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WSSU Demographics & Diversity

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at WSSU are mostly Black with a smaller White population. The school has low racial diversity. 84% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Winston Salem State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.

Racial demographics of Winston Salem State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 16%
Black 72%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 2%
Race Unknown 2%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very Low

There are 219% more female students than male students enrolled at Winston Salem State University with a gender ratio of 76% women to 24% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, WSSU has a much lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is much less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Winston Salem State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 24%
Women 76%
Enrollment by gender for Winston Salem State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,194
Women 3,810

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

WSSU serves a very low number of students outside of North Carolina, with 82 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Winston Salem State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 82%
Out of State 16%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$54,716 per year

74% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 26%
Part time Undergrads 13.6%

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