Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, NC

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Winston-Salem State University offers 176-degree programs and 21 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 60%. The most popular test is SAT - 76% of students submitted it in comparison to 62% of students who submitted ACT. 26.8% are women, and 73.2% are men. 2% percents of international students. Winston-Salem State University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Winston-Salem State University is 8200$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $9248 and $17520 per year. 46% of full-time Winston-Salem State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $32,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Winston-Salem State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Winston-Salem State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$5,912
$30,001 - $48,000$7,709
$48,001 - $75,000$12,094
$75,001 - $110,000$14,324

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5412

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3391 of Winston-Salem State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 71 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Winston-Salem State University number 31 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in North Carolina.

Students at Winston-Salem State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Winston-Salem State University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball

Graduation Rate


Winston-Salem State University graduation rate is below the national average.

46% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Winston-Salem State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Winston-Salem State University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 62%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 2% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $0 - $10k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Winston-Salem State University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 11%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Winston-Salem State University full-time retention rate is 76% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Winston-Salem State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1180 - 1370

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 400 - 460
Math: 410 - 470
Writing: 370 - 440

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Winston-Salem State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
17 - 19

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 14 - 19
Math: 16 - 19
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Winston-Salem State University is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Winston-Salem State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Winston-Salem State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in North Carolina.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Winston Salem State University

The campus located by 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. address in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Winston Salem State University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Winston-Salem State University with 0.62% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Winston Salem State University are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Winston-Salem State University offers 176 programs in total: 131 are for Bachelor's degree, 27 - for Master's degree, 6 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 6 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 196 universities in North Carolina state. Winston-Salem State University is one of the few institutions in North Carolina that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 21 distance education programs that are provided in the Winston-Salem State University: 15 are for Bachelor's degree and 6 are Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the North Carolina state average data to help you compare.


Winston-Salem State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4378 students with 131327 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 287 with 6896 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 140 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Winston-Salem State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

This is a great university, with SO much school spirit. It has one of the top nursing programs in the state. I got a true HBCU experience and I'm so proud to be a Ram!

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Overall Rating:

Very great school, however all departments wheather it be financial aid or student accounts, are very rude, unprofessional, and will tell you anything to get you off the phone if it is even answered. This school is not worth the stress and i professionalism you will experience trying to get your business taken care of. Choose another HBCU!

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Overall Rating:

I applied to WSSU for the RN to BSN program. In the past I had attended a university that offered competency based education whose credits were rewarded on a pass/fail basis, meaning those credits will not transfer to a traditional university. WSSU required me to have an official transcript sent from that school anyway knowing very well they would not accept the credits. I very promptly had the transcript sent. I then got a very polite email from the admissions office that said consideration for my program was closed and I would have to try again in a future term. So admissions sent me on a wild goose chase for a transcript that was useless, at my expense, knowing that I wasn't going to have it back in time. I am sure they were very entertained that I went to the trouble and expense. I find the whole experience annoying and I find them very unprofessional.

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Overall Rating:

My experience at Winston-Salem State University was so rewarding. I learned so much & my overall educational experience molded me for the successful career I had.

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Overall Rating:

I love WSSU!!! I received a quality education and the staff cares for the students. By the way, this is a Historically BLACK University, so yes African-American enrollment will be higher than at non HBCU's, but check your statistics before posting. You may find your comments incorrect; to the people giving negative feed back.

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Location & Website

Address: 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3367502000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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