Winston-Salem State University is a bold, vibrant, and diverse academic community that fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character that 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 UNC System 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.


highest graduation rate among HBCUs in NC


public HBCU for value, Money Magazine


in the U.S. for social mobility

The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.

WSSU has identified five “Prioritize” categories to contribute to the Strategic Plan: low-income completions; rural completions; five-year graduation rates; achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; and increasing critical workforce credentials.

Historically Minority-Serving Institution

The UNC System Board of Governors created a special Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions in 2018 to study and assess six institutions’ unique challenges and promising opportunities. The goal of the committee is to create strategies that will ensure these institutions’ future growth by promoting investments, opportunities, and awareness throughout the state.


Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

Download the GEAR UP VR app from the iTunes store or from the Google Play store.



Your future self is waiting to be discovered, and WSSU has the perfect program to help. Ignite your passion, discover your strengths, and prepare to make a difference in the world with one of the university’s exciting programs.
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Student Success

WSSU students receive ongoing guidance and support from their first days of orientation to their culminating graduation ceremony. Caring faculty, amazing student activities and engagement staff, academic success counselors, stellar career services staff, and supportive peers and mentors will make all the difference in your college experience.
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Our Campus

The WSSU campus is big enough to allow you to spread your wings and seek out new horizons. You’ll have access to first-rate facilities, CIAA athletics, and opportunities to do research, internships, and study abroad. Walk around campus and you’ll discover that WSSU is also small enough for you to get to know professors and staff personally and to meet fascinating students from all walks of life.
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