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Wayne State University is one of the nation’s top urban, public, research institutions, offering more than 350 academic programs to close to 29,000 students through 13 schools and colleges.
Wayne State is a nationally ranked urban, public research university, dedicated to preparing its students to excel as informed participants in an increasingly high-tech, interconnected global society. Wayne State’s close to 29,000 students make up the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities; men and women representing 49 states and 64 countries attend classes on the main campus. Wayne State’s 13 schools and colleges offer about 400 academic degree programs including 120 master’s, 69 doctoral and over 60 certificate, specialist and professional programs to students seeking outstanding opportunities for advanced study.
A Carnegie-rated research university positively engaged in its urban setting, Wayne State is a vibrant center of scholarship, research and social activities in the heart of Detroit.
Located in the University Cultural Center, Wayne State’s lively campus is an integral part of Midtown Detroit, making students truly members of the community in which they study. The university’s commitment to engaging with its home city is put into practice by students, faculty and staff who take part in activities ranging from Alternative Spring Break Detroit and Habitat for Humanity to the Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project. Warriors who participate in one or more of our 260 recognized student organizations – including an active Greek system -- learn leadership and organizational skills that will aid them during their years on campus and later in the workplace. Our three state of the art residence halls are only steps from the 24-hour Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center, the Student Center and most classrooms, as well as the world-renowned Detroit Institute of Arts.
|Total Undergraduate Students||19,342|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||72||<1%|
|African American / Black||4,489||23%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||9||<1%|
|Two or More Races||287||1%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||2,240||12%|
|Where do WSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||1%|
|How old are WSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||28%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||18 - 26|
|Math||17 - 25|
|English||17 - 26|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||53%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||81%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||74%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.00|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||97%|
The cost to attend Wayne State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||16 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||74%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||91%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||1,047|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||44%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||27%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||Data Not Available|
38% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
11% of all undergraduates live on campus
The Wayne State University Police Department was formed in 1966 and provides a full range of professional police services to both the main and medical center campuses as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. Each Officer has at least a bachelor's degree and many have advanced degrees. All Wayne State University Police Officers are fully licensed through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). All officers are sworn Peace Officers commissioned under State law and each officer has also been commissioned as a Detroit Police Officer. Officers are empowered to enforce all federal and state laws as well as the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code and city of Detroit Ordinances, both on and off the campus. As sworn police officers, they are authorized to investigate, arrest or take any other necessary action to address any criminal or other public infraction in the vicinity of the WSU campus. WSU Police Officers work very closely with the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police.
The Wayne State University Police Department is committed to providing our students, staff, faculty, visitors and guests with prompt, courteous and professional police services. While we provide a committed effort to ensure your safety, we can not promise you total isolation from crime. Personal safety and crime prevention efforts are the responsibility of the entire Wayne State University community and it is important that everyone takes responsibility for the safety of their person and property. The key to preventing crime is awareness, which can be best accomplished through education.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Wayne State University in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.||16%|
|HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.||8%|
|VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.||7%|
|Links to degree programs at Wayne State University|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 75%