Winston-Salem State Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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Winston-Salem State University Description:

Winston-Salem State University is a public, four-year university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Even with well over 5,000 students, WSSU maintains a healthy student/faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Campus life is active and includes a long list of student organizations, club sports, intramural sports, and Adventure Trips consisting of things such as white water rafting, skiing, and horseback riding. WSSU is a member of the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and in 1967 they became the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to win an NCAA basketball championship. WSSU is particularly proud of its campus fitness programs which are supported by cardio or fitness suites in many of the residence halls and the state-of-the-art Donald L. Evans Fitness Center. High achieving students at Winston-Salem State should check out the Honors Program, which has features including the Honors Summer Advancement Program, honors housing, and the Honors Summer Session Abroad.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,151 (4,759 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 29% Male / 71% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,804 (in-state); $15,914 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,593
  • Other Expenses: $2,506
  • Total Cost: $19,203 (in-state); $29,314 (out-of-state)

Winston-Salem State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,408
    • Loans: $6,212

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 22%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 20%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Winston-Salem State University Mission Statement:

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"Preparing diverse students for success in the 21st Century, Winston-Salem State University offers quality educational programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Students are engaged in active and experiential learning and have access to education through flexible delivery modes. The University is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. As a comprehensive, historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond."

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