Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)

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Winston-Salem State University is a historically black college found in Winston-Salem, NC. There are around 5,600 students enrolled per year at Winston-Salem State University.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 890 (25th percentile) - 1030 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 16 (25th percentile) - 19 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants that get into WSSU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the WSSU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.71 - 2.90. WSSU has an acceptance rate of around 68% with 30% of applicants deciding to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall WSSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Winston-Salem State University was reported as 67.6% in Fall 2020 with over 4,770 applications submitted to WSSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • WSSU ACT Scores: 16 - 19
  • WSSU Average GPA: 2.71 - 2.90

How Hard Is It to Get into Winston-Salem State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to Winston-Salem State University and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Winston-Salem State University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.3%
  • 2017-2018: 66.6%
  • 2018-2019: 65.3%
  • 2019-2020: 67.6%
  • Projected WSSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 61.6%

How Does WSSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Winston-Salem State University is nineteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of North Carolina School of the Arts28.9%
Wake Forest University29.6%
High Point University74.6%
Guilford College75.0%
Greensboro College77.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WSSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 520
Math440 - 510
Total Score890 - 1030
ACT®Score Range
English14 - 19
Math16 - 18
Composite Score16 - 19
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