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Winston Salem State University

Winston Salem State University

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
School Size: 5,960 undergraduate students
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On September 28, 1892, Simon Green Atkins founded Winston-Salem State University as the Slater Industrial Academy. Atkins's goal was to construct a school where every student would be academically prepared to confront the day's difficulties through education that prepared the "brain, hand, and heart" intellectually. In one-room frame construction, a single instructor instructed 25 students. In 1925, the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the school's curriculum beyond high school, renamed it Winston-Salem Teachers College, and authorized it to issue proper degrees under the auspices of the State Board of Education. Winston-Salem Teachers College was the first black college in the United States to provide degrees in elementary education. The School of Nursing was created in 1953 to serve the developing medical community in the Winston-Salem area. Graduates get a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized altering the university's name from Winston-Salem Teachers College to Winston-Salem State College to reflect the university's expanded curriculum and mission. The legislature enacted a bill renaming Winston-Salem State College Winston-Salem State University in 1969. In 1972, Winston-Salem State University became one of the University of North Carolina's 16-member schools, subject to a Board of Governors.