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Winston - Salem State University Overview

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Winston - Salem State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Winston - Salem State University Known For?

1,031 Undergraduate Awards
$21,700 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WSSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.

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Winston - Salem State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WSSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#11 Most Popular Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Rehabilitation Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Best Value General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#137 Most Popular Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Winston - Salem State University?

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Contact details for WSSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27110-0001
Phone: 336-750-2000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WSSU1892
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wssurams

How Do I Get Into WSSU?

You can apply to WSSU online at: https://www1.cfnc.org/applications/University_of_North_Carolina/apply.html?application_id=1552

Admission Requirements for WSSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WSSU?

73% Acceptance Rate
76% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Winston - Salem State University is 73%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 24% of accepted students are men and 76% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to WSSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 510. Math scores were between 450 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 450 to 510 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 450 to 520 )
200
800
WSSU received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 14 and 19. Math scores were between 16 and 19. Composite scores were between 17 and 19.

ACT English Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 14 to 19 )
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ACT Math Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 16 to 19 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 17 to 19 )
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36

Can I Afford Winston - Salem State University?

$21,700 Net Price
86% Take Out Loans
13.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WSSU is $21,700. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WSSU, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $6,500 a year. That adds up to $26,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSSU is 13.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Winston - Salem State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,033 Full-Time Undergraduates
75% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,689 undergraduate students at WSSU, with 4,033 being full-time and 656 being part-time.

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There are also 480 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,033 full-time undergraduates at WSSU, 25% are male and 75% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Winston - Salem State University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 3,237
Hispanic or Latino 157
White 120
International Students 40
Other Races/Ethnicities 454

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Winston - Salem State University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 15 countries are represented at WSSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Philippines.

Online Learning at Winston - Salem State University

1,482 Took All Classes Online
4,931 Took At Least One Class Online
25.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at WSSU. In 2019-2020, 4,931 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WSSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 27th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of WSSU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Winston - Salem State University was $5,707 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $15,523. The following table shows how WSSU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #1 #10
Teaching English or French #1 #21
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #7 #7
General English Literature #10 #30
English Language & Literature #10 #42
Health & Medical Administrative Services #13 #63
Liberal Arts General Studies #16 #106
Education #16 #70
Teacher Education Grade Specific #16 #61
Nursing #16 #79
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #16 #106
Health Professions #28 #156

Online Growth Rankings of WSSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Winston - Salem State University was 25.8%. This is the #949 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WSSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WSSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 23%
Education 30%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 29%
Health Professions 2%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 8%
Liberal Arts General Studies 8%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 26%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 39%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WSSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WSSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #34
Teaching English or French #36
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #47
Computer Programming #52
Teacher Education Grade Specific #241
Health & Medical Administrative Services #365
Nursing #393
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #403
Liberal Arts General Studies #403
Computer & Information Sciences #409

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Winston - Salem State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 268 1 40 4 313
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 56 0 44 54 154
Health & Medical Administrative Services 90 0 20 0 110
Health & Physical Education 97 0 0 0 97
Business Administration & Management 63 0 10 0 73
General Biology 59 0 0 0 59
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 48 0 0 0 48
Liberal Arts General Studies 48 0 0 0 48
General Psychology 44 0 0 0 44
Teacher Education Grade Specific 35 0 3 0 38
Criminal Justice & Corrections 36 0 0 0 36
Communication & Media Studies 34 0 0 0 34
Social Work 30 0 0 0 30
Political Science & Government 17 0 0 0 17
Computer Science 15 0 0 0 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 15 0 0 0 15
Accounting 13 0 0 0 13
Computer Information Systems 5 0 7 0 12
Economics 7 0 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Sociology 6 0 0 0 6
Marketing 5 0 0 0 5
General English Literature 5 0 0 0 5
Information Science 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 0 4
Recreation Administration 4 0 0 0 4
Chemistry 4 0 0 0 4
History 3 0 0 0 3
Finance & Financial Management 2 0 0 0 2
Ethnic Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Gerontology 2 0 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 0 2
Romance Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,031 1 124 58 1,214

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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