Wayne State University

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656 W. Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 577-2424
2013-2014 Tuition
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Wayne State University is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,342, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 191 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wayne State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,968 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,768 (2013-14).

Wayne State University is located in Midtown Detroit and offers more than 300 academic programs. Graduate students can major in many areas, including those offered by the schools of business, law and medicine. Wayne State also ranks highly in its health programs of midwifery, anesthesia and pharmacy. Students at Wayne State get many opportunities to conduct research, including the school’s partnership with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, through which the schools collaboratively research and develop ways to help the state's economy.

Outside the classroom, Wayne State students can get involved by exploring more than 200 campus organizations or by visiting the museums, concert halls and professional sports venues of Detroit. Student athletes can join one of Wayne's many Division II Warriors sports teams, which play in various conferences. At Wayne State, about 40 percent of students are minorities. Notable Wayne State alumni include Cora Brown, the first African-American woman elected to a state Senate, and Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Wayne State University, founded in 1868, is committed to preparing its students to excel in a fast-paced and interconnected global society. It combines the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experiences of an institution whose history, location and diversity make it a microcosm of the world students will enter when they graduate. Wayne State is Michigan's only urban research university. Located in Midtown Detroit, it contributes significantly to the city's progress and positive ambience. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts an enrollment of nearly 29,000 students and the most diverse student body among Michigan's public universities. The university is comprised of a main campus in Detroit and five extension centers throughout the metropolitan area. Offering more than 370 degrees and certificates from 13 schools and colleges, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban center of excellence in research and one of only two urban public universities to hold both the Carnegie "Very High Research" and "Community Engagement" designations. WSU is among the nation's top public universities for total research expenditures, totaling more than $250 million. Wayne State students are not only part of a richly diverse learning and social community-- the university is also at the forefront of the globalization movement in higher education, with a wealth of opportunities for internationally themed coursework and study-abroad programs. Wayne State supports the conviction that American society is infinitely strengthened by the participation of people from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Such participation ideally begins with the ability of higher education to assist persons of all cultures, races and backgrounds to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the broader community as responsible, productive citizens. Like any great public research university, Wayne State's three most recognized contributions to society are practical services to the broader community; an educated, informed workforce; and the creation and application of new knowledge that spans the globe. Through programs, partnerships, research and the talents of its alumni, Wayne State University plays an influential role in educational, social, cultural and economic life throughout Michigan and in every corner of the world.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $260,817,964


When applying to Wayne State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wayne State University is 16:1, and the school has 46.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wayne State University include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Organizational Behavior Studies; and Social Work. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 10%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 12%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Organizational Behavior Studies 5%
Social Work 4%

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Student Life

Wayne State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,342, with a gender distribution of 43.2 percent male students and 56.8 percent female students. At this school, 11 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 89 percent of students live off campus. Wayne State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,938
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Wayne State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Wayne State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wayne State University, 98 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wayne State University.

Students who have cars on campus 98%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wayne State University, 74.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,326.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,968 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,768 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,803 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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