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Winston-Salem State University develops graduates of distinction known for leadership and service in their professions and communities. WSSU graduates compete successfully in the global economy. The faculty excels in teaching and creative and scholarly activities that enhance both student learning and the communities served by the university. Faculty, staff, and administrators provide excellent service that supports both a positive student experience and a high-quality work environment.



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We can help you write your next chapter. By now, you’ve learned that life offers choices, options, and decisions. Where do you want to take your life? What story do you want your life to tell? These are the most important questions to ask as you consider your future.

The good news: At Winston-Salem State University, you’ll find a school

that’s big enough to meet your unique interests, but small enough that you won’t have to go it alone. Here you’ll find a community of people who understand how much you’re balancing — work, family, commitments — and want to see you succeed.

There’s nothing like turning the next page in life.

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“Former WSSU students believe in themselves. Believe in you, and you can achieve too.” Terry Andrews ’10 Enforcement Agent, Department of Social Services, Forsyth County

Terry Andrews would never tell you that earning a degree while holding down a job was easy. But was his hard work worth it? “Absolutely,” he says. Andrews took a full slate of classes at Winston-Salem State University as an Evening-Weekend student while working full-time in the public sector with youth programs. He graduated May 2010 with a bachelor of arts in political science with a concentration in public administration. “I’m the first one of my generation in my family to get a degree. I was told as a youngster that I would never end up at a university.” “It takes a commitment to achieve your goal. It’s not going to be easy every day. But it can be done. You just have to make the commitment.” “My professors gave me the attention I needed. As an adult student, you have to initiate that, but they made the time for me. I made a lot of friends who were going through the same things. You can lean on each other for support and resources.”

My WSSU Experience as a Transfer Student By John Cox, Middle Grades Education

John Cox began writing his next chapter at a small, private school in Virginia. After moving to North Carolina, and taking a year off from college, John realized he needed to finish his degree. “I needed to complete my degree to become more marketable in the workplace and earn a better salary”. John was accepted to WSSU as a transfer student and resumed writing his next chapter. “This decision was not only good for me and my family, but it proved to be an easy transition due to the economical cost to attend WSSU as a full-time student”. John was also drawn to the student-faculty interaction and small class sizes.

“I can always stop to visit any of my professors, and they recognize me immediately because our class size is small.” John has thoroughly enjoyed his experience as a transfer student at WSSU – from the smooth transition to a new university, the sense of community, and the opportunity to actively collaborate with faculty and other students.


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Information Technology Interdisciplinary Studies Justice Studies Management Management Information Systems Marketing Mass Communication Mathematics Mathematics Education Motorsport Management Music

Music Education Nursing Political Science Psychology Rehabilitation Studies Sociology Social Work Spanish Sport Management Therapeutic Recreation


As a broad area of study, the arts and humanities prepare students by teaching a wide range of knowledge and crucial skills to think critically, research sources, and to communicate, especially in writing. Some majors to consider: English, Fine Arts, Music Business, Mass Communications, Foreign Languages Career paths include: Technical writing, education, outreach, public relations, internal communications, fund-raising, policy research, program planning, administration, information technology, and management.


Understanding and articulating the actions and reactions of humans are at the heart of the behavioral and social sciences disciplines. Students with a curiosity about who we are and an interest in working with others will especially feel at home in this field. Some majors to consider: Psychology, Gerontology, African and African American Studies, Political Science Career paths include: Social work, counseling, psychology, professor


Students will find abundant opportunities in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These skills and aptitudes are in high demand in today’s technology-driven economy. Some majors to consider: Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Career paths include: Lab scientist, lab research, programmer, architect, industrial designer, biochemist


This high-demand field continues to grow as advances in technology and delivery of care require professionals to remain current in the latest research and methods of care. WSSU’s School of Health Sciences seeks to produce highly educated, motivated, clinically and culturally competent graduates. Some majors to consider: Nursing, Clinical Laboratory Science, Healthcare Management Career paths include: Nursing, occupational therapist, lab clinician, healthcare administrator


Students who enjoy helping others gain new skills will find a home in the education and human performance field. WSSU’s programs stress professionalism, current research, practical experience, and offers opportunities to experience real-world applications. Some majors to consider: Exercise science, physical education, rehabilitation studies, sport management, therapeutic recreation, elementary education Career paths include: Teacher, education administrator, recreation director, athletic director, personal trainer, coach


Stressing leadership, professionalism, and practical experiences, WSSU’s School of Business and Economics trains students in both classroom theory and real-world experiences. We draw on our extensive network of business partnerships and affiliations so that all of our students can benefit from practical training. Some majors to consider: Accounting, business administration, economics, finance, management, marketing Career paths include: Business management, accountant, marketing, sales, banking, financial advising

‘Transformative Student Experience’: Five WSSU Values The strategic plan for 2010-2015, has outlined five goals and objectives that define its values: 1.

Academic Excellence: “high-quality, challenging programs that prepare graduates to lead and serve in their professions and communities”


Student Success: ”affordable, quality education as well as an enriching environment that attracts, retains, and supports a diverse group of students in achieving success”


Community Engagement: “opportunities for lifelong learning, foster collaborations, expand partnerships, and develop new service and outreach programs”


Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Resources: “a good steward of its physical, financial and human resources”


Community: “an intellectual, collegial, and diverse community that treasures its history, provides a supportive and safe environment, encourages the free exchange of ideas, and instills pride”; “a transformative student experience”

Meet your mentors. We are proud of our faculty members, their accomplishments, their diversity, and their commitment to Winston-Salem State University. They choose to be here, where our decades-long motto reminds students, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.”

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Cynthia Williams Brown, Ph.D. Chair, Human Performances and Sports Sciences

“I believe in this university’s mission, which is to prepare our students to go out and make a contribution and be leaders in their professions. I believe in the expectation that we will provide a nurturing environment for them. I think we are still small enough that we can make those close relationships with students.”

“We have a lot of opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, we do a good job of that.”

“It’s important to choose a career that you enjoy and where you know you are making a contribution, not just making money. We see a lot of people come back to campus from the corporate world to become teachers, because they wanted greater job satisfaction in their chosen career field.”

Key Facts 70 percent full-time WSSU faculty members with doctorate or first professional degree 62 percent full-time WSSU faculty members diverse population of faculty 18:1 student to faculty ratio

Simon’s Green Acre Community Garden Simon’s Green Acre is an organic community garden, rooted in the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) tradition of service. It ties together WSSU’s students, faculty, staff and neighbors through hands-on learning in sustainable horticulture, therapeutic gardening and teamwork to provide fresh produce and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

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As a student at Winston-Salem State University, you join a long, rich tradition of educating a diverse student body for success in progressive, high-demand fields. With a long legacy as leaders in teacher training and nursing, WSSU is increasingly known for its strengths in finance and technology. Winston-Salem State University is: • FAST-GROWING. Total enrollment has more than doubled since fall 2000 to more than 6,000 diverse students. • HIGHLY RATED. One of U.S. News and World Report’s top public liberal arts colleges in the South for six straight years. • RELEVANT. One of the four largest programs to graduate professional nurses in North Carolina; major supplier of teachers for the state and nation. •

WELL-EQUIPPED. All facilities and most common areas offer

BIG-HEARTED. One of a select number of institutions

WELL CONNECTED. Research partners include Piedmont

wireless access. Facilities include the Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory, a collaboration between WSSU’s School of Health Sciences and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and a $13 million Computer Science Center. nationally to be recognized for community service involvement by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Triad Research Park, Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and Biotechnology Alliance with Forsyth Technical Community College.

And you’ll find people ready to help: •

Your first stop will be with a transfer counselor to review your application and transcripts. With few exceptions, Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees from NC community colleges immediately transfer as 64 credits.

Need help paying tuition? Staff can point you to financial aid and other options to make paying for education virtually painless.

Do writing assignments scare you? The Language Arts Center provides tutoring, feedback, and other assistance with writing assignments in one-on-one or group sessions.

Need to study off campus? As a registered student, you’ll have online access to databases to conduct research and complete assignments, wherever you can connect to the Internet.

Like to know you’re not alone? The Nontraditional Adult Student Association (NASO) offers an opportunity to meet other students over the age of 24. Our active chapter supports and empowers adult students in their pursuit of degrees and lifelong learning. More clubs and organizations offer easy ways to connect with other students with similar interests or talents.

Worried about life after earning a degree? Our Career Services office presents workshops and offers counseling as well as numerous visits from corporate recruiters.

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