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Winston-Salem State University
Motto Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.
Established 1892
Type Public, HBCU
Endowment $19.6 million[1]
Chancellor Donald J. Reaves
Staff 200
Students 6,400
Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
United States
Campus Urban
Nickname Rams or Lady Rams
Athletics NCAA Division I
Affiliations Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Winston-Salem State University is a historically black public research university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Winston-Salem State has been ranked #27 by U.S. News & World Report in the Baccalaureate Colleges of the South category.[2]



The university was established by Dr. Simon Green Atkins in 1892. Chartered by the state of North Carolina in 1897 as Slater Industrial and State Normal School and renamed Winston-Salem Teachers College in 1925, it was the first African American institution in the United States to grant degrees in elementary teacher education.[citation needed] The name was changed to Winston-Salem State University in 1969, and it merged into the University of North Carolina system in 1972.


Winston-Salem State offers over 40 academic majors and 7 graduate degrees. The school enrolls approximately 6,400 students and employs over 200 staff members.

  • Average high school GPA: 3.15 (weighted), 2.92 (unweighted)[citation needed]
  • Average SAT scores: 950, 25% lower and 25% higher[citation needed]
  • 65% of freshman applicants are accepted[citation needed]


The campus covers 117 acres.

Student activities


National fraternities and sororities

All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Winston-Salem State University. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΚA Gamma Lambda ΓΛ
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΑΦΑ Beta Iota BI
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΔΣΘ Gamma Phi ΓΦ
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. IΦΘ Kappa Κ
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ Delta Chi ΔX
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. ΩΨΦ Mu Epsilon ME
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ Delta Alpha ΔΑ
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΣΓΡ Rho Ρ
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ Omega Ω

Other National fraternities and sororities with registered chapters are members of the Council of Independent Greek Organizations. The current members on campus include:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. ΦΜΑ Mu Beta ΜB
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority ΤΒΣ Theta Upsilon ΘΥ
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity KKΨ Kappa Lambda
Alpha Nu Omega Sorority, Inc. ΑNΩ Pi Π
Kappa Omicron Tau Sorority, Inc. KOT Beta Lambda
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. XHΦ Chi Chi Beta XXB


Athletics logo

Winston-Salem State University is currently part of the NCAA's Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) as of the 2007-08 season. It was formerly a part of the CIAA. On September 11, 2009, the university issued a press release stating that it will compete in the MEAC through this year, then return to Division II.

Its colors are red and white and the university mascot is a ram.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Donald Evans former NFL player
Howard Byrd Christian Author
Louis Farrakhan leader of the Nation of Islam
Oronde Gadsden former professional player
Cleo Hill former professional basketball player; first person from a CIAA school to be drafted in the first round of the National Basketball Association
Richard Huntley former NFL player
Earl "the Pearl" Monroe former National Basketball Association player
Timmy Newsome former NFL player
Monte Ross Head Basketball Coach University of Delaware
Louise Smith Educator, helped to establish the first kindergarten program in N.C.
Stephen A. Smith 1992 The Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist and host of ESPN's Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith
Yancey Thigpen former all-pro National Football League player
Theodore "Ted" Blunt Wilmington, Delaware City Council President
William Hayes 2008 professional football player
Marcus Ray Bryant Gill 2008 Christian Evangelist

Notable faculty and staff

Name Department Notability Reference
Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines Athletics During his 47-year tenure at WSSU as coach, professor and athletic director, his men's basketball team compiled a record of 828-447. Gaines was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.


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