Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC 27110
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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is a public university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of ten campuses that belong to the University of North Carolina. It was established in 1892 by the son of former slaves. Dr. Simon Green Atkins founded the small Winston-Salem Teachers College, which eventually became Winston-Salem State University. The university now offers over 40 majors and 10 different graduate degrees on a campus containing more than 40 buildings. The annual enrollment regularly exceeds 6,000 students. Winston-Salem State University was ranked 27th in a ranking of the top comprehensive baccalaureate colleges of the south, between the years 2001 and 2009.

The nursing programs offered at the university include four BSN programs. Undergraduate may enroll in a traditional BSN program, accelerated BSN program, or LPN to BSN program. The university also offers an MSN program. These programs are all accredited by the CCNE. The WSSU traditional BSN program includes nursing courses starting during the junior year of the four-year program. Before selecting the nursing major, students must complete eight prerequisite courses, which includes two nursing courses. Students also gain hands-on experiences at healthcare facilities in the community. The accelerated BSN program is designed to be completed in just 13 months, for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students5,098
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 1 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1947 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/15/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/15/2005 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT890 to 1020
ACT16 to 19
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$475/credit
In State Students$475/credit
Out of State Students$1,714/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$475/credit
In State Students$475/credit
Out of State Students$1,714/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $21,375 $21,375 $77,130
ADN 70 $33,250 $33,250 $119,980
BSN 125 $59,375 $59,375 $214,250
FNP 50 $23,750 $23,750 $85,700
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Winston-Salem State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 78% $4,882
Other Federal Grant 16% $1,214
State Grant & Scholarships 59% $2,474
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 68% $2,577
Federal Student Loans 88% $6,267
Private Loans 2% $9,484


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,115
$30,001 to $48,000$11,310
$48,001 to $75,000$14,420
$75,001 to $110,000$17,465
Over $110,000$17,833

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and North Carolina state board of nursing.
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

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