Winston Salem State University

Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University is a four-year, public, co-educational research university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was established by Dr. Simon Green Atkins in 1892. WSSU's campus stretches over more than 110 acres of urban land. The university enrolls more than 5,000 students annually.

The schools and colleges under WSSU are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education and Human Performance
  • School of Health Sciences

WSSU's sports teams are known as the Rams. WSSU sponsors men's teams in basketball, cross country, football, track & field, golf and tennis. Its women take part in basketball, bowling, cross country, track & field, softball, tennis and volleyball. The University also has a cheerleading squad.

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Contacting Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem , NC 27110-0001
General Phone: (336) 750-2000

Winston-Salem State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine427registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Liberal Arts130African-American studies, Spanish language, English, general studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy121parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, exercise science, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, vocational counseling
Business and Management97business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Therapy and Counseling64psychology, physical therapy
Education and Teaching42education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, teacher education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Computer Science and Engineering29computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, information science, computer science
Science28biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology19clinical lab tech
Media10mass communication
Art Studies10art studies
Music4music management
Security and Law Enforcement3criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work0public administration, social work
Medical Administration0health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Winston-Salem State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree86747
Master's degree13110
Postbaccalaureate certificate03

Winston-Salem State University Student Body

Winston-Salem State University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Winston-Salem State University had a total enrollment of 5,870 students (5,699 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 31%
Women 69%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 18%
Black 76%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 23%
22-24 16%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina87%
(International Students)2%
Washington, DC2%
South Carolina1%
New York1%

Winston-Salem State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 38 %

Winston-Salem State University Room and Board (2007)

Winston-Salem State University offers campus housing for 2,300 of its 5,699 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Winston-Salem State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390470
SAT Math400480
SAT Writing380460
ACT Verbal1419
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1519

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Winston-Salem State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,389
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,029
Room and board $ 5,942
Room charge $ 3,621
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,320
Books and supplies $ 2,000
Other expenses $ 2,750

Financial Aid:
Winston-Salem State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 298600)

Winston-Salem State University Faculty

Winston-Salem State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track87103
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2235

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$104,7124$126,338
Associate professorcalendar year19$99,37316$89,526
Assistant professorcalendar year9$84,67021$79,881
Instructorcalendar year1*3$64,554
Lecturercalendar year7$81,0965$62,438
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year40$91,27350$83,743

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$86,6489$96,029
Associate professoracademic year50$76,04139$72,712
Assistant professoracademic year47$66,74249$68,816
Instructoracademic year7$59,81023$59,966
Lectureracademic year4$58,2042*
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year125$72,507123$69,921

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Winston-Salem State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Track Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports72431

Winston-Salem State University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist


Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Molecular Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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