About WSSU

About WSSU

WSSU was founded in 1892 and in 1925 became the first African-American institution in the nation to grant elementary education teaching degrees. Building on its core strengths in education and the health sciences, the university has grown to include innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 40 majors that meet the needs of a fast-evolving job market.

With a curriculum that focuses on the whole student, Winston-Salem State University produces graduates who are creative, flexible problem-solvers known for leadership and service.  A progressive response to the needs of society is nothing new for this historically black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. 

Today, WSSU's award winning Motorsports Management major is the nation's first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management.  WSSU is also the third largest producer of nurses in North Carolina.  In the Arts, The Smithsonian Institution named the Diggs Gallery at WSSU one of the nation’s best regional, contemporary Africa-American art galleries. 

The WSSU Mission

Our mission is preparing diverse students for success in the 21st Century.  Winston-Salem State University offers quality educational programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.  Students are engaged in active and experiential learning and have access to education through flexible delivery modes.  The University is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. As a comprehensive, historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond.

Our Values

  • We believe education is the foundation of a prosperous and enlightened society.
  • WSSU is committed to lifelong learning.
  • We believe leadership is demonstrated through the relentless pursuit of excellence.
  • WSSU provides distinctive service to all stakeholders.
  • Respect for all; integrity always.

Our Vision

The vision of Winston-Salem State University is to develop graduates of distinction known for leadership and service in their professions and communities.  WSSU graduates compete successfully in the global economy.  Our faculty excels in teaching and creative, scholarly activities that enhance both student learning and the communities served by the University.  Faculty, staff and administrators provide excellent service that supports both a positive student experience and a high-quality work environment.

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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