From the minute you walk onto campus you are welcomed as a member of the Ram Family. You will discover our warm, diverse, nurturing community that “feels like home.”  Welcome to WSSU. Welcome home. 

Student Life

Your residence hall is your “home away from home.”  You will be welcomed into a safe, caring, and comfortable living space that allows you to have fun and make friends while pursuing your academic goals.  Be part of learning experiences that expand your horizons and prepare you for life in the 21st century global community. Live and learn alongside diverse people and seek guidance from our professional staff.

There are four residence halls for first-year students: Atkins, Brown, Martin-Schexnider, and Moore.


Theme Housing

Would you like to live other students who share common interests with you?  At WSSU we offer several themed housing communities that give you a chance to live, learn, and expand your horizons right in your own home.  You will be surrounded by students who are passionate about your interests—ensuring you will make fast friends. You will gain valuable experience and preparation to be a student leader on campus.

Housing and Residence Life | Theme Housing

Whether it's a quick bite on the go or a casual sit-down with your friends, you will find a great variety of dining options on campus.

Kennedy Dining Hall

Kennedy Dining Hall is the place to meet and eat with friends with comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, and flat screen TVs.

  • Home-style entrees, pizza, soup & salad bar
  • Made-to-order entrees from Pan Geo's and made-to-order deli sandwiches
  • Homemade desserts and ice cream

Donald J. Reaves (DJR) Center Food Court

  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Subway
  • Topio's Pizza
  • Burger Studio

Other Campus Dining Options

  • Einstein Bagels
  • RAM City Coffee Shop
  • RAM Express & P.O.D. Express 

The DJR Student Activities Center is an ultra-modern 96,000 square foot building that combines full fitness facilities, a food court, game room, meeting spaces, and lounges. 

DJR Offers:

  • Food court featuring Popeyes Chicken, Burger Studio, Subway, and Topio’s Pizza
  • Game room with video games and billiards
  • Student lounge space with a fireplace
  • Indoor waterfall
  • Commuter lounge for commuting and non-traditional students

University Recreation creates opportunities for the WSSU community to engage in fun, recreational and fitness activities, challenging our campus to connect education and lifelong wellness.

  • Three floors of amenities
  • Two basketball courts
  • Indoor track
  • Cardio room
  • Boxing area
  • Cycling studio
  • TRX group training system
  • Weight room
  • Bike rentals
  • Outdoor facilities
  • Group classes
  • Intramural sports
  • Club sports

This is where the fun begins!  WSSU Student Activities & Engagement offers events, programs, activities, and initiatives that make your college experience stimulating, exciting, and fulfilling.  Celebrity concerts.  Comedy performances.  Lectures by world-renowned speakers.  Black History Month and Women’s History Month celebrations.

Get Involved!

Student Activities & Engagement will connect you with the following organizations and activities:

  • Greek Life—Join one of the seven of “The Divine Nine” fraternities and sororities on campus.
  • Student Clubs & Organizations—Become a member of 1 or 100 organizations. Meet people who share your love of languages, service, music, drama, dance, modeling, science, and more.
  • Student Government Association—Get involved & develop your leadership skills.
  • Intramurals—Compete in intramural and extramural competitions and club sports.
  • Outdoor Adventure Series—Get adventurous with skiing, white water rafting, deep sea fishing, and horseback riding excursions.
  • Laid-Back Adventures—Take part in video game competitions, billiards, ping pong, bowling and skate nights.

We will help you develop your leadership skills by giving you hands-on opportunities to live out the mission of the university motto “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.” 

WSSU offers you a vibrant social life with university-sponsored events and casual gathering with friends. Participating in Homecoming celebrations.  Seminars and cultural events.  Attending football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and cross-country competitions with CIAA Champion Rams.  Greek life.   Enjoying video game competitions, bowling and skate nights.  Gym jams. Club and intramural sports.  Joining over 100 clubs and organizations where people share your love of languages, service, music, drama, dance, modeling, science, and more.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Become a member of 1 or 100 organizations. Meet people who share your love of languages, service, health, music, drama, dance, mentoring, modeling, science, and more.

Honor Societies 

WSSU has honor societies in English, interdisciplinary studies, information technology, business, accounting, economics, biological sciences, sociology, social work, gerontology, history, and social sciences, and more. 


WSSU graduates champions!   We have eleven talented teams that pursue excellence and bring home championship titles.

Men’s Sports: Baseball ▪ Basketball ▪Cross Country ▪ Football

Women’s Sports Basketball ▪ Cheerleading ▪ Cross Country ▪ Softball ▪ Tennis ▪Track & Field ▪ Volleyball

Coaches who are passionate about:

  • Academic performance—85+ student-athletes regularly make the Dean’s List every semester.
  • Competitive success—Rams win championship titles in multiple sports each year.
  • Leadership development—Rams engage in thousands of hours of community service annually. 

The Student Success Center (SSC) is a “one stop shop” that provides you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals.

Located in the heart of campus, the SSC is welcoming place to meet with your academic advisor, find help writing a paper, and receive professional and peer tutoring.  Use the computer labs, lounge in the airy open spaces, grab a snack at Einstein Bros Bagels, or chill on the patio.  We can help you learn about internships, study abroad, and ways to map out your future with the expertise offered at the Career Development Services Office.

University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL)

The motto of University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL) is “You call, we answer!”  We are here to provide you with academic guidance, learning support services, and ways to define yourself and your career goals.  

UCaLL connects you with your class deans, academic success counselors, professional tutors and writing consultants, and a host of other supportive staff who help you to have a positive experience at WSSU.


  • Links you with tutoring, supplemental instruction, and learning centers.
  • Introduces you to skills-enhancement activities.
  • Invites you to workshops, seminars, and group activities that develop your competence and confidence.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Leadership opportunities abound at WSSU.  We have an extremely active Student Government Association (SGA).  SGA serves as the primary representatives and advocates who gather student opinions and actively shares student views with WSSU faculty and administration.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services is here for you from the very beginning. 

We will help you discover your skills and interests. Identify and explore career options. Find out about student employment.  Seek internships. Formulate your goals. Take part in job fairs and career days. Get coaching about resumes, cover letters, and job interviews. And ultimately assist you in attaining your desired career outcomes.

Your WSSU experience will be filled with rich traditions that date back to the founding of the university in 1892.  We celebrate our proud history and embrace you as part of the Ram Family from the beginning of your time on campus.  The traditions become an integral part of your college experience and your alumni sense of pride.

  • “Through the Archway” procession and “Lambs to Rams” pinning ceremony for freshmen who have completed the Ramdition student orientation.
  • Football Games
  • Founder’s Day
  • Homecoming
  • Homecoming Coronation Ball
  • Greek Week
  • International Week
  • WSSU Choir Holiday Concert
  • Black History Month
  • Women’s History Month
  • CIAA Basketball Tournament
  • Scholarship Day
  • Honors Convocation
  • Senior Class Gala
  • Commencement

Study abroad allows you the opportunity to gain insight into new cultures and languages while you develop a new global perspective on the world. The world is becoming increasingly interdependent, and employers and graduate schools often prefer applicants with global experience. Study abroad is an important extension of your academic and personal development that you cannot afford to miss.

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Phone: (336) 750-2000

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