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Wayne State College Overview

Located in Wayne, Nebraska, Wayne State College is a public institution. Wayne is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Wayne State College Known For?

592 Undergraduate Awards
$18,928 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The highest award offered at WSC is the post-master's certificate.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 52% of the faculty were full-time.

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Wayne State College Rankings

We have ranked WSC as #413 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WSC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Value Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WSC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#11 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#19 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#41 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#67 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#90 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is Wayne State College?

Location of Wayne State College

Contact details for WSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1111 Main St, Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-7000

How Do I Get Into WSC?

You can apply to WSC online at:

As long as you submit the requested materials to Wayne State College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Wayne State College?

$18,928 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
7.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WSC is $18,928. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WSC, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $5,750 a year. That adds up to $23,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSC is 7.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Wayne State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,635 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,148 undergraduate students at WSC, with 2,635 being full-time and 513 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WSC

There are also 742 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,635 full-time undergraduates at WSC, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WSC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wayne State College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WSC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 94
Hispanic or Latino 235
White 2,076
International Students 85
Other Races/Ethnicities 125

Geographic Diversity

Nebraska students aren't the only ones who study at Wayne State College. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 22 countries are represented at WSC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Curaçao, Canada, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Wayne State College

556 Took All Classes Online
1,118 Took At Least One Class Online
12.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at WSC. In 2017-2018, 1,118 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WSC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 16th most popular in Nebraska for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wayne State College was 12.5%. This is the #1,174 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WSC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WSC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 24%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 24%
Special Education 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WSC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WSC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #39
Special Education #77
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #83
Educational Administration #128
Criminal Justice & Corrections #175
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #196
Education #307
Business Administration & Management #372
Business, Management & Marketing #461

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Wayne State College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 100 0 33 133
Teacher Education Grade Specific 72 0 0 72
Teacher Education Subject Specific 62 0 0 62
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 58 58
Criminal Justice & Corrections 56 0 0 56
Educational Administration 0 6 28 34
Health & Physical Education 34 0 0 34
Industrial Production Technology 33 0 0 33
General Biology 29 0 0 29
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 29 0 0 29
Special Education 26 0 0 26
Communication & Media Studies 22 0 0 22
Student Counseling 0 0 19 19
Chemistry 18 0 0 18
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 14 17
General Psychology 17 0 0 17
Information Science 14 0 0 14
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 13 0 0 13
Human Development & Family Studies 12 0 0 12
Sociology 10 0 0 10
Computer Information Systems 7 0 0 7
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 7
General English Literature 6 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 0 4
Romance Languages 3 0 0 3
History 3 0 0 3
Geography & Cartography 3 0 0 3
Health Sciences & Services 2 0 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 0 2
Political Science & Government 2 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 2
Mathematics 1 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 592 6 152 750


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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