City of Winston-Salem University

City of Winston-Salem University (CWSU) gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city’s role in the community.

Students are chosen through an application process. Class size is limited. It is a free, 12-week course which meets once a week on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes are held at City Hall and various other locations. The deadline to apply is July 18. Application to apply is now closed.

Congratulations to the 2022 CWSU Graduates!

City of WS University 2022 GraduatesFront row (left to right): Courtney Mack, David Swift, Lennetta Bartley, Carmelita Coleman, Lee Staton, Becky Nguyen.
Back row: Brian McMillan, Brittany Dent, Suzy Fielders Aaron, Javier Herrera, Melody Archie, Paula Leggett, Manju Bhat, Spencer Foster, Alisa Russell, Catalina Stewart, Thomas Rea.

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In Class Requirements

Attend 10 out of 12 sessions (cannot miss more than 2 classes) 

Outside of Class Time Requirements

  • Attend at least one City Council or Council Committee meeting
  • Complete a group budget project
  • Complete a ride along with the Winston-Salem Police Department (requires a background check ); OR with the Winston-Salem Fire Department
  • Participate in one of the following group tours:
    1. Bonds project tour
    2. Shadow a City Link agent
    3. Utilities Division facility (Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant)