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Vision, Mission & Values


Winston-Salem State University, a comprehensive public institution, is a premier national leader in advancing equity and upward mobility where we unleash the genius of individuals and empower them to transform the world.


As a historically Black college and university guided by the motto “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” Winston-Salem State University cultivates the genius of interconnected learners through academic excellence, transformative scholarship, and impactful engagement to produce equity-minded, highly competent, and productive citizens. Winston-Salem State University aims to enhance the lives and livelihoods of its students, the people of North Carolina, and persons around the world.

Institutional Values

As a community of learners, we uphold certain basic values that inform our thinking and guide our behaviors.

  • “Ramily” Matters |  We care, serve, and inspire.
  • Be Fair |  We are impartial and create unique opportunities for all to succeed.
  • Bring Your ‘A’ Game |  We exceed expectations because excellence is our standard.
  • Do the Right Thing |  We act consistently with honor.
  • Create the Future |  We challenge norms by generating fresh ideas and inventing new realities.