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A Premier University in the Heart of Detroit

Some colleges offer a semester in the city; Wayne State University offers every day in Detroit. The 200-acre traditional and high-tech campus is in the heart of Midtown, offering unparalleled access to cultural experiences, community involvement and corporate career opportunities.

Experiential Learning

Wayne State students get more than a diploma — they get hands-on experience that helps them soar into a bright future. More than 27,000 students come from every U.S. state and nearly 80 countries to form Michigan's most diverse campus, where education is not confined to the classroom. Wayne State's standing as a premier urban research university results in plenty of opportunities for students to get into the lab and explore — as early as their first year.

What's more, Detroit is rich with opportunity for experiential learning in a range of fields (wayne.edu/action). Whether students are looking for an internship or a full-time job, Wayne State can help them find their best match.

For those interested in continuing their studies, Wayne State's renowned graduate school offers certificates as well as master's, doctoral and professional degrees in hundreds of fields, including law, medicine, business, social work and more.

Campus Life

Because active involvement is a key ingredient to students’ growth, Wayne State offers hundreds of student organizations that sponsor everything from cultural celebrations and political debates to volunteer events. There's no better way to meet people, find things to do and make a difference.

In addition to being a short walk from lecture halls, libraries and labs, Wayne State's comfortable housing offers amenities such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning and cable. There's plenty of space for studying and socializing in the dorm rooms and community areas, including the popular dining halls.

With nearly 20 collegiate teams, Wayne State Warriors compete in most major sports, from football to fencing (wsuathletics.com). Students flock to the Warrior Zone cheering section to hype up the crowd and can get in the game themselves at the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center, with its full gym, sport courts, three-lane track, 30-foot rock wall and access to intramural and club sports.

Upon graduation, Wayne State Warriors automatically become part of an alumni network (alumni.wayne.edu) that's 260,000 strong and stretches across the globe, eager to help fellow Warriors with career opportunities and camaraderie.

A World of Possibilities

Whether students come to campus knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives or are searching for their purpose, Wayne State stands ready with hundreds of undergraduate program options (wayne.edu/programs) in the following schools and colleges:

Mike Ilitch School of Business

With a move to a new state-of-the-art building in the heart of The District Detroit on the horizon, the Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers. Entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with the region's business community are two reasons why the Ilitch School is consistently named a best business school by The Princeton Review.

College of Education

With an urban focus and mission behind its commitment to excellence, inclusion and social justice, the College of Education offers degree programs in 37 program areas. Many are award winning and have received national recognition for their innovative, field-based practices. Wayne State teacher certification graduates are hired soon after graduation and typically remain in the metro Detroit area, although alumni can be found in countries across the globe.

College of Engineering

Wayne State's engineering curriculum leads the nation in game-changing fields such as electric-drive vehicle technology and alternative energy. Students learn from faculty experts who engineer the physical world at all levels — from nanoscale biomedical innovations to colossal manufacturing plants. Ninety-four percent of 2015 graduates were employed within six months of graduation.

College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

CFPCA students benefit from seamless access to Detroit's cultural riches such as museums and theatres. Equally important are numerous internship opportunities in industry, advertising, PR and journalism. Alumni include a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

With 19 departments and more than 40 degree programs, CLAS is the largest and most comprehensive of Wayne State's schools and colleges, producing well-rounded students with a passion for lifelong learning and the skills to succeed at whatever they choose to do. It's where the humanities meets history, where Plato meets plate tectonics and where students come for the richest educational experience on campus.

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing is committed to providing a world-class educational experience through B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., D.N.P. and graduate certificate programs. A dedication to student success and a state-of-the-art learning environment combine to produce graduates who are prepared to be nurse leaders in research, education and practice. Faculty and students serve Detroit's diverse populations while promoting community and urban health.

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Devoted to educating the modern health care team, EACPHS offers more than 25 degrees and certificates through 11 academic programs. Its learning environment extends beyond the classroom into underserved communities and hospitals. At EACPHS, students are well prepared to respond effectively in a rapidly changing health care system in their respective fields.

School of Social Work

Consistent with its long history of identifying and addressing emerging social issues, the School of Social Work has risen to the challenges of 21st century society, applying technology to cutting-edge research and evidence-based practices, training practitioners within a global context, and marshaling the social and health sciences in interdisciplinary programs that approach complex issues of economic, behavioral and social well-being from multiple perspectives.

Visit Campus

WSU delivers an exemplary education to students who want to go beyond the books and make a difference. Interested students can see for themselves — one-hour walking tours take place each Monday through Friday, led by Warrior Guides eager to share inside information about living and learning at Wayne State (wayne.edu/visit).

Location & Contact

Address 42 West Warren
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Detroit  48202
Contact Ms. Ericka M. Jackson
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Email: admissions@wayne.edu
Phone: 313-577-2100

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
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Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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Construction Engineering Technology Checkmark
Electrical, Electronic And Communications Engineering Technology Checkmark
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Manufacturing Engineering Technology Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Apparel And Textile Marketing Management Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Personal And Culinary Services Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Urban Studies/affairs Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 15th Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 560 500 610
SAT Math 549 500 600
ACT Composite 25 21 28

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
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Hispanic/Latino 5.16%
Black or African American 16.8%
White or Caucasian 58.58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.23%
Asian 9.51%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 3.83%
Other 3.48%


Male (44.42%)
Female (55.58%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 13%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Festifall, Late Night Breakfast and International Fair

Student Services

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Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
VIN etching, bike patrol, safety and defense classes, K-9 unit, victim assistance, confidential tip line


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
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Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing No Checkmark Checkmark
Football Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing No Checkmark Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Lacrosse No No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,034
Part-time - 706