Winston - Salem State University


Winston-Salem State University is a bold, vibrant and diverse academic community that fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character graduates need to transform themselves and their world. These values embody our motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.”

Founded in 1892, WSSU enjoys a distinguished reputation as a historically black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina that offers a rich curriculum rooted in a high-quality, liberal education. Our undergraduate and graduate students can choose from many innovative areas of study designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to develop creative solutions to today’s—and tomorrow’s—complex problems.

We're Ram Proud

Winston-Salem State University’s commitment to educational innovation and excellence has been recognized at local, regional and national levels.

Here is a quick look at what sets us apart.

Points of Pride

#1 public HBCU in the U.S. (Money Magazine, 2019-20)

#1 in the UNC System for graduates receiving jobs in NC after graduation *

#1 in UNC System for highest median early career earnings for undergraduate degree *

#1 in NC for graduating Black students in nursing and health professions (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

#2 in the UNC System for highest salary after receiving a graduate degree *

Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producer for African Americans in 15 categories (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

Top 50 in the nation for producing Black college graduates (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

One of the nation's top universities for annual Return on Investment (ROI) (Payscale Best Value Colleges, 2018)

#7 in the US for social mobility and one of five universities in the nation to rank in the top 20 on CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index for all five years of the rankings

Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast (Washington Monthly, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

* North Carolina Department of Commerce


Social Mobility Innovator Award (CollegeNET, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, 2018, 2019)

Four HBCU Digest Awards in the past two years: 2018 Best Social Work Program and Best Nursing Program; 2019 Best Social Work Program and Best Fine Arts Program (Diggs Gallery)

Four Inspiring Programs in STEM awards in past two years (INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, 2018, 2019)

Top 10 nursing schools in the East (Nurse Journal, 2017)

One of the top producers of nursing/RN degrees for African Americans in the nation (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

Facts at a Glance

Founded in 1892, a co-educational public university

Part of the University of North Carolina System

Student enrollment: 5,124

WSSU offers: 34 baccalaureate degrees; 50 undergraduate minors; 7 master's degrees; 2 professional doctorate degrees; and 6 post-baccalaureate certifications

Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Motto: Enter To Learn. Depart To Serve.

Athletic Conference: CIAA

Team Mascot: Ram



South Martin Luther King Junior Drive,601
27110 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

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