Freshmen Admissions Requirements

Candidates for admission to WSSU are reviewed based on their academic performance in an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. Winston-Salem State University is a part of the University of North Carolina System. Therefore, as mandated by the UNC Board of Governors, specific courses are required for any student who wishes to be admitted to any school within the University of North Carolina System.

These courses are commonly known as Minimum Course Requirements (MCR). Each student who applies for admission to Winston-Salem State University must successfully complete the following coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of Foreign Language (The same language. Ex. Spanish I & Spanish II)
  • 2 units of Social Science (including U.S. or American History)
  • 1 unit of Biological Science
  • 1 unit of Physical Science
  • 1 unit of Additional Science
  • 1 unit of Algebra I
  • 1 unit of Geometry
  • 1 unit of Algebra II
  • 1 unit of Mathematics beyond Algebra II (for which Algebra II is a requirement)

Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application. Recommendations are generally not required, although a letter and high school profile sent by a guidance counselor may be useful during application review.

Test Scores

WSSU requires applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. We do not require subject test for admission.

Freshman applicants under 21 years of age must submit official SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants whose native language is one other than English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to any other required test scores.

Testing Codes:

SAT & TOEFL = 5909

ACT = 3178

The UNC system minimum admission requirements are:

Cumulative GPA  of 2.5 or higher
Minimum SAT = 880 or ACT = 17

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