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In selecting the freshman class, WSSU bases its decisions on your:

  • Academic Record
  • Scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)
  • High School GPA

The admission criteria are the same for public and private school applicants. Candidates for admission are reviewed based on their academic performance in an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores.

Please make sure that you have made arrangements to have each of the following items submitted on your behalf to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for consideration. Failure to submit all of the following will result in a status of incomplete and your application will not be reviewed for admission.

  • $50 Application fee (Check, Money Order, Waivers)
  • Application
  • SAT or ACT score reports
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official Final High School Transcript (once admitted & upon graduation from high school.)

Application Deadlines

Testing Requirements

WSSU is part of the UNC system, which requires a minimum SAT score of 880 or minimum ACT score of 17. Freshman applicants under 21 years of age must submit official SAT or ACT scores. 

Applicants whose native language is one other than English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to any other required test scores.

Testing Codes:

SAT & TOEFL = 5909
ACT = 3178

We do not require subject test for admission.

Coursework

Candidates for admission to WSSU are reviewed based on their academic performance in an accredited high school or on GED scores and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. Winston-Salem State University is a part of the University of North Carolina System. Therefore, as mandated by the UNC Board of Governors, specific courses are required for any student who wishes to be admitted to any school within the University of North Carolina System.

As part of the UNC system, WSSU requires that applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and must successfully complete:

These courses are commonly known as Minimum Course Requirements (MCR). Each student who applies for admission to Winston-Salem State University must successfully complete the following coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of Foreign Language (The same language. Ex. Spanish I & Spanish II)
  • 2 units of Social Science (including U.S. or American History)
  • 1 unit of Biological Science
  • 1 unit of Physical Science
  • 1 unit of Additional Science
  • 1 unit of Algebra I
  • 1 unit of Geometry
  • 1 unit of Algebra II
  • 1 unit of Mathematics beyond Algebra II (for which Algebra II is a requirement)

Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application. Recommendations are generally not required, although a letter and high school profile sent by a guidance counselor may be useful during application review.

Supplemental Materials

Extracurricular activities and employment experience may strengthen an application. Recommendations are generally not required, although a letter and high school profile sent by a guidance counselor may be useful during application review.

Admission to WSSU does not guarantee admission to any academic program. Several of our academic majors require you to apply for admission to the major during your sophomore year. Be sure to review the requirements for your major through our Online Undergraduate Catalog.