Winston-Salem State Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Winston-Salem State

Winston-Salem State University is a public HBCUin Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by a 14 to 1student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. WSSU is a member of the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


  • Total Enrollment: 5,190 (4,741 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 28% Male/72% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,904 (in-state); $16,151 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $10,319
  • Other Expenses: $2,611
  • Total Cost: $20,134 (in-state); $30,381 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,244
    • Loans: $6,696

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Football
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Winston-Salem University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • WSSU Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 450/520
    • SAT Math: 440/510
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 16/19
    • ACT English: 14/19
    • ACT Math: 16/19

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for WSSU, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If WSSU is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Avila University, Texas Southern University, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for WSSU, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Kean University, University of Texas at Brownsville, California State University Los Angeles, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than WSSU. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California, Merced, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Applying to WSSU

Application Deadline: March 15

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