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WSSU again ranks among top degree producers for African American students

Stage and speaker during commencement 2018
Byron Pitts addresses graduates during WSSU's 2018 Commencement Ceremony on May 18 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) again ranks among the top producers of bachelor’s degrees in the nation for African American students, according to new data from the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

For bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans, WSSU is no. 13 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and No. 45 among all universities, according to the magazine’s “Top 100 Producers of Bachelor’s Degrees” 2018 rankings.

WSSU also ranks in the top 10 nationally in three categories, ranking as the no. 2 producer of bachelor’s degrees in rehabilitation or therapeutic professions for African Americans in the nation and no. 5 for all minorities. WSSU also ranks as the no. 10 largest producer of Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degrees for African Americans.

Among North Carolina colleges and universities, WSSU ranks as the no. 1 producer of bachelor’s degrees for African Americans in three individual categories: Nursing/RN, Health Professions, and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. WSSU also is the no. 2 producer of liberal arts and humanities degrees for African Americans in the state.

WSSU's Undergraduate Rankings

WSSU ranks in the top 100 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded in 24 categories, including these rankings for African American graduates:

  • No. 2, Rehabilitation or Therapeutic Programs
  • No. 10, Registered Nursing (RN)
  • No. 14, Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies
  • No. 14, Health Professions and Related Programs
  • No. 14, Health and Medical Administrative Services
  • No. 14, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities
  • No. 28, Math and Statistics
  • No. 30, Education
  • No. 47, Physical Sciences 
  • No. 59, Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • No. 63, Accounting and Related Services
  • No. 74, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • No. 83, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
  • No. 94, History
  • No. 94, Psychology
WSSU's Graduate Rankings

In addition, two WSSU graduate programs are ranked:

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, no. 11 for African Americans, no. 37 for all minorities, and no. 49 for Hispanic graduates
  • Master of Science in Nursing, no. 68 for African Americans

The annual list is based on 2016-17 data collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and published in the magazine’s Aug. 23 issue.

The full rankings are available on Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s website.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. 

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