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Wayne State University in Detroit, MI

Learn about Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a public research institution of higher learning. Located in midtown Detroit, the Wayne State campus offers an urban school setting on an approximately 200-acre campus.

Home to the nation's largest single-campus medical school, Wayne State University provides southeast Michigan residents with roughly $60 million in uncompensated healthcare treatments. Areas of specialty of its medical school faculty include obstetrics and gynecology, cardiovascular medicine, oncology, addiction research, and pediatrics.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated Wayne State University as a research university, a category characterized by very high research activity. Much of this research work is undertaken through the School of Medicine and includes topics such as pain management for African American cancer patients, traffic safety education for schoolchildren, the relationship between obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and new treatments for Parkinson's disease.


Wayne State University is comprised of seven colleges and six schools offering more than 300 degree programs and two dozen certificate and professional programs. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest college in terms of the number of undergraduate programs offered. In addition to the medical school, Wayne State University also hosts its own Law School, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Wayne State Online offers online classes as well as full bachelor's degree, master's degree, and certificate programs via distance learning. There is also offers a study abroad program.


Applicants seeking admission to the fall semester must typically apply by August 15; applications for winter semester are due December 1, and for spring and summer semesters the deadline is May 1. Students can expect a decision in about 2-3 weeks.

Beginning with the winter 2013 semester, Wayne State will be taking a holistic approach to reviewing applications, considering academic and personal performance history, as well as growth potential. Standardized test scores are no longer required; students may be invited to submit an essay or participate in an interview. Students may be offered regular admission or special admission if they need additional academic preparation or support for college learning.

About 90% of Wayne State's students are from the Detroit area, and the average age of the student population is 27. Many students are also employed.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary according to state resident status, degree program, and class standing. In fall 2012, freshmen and sophomores who were Michigan residents paid a per credit hour rate of $298 for most programs; juniors and seniors paid $351.55 for most programs. Non-resident freshmen and sophomores paid $683.10, and juniors and seniors paid $808.40 for most programs. Michigan-state residents paid $532.85 per credit hour for graduate tuition in most cases; non-residents usually paid $1,176.80. Additional costs include fees, books and supplies, housing, and transportation. Programs that have higher per-credit fees include business; engineering; fine, performing and communication arts; nursing, medicine, and law.

In 2010, 90% of Wayne State University students received some form of financial aid. Types of financial aid available include grants, scholarships, and student loans. Tuition may also be paid in installments.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate degrees; certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 20,589 undergraduates; 10,176 graduates in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Three residence halls; furnished and unfurnished apartments*
Schools and Programs 13 colleges and schools offering 126 bachelor's degrees, 139 master's degrees, 60 doctoral degrees, and 30 certificate, specialist and professional programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16-to-1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology, general (272)
Master's: Social Work (294)
Doctoral: Medicine (305)**
2011 Undergraduate Graduation Rates for students who began in Fall of 2005 4-year rate: 10%
6-year rate: 26%**
Admission Rate 76% in Fall 2011**
Entering Class Size in Fall 2011 2,226 (first-time degree seeking students)***
First-Year Retention Rates 77% (full-time students); 36% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% Composite ACT scores: 18-25 in Fall 2011**
Application Due Date August 15 for fall semester*
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks after application submission*
Undergraduate Tuition $298/credit hour for resident freshmen and sophomores, $351.55/credit hour for resident juniors and seniors in most programs; $683.10/credit hour for non-resident freshmen and sophomores, $808.40/credit hour for non-resident juniors and seniors in most programs (Fall 2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010: federal grants (58%), Pell grants (58%), other federal grants (31%), state and local grants/scholarships (11%), institutional grants/scholarships (76%), federal loans (58%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% (full-time students, 2010-2011)**

Sources: *Wayne State University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Wayne State University, P.O. Box 02759, Detroit, MI 48202-0759
  • Phone: (313) 577-3577
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