Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
location
Public
type
Urban
setting
56%
44%
student ratio
17,322
total students
Tuition Cost $12,264 | $28,151
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $11,110
August 1
fall application deadline
67%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
549
sat math
560
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
25
act composite

Overview

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

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

Ms. Ericka Jackson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 313-577-2100
Email: admissions@wayne.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Labor and Industrial Relations
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Behavior
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Educational/Instructional Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electromechanical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pathologist Assistant
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Funeral Direction/Service
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

67% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied15,331
    • Accepted10,334
    • Acceptance Rate67%
    • Enrolled17,322
    • Female Applicants9,164
    • Females Accepted6,153
    • Female Acceptance Rate67%
    • Male Applicants6,167
    • Males Accepted4,181
    • Male Acceptance Rate67%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $25
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record

    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.36
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 560 500 610
    • SAT Math 549 500 600
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 21 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$12,264
    • Out-of-state tuition *$28,151
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,512
    • Room and board *$10,106
    • Room only *$6,308
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$11,110
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$13,659
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$9,430
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,291
    • Average Grant Aid:$5,273
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$7,032
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:98%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 52%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 7%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students17,322
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.16%
    • Black or African American16.8%
    • White or Caucasian58.58%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian9.51%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races3.83%
    • Unknown or International Student3.48%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.33% representing 40 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students2% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 13%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other VIN etching, bike patrol, safety and defense classes, K-9 unit, victim assistance, confidential tip line

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing No Yes Yes
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division C No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing No Yes Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division C No
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty1,740
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty Ratio16:1 or 19,296 students to 1,207 faculty


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