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We're Ram Proud

Winston-Salem State University’s commitment to educational innovation and excellence has been recognized at local, regional and national levels.

Here is a quick look at what sets us apart.

Points of Pride

  • #1 public HBCU in the U.S. (Money Magazine, 2019-20)

  • #1 in the UNC System for graduates receiving jobs in NC after graduation *

  • #1 in UNC System for highest median early career earnings for undergraduate degree *

  • #1 in NC for graduating Black students in nursing and health professions (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)
  • #2 in the UNC System for highest salary after receiving a graduate degree *

  • Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producer for African Americans in 15 categories (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

  • Top 50 in the nation for producing Black college graduates (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

  • One of the nation's top universities for annual Return on Investment (ROI) (Payscale Best Value Colleges, 2018)

  • #7 in the US for social mobility and one of five universities in the nation to rank in the top 20 on CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index for all five years of the rankings 

  • Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast (Washington Monthly, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

* North Carolina Department of Commerce


  • Social Mobility Innovator Award (CollegeNET, 2017, 2018, 2019)

  • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, 2018, 2019)

  • Four HBCU Digest Awards in the past two years: 2018 Best Social Work Program and Best Nursing Program; 2019 Best Social Work Program and Best Fine Arts Program (Diggs Gallery)

  • Four Inspiring Programs in STEM awards in past two years (INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, 2018, 2019)

  • Top 10 nursing schools in the East (Nurse Journal, 2017)

  • One of the top producers of nursing/RN degrees for African Americans in the nation (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2018)

Facts at a Glance

  • Founded in 1892, a co-educational public university
  • Part of the University of North Carolina System
  • Student enrollment: 5,124
  • WSSU offers: 34 baccalaureate degrees; 50 undergraduate minors; 7 master's degrees; 2 professional doctorate degrees; and 6 post-baccalaureate certifications
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Motto: Enter To Learn. Depart To Serve.
  • Athletic Conference: CIAA
  • Team Mascot: Ram