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Preparing students for success in the 21st century, Winston-Salem State University offers quality educational programs and 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 Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond.

Who We Are

Winston-Salem State University, one of the 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system, occupies a picturesque 110-acre campus overlooking the woodlands of Salem Lake in the heart of Winston-Salem.  Winston-Salem State University has been listed as a top public liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report's issue of America's Best Colleges for ten straight years (2001-2010).  This Master’s Level I university enrolls more than 6,400 diverse students and offers more than 40 bachelor's programs, ten master's programs through the university's School of Graduate Studies and Research, and one certificate program in computer science.

Winston-Salem State University was founded on September 28, 1892, as the Slater Industrial Academy.  It began as a one-room frame structure with 25 pupils and one teacher.  As a leading academy for the education of African-Americans, the school grew to become the first historically black college in the nation to grant degrees for teaching in the elementary grades.  Winston-Salem State University continues to pioneer programs in areas of high demand such as nursing, computer science, information management and biotechnology.  The innovative Clinical Laboratory Science program within the School of Health Sciences was one of the first undergraduate Internet-based degree programs of its kind in the nation.  In partnership with community organizations, the university develops initiatives such as the Center for Community Safety, a national model for research on neighborhood safety, and Real Men Teach, which recruits African-American males into education careers.

Visit the campus website at, www.wssu.edu, for more information about the institution.


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Voted one of America's Most Livable Cities by mostlivable.org, Winston-Salem lies in the heart of the South Atlantic region.  The Twin City, as residents call it, is the home to four additional institutions of higher education.  The city’s revitalized downtown includes a downtown arts district, restaurants and music venues.  Other nearby amusements include the large Hanes Mall for shopping and entertainment, minor league baseball and Bowman Gray Stadium, home to both WSSU Rams football and NASCAR racing. The thriving Piedmont Triad region includes the nearby cities of Greensboro and High Point.  From the Triad’s central location, head west two hours to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway or east four hours to the state’s famed seashore.

Quick Facts About Winston-Salem State University

Established: 1892
Location:  Winston-Salem, NC (Piedmont Triad Region)
Accreditation:  Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Faculty:  400;  57% hold PhDs or terminal degrees
Staff:  More than 800
Students:  Approximately 6,400 (Fall 2008)
Winston-Salem State University.  Enter to Learn.  Depart to Serve.

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