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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
42 W Warren
Detroit, MI 48202
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
From Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit. The 200-acre traditional and high-tech campus is in the heart of Midtown, offering unparalleled access to cultural experiences, community involvement, and corporate career opportunities. Wayne State University is the third largest institution of higher learning in Michigan and the most diverse campus in the state with nearly 27,000 students from every U.S. state and nearly 80 countries. Wayne State is home to 13 colleges offering over 350 degree programs. The campus hosts a business incubator known as TechTown and the first graduate-level repertory theater in America called the Hilberry Theatre. The Wayne State Warriors also field 18 men’s and women’s Division II athletics teams.

Wayne State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
August 1
Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Range
1010-1210
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$14,366/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,518/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.153 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.186 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.186 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
8
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    34%
  • On Campus
    64%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,956Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,618
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 125 responses
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  • Always on the go
    38%
  • They are all different. No "typical" AT ALL.
    30%
  • A wide variety some chill and others driven
    14%
  • This school is more of a commuter school so yeah .
    8%
  • Outstanding with great social skills
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Run down
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.214 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.260 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 144 responses
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  • Diverse
    53%
  • Diverse, Unique, and Excellent
    16%
  • Excellent
    10%
  • Decent
    6%
  • Determined
    3%
  • Diverse, Unique and Frustrating
    3%
  • Frustrating
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    47%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    90%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.115 responses

    Wayne State University Reviews

    2,665 reviews
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    Wayne State University is a great and friendly school for people who like to be close to a big city like Detroit! It has beautiful and comforting housing, staff members, and the school buildings are modern and easy to get to.
    Wayne State has a great security system that makes you feel safe at all times, and not worry about something happening to you while going back to your dorm or apartment. It has areas to hang out in with your friends and meet more people, and even a after hours cafe in case you didn't have time to eat, you always have that option!
    In my personal experience I love Wayne State because when I first started I was not far from home and I could go back every weekend. But, I do understand that some people come from farther cities in Michigan or even a different state. Therefore, I think it's good because you have the airport, and train stations not even a half hour away from Wayne State.
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    My online experience was great! The past winter semester I took 2 classes online and to be honest, I was a bit scared on how it was going to be, and if it was going to be easy to follow up and actually learn. It was! For both of my classes, they put "modules" every week with the lecture, videos, and the homework that had to be done. They posted everything week by week to not confuse the student. It had the assignments, and the lectures for that week in separate folders with the due date and time. Also, you can email the professor if there is any confusion and they will get back to you within 24 hours, sometimes even faster.
    I had a great experience, and they are actually very easy to follow up. Also, you have an entire week to turn everything in, the good thing about this is that you can do it on your own time.
    My time, thus far, at Wayne State University has been a huge educational experience for me, both academically and personal. I come from a small town with close to no racial diversity, which made me feel as if I was missing out on new and different social experiences growing up. I was going into my junior year when I transferred to Wayne State University and during that first year I was in utter shock — in a good way. My professors were encouraging and supportive, they truly wanted to get to know their students and wanted us to succeed. I formed new, long-lasting friendships with people who were different ethnicities than me and learned about their cultures that allowed me to form my own perceptions on these individuals than from how the media depicts them. Wayne State University has a welcoming atmosphere with a friendly, supportive environment and believe it is one of the greatest schools in Michigan. GO WARRIORS!