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Colleges / Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate65%

Winston Salem State University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Winston-Salem State University. The university admitted 65% of all applicants in 2008. Out of 3,992 applications received in 2023, 2,601 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Winston-Salem State University, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who submit their applications to Winston-Salem State University for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Winston-Salem State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Winston-Salem State University's admissions stats.

Winston-Salem State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 6%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 76%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 59%
Waitlist No

Winston-Salem State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Winston-Salem State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 2 15 April 1

Applying Early to Winston-Salem State University?

Winston-Salem State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Winston-Salem State University Admissions

Transferring to Winston-Salem State University

For more information on transferring to Winston-Salem State University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Winston-Salem State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Winston-Salem State University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Winston-Salem State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Academic GPA Important
Extracurricular Activities Considered

Make sure to check with Winston-Salem State University for more information on admission factors.

Winston-Salem State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Winston-Salem State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Winston-Salem State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Winston-Salem State University?

Students admitted to Winston-Salem State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 94% submitted a class rank. At Winston-Salem State University 6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 24% were in the top 25% and 65% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Winston-Salem State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Winston-Salem State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Winston-Salem State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2008, 76% of Winston-Salem State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 59% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Winston-Salem State University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Winston-Salem State University students scored 520 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

To be most competitive at Winston-Salem State University, you should strive to earn between 16 and 19 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 19 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Winston-Salem State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 19, and three out of four students scored lower than 19 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Winston-Salem State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to Winston-Salem State University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Winston-Salem State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Winston-Salem State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Winston-Salem State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Winston-Salem State University.

Do I have to submit test scores to Winston-Salem State University?

✅ Winston-Salem State University is not test optional.

What is Winston-Salem State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Winston-Salem State University's acceptance rate is 65%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Winston-Salem State University?

❌ Winston-Salem State University does not offer early decision.

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Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Winston Salem State University? Winston Salem State University is a less selective institution. The Winston Salem State University acceptance rate is 65%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.


Winston Salem State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Winston Salem State University is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Winston Salem State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Winston Salem State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

440 - 510


Reading SAT Range

450 - 520

Winston Salem State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Winston Salem State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.01. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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