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Chances of getting into Winston Salem State University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
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 acceptance rate at WSSU is 73%.  It ranks #34 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. WSSU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 3,758 out of 5,182 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 74 percent (SAT 900/1030 ACT 17/19). Winston Salem State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.01. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Winston Salem State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

WSSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
900-1030
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for Winston Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 450
SAT Math 25th 450
SAT Composite 25th 900
SAT Scores for Winston Salem State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 510
SAT Math 75th 520
SAT Composite 75th 1030
Average SAT Score 970

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Winston Salem State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 78 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 900 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 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 970 out of 1600. WSSU ranks #35 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >82%
965 to 1030 Avg + 73%-82%
900 to 965 Avg - 61%-73%
835 to 900 Reach 48%-61%
Less than 835 Low <48%
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WSSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
17-19 
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 17
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 18

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 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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 #37 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Winston Salem State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >82%
18 to 19 Avg + 73%-82%
17 to 18 Avg - 61%-73%
16 to 17 Reach 48%-61%
Less than 16 Low <48%
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WSSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.01
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Winston Salem State University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into WSSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Winston Salem State University was 3.01 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #43 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 73% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

Similar Requirements

High School Class Rank

65% 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 6%
Top 25% of class 24%
Top 50% of class 65%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Winston Salem State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,820 1,362 5,182
Accepted 2,868 890 3,758
Acceptance Rate 75% 65% 73%
Enrolled 780 227 1,007
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 26% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Winston Salem State University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Winston Salem State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Winston Salem State University Application 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.

FAQs

Does Winston Salem State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Winston Salem State University?

73% 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.

What SAT score is required for Winston Salem State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 900 and 1030. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Winston Salem State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 19. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.