Wayne State University in Detroit

Detroit, MI

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Wayne State University offers 999-degree programs and 63 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 77%. 43.8% are women, and 56.2% are men. 8% percents of international students. Wayne State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Wayne State University is 12476$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $17950 and $24095 per year. 33% of full-time Wayne State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $39,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Wayne State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Wayne State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,909
$30,001 - $48,000$11,189
$48,001 - $75,000$13,767
$75,001 - $110,000$17,434

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5901

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


12772 of Wayne State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 70 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Wayne State University number 5 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Wayne State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Wayne State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Wayne State University graduation rate is below the national average.

33% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Wayne State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Wayne State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 7%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Wayne State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 11%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Wayne State University full-time retention rate is 77% and part-time retention rate is 47%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Wayne State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
20 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 20 - 27
Math: 18 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


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Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Wayne State University is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Wayne State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Wayne State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 656 W Kirby address in Detroit, Michigan.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Wayne State University with 0.19% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Wayne State University offers 999 programs in total: 324 are for Master's degree, 276 - for Bachelor's degree, 162 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 132 - for Post-master's certificate, 75 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 12 are 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs.

This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 32 universities in Wayne county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree, Doctor's degree-research/scholarship, Postbaccalaureate certificate and Post-master's certificate programs offered. Wayne State University is one of the few institutions in Wayne that offers a 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 63 distance education programs that are provided in the Wayne State University: 21 are for Master's degree, 15 - for Post-master's certificate, 9 - for Bachelor's degree, 9 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs and 9 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Wayne State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 14510 students with 435310 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 4549 with 109185 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 5465 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Wayne State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

I am completely disgusted by the lack of organizations WSU put into their graduation ceremonies. Not only did the students feel that they weren't special during this very bittersweet moment they worked several years, countless amounts of sleepless nights due to studying, and overcome many difficult obstacles to enjoy this very special moment, they breezed through our names like they were just reading off a list of non-important individuals.. Not allowing us to even receive our diploma, without the next person in line being called... Not to mention, how can you slaughter the name Olivia... I have always worked two jobs to be able to afford WSU’s ridiculous cost of tuition, to not only feel I wasn’t special enough, but for them to slaughter the easiest name. I will never recommend this institution to any friends or family members. Thank you Wayne State for such a miserable memory!Sincerely, One pissed off Graduate, “Oliya”

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I received my MBA from there in 1992 and it was an excellent experience. To watch how the University has grown and improved, and how the neighborhood has sprung to life is heartwarming. I encourage every good student to take a close look at Wayne.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

My name is Min and my sales person was Kurt Hagemann and he was great! Buying a car from him was a great experience. Kurt went above and beyond to make sure I purchased the car I was most comfortable with. He gave me suggestions and his advice, but was in no way pushy what-so-ever. After I decided on a car the process was absolutely painless. So quick and professional. I felt like family by the end of the whole process! I would recommend Kurt Hagemann to anyone who is looking for BMW . Thanks Kurt Hagemann and A+++++ service.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Was seriously considering this college to complete my masters program at, however after trying 10 different contacts in attempt to ask a few questions on the program I was ignored and never received a response. I even tried visiting an on campus event which closed early and wouldn’t give out the info they were in the middle of packing up. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS PLACE FOR GRADUATE DEGREES!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I cannot stand this college at all. My account has been on hold due to their financial aid for months now when it shouldn't have been in the first place. I already took a $3,000 loan out and had financial aid cover my classes for the semester and my account IS STILL ON HOLD DUE TO FUNDS! I've tried contacting financial aid office multiple times, and when asked to speak to the representative that has been working with me on it via email, THEY CANT TRANSFER PHONE CALLS. What kind of University is this? Do they have dinosaur phones?! And on top of it, the lady that I was working on this with via email took a WHOLE MONTH to finally respond to me only to ask if I could come into the financial aid office. And for what? To pay $25 parking, and then go into the office, only for them to tell me that they have found no records of any sort of my situation. I've even called all of the deans in the college and NO ONE WANTS TO HELP! And the funniest thing, is that they don't have a financial aid dean. LOL this school is a joke and I cannot wait to transfer out of it. To anyone whose thinking about going to this college, save your money and take your education elsewhere.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 656 West Kirby Street

Place: Research Universities (very high research activity)

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3135772424

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: wayne.edu

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