Wayne State University

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School Overview

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University (locally referred to as WSU) is a public, co-educational university and research institution situated in the Midtown Cultural Center Historic District in Detroit, Michigan. With over 32,000 total students, WSU is the third largest university in Michigan and is among the top 30 largest universities in the nation. Additionally, with nearly 3,000 international students from over 100 foreign countries, WSU has the second largest international enrollment of any four-year college or university in Michigan.


WSU houses 13 academic colleges: School of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Law School, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Science, School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Social Work. These schools together offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in over 400 fields of study and disciplines.

Awards and Recognitions

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified Wayne State University as a Research Intensive University (RU/VH). Wayne State is particularly known for its research in the sciences. In addition, Wayne State has high rankings for the following departments and schools: the School of Medicine, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Law School, the School of Social Work, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Business Administration.


Known as the Warriors, WSU competes in NCAA Division II in men’s basketball, tennis, baseball, swimming, cross country, golf, fencing, and football, and women’s basketball, rugby, cross country, volleyball, fencing, tennis, golf, softball, and swimming.

Financial Aid

WSU offers scholarships, work-study, grants, loans, and military and veterans assistance in order to allay the costs of attending the university.

General Information

Admission Office

42 West Warren

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 577-3577

(877) 978-4636

Fax: (313) 577-7536

Contact: Susan Zwieg

Director of University Admissions
Main Address

656 West Kirby Street

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 577-2424


Total undergrads: 20,123

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,917

Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,007

Graduate enrollment: 8,733


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 70%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $8,255 $8,109 $8,643 $9,026 +4.43%
Books and Supplies $885 $950 $972 $980 +0.82%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,702 $6,932 $7,659 $8,253 +7.76%
Other $2,015 $1,800 $1,841 $1,854 +0.71%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,702 $6,932 $6,674 $6,721 +0.70%
Other $3,764 $3,330 $3,410 $3,434 +0.70%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,857 $17,791 $19,115 $20,113 +5.22%
In-state Off Campus $19,606 $19,321 $19,699 $20,161 +2.35%
In-state with Family $9,140 $9,059 $9,615 $10,006 +4.07%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $11,492
In-state Student Fees $1,233
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $25,381
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,233

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,175 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,132 81% $12,899,632 $6,050
• Federal grants 1,234 47% $5,425,001 $4,396
• Pell grants 1,224 47% $4,874,673 $3,983
• Other federal grants 842 32% $550,328 $654
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,014 39% $1,355,294 $1,337
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,778 68% $6,119,337 $3,442
Student loan financial aid 1,406 54% $8,324,945 $5,921
• Federal student loans 1,395 53% $7,855,558 $5,631
• Other student loans 60 2% $469,387 $7,823

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2506 2024 716 240
Architecture and Related Services 11
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 11
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 18
African-american/black Studies 6
East Asian Studies 8
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 4
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 165 56 22 2
Anatomy 5
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 33
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 165 14 2
Biotechnology 5
Environmental Toxicology 2
Immunology 1
Molecular Biology 1 3
Molecular Toxicology 1
Oncology and Cancer Biology 1
Pathology/experimental Pathology 3
Physiology 2 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 413 353 7
Accounting 88 33 4
Business Administration and Management 304
Finance 79
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 3
International Business/trade/commerce 16
Labor and Industrial Relations 8
Labor Studies 3
Management Information Systems 19
Marketing/marketing Management 92
Organizational Behavior Studies 116
Taxation 8
Communication and Journalism Programs 127 37 7 1
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 1
Journalism 42
Public Relations/image Management 37
Radio and Television 27
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 21 37 7
Computing and Information Sciences 16 26 10
Computer and Information Sciences 15 26 10
Information Science/studies 1
Education 257 401 20 110
Art Teacher Education 7 11
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 17
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 35 6 2
Curriculum and Instruction 3 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11
Education, Other 7
Educational Leadership and Administration 4 38
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 39
Educational/instructional Technology 28 7 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 121 81
English/language Arts Teacher Education 18 4
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 4
Health Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 7 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 25 9
Reading Teacher Education 4 1
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 11 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 88
Social Studies Teacher Education 23 3
Special Education and Teaching 32 34 45
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 3
Technical Teacher Education 2 11
Engineering 122 169 23 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 30 8
Chemical Engineering 17 6 3
Civil Engineering 17 27 4
Computer Engineering 4 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 43 18 1
Engineering, Other 5
Industrial Engineering 16 20 2
Manufacturing Engineering 7
Mechanical Engineering 29 49 4
Petroleum Engineering 3
Polymer/plastics Engineering 2
Engineering Technology 60 16
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 1
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 24
Electromechanical Technology/electromechanical Engineering Technology 3
Engineering/industrial Management 16
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians, Other 5
Industrial Technology/technician 1
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 6
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 20
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 77 8 9
English Language and Literature 77 8 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 48 14 1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 3
Foreign Languages and Literatures 24 5 1
German Language and Literature 6 1
Linguistics 6 3
Middle/near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 4 2
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 244 259 395 49
Adult Health Nurse/nursing 55
Audiology/audiologist 4
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 23 8
Communication Sciences and Disorders 17 40
Dietetics/dietitian 4 12
Environmental Health 1
Genetic Counseling/counselor 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 29
Health/medical Physics 12 1
International Public Health/international Health 9
Maternal/child Health and Neonatal Nurse/nursing 25
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 23
Medicine 270
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 2
Nurse Anesthetist 25
Nurse Midwife/nursing Midwifery 1
Nursing Education 2
Nursing Science 6
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 7 4
Occupational Therapy/therapist 27
Pathology/pathologist Assistant 9
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 6
Pharmacy 77
Physical Therapy/therapist 31
Physician Assistant 44
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 6 1
Public Health 8 1
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 139 6
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 3
History 30 14 3 32
History 30 14 3 4
Public/applied History 28
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 96 3
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 96 3
Human Services 105 255 11
Public Administration 17 24
Social Work 88 231 11
Legal and Law Studies 6 149
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 2
Law 149
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 2
Tax Law/taxation 2
Library Science 193 10
Library and Information Science 193 10
Mathematics and Statistics 10 21 3
Applied Mathematics 3
Mathematics 10 12 3
Statistics 6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 36 14 9
Dispute Resolution 2
Gerontology 6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 36 5
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 7 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 7
Environmental Science 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 20
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 20
Personal and Culinary Services 28
Funeral Direction/service 28
Physical Sciences 47 18 27
Chemistry 21 6 19
Chemistry, Other 5
Geology and Earth Science 7
Materials Science 1 2
Physical Sciences, Other 9
Physics 5 11 6
Psychology 226 56 15
Educational Psychology 4 3
Family Psychology 10
Industrial and organizational Psychology 9
Psychology 226 20 12
School Psychology 13
Social Sciences 143 28 27 5
Anthropology 18 5 2
Economics 25 13 9 5
Geography 8 1
Political Science and Government 39 6 5
Sociology 48 3 11
Urban Studies/affairs 5
Visual and Performing Arts 175 40 3 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4
Art/art Studies 89 10
Cinematography and Film/video Production 5
Dance 8
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 28 16 3
Film/cinema/video Studies 8
Music Performance 2
Music 33 14
Work and Family Studies 56 6 2
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 14
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 42 5 2
Human Development and Family Studies 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Near eastern studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Labor Studies B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
Elementary language arts B
English Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Computer Systems B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Electromechanical Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Product design engineering technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Apparel/Textile Marketing Management B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
German B
Linguistics B
Near eastern languages B
Slavic B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing Science B
Pathology Assistant B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary studies B
Technical and interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Personal & Culinary Services

Funeral Services/Mortuary Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Biochemistry and chemical biology B
Biomedical physics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Wayne State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(313) 577-2424
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:admissions.wayne.edu/apply-now.php
Address:656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:27,238
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):32%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:20,466 (75% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$12,269
Out-of-state Tuition:$26,220
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$10,506

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Wayne State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Wayne State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences111111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services5841
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2411
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2211
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields272
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics861
Health Professions and Related Programs199227
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Legal Professions and Studies4
Library Science31
Mathematics and Statistics131
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies4121
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services1
Philosophy and Religious Studies111
Physical Sciences643
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1221
Social Sciences1645
Visual and Performing Arts1741
Grand total729611556

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Wayne State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Library Science31
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total916

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Wayne State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,196

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,19795%
Grant or scholarship aid2,12291%$10,506
Student loan aid1,08747%$5,654

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,54371%$7,276
Federal student loans9,58454%$7,223

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Wayne State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Wayne State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants11,0934,5436,550
Percent admitted100%82%81%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%25%22%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Wayne State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment27,238
Undergraduate enrollment17,220
Graduate enrollment10,018

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Wayne State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
    • Funeral Service Education (FUSER) - Institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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