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Wayne State University Overview

Wayne State University is a public institution situated in Detroit, Michigan. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Wayne State University Known For?

3,652 Undergraduate Awards
$34,430 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Wayne State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 56% of the faculty were full-time.

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Wayne State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Wayne State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#58 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#150 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Engineering-Related Fields Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Medical Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Other Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Health Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Other Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Other Health Professions College Factual
#24 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#45 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#75 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Wayne State University?

Location of Wayne State University

Contact details for Wayne State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-2424
Website: www.wayne.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/waynestateuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/waynestate

How Do I Get Into Wayne State?

You can apply to Wayne State online at: wayne.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Wayne State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wayne State?

67% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
80% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Wayne State is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 80% of students accepted to Wayne State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wayne State University  ( 500 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Wayne State University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800
Wayne State received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Wayne State University  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Wayne State University  ( 19 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Wayne State University  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Wayne State University?

$34,430 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
7.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wayne State is $34,430. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Wayne State, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $5,857 a year. That adds up to $23,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wayne State is 7.2%. 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 University Undergraduate Student Diversity

13,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,643 undergraduate students at Wayne State, with 13,107 being full-time and 4,536 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Wayne State

There are also 9,181 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,107 full-time undergraduates at Wayne State, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Wayne State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wayne State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,633
Black or African American 1,739
Hispanic or Latino 742
White 7,427
International Students 271
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,295

Geographic Diversity

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

Over 75 countries are represented at Wayne State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at Wayne State University

1,859 Took All Classes Online
8,812 Took At Least One Class Online
9.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at Wayne State. In 2017-2018, 8,812 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 4th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Wayne State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wayne State University was 9.3%. This is the #1,382 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Wayne State regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 32%
Business, Management & Marketing 20%
Computer & Information Sciences 22%
Drama & Theater Arts 8%
Information Science 8%
Social Work 1%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Wayne State 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 Wayne State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Legal Professions (Other) #5
Drama & Theater Arts #7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #16
Library & Information Science #25
Library Science #31
Information Science #32
Management Information Systems #40
Social Work #42
Visual & Performing Arts #55
Legal Professions #60
Health & Physical Education #61
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #70
Instructional Media Design #79
Communication & Journalism #85
Teacher Education Subject Specific #117
Public Administration & Social Service #125
Computer & Information Sciences #211
Criminal Justice & Corrections #224
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #254
Education #383
Business Administration & Management #465

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 University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Social Work 155 0 320 2 477
Business Administration & Management 0 45 350 3 398
General Psychology 314 0 13 13 340
Medicine 0 0 0 272 272
Nursing 141 16 73 31 261
General Biology 207 0 5 6 218
International Business 184 0 5 0 189
Mechanical Engineering 83 0 93 3 179
Teacher Education Subject Specific 122 1 46 5 174
Library & Information Science 0 33 141 0 174
Human Resource Management 156 0 12 0 168
Computer Information Systems 115 0 42 10 167
Public Health 105 11 41 1 158
Accounting 120 1 25 0 146
Finance & Financial Management 138 0 1 0 139
Electrical Engineering 86 0 46 7 139
Teacher Education Grade Specific 71 0 67 0 138
Marketing 125 0 0 0 125
Law 0 0 0 125 125
Industrial Engineering 22 0 90 8 120
Other Health Professions 119 0 0 0 119
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 5 105 110
Chemistry 64 0 1 32 97
Political Science & Government 83 0 3 8 94
General English Literature 70 0 12 9 91
Criminal Justice & Corrections 72 0 18 0 90
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 19 61 2 82
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 1 40 36 77
Allied Health Professions 24 0 49 0 73
Biomedical Engineering 25 3 38 4 70
Educational Administration 0 36 29 2 67
Communication Sciences 27 0 32 7 66
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 55 0 7 3 65
Management Information Systems 60 4 0 0 64
Communication & Media Studies 34 0 25 5 64
Textile & Apparel Studies 64 0 0 0 64
Civil Engineering 32 0 24 6 62
Fine & Studio Arts 56 0 6 0 62
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 53 0 53
Music 46 0 6 0 52
Economics 44 1 4 2 51
Drama & Theater Arts 32 0 14 2 48
Chemical Engineering 31 0 13 3 47
Student Counseling 0 0 44 2 46
Anthropology 30 0 13 2 45
Sociology 40 0 1 3 44
Public Relations & Advertising 41 0 0 0 41
Public Administration 23 0 18 0 41
Health & Physical Education 0 0 37 0 37
Funeral & Mortuary Science 36 0 0 0 36
Journalism 33 0 0 0 33
History 24 0 6 3 33
Instructional Media Design 0 6 19 7 32
Mathematics 20 0 5 7 32
Special Education 16 1 11 3 31
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 23 0 5 1 29
Electronics Engineering Technology 25 0 0 0 25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 18 6 0 0 24
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 22 1 0 0 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 17 0 3 0 20
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 19 0 19
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 18 0 18
Other Engineering 0 3 15 0 18
Mental & Social Health Services 0 11 7 0 18
Philosophy 13 0 2 2 17
Urban Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Other Physical Science 16 0 0 0 16
Construction Engineering Technology 15 0 0 0 15
Dispute Resolution 0 2 13 0 15
Natural Resources Conservation 15 0 0 0 15
Multilingual Education 0 0 14 0 14
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 14 0 14
Area Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Ethnic Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Dance 14 0 0 0 14
Information Science 1 11 1 0 13
Curriculum & Instruction 0 8 0 5 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 8 4 12
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 7 0 5 0 12
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 12 0 0 0 12
Educational Assessment 0 0 4 7 11
General Engineering Technology 0 0 11 0 11
Mechanical Engineering Technology 11 0 0 0 11
Physics 4 0 4 3 11
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 10 0 0 0 10
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5 5 0 0 10
Teaching English or French 0 9 0 0 9
Germanic Languages 7 0 2 0 9
Computer Engineering 0 0 6 2 8
Gerontology 0 8 0 0 8
Materials Sciences 0 0 7 1 8
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 2 4 6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 6 0 6
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 1 0 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 4 4
Taxation 0 0 4 0 4
Computer Engineering Technology 4 0 0 0 4
Legal Research 0 0 4 0 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Statistics 0 0 3 0 3
Biotechnology 0 0 2 0 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 2 0 2
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 2 2
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 2 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 2 0 0 0 2
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 0 0 0 1
General Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Systems Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Medical Science 0 0 1 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0 1 0 1
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 1 0 0 1
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Computational Science 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,652 251 2,148 776 6,827

References

*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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