We're Ram Proud
Winston-Salem State University’s commitment to educational innovation and excellence has been recognized at local, regional and national levels.
Here is a quick look at what sets us apart.
- #1 HBCU in North Carolina (The Wall Street Journal)
- #1 in the UNC System for graduates receiving jobs in NC after graduation (North Carolina Department of Commerce, 2014)
- #1 in the triad for highest salary after receiving an undergraduate degree (North Carolina Department of Commerce, 2014)
- #2 in the UNC System for highest salary after receiving a graduate degree (North Carolina Department of Commerce, 2014)
- #3 in the nation for Best Online Counseling Programs (Affordable Colleges Online, 2016)
- #4 in North Carolina for the largest percent return on educational investment (PayScale, Inc.)
- #4 in the nation for Most Affordable RN-to-BSN Programs (TopRNtoBSN, 2015)
- #5 in the nation for graduating black students in the field of nursing (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016)
- #8 HBCU in the country (The Wall Street Journal)
- #8 in the nation for graduating black students in the health professions (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016)
- #10 in the nation for graduating black students in parks, recreation, and fitness studies (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016)
- #22 in the nation for graduating black students in the field of education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016)
- #5 HBCU in the nation (CollegeChoice.com, 2015)
- #1 HBCU in North Carolina (CollegeChoice.com, 2015)
- Top 10 nursing schools in the East (Nurse Journal, 2015)
- Top 10 in the nation on the CollegeNet Social Mobility Index (CollegeNet, 2015)
- Top 10 HBCUs (BestColleges.com, 2015)
- Top 10 “Top Value” RN to BSN programs (College Values, 2016)
- Top 10 Military-Friendly Small Public Schools
- Top 15 HBCUs for highest average annual salary for recent graduates (EDsmart, 2015)
- Top 30 in the nation for producing black college graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016)
- o Best Southern Regional Universities (CollegeChoice.com, 2016)
- Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast (Washington Monthly, 2015, 2016)
- Best Colleges in the South (U.S. News and World Report, 2016)
- Top Public Schools (U.S. News and World Report, 2016, 2017)
- Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2016, 2017)
- Grand Prize “Learning by Design” for the Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center
- Most Influential People in the Triad 2016 - Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson
Points of Pride
- Diggs Gallery identified as one of the Top 10 African-American galleries in the nation and one of the nation’s best regional facilities for contemporary African art.
- Choir performs nationally and internationally; has recorded seven compact discs with one nominated in 2010 for five Grammy awards.
- The only four-year public university and only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation that offers a bachelor of science degree program in motorsports management.
- Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy have 100% licensure board pass rates.
- Department of Rehabilitation Counseling is only program of its type in the nation that provides services to the deaf and hard of hearing.
- Division of Nursing is third-largest producer of traditional nurses in North Carolina; more than 90% of students pass licensure examination the first time.
- Division of Nursing partners with Duke University School of Nursing in a Bridge to the Doctorate program, designed to enhance minority nurse scientists; one of only three such programs in the nation.
- Faculty of Business offers Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited academic programs that equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic and ever changing world.
- Students can join one of 16 Greek organizations and 100-plus student organizations.
- Students can choose from seven themed-housing options, including Living Arts, First Year Residential Experience, Freshman Honors, Upperclass Honors, Women in Science and Health, Women Involved in Leadership Development, and Live to Serve.
- WSSU claimed 5 CIAA Championships in 2015-16 (in the sports of women’s cross country, volleyball, football women's indoor track and softball, 20 since the return to the CIAA in 2010.
- Rams student-athletes and staff have amassed over 7,000 hours of community service hours over the past two years.
- Student Enrollment: 5,107
- First-Generation College Students: 50%
- Faculty: 313
- Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- Campus Size: 117 Acres
- Motto: Enter To Learn, Depart To Serve
- Colors: Red and White
- Team Mascot: Ram
- Athletic Conference: CIAA