Chances of getting into Winston Salem State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
65.3%
Admission Difficulty for Winston Salem State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into WSSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 65% acceptance rate ranking it #37 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,607 out of 3,992 applicants were admitted making WSSU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 77 percent. Winston Salem State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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WSSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
890-1030
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for Winston Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 450
SAT Math 25th 440
SAT Composite 25th 890
SAT Scores for Winston Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 520
SAT Math 75th 510
SAT Composite 75th 1030
Average SAT Score 960

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Winston Salem State University?

Winston Salem State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 79 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 890 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 820. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 960 out of 1600. The school ranks #41 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Winston Salem State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1030 and Above Good >76%
960 to 1030 Avg + 65%-76%
890 to 960 Avg - 52%-65%
820 to 890 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 820 Low <39%
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WSSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
16-19 
Applicants Submitting ACT
59%
ACT Scores for Winston Salem State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 14
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for Winston Salem State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 19
ACT Math 75th 19
ACT Composite 75th 19
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WSSU?

Admission data indicates that WSSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 19 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #42 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Winston Salem State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Winston Salem State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
19 and Above Good >79%
17 to 19 Avg + 65%-79%
16 to 17 Avg - 57%-65%
15 to 16 Reach 48%-57%
Less than 15 Low <48%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.15
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Winston Salem State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Winston Salem State University was 3.15 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #32 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as WSSU accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Winston Salem State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 10% Good
3.50 to 3.75 15% Good
3.25 to 3.50 20% Good
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 32% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

72% of Winston Salem State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Winston Salem State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 8%
Top 25% of class 33%
Top 50% of class 72%
Bottom 50% of class 28%
Bottom 25% of class 4%

Admission Statistics

Winston Salem State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,868 1,124 3,992
Accepted 1,903 704 2,607
Acceptance Rate 66% 63% 65%
Enrolled 692 243 935
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 35% 36%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Winston Salem State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Winston Salem State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Winston Salem State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

Frequently Asked Questions

76% of students submit their SAT scores to WSSU. 59% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

65% of those who apply are granted admission to WSSU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 890 and 1030. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 19. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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