its noncredit career programs at its Salem Center which also houses the County's One-Stop Career Center. In addition, the College has three off-site instructional locations dedicated to specific programs.

Salem Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, SCC and its programs are approved by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. SCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing Certificate programs are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission).