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Scholar Housing

Incoming freshmen are housed in the Martin-Schexnider residence hall, and continuing students are in Rams Commons Hall. Scholars engage in a living/learning community and have access to workshops, seminars, and programs in their residential space.

Academic Advising

Freshman and sophomore Scholars have a designated academic success counselor (ASC). The ASC serves as the first point-of-contact regarding academic advising issues, assists with course and curriculum choices, and supports Scholars through the timely completion of the General Education curriculum requirements of the university.

Special Programs and Workshops

Scholars participate in professional and leadership development workshops, social/cultural events, and a variety of educational experiences to help prepare them for life after WSSU.

Community Service and Engagement

WSSU’s motto is “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.”  Therefore, community service and engagement are integral parts of the Scholar Society and of WSSU. Students are exposed to a plethora of opportunities to engage with community organizations, non-profits, and members of the Winston-Salem community.


JumpStart is a 3-day introduction to the Scholars program. Held in August, immediately prior to Ramdition, this orientation includes talks and workshops by faculty/staff and cultural and social events designed to develop an appreciation for the program, the university, the community and fellow Scholars.

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) program at WSSU is designed to successfully transition incoming freshmen from high school to college. Scholars take two courses (one per semester) and learn about the history, culture and pride, and legacy of social justice at WSSU.

Building Bridges Undergraduate Research Program

Incoming Scholars participate in mentored research-related activities. Students are able to work with faculty mentors 5-10 hours per week on research, scholarship, and creative projects. Scholars receive compensation through the program for their participation.

Scholarship Day

Scholars present their research from the Building Bridges program at WSSU’s largest academic event--Scholarship Day. On this day, student research is highlighted, and Scholars are able to engage with alumni, employers, and the WSSU and Winston-Salem communities about the work they are producing.