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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Winston-Salem State is a public university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Greensboro Area. As a historically black college, WSSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,124 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Winston-Salem State acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Healthcare Management. Graduating 51% of students, Winston-Salem State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,800.
601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Winston-Salem State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

WSSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
June 1
SAT Range
890-1030
ACT Range
16-19
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,783/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,036/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.90 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
4
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    35%
  • On Campus
    52%
  • Online
    13%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,124Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
617
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
75%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 62 responses
  • Unique
    40%
  • Diverse
    29%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Basic, doesnt interact enough clique
    3%
  • Immature.
    3%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.103 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 74 responses
  • Great instructors
    23%
  • Amazing academics
    15%
  • Family
    15%
  • Streesful but great
    14%
  • The best and worst of both worlds
    9%
  • Helpful and busy
    8%
  • Great
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.51 responses
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Winston-Salem State University Reviews

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Winston-salem State University is an excellent school! This is only my sophomore year and I’ve learned so much. My educational experience here at Winston-salem State will definitely mold me to become successful at the career I choose to pursue. I have also gained so many friendships and relationships with classmates, professors, even the janitors cleaning the school! Every is friendly and easy to get along with. Attending Winston-salem State University has been the best decision I’ve ever made!
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First off I would like to say, I love HBCU, but not every school is perfect. We have our flaws, but who doesn't. My college experience so far has been a roller coaster, but a fun one. The culture at my school is UNDEFEATED! My freshman year was exciting and a real eye-opener. I learned a lot that year pertaining to friendships, guys, the school, and even myself. I had a minor setback but I came back my sophomore year, somewhat. Now going into my Junior year and experiencing what I have experienced, I know that I just got to keep my head up and pushing forward to the end because I know I got this.
My experience at Winston-Salem State University was very interesting. As a first-time freshman, the staff went out of their way to ensure that I knew where to locate all the resources. My professors were thorough, meticulous, and eager to stay behind for additional assistance. The environment was extremely welcoming and supportive. I stayed in the Martin Schneider dorm in the spring of 2020. The room size was the perfect size for two young adults. The distance of my dorm to classes and the cafe was favorable. The cleaning staff ensured the bathrooms and living spaces were well cleaned. Lastly, as a student-athlete the coaches, trainers, and medics are amazing. I've never felt like I've been in better hands. My collected experiences have influenced me to the best version of myself and a proud ram.