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Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winston Salem State University overview
Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Online wssu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Winston Salem State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is a public historically Black university founded in 1892 located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The university features a suburban campus that offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on health sciences, business, and education. Among its academic offerings, WSSU is recognized for its nursing program and has been designated as a Nursing Center of Excellence. The university's application process is moderately selective, aiming to provide accessible higher education while maintaining academic rigor. On-campus housing is available to students, providing a residential experience to complement the academic environment. The campus architecture mixes contemporary buildings with traditional designs, contributing to a distinctive setting. Winston-Salem State University is situated within close proximity to the larger metropolitan area of Greensboro, enhancing its regional connectivity. While the university supports a variety of athletic programs, it has not been distinctly noted for exceptional athletic success in intercollegiate sports.

In the most recent statistical year 7,628 prospective students applied, and 5,598 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 855 enrolled in the school.  4,232 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 772 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $3,401 plus fees of $2,875. WSSU is ranked 956 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Winston Salem State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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WSSU is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Winston Salem State University overview
SAT 830/1050
ACT 14/19
GPA 3.01

Applications Accepted

Winston Salem State University overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

North Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Winston Salem State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,690
Other Fees$2,875
Room and Board $11,220
Budget for Other Expenses$3,226
Total One Year Cost$22,412

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Winston Salem State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,690
Other Fees$2,875
Room and Board $11,220
Budget for Other Expenses$3,226
Total One Year Cost$33,068

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$35,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

41% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Winston Salem State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 50%
Business 9%
Education 6%
Social Sciences 5%
Psychology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199999 IPEDS survey data for Winston Salem State University.

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