Winston-Salem State to Welcome Largest Freshman Class in Nine Years

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will welcome the Class of 2021 this weekend.
With more than 950 students expected, WSSU’s freshmen class is again the largest since 2008. Freshmen enrollment has increased 27 percent since 2012.
Following move-in on Saturday, Aug. 12, Ramdition – a weeklong new student orientation – gets under way with a welcome session on Sunday, Aug. 13.
“Ramdition is unique to Winston-Salem State,” said Dr. Kathy Stitts, associate provost and dean of the University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL) and interim dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. “We incorporate curricular and co-curricular programming in varying formats to create a strong culture of engagement, preparing new students, not only for a successful academic career, but for a successful life.”
Students are placed in groups led by student mentors throughout the week. Sessions provide an overview of liberal education, navigating the classroom and the tenets of social justice. Students also meet with advisors, register for classes and learn about the academic and social resources available to them.

Class of 2021 in numbers:

  • Number of students: More than 950
  • Percent in-state: 92 percent
  • Number of North Carolina counties of residence: 68
  • Top three counties of residence: Mecklenburg, Guilford and Forsyth
  • Percent who are first-generation (neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree): 28 percent

New Rams also include nearly 500 transfer students.