About WSSU

Mission, Vision, Values

WSSU was founded in 1892 and in 1925 became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees. Building on its core strengths in education and the health sciences, the university has grown to include innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 40 majors that meet the needs of a fast-evolving job market.

Winston-Salem State University is a bold and energetic institution that fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform yourself and your world. Rooted in a liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

Our Mission

Winston-Salem State University is a comprehensive, historically Black university offering innovative undergraduate programs and exceptional graduate programs grounded in the tradition of liberal education. Students engage in active and experiential learning offered through flexible delivery modes. The university is dedicated to the holistic development of students by faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of North Carolina, the region, and beyond.

Our Vision

Winston-Salem State University develops graduates who thrive in a dynamic and global society. Committed to the transformative power of liberal education, Winston-Salem State University integrates diverse learning environments, student development opportunities, and campus and community life to build knowledge, cultivate talent and mold character. Guided by the motto “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” Winston-Salem State University develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.

Our Values

Student-Centeredness – Winston-Salem State University is committed to ensuring that all students achieve academic, personal, and professional development through their education. The University takes responsibility for creating and sustaining an environment that values students’ unique backgrounds and learning abilities, providing a nurturing culture that supports student success.

Excellence – Winston-Salem State University is committed to an uncompromised standard of quality and distinction in teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and operations. The university advances a dynamic, responsive, and accountable academic community where a desire to achieve the highest standards is evident both among individuals and across the institution.

Stewardship - Winston-Salem State University understands the unique mission of the university and the value it provides through the knowledge produced and the graduates it educates. To ensure the highest levels of public trust and confidence, the University is committed to structuring institutional policies, processes, and incentives to ensure highly efficient and reliable operations; professional competence and knowledge; and careful management of resources.

Integrity – Winston-Salem State University holds a deep commitment to personal and institutional fairness and honesty to ensure that the welfare of students and the University is placed foremost in all affairs and transactions.

Social Justice – Winston-Salem State University believes in a deep individual and institutional responsibility to creatively respond to injustice and work toward the establishment of just, equitable, and sustainable cultural, economic, political and social principles and practices that affirm the worth, value, and dignity of all people.

Trust – Winston-Salem State University is committed to building and reinforcing enduring bonds of goodwill among all members of our community based on an ethic of accountability, fairness, openness and transparency.

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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