North Carolina

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC
School Type:
4-year, Public
Student Population:
Tuition (State Resident):
Tuition (Non-Resident):
Room and Board:
Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1892
  • Enrollment: 5,004
  • Mascot: Rocky the Ram
  • Colors: White, Scarlet, and Red
  • Motto: Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Winston-Salem State University, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a vibrant public historically black university founded in 1892. The university, with an enrollment of 5,004 students, offers a diverse range of academic programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees and Postbaccalaureate and Post-master's certificates. Its popular majors are Nursing, Biology, Healthcare Management, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Medical Laboratory Technician, Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Sport and Fitness Management. The university's athletic teams, known as the Rams, compete in the NCAA Division II within the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

The history of Winston-Salem State University is marked by its commitment to education and service, as reflected in its motto, "Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve." Established in 1892 as the Slater Industrial Academy, the institution has evolved significantly over the years, expanding its academic offerings and facilities to meet the changing needs of its students. 

The university's campus, with its mix of traditional and modern architecture set against the bustling city backdrop, provides an environment for learning and personal growth. The school colors of white, scarlet, and red are proudly displayed across the campus, symbolizing the vibrant spirit and resilience of the Winston-Salem State University community.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (336) 750-2074
  • Admissions email:

Visit Admissions

  • Financial Aid: (336) 750-3296
  • Financial Aid email:

Visit Financial Aid

Popular Majors
  • Nursing
  • Biology
  • Healthcare Management
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Business
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Sport and Fitness Management

View All Majors


NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

Team Name: Rams

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Ready to find HBCU scholarships?

Get matched now