Colleges and Universities in Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem offers a wealth of educational institutions to obtain a degree, further your education or brush up on skills. Whether you’re looking for medical school, film school, law school, seminary, a historically African American college, women’s college, a technical degree, or an ACC college, you can find it all here in the Twin City.

Wait Chapel and Hearn Plaza at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Wait Chapel and Hearn Plaza at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Here’s an alphabetical list of our city’s higher education institutions:

Carolina Christian College

Carolina Christian College provides Biblically based academic programs that prepare men and women of all races for ministry and community service with a focus on the African America community. They offer Biblical and theological studies, Arts & Sciences, and professional studies in undergraduate and graduate programs. It is a small college with an undergraduate enrollment of 65.

Carolina University

Carolina University, (formerly Piedmont International University) is a private, Christian university that offers residential and online programs including dual enrollment, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Carolina University has an enrollment of 826 students and comprises 5 graduate and undergraduate schools, the School of Arts & Sciences, Patterson School of Business, Moore School of Education, John Wesley School of Leadership, and Piedmont Divinity School.

Forsyth Tech Community College

Forsyth Tech Community College (Forsyth Tech and FTCC) is a two-year public community college that was founded in 1960. Forsyth Tech is one of the largest community colleges in North Carolina, serving 20,618 students in 2022. Today, it offers 69 degree programs and 20 online programs. Forsyth Tech offers many options. Its degree programs prepare men and women for a rewarding job or start them on the path to a bachelor’s degree. Short term programs with certification help advance or start a career. With dual enrollment, get a head start on a degree while finishing high school.

Salem College building in Winston-Salem, NC.
Salem College building in Winston-Salem, NC.

Salem College

Winston-Salem is proud to be the home of the country’s oldest educational institution for women. Salem College is a liberal arts women’s college, founded in 1772. Salem College offers undergraduate degrees for women, as well as co-educational graduate-degrees in education. It has also evolved as the only liberal art college in the nation with an exclusive focus on health leadership. Salem College’s Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education offers programs for both men and women ages 23 and older. The Campus of Salem College is also home to Salem Academy, a private all-girls high school, and adjacent to the beautiful historic Old Salem Museum and Gardens. The New York Times Magazine ranked Salem College #2 in the nation for economic diversity in 2023. Salem College ranked among The Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States in Washington Monthly’s 2023 College Rankings.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

  • 1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
  • 336-770-3399
  • UNCSA Website

Another first, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), (formerly known as North Carolina School of the Arts or NCSA), is the oldest state-supported conservatory focusing on training the whole artist. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 938 and the campus size is 78 acres. UNCSA offers a high school track, undergraduate and graduate programs in dance, design and production, filmmaking, music and theatre. UNCSA ranked 6th in the world as Best Drama School by Hollywood Reporter in 2014 and its film school also ranks as one of the best film schools in the world.

Wake Forest University

  • 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
  • 336-758-5000
  • WFU Website

Wake Forest University (WFU) is a private, non-sectarian, research university founded in 1834 at its original location in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The University moved to Winston-Salem in 1956. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,437 and its campus size is 340 acres. Wake Forest offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines, including professional schools in divinity, law, management and medicine. In 2014, Wake Forest was ranked 47 out of 435 universities nationwide in Best Colleges by US. News in 2024.

Entrance sign to Winston-Salem State University in NC.
The entrance sign to Winston-Salem State University in NC.

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), founded in 1892, is a public institution of the University of North Carolina system set on 117 acres in Winston-Salem. WSSU is a historically African American college. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,726 and its campus size is 117 acres. Today, WSSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs to a diverse student body.

Places To Go For A Good Meal

For those attending college in Winston-Salem, and their families that visit them, there are many places to chose from for a good meal. Look at our list of casual restaurants to find one that works for you.

Which local school do you call your alma mater? Let us know in the comments.

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