Winston-Salem State University is a bold, vibrant, and diverse academic community that fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character that graduates need to transform themselves and their world. These values embody our motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.”
Founded in 1892, WSSU enjoys a distinguished reputation as a historically black constituent institution of the UNC System that offers a rich curriculum rooted in a high-quality, liberal education. Our undergraduate and graduate students can choose from many innovative areas of study designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to develop creative solutions to today’s—and tomorrow’s—complex problems.
highest graduation rate among HBCUs in NC
public HBCU for value, Money Magazine
in the U.S. for social mobility
The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.
WSSU has identified five “Prioritize” categories to contribute to the Strategic Plan: low-income completions; rural completions; five-year graduation rates; achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; and increasing critical workforce credentials.
Historically Minority-Serving Institution
The UNC System Board of Governors created a special Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions in 2018 to study and assess six institutions’ unique challenges and promising opportunities. The goal of the committee is to create strategies that will ensure these institutions’ future growth by promoting investments, opportunities, and awareness throughout the state.
Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.