Wayne State University

656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI

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Wayne State University (WSU) is located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan on a 200-acre campus.  Wayne State offers more than 350 different degree programs and majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to its main campus, Wayne State has a School of Medicine campus, which includes the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy, and the Matthei Athletic Complex.

A national research university, Wayne State has a strong Division of Research with a dedicated research faculty and excellent resources for students including leadership, information, guidance and support.  Its long history of innovation to solve real-world problems has helped to earn WSU its status as a top research center and one of only two public universities to receive both the Carnegie "Very High Research" award and the "Community Engagement" honor.


The Medical College of Wayne State University was founded in 1868.  In 1917, a junior college and four other schools were established at the university on its extensive urban campus.  The colleges were organized into a university in the 1930s, and support from the state was initiated in the 1950s.


Wayne State University (WSU) has a fall, winter, spring and summer term.

WSU has 13 colleges and schools offering roughly 400 academic programs that include 126 bachelor's degree programs, 139 master's degree programs, 60 doctoral degree programs and 30 professional and certificate programs.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  • Graduate School
  • 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
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

There are many things to do on campus at Wayne State, including scaling a 30-foot climbing wall or volunteering with one of the many student organizations.  There are theatrical performances offered year-round, among many other activities for entertainment and recreation.  For a list of events and activities, students can visit the Dean of Students Office.

Other student services include the Academic Success Center, "OneCard" student ID card (which is also a discount card for purchases), the University Advising Center, and more.


The Wayne State "Warriors" have 16 varsity teams competing in intercollegiate sports.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Wayne State University's location in metro Detroit offers easy access to a wealth of culture, arts and entertainment.  There are nearby art shows, music festivals, and theatre performances and sports events.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants Wayne State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Wayne State University is about 27,000. The student body is made up of 65% undergraduate students and 9% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $11,000-$14,000
    • Out-of-State: $26,000-$31,250
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $380-$450 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $870-$1,000 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships89%$8,512
Receiving Student Loans54%$5,456

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Wayne State University may provide services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Wayne State University is approximately 32%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years11%
Graduating in 5 Years13%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Wayne State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Fencing
  • Football (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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