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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.

342 Undergraduate Degrees
43 Graduate Degrees
$21,348 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
67% Acceptance Rate

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Winston - Salem State University Rankings

WSSU is ranked #6 out of 41 schools in North Carolina.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WSSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#50 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#50 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WSSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#50 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual

Where Is Winston - Salem State University?

Location of Winston - Salem State University

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

How Do I Get Into WSSU?

You can apply to WSSU online at:

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?

67% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
71% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 67%, WSSU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 28% of accepted students are men and 72% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 71% 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 440 and 510.

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

SAT Math Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 440 to 510 )
WSSU received ACT scores from 65% 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 18. Composite scores were between 16 and 19.

ACT English Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 14 to 19 )
ACT Math Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 16 to 18 )
ACT Composite Scores for Winston - Salem State University  ( 16 to 19 )

Can I Afford Winston - Salem State University?

$21,348 Net Price
86% Take Out Loans
15.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WSSU is $21,348. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WSSU, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $6,299 a year. That adds up to $25,196 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSSU is 15.0%. 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

4,067 Full-Time Undergraduates
72% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,656 undergraduate students at WSSU, with 4,067 being full-time and 589 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WSSU

There are also 465 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,067 full-time undergraduates at WSSU, 28% are male and 72% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WSSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WSSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 3,370
Hispanic or Latino 146
White 257
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 231

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

736 Took All Classes Online
2,601 Took At Least One Class Online
17.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at WSSU. In 2017-2018, 2,601 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.


This school is the 3rd most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WSSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Winston - Salem State University was 17.2%. This is the #632 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
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 17%
Nursing 10%
Registered Nursing 10%

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
Registered Nursing #147
Nursing #192

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 Nursing Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 342 0 0 0 342
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 0 35 0 35
Nursing Practice 0 1 0 6 7
Nursing Education 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 342 2 35 6 385


*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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