|Motto||Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.|
|Endowment||$49.8 million (2019)|
|Colors||Scarlett and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II - CIAA|
Winston-Salem State University was founded as Slater Industrial Academy on September 28, 1892. It began with 25 pupils and one teacher in a one-room frame structure. By 1895 the school was recognized by the State of North Carolina and in 1899 it was chartered by the state as Slater Industrial and Slater Normal School
In 1925, the North Carolina General Assembly renamed the school Winston-Salem Teachers College and the North Carolina State Board of Education allowed the college to award elementary teacher education degrees, making it the first black institution to provide this specialized training.
The School of Nursing was established in 1953 offering baccalaureate degrees. In 1963 the North Carolina General Assembly authorized changing the name from Winston-Salem Teachers College to Winston-Salem State College. A statute designating Winston-Salem State College as Winston-Salem State University received legislative approval in 1969. On July 1, 1972, Winston-Salem State University became one of 16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.
Winston-Salem State offers over 40 academic majors and 10 graduate degrees. The school enrolls approximately 5,200 students and employs 400 faculty and over 550 staff members.
Winston-Salem State University was ranked the #7 top college in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.
Winston-Salem State has been ranked #27 by U.S. News & World Report in the Top Public Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges of the South category between 2001 to 2009. By 2016, the university had fallen to a ranking of #84 in the same category.
C. G. O'Kelly Library is the main academic library on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, which was originally the Slater Industrial Academy. The original library was housed in Blair Hall until 1967 when the new library was built and O'Kelly Library has gone through two additions and one renovation within the past forty years.
Winston-Salem State University is currently a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in NCAA Division II. From the 2007-08 season through the 2009-10 season, the Rams competed in the NCAA's Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), despite being a transitional member that was attempting to attain full membership within the MEAC or within NCAA Division I, in which the Rams were also scheduled to begin full membership and gain access to NCAA tournaments in 2011. However, it never occurred due to financial difficulties.
In 1967, Winston-Salem State became the first Historically Black College to win an NCAA Basketball Championship. The Rams won the College Division Championship (now Division II) with a 31-1 record. They were led by high-scoring guard Earl Monroe, who averaged an amazing 41.5 points per game that season before being selected second overall in the 1967 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets (now the Washington Wizards).
Winston-Salem State played in the 2012 Division II National Championship football game on December 15, 2012. They lost, 35-7, to Valdosta State University, finishing the season, 14-1, the best of any historically black college/university. The team was led by head coach Connell Maynor and All-American quarterback Kameron Smith.
The current home of the Winston-Salem State football team is the Bowman Gray Stadium that is also home to the NASCARs "longest-running weekly race track" as the stadium is a duel use complex for both sports.
In August 2010, Winston-Salem State University reinstated their baseball program after a 37-year hiatus. Despite only being the first year of the program, the baseball team managed to win the CIAA Conference Championship and move on to the Atlantic Regional. The team again won the CIAA Conference Championship in 2012, 2013, and 2014, making that four consecutive conference championships in the first four years of the program. The team also achieved success in the 2013 season by earning the program's first ever national ranking of No. 23 in the country while also hosting the 2013 NCAA Atlantic Regional.
All of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have active chapters at Winston-Salem State University except Delta Sigma Theta sorority, who were suspended for at least a 10-year period in April 2010. The remaining organizations are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority||Gamma Lambda|
|Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity||Beta Iota|
|Iota Phi Theta fraternity||Kappa||?|
|Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity||Delta Chi|
|Omega Psi Phi fraternity||Mu Epsilon|
|Phi Beta Sigma fraternity||Delta Alpha|
|Sigma Gamma Rho sorority||Rho||?|
|Zeta Phi Beta sorority||Omega||?|
Other National fraternities and sororities with registered chapters are members of the Council of Independent Greek Organizations. The current members on campus include:
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity||Mu Beta|
|Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority||Theta Upsilon|
|Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity||Kappa Lambda|
|Pi Sigma Epsilon professional sales, marketing, and management fraternity||Zeta Lambda|
|Alpha Nu Omega Christian sorority||Pi||?|
|Kappa Omicron Tau sorority||Beta Lambda|
|Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority||Chi Chi Beta|
|Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity||Tau Chi|
|Swing Phi Swing social fellowship||S?S||Groove|
|Sigma Phi Omega National Academic Honor & Professional Society in Gerontology||Epsilon Alpha|